How to Tip – 101

how to tip

The following list suggests what are generally considered to be adequate amounts on how to tip various people for services rendered.

It should be kept in mind that tips are a way of expressing satisfaction.

Larger tips should be left for those who provide extraordinarily good service; smaller tips or no tip at all should be left when service is poor.

This table is by no means a RULE. Use your own judgment when you think amounts should be adjusted.

Again, these are just suggestions.


Location Person Amount
Airport skycaps $1 or more per bag
in-flight personnel none
Wheelchair $3 to $5 unless the person goes out of their way or the trip is unusually long; in that case be more generous
Electric Cart Transport $1 to $2 depending on how nice the driver is
Barbershop hair cutter 15% of the cost, generally a 
minimum of $1. If you do not 
get your hair cut often, then 
$5 is suggested 
owner none
person who shampoos or
washes hair
$1 to $2
Beauty Shop/ Hair Salon one operator 15% of bill
several operators 10% of bill to person who 
sets hair; 10% divided 
among others
manicurist $1 or more, depending on 
owner none unless he / she is doing
your hair, then follow above rules
person who shampoos or
washes hair
$1 to $2
Buffet Style Restaurant Waiter / Waitress 5% to 10% of the total bill is suggested. This depends heavily on exactly how much work is done by the waitstaff. In some restaurants, the waitstaff does very little. Usually is simply bringing fresh linen and/or utensils. In some other restaurants, the staff brings drinks, and some orders from the kitchen directly.
Casino    A “check” is a chip Blackjack Dealer $5 Check (or more) per session. Also it is common to place a bet beside yours for the dealer. This side bet can be as large as 10%
of  your bet but usually is a $1 check.
Craps Dealer Craps Dealers like to be part of the action with you! It is common to place as much as 10%
($1 Check is common) beside your bet whether betting pass line, Don’t Pass, Place bet or Prop box. Craps Dealers are usually only allowed to
let a “Prop” box bet ride one time (if it hits)
before they have to take it down. The
designation for these “dealer” bets is called “Betting for the Boys”. “$1 ‘Yo for the boys!”
Drink Waiter/Waitress $1 Check (or more) per drink
Poker Dealers $5 (cash or check) per session,
win or lose. Winners should tip at least $10 (cash or check) but 10% or more is not uncommon.
Roulette Dealers $5 Check (or more) per session
Slot Machine Changer $1 Check or more per change
Cruise Ship cabin steward $3.00 to $3.50 per day per person
waiter $3.00 per day per person
bus boy $1.50 per day per person
maitre d’ your choice, extra for special 
occasions like birthdays
cabin boy, 
bath steward, 
5% to 7 1/2% % of total 
fare divided among them, 
paid at the end of each 
bar steward, 
wine steward 
15% tip added to bill 
massage therapist Please refer to Personal Services
Deliveries Pizza
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$1-$2 if short distance 
$2-$3 for longer distances 
$5 or more for large deliveries
Furniture / Appliances 
Large Delivery of 
any kind (e.g. exercise 
equipment, air conditioner, 
refrigerator, etc.)
$5-$10 per person minimum. 
If delivery is large, heavy or 
difficult, or requires assembly, 
a larger tip is suggested, 
perhaps $20 per person.
Flowers $2-$5 for flowers
$5-$10 if it is a large plant or for heavy
or large deliveries
Disc Jockey (DJ) Dance Club The general rule of thumb is a dollar
to hear a song.  If the person wants it IMMEDIATELY, (if not sooner), the
general rule is from $5.00 to $10.00. (In a “Dance Club” atmosphere, since
a bad or strange request can clear a dance floor, the person has to make it
worth the D.J.’s effort for doing this no-no)
Food Delivery Service Driver / Delivery Person No to be confused with a regular delivery person such as for Pizza or Chinese food. This is for people who deliver food for a restaurant and usually deliver large orders such as entire meals. Sometimes this might involve a number of different restaurants. A tip of 15% to 20% is suggested depending on the size of the order and the distance traveled.
Holiday How to Tip Guidelines
Apartment Building Staff Custodian $20 – $30
Doormen $25 – $100 each. Depends on how fancy the building. Take into consideration how nice they are to you. If you get lot’s of visitors or lots of deliveries. If they have actually opened the door for you always. To maintain this level of quality service, you have to pay for it. So just do it.
Handymen $20 – $30 each
Superintendent $30 – $100 Depends on the type building and how the super has been with you through the year.
Health Club or Spa Locker Room Attendant(s) $5 – $10
Trainer(s) $50 more or less depending on how much personal attention you get
Others – how to tip
Baby Sitter two nights pay or more, maybe a gift as well
Beauty Salon the cost of a regular session plus a gift. No less than $5 per staffer. Depends of course on the setup of the place and how much work you regularly get done.
Cleaning Person a weeks pay or more
Day Care Service $15 – $25 and a gift
Garbage Collector(s) $15 – $20 each
Mail Carrier As with any civil servant, government agencies prohibit employees from receiving money as a gift or gratuity. The U.S. Postal Service is no exception, but they do allow people to be nice during the holidays and they accept the fact that it happens. The USPS asks that gratuities have a cash value no more than $20 and a letter of appreciation to the supervisor.
Newspaper Delivery Person  Daily delivery $15 – $25
Weekend Delivery only $5 – $15
Parking Attendant(s) If you care enough about your car, tip generously to each and every attendant individually. As a rule, you can give each attendant $10 to $20 dollars each. If you have unusual times when you bring your car in or take it out, or if you like to have your car ready when you get there, or any other service where they go out of the way for you, a half month’s rate divided amongst the attendants is considered good practice. If you don’t care much about your car park it in the street. 
Hotel chambermaid $5 a night minimum. More 
if long stays (over a week) 
Consider $7 to $9 a night.
room service waiter 15% of bill
bellhop  $10 for bringing 
you to your room with 
luggage; $5 dollars for 
opening and showing the 
lobby attendant none for opening door 
or calling taxi from 
stand; $1 dollar or more 
for help with luggage or 
finding a taxi on the 
desk clerk none unless special service is 
given during long stay; 
then, $5
concierge $5-$10 Average. More for 
special services or favors
Limousine driver 20% of the bill
Motor Coach Operator and Tour Guide(s) Driver $1 to $2 per person per day. 
Tour Guide $1 to $2 per person per day.
Parking garage  parking attendant  $1. 
If attendant helps 
with luggage/packages 
$5 is customary. If attendant 
has to go a great 
distance to get your car 
$2 or more is suggested 
Pet Related Services Dog Groomer 15% of the bill. No less than $2
per dog
Personal Services
Massage Therapist
rate suggested by massage
therapist Cathy Forbes
Typically, for a one hour massage ($50 range) a tip of 10% is acceptable. This can be adjusted following the guidelines for a full service fine restaurant. A 20% tip for a good massage is not uncommon
Restaurant (it is customary to calculate the tip on the total bill, including the tax)  waiter or waitress  15% of bill. 20% If it is 
a 4 star + restaurant or 
for large parties.

maitre d’

none, unless 
special services 
are provided; 
then, about $5
owner none
wine steward 15% of wine bill
bartender 10-15% of bar bill
busboy none
servers at counter 15% of bill
coat check attendant $1 for one or two coats
rest room attendant 50 cents
car park attendant $1
Sports arena  usher  50 cents to $1 per party
if shown to your seat
Taxi driver 15% of fare, no less than 
25 cents
Train  Dining car waiter 15% of bill
stewards/bar car waiters  15% of bar bill
redcaps posted rate plus 50 cents