This tipping chart shows you who to tip and how much to give

Wait But Why

I am that cliché “good with words, terrible with numbers” person.

It used to bother me. I found it embarrassing. As I get older, however, I don’t care so much. Now, if I’m in a situation where I need math and don’t feel like using a calculator (i.e., my phone), I simply ask for help. Case in point: Pretty much every time I’m in a restaurant and need to figure out the tip, I just hand my receipt to the best math wiz at the table so they can tell me what I owe.


I’m also not so great at knowing when to tip when it comes to other things. Do I tip my barista? How about when I’m at the salon? What about the pizza delivery person? Or when picking up takeout from a restaurant? And how much do I tip? Often, I just end up over-tipping due to the sheer fact that I don’t know what I’m doing.


Sound familiar? If so, a chart from Wait But Why might be able to help. While it obviously won’t do the math for you, it will tell you when and how much you should tip.


And not only does it tell you what low, average and high tippers give, but it shows you what percentage of a person’s salary is made up of tips. For example, waiters rely on tips for 85 to 100 percent of their salary, while tips are only 10 to 20 percent of an apartment doorman’s salary. So, while the chart says you’re “the worst,” if you don’t tip a waiter, you’re only “not nice” if you don’t tip the doorman.


Take a look at the full chart below, but keep in mind that these numbers are based on New York City. Things might be a bit different where you live.

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Do you consider yourself a low, average or high tipper? Will you be changing the ways you tip in the future based on this chart?

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Things Your Server Wishes You Knew

If you have ever worked in the service industry, you know it’s not an easy gig. Between demanding customers, working for tips and the wacky hours, it’s no wonder that working as a server in a restaurant ranks as one of the most stressful jobs.

Part of the problem is that your typical diner doesn’t know how much is on their server’s plate, so to speak. We talked to a few waiters and waitresses to get their firsthand insight on the top things they wish customers knew about their jobs. Here are a few examples to keep in mind the next time you are dining out.

1. Try To Consolidate Your Requests

You need a refill on your drink. Someone else at your table would like some ketchup. No problem. But, don’t fetch your waitress, only to call her back 30 seconds later. When they ask, “Does anyone else need anything?” that’s because they have other tables and would like to grab everything you need in one trip, according to Dana, a waitress in Los Angeles.


2. They’re Crazy Busy

In addition to waiting on multiple tables at a time, servers must also complete “side work” such as rolling silverware in napkins, refilling table condiments and cleaning floors, according to So, next time you look around and your server is nowhere to be found, cut them some slack. They’re likely still working and should stop by your table soon.

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3. They Actually Like Their Jobs

Despite the late nights, occasional annoying customers and the fact that they come home from a shift reeking like garlic, most servers actually enjoy their jobs for the most part. There are some perks to the job, such as free meals, easy reservations at neighboring spots and the camaraderie of others working in the service industry.

“I tried working outside of the industry for a while, but I found I missed it and my friends too much,” says John, a server in Chicago.

Read five more things your server would love to tell you (but can’t).

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About the Author
Kaitlin Gates
Kaitlin is a freelance multimedia journalist with a degree in journalism and psychology. Along with Simplemost, she also writes for Don't Waste Your Money, where she loves finding great deals to help people save money. Visit Scripps News to see more of Kaitlin's work.

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