skycaps $1 or more per bag
in-flight personnel none
Submitted by Greg Norman $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
Submitted by Greg Norman $1 to $2 depending on how nice the driver is
hair cutter 15% of the cost, generally a
minimum of $1. If you do not
get your hair cut often, then
$5 is suggested
person who shampoos or $1 to $2
Beauty Shop/ Hair Salon
one operator 15% of bill
10% of bill to person who
sets hair; 10% divided
several operators among others
$1 or more, depending on
none unless he / she is doing
owner 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.
Clown $15 - $25 depending on the length, the performance and how hot it is on the day of the show. According to a knowledgeable source, it
is like an oven in those suits.
Catering Server $20 if one server. $10 each if more than one server.
Workers $30 per worker
Pizza $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. $5-$10 per person minimum. If delivery is large, heavy or difficult, or requires assembly, a larger tip is suggested, perhaps $20 per
exercise equipment, air conditioner, refrigerator, etc.) person.
Flowers $2-$5 for flowers
$5-$10 if it is a large plant or for heavy or large deliveries
Food Delivery Orders of $30 or less:
Suggested by Dan Matz No tip necessary, but a small tip (50 cents - $2) is appreciated, especially if the carry-out counter is busy, especially if the customer
needs silverware or requests seasonings.
Orders from $30-$60:
No tip necessary, but appreciated if packaging the order is a huge pain, 5-10 percent is expected if I help the customer take it to their
Orders of $60 and up:
These are often from offices, who always ask for plates, plastic silverware, condiments, and lots of rolls (complimentary from my
store). 8%-10% expected, especially if I help the customer take it out.
5-10 percent if they show you the food and offer complimentary items (plates, napkins, silverware) and help you carry large orders.
Disc Jockey (DJ) (submitted by D.J. Randy McDaniels)
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)
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 room
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 street
desk clerk none unless special service is given during long stay; then, $5
concierge $5-$10 Average. More for special services or favors
driver 20% of the bill
Motor Coach Operator and Tour Guide(s) (extended tours)
Driver $1 to $2 per person per day.
Tour Guide $1 to $2 per person per day.
One Person Job $20 - $50 for large and difficult moves. This includes but is not limited to:
odd furniture or appliances
large heavy boxes
$10 - $20 for small moves. One to ten items and only for regular sized items or boxes. Nothing too heavy (20 lbs. or less.)
Two or more movers This is a bit more complicated. Follow the guidelines above but adjust it as per the following criteria:
Decide wether you want to give a lump sum tip to the whole crew (they take care of splitting it) or if you want to tip each mover
individually. My suggestion is to calculate per mover, subtracting $10 from the rules above and then pooling it and giving it to the
supervisor or team leader.
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
Pet Related Services
Dog Groomer 15% of the bill. No less than $2 per dog
Massage Therapist Typically, for a one hour massage ($50 range) a tip of 10% is acceptable. This can be adjusted following the guidelines for a full
(suggested by massage therapist Cathy Forbes) service fine restaurant. A 20% tip for a good massage is not uncommon
waiter or waitress 15% of bill. 20% If it is a 4 star + restaurant or for large parties.
headwaiter / maitre d' $20 - $100 or more depending on the occassion, the restaurant, your frequency, and of course, whether you like to be taken good care
of or not
wine steward 15% of wine bill
bartender 10-15% of bar bill
servers at counter 15% of bill
coat check attendant $1 for one or two coats
rest room attendant 50 cents to $1
car park attendant $1
usher 50 cents to $1 per party
if shown to your seat
bagger $1 or more per bag
person loading your car $1-$5 depending on the load
driver 15% of fare, no less than
Tour Guide / Bus Driver (day trips only)
Guide / Driver $10-15% of the tour cost
Tow Truck Operator (suggested by Connie and Dave M.)
Jump Start / Tire Change $3 - $5
Locked out of car $5 - $10
Tow $5 or more