More tipping data
- Karl S Mar 21, 2014 09:42 AM
FWIW, as an additional thread reference in our tipping flame wars:
That's fascinating information which I'm going to assume is accurate.
As a visitor to America, I've always been conscious that, with regard tipping, I'm entering a very different culture to my own. But this, as we say, seems to put the cat amongst the pigeons.
Not only does the data show that the average tip is not particulary close to the 20% often quoted on Chowhound as the "going rate" but it also seems to show that a high percentage of Americans do not tip at all (round about 40% but a majority in some states)
But the article admits that the source, Square, is used at lots of different kinds of establishments, so one would have to be careful in drawing conclusions from the percentage of transactions where a tip is left. Also....... Square is a small credit card reading device which is plugged in to smart phones. Not really something that would be used widely at places where tipping is done in the context we discuss here.
Interesting that with the exception of Delaware, the average is within 2% for all states.
It seems people do not account for state differences in minimum wage when they tip.
Servers in Washington are getting $9.32 + 15.9% of sales, while servers in Arkansas get $3 + only 1% more of sales (16.9%). Does the cost of living in the different states even it all out?
Poor Delaware servers get $2.23 + only 14% of sales. If you want to make money as a server, stay out of Delaware!