Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Not About Food >
Mar 21, 2014 09:42 AM

More tipping data

FWIW, as an additional thread reference in our tipping flame wars:

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. 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)

    3 Replies
    1. re: Harters

      It would be interesting to see what median tips are as well.

      1. re: Harters

        "The average tip was once about 15 percent, but it’s creeping up towards 20 percent."

        Also, the fact that cash tips weren't tracked makes this "study" useless.

        1. re: Harters

          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.

        2. As far as how many people tip at all, this only tells who tips by credit card. Many people use a card but tip in cash. As far as %, I am surprised (but pleased) that there is not much discrepancy from highest to lowest state.

          1 Reply
          1. re: mwhitmore

            this study was through all square food transactions, not necessarily restaurant. Last week, I paid for a tea via square and didnt tip. so that is being counted under the 40% who dont tip.

          2. 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!