Tip Drill

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median hourly wage for waiters including tips is just $6.75 an hour, essentially 1 tall latte and rainbow cookie per hour. So that means while the average waiter makes only $2.15 an hour, with their tips most waiters still only pocket $6.75 an hour. The majority of them have to split their tips with the hostess, bussers, and bartenders at the end of the night. Ballin’?

That paltry pay often stems from the fact that most of us simply don’t know how to properly tip. The standard tip should be 15 to 20 percent. If you receive excellent service and would like to tip more than the average, feel free. It will be appreciated, and for those of you older than 21, may even get a stronger cranberry and goose from the bartender.

As for bad tippers, if the service is that terrible you are within your right to not leave a tip. However, it’s important for you to alert management, and make certain to check your food before you eat it should you return there. Seriously though, please remember that when it comes to issues like late food, know that it’s not always the server’s fault. Now, if you’re considerate of the other wait staff, you can leave three to five percent for bad service. That will cover what that waiter will likely have to split later on that night.

What if you don’t have enough money to tip? Honestly, if you don’t have the money to tip, you shouldn’t be eating out at a restaurant. Once again, Ballin’? That’s right if you can’t tip a server, stay home and tip your jar of peanut butter open.

Who do you tip outside of waiters? Just about anyone in the service industry including, but not limited to, non-fast food restaurant workers, barbers, maids, valet drivers, taxi drivers, bartenders and beauticians. Some people take issue with tipping delivery drivers or people who take to go orders. While it’s still customary to tip all those who provide a service, some situations such as the two described allow more leeway.

So how do you calculate a tip without using a calculator?

Here’s a few helpful hints from Urban Professor:

  • 15% = 10% + 5%. So, what you need to do is figure out 10% and then add half (5%).
  • 10% is very easy to calculate, you just move the decimal place one to the left. For example, if the bill is $25.00 then 10% would be $2.50.
  • Then to figure out 5%, just take half of that, which would be $1.25.
  • Now you have 10% which is $2.50 and 5% which is $1.25, add them together for a total of $3.75.
  • When it’s a more obscure dollar amount, just round up (i.e. $3.75 becomes $4.00).
  • For 20 percent move the decimal one space over to the left and multiply that number by 2.
  • Or if you live in a state with a sales tax, you can take the sales tax added to your bill and double that figure for the tip.

Now, that you’ve really had a tip drill, go solve the hard part, what to do after you eat? Sorry, but we can’t help you with that.