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How Much to Tip in Any Situation [CHART]

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    Those that work in the service industry know how important tips are to their earnings. In many places, not tipping a server can mean they are practically working for free. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most employers are only required to pay servers $2.13 an hour; the rest they must make in tips. Sounds like servers may really get the short end of the stick here.

    Most of us stick to the 15%-20% rule when the opportunity to tip comes up, but those who don’t consider how hard it is to work as a server aren’t as generous. Even if you get bad service, you’d be a bigger person to confront the manager rather than leave a small tip or nothing at all. To help guide you when it comes to tipping, Tim Urban of¬†¬†Wait But Why¬†endeavored to create this chart on what the tipping norms are for every service industry and how much you should give without coming off as a stingy jerk.

    Urban asked over one hundred service workers from waiters, bartenders, barbers, doormen, and valets in¬†New York City¬†about their experiences in tipping and compared his findings with his site’s readers and other tipping experts. Take a look at the chart below and the next time you tip a server, exercise your generosity- at least it’s good karma.


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