Have you ever gotten your hair cut at a new salon and wondered how much to tip? You tried to remember…is 20 percent standard? Or is it 15? Wonder no more. We asked smart-shopping expert Trae Bodge for her guidelines on who to tip and how much.
- Car washer: $2–$3 per car, $3–$5 per SUV/truck/van
- Dog groomer: 15–20 percent
- Server: 18–20 percent
- Bartender: $1 per drink for beer/wine;$2 for a complicated cocktail; 15–20 percent for an upscale bar
- Coat checker: $1–$2 per item
- Movers: $10–$20 per mover
- Valet parking attendant: $1–$5
- Pet sitters/walkers: 15 percent “if they were hired through a service,” says Bodge. “If they’re independent, simply pay the agreed-upon fee.”
- Food and drink: 10–15 percent
- Flowers: $2–$5
- Laundry/dry cleaning: $3–$5
- Appliances or furniture: $5–$10 per person, depending on the difficulty
- Makeup artist, masseuse, hair stylist, manicurist/pedicurist, waxer/threader
These are easy to remember, says Bodge: All are 15–20 percent.
- Concierge:$5, says Bodge, “if they go above and beyond.”
- Housekeeper: $2 per day
- Room service:$2–$5
- Bellhop: $2–$5, depending on how many bags
- Taxi/car-service/rideshare drivers: 15–20 percent
Typically, if you’ve hired an independent contractor, it’s customary to pay the rate you agreed upon, and you aren’t required to tip, says Bodge. “However, if they work for a company or service, a tip is a nice gesture,” she adds.
- Limousine driver: 15–20 percent
- Photographer: $50–$100
- Videographer: $50–$100
- Live band: $15–$20 per musician
- DJ: $50–$100
- Wait staff: 18–20 percent. If someone goes above and beyond, give them $20 individually, says Bodge.
During the holidays, don’t forget the people who help take care of your home, especially if you’ve gotten to know them.
- Mailman: USPS employees are not supposed to accept monetary gifts, including gift “You can give a small general gift or something sweet, like baked goods or chocolates,” says Bodge, “but the value must be no more than $20.”
- Doorman: $20 per person, or more if there is only one doorman. “General gifts or sweets are nice, too,” Bodge says.
- Landscaper/gardener: “Tip the cost of one service,” says Bodge.
- Trash/recycling collectors: $10 each, or general gifts or sweets
- House cleaners: The cost of one cleaning
- Contractors: $20 per person, if regularly used
By Ashley Rapp