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How To Tip Your Waiter or Waitress

By Edited Jul 31, 2016 0 2

Properly Tipping Your Server

What most people don't know is that at most restaurants, waiters and waitresses have to tip out the cooks, greeters and table bussers based on percentage of their total gross sales. They have to pay out regardless if they were tipped or not, so if you don't tip a waiter or waitress on a large bill you can actually cost them money. For this reason I pretty much always tip unless the waiter was rude or provided terrible service.

As a rule of thumb, I will tip 10% on waiters or waitresses who provide average service, and up to 20% on servers who provide amazing service or when you have a large party.

You should calculate this number off the total value of the bill before tax. So if you had an amazing server, and your bill was $100 before tax; you would give them a $20 tip. If their service was just average, you would tip $10.

Hopefully this provides some insight into how to tip your server!


Nov 13, 2009 8:47am
OK. Having worked in the industry myself for over 25 years, I just want to add that a 10% tip is telling your server that they provided POOR service. The standard these days is 15-18% for normal service, and 20% if your server rocked your world. Servers do indeed have to tip out MANY different people, and they also generally get paid $2.38 and hour, so they do not get paychecks. They make what they take home. Just food for thought, I guess!
Oct 28, 2011 7:59am
I agree with ljbinkop. But I definitely agree with tipping small if the service was terrible, that does not necessarily relate to the food or atmosphere, a waitress earns a tip on her own merits.
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