Who should you tip and how much should you tip them?

When it comes to tipping waiters and bartenders, you're probably aware of the correct etiquette. But what do you do when you're not sure whether or not to tip a service professional?

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

Earlier this week, one of our reporters spoke with a local barista and learned a little something about coffee shop etiquette – apparently, you're supposed to tip the person making your drink.

The idea was a bit of a surprise to some of our readers and raised a few questions here at The Elkhart Truth – one of them being, who else are we supposed to be tipping that we aren't already?

Sure, waiters and bartenders are a given. However, the rules can get a little murky when it comes to other professions, and then there's the issue of figuring out how much they should be tipped. 

According to the Emily Post Institute and CNN Money, this is how much you're supposed to tip people performing common services:

Professional Amount to tip
Host or hostess There's no obligation to tip simply for greeting and showing you to your table. If one goes above and beyond, $10-20 is acceptable.
Take out There's no obligation to tip. If extra service is involved or it's an extremely complicated order, tip 10 percent.
Home delivery 10-15 percent of the bill. 
Bartender $1-2 per drink or 15-20 percent of the tab
Tipping jars There's no obligation to tip. Tip occasionally if the barista or server does something extra or if you're a regular.
Doorman If he or she carries your luggage, tip $1-4. For hailing a cab, tip him or her $1-2. For exceptional service or extra work, tip $1-4.
Housekeeping at a hotel Tip $2-5 per day.
Concierge There is no need to tip for he or she answering questions. If he or she gets tickets or a dinner reservation for you, tip $5-10.
Hair salon Tip 15-30 percent and ask for it to be split between those who served you. 
Handyman No tip
Grocery loader Tip $1 for bringing bags to your car. Tip $1.50 to $3 if you have more than three bags.

However, we're wondering what you think – which service professionals should be tipped and how much should you tip them? Fill out the survey below to tell us your personal tipping rules.


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