How to Tip: A Guide to Gratuities

Our etiquette experts make sure you never again leave a bill wondering if you tipped the right amount

Follow our easy financial fix guide to correct your money mistakes.

Ever gotten a check and wondered how much you should leave behind? May that now be a thing of the past with our tipping guide. Consider it our "No Tip Left Behind" campaign.

How to Tip... On a Night Out

Waiter: 15 - 20% of the bill pre-tax, more if the service is exceptional--taking into account that some restaurants may employ a bi-lingual wait-staff (i.e. a French restaurant) or have staff with somelier experience.

Bartender: $1 - $2 per drink or 15-20% of the entire tab, more if you're a regular and the bartender gives you discounted drinks or buy backs.

Tip Jar: No obligation, but it's encouraged to tip occasionally if your server or barista provides a little something extra or if you're a regular customer. It's also customary to toss any change coins received from breaking a bill at the register into the jar.

Home Food Delivery: 10 - 15% of the bill, $2-5 for pizza depending on the size for the order and difficulty of delivery, distance traveled and harsh whether conditions should also be taken into account when figuring a tip for food delivery.

Restroom Attendant: $0.50 - $3 depending on the level of service.

Valet: $2 - $5 when the car is returned to you, be sure to take into account weather conditions and if it is a busy night (your valet might have to move several cars before retrieving yours).

NEXT: How to Tip... When Traveling

Pages