Manicurist: 15 percent.

Shampoo person: $2.

Spa staff per treatment (facial, massage, etc.): 15 to 20 percent.

Waiter/waitress in restaurant with table service: 20 percent of the bill (excluding tax) for very good service, 15 percent of the bill for adequate service; and 10 percent for less than adequate service. If your service was poor, speak with the restaurant manager.

Restaurant home delivery driver: $2 to $3. 

Bartenders: $1 to $2 per drink or 15 to 20 percent of the total bill.

Valet parking attendant: $1 to $3 in towns and up to $5 in cities.

Coat check clerk: $1 per coat. 

Most of us realize we are supposed to tip our waiter or waitress when dining out in a restaurant. However, trying to figure out when and how much to tip other people who provide services can be a puzzling mystery.

Although not mandatory in most situations, tipping is often expected when a service of some kind is rendered. From the people who cut our hair or park our cars to the ones who carry our suitcases or groom our dogs, many of the service providers we meet each day depend heavily upon tip income. Quite often, these individuals receive low wages based on the assumption that the tips they receive will significantly raise their level of compensation.

The rules and etiquette of tipping seem to vary depending upon popular opinion and where you happen to be at the time. Of course, some tippers are more generous than others. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what kind of tipper you want or can afford to be.

The following tips on tipping (gathered from a variety of sources) may help guide you: 

Tips on Tipping

Gardener or pool cleaner: $20 to $50, presented at the end of the season.

Hairstylist/colorist/barber: 15 to 20 percent.

Taxi driver: 10 to 15 percent of fare, based on quality of service, along with an extra $1 to $2 for help with suitcases or bags.

Airport skycap: $1 per bag for curbside check-in and $2 per bag if bags are transported to check-in counter.

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Hotel doorman: $1 per bag for help with luggage and $1 per person for hailing a cab.

Hotel housekeeper: $2 to $3 per night for standard class hotels and up to $5 at high-end facilities. Because staff may change, it is a good idea to tip daily.


Dog groomer: 15 to 20 percent.