Anatomy of a … Tip: Proper Compensation

compensation_editThe question of how much to tip can cause many of us to break out in a sweat. We consulted Rachel Wagner, a certified corporate etiquette consultant, trainer, and speaker, to share her dos and don’ts in the world of tipping.

“Tipping is crucial,” she says. “So many people who provide services make minimum wage, which often isn’t enough to live on. They depend on their tips to pay the bills.”

Massage therapist or hairstylist
Tip 15–20 percent.
If someone other than your hairstylist washes your hair, give him or her a $2 tip.

Dog groomer
Tip 10–15 percent. More if your pooch is filthy.

Restaurant server
Tip 15–20 percent of your pretax bill. Note that a tip is often included for parties of six or more.

Office and home food delivery person
Tip 10–15 percent. 
Tip more if the delivery person has to climb several flights to get to you.

Taxi driver
15 percent is usually fine.
Tip $1–$2 extra if the driver helps you with your luggage.

Group airport shuttle driver

Tip $1–$2 per bag.

Tip $2–$5 when the car is returned to you. Don’t tip when you drop off the car unless you want to secure a safe spot. In that case, tip $2–$3 on the front end and say, “Please find a nice spot for my car.”

Bellhop who brings bags to your hotel room
Tip $2 for the first bag and $1 for each additional bag.

Hotel housekeeper

Tip $2–$3 per night, $5 per night in a high-end hotel or if more than three people are in your room. Place the money on your pillow with a note that it is designated for the housekeeper.

For more tipping advice, check out Rachel Wagner’s website at

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