30 Percent Tips Could Soon Be the Norm

Apparently, 25 percent tips are the new norm, meaning 30 percent tips could be in the future


Sure, living in New York means paying $5 for a beer is the norm (or even $8), but that's the cost of not having to drive everywhere, right?

Well, apparently the standard 20 percent tip that everyone living in New York has learned to give is slowly rising, up to 25 or even 30 percent (you know, along with rent). The New York Post reports that a professor from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration found that more people are tipping more than 20 percent. And it's not even in New York City.

Of 9,000 credit card receipts from a Poughkeepsie, N.Y., restaurant, 37 percent tipped more than 20 percent. The New York Post reports that nowadays, "suggested" gratuities can go up to 25 or 30 percent. 

Plus, Steve Dublanica, author of Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper’s Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity, tells the Post that some waiters are expecting 25 percent now. "In Manhattan, when I talk to waiters they tell me, ‘No, we want 25 percent now.’ I don’t know how often they’re getting it, but within the past couple years, I’ve heard that mumbled," he said. Now who's going to break the news to the tourists?


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Msradell's picture

What server wrote this article? Tips is already risen from 15% to 20% which I really don't understand. Since tips are based on the cost of the meal and meal prices have steadily risen the amount that servers are making has also risen! They don't provide any more service nor better service (actually is probably usually worse than it used to be) so why should they be getting larger tips?

Susan Wilson's picture

"We want 25% now".

Keep dreaming.

I want a BF with millions and a ring to put on my finger, but we all don't get what we want.

15%-20% is what you will get. ...If you deserve it.

Tipping, is earned for good service. Not something you DEMAND.

By the way, the study mentions 37% tipping more than 20%, and that probably is for extra special service and NOT the norm. 37% also means the MAJORITY, 63%, DON'T tip over 20%.

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