Tips for good service typically range from 15% to 20% of the total bill. If the person went above and beyond, you might want to leave a bit more.
Etiquette experts suggest tips for hairstylists, manicurists and bartenders should be 15% to 20%. It’s also common to tip food delivery workers 10% to 15%, particularly when they bring your order in bad weather. Valets generally get between $2 and $5, while taxi drivers get 15% to 20%.
But in other situations, the standards for tipping aren’t as clear-cut, which can make things confusing. Should you leave a tip if there’s a tip jar on the counter at your local ice cream or coffee shop?
In those cases, the amount you tip, or if you tip at all, is up to you.
While it might be nice to tip the person serving you ice cream, it’s not required. The same goes for tipping the barista in a coffee shop. If you can afford to drop a dollar or some change in the tip jar, it’ll no doubt be appreciated. But it should be OK if you can’t or don’t want to.