Who tips the best at restaurants?
The rate-comparison website CreditCards.com teamed with a research firm in late June and found that the best tippers were:
• Baby Boomers
• Those paying with a credit/debit card
Those groups generally leave a median tip of 20 percent of the total bill at U.S. restaurants, the survey found. Women leave a median tip of 16 percent, and the median tip for Southerners and Democrats is 15 percent.
Princeton Survey Research Associates International conducted the poll from June 22-25, and interviewed 1,002 adults in the continental United States by telephone. The margin of error was 3.7 percentage points.
“I was surprised by how many people tip more than 15 percent,” said Matt Schulz, senior analyst at CreditCards.com, “but I was also surprised by how many people never tip at all at a restaurant.”
About 2 percent of those surveyed said they never left a tip in a sit-down restaurant, and 7 percent said they tipped “only sometimes.”
Find out more about consumers’ tipping habits:
Tipping Data Points
16%: The median tip left by women
80%: The percentage of Americans who always leave a tip
20%: The median tip left by Baby Boomers
99%: The percentage of consumers earning $75K+ who always or usually leave a tip
Source: CreditCards.com/Princeton Survey Research Associates International