- $1-5 for skycaps, bellhops, doormen, and parking valets, $1 per coat for coatroom attendants, $2-5 per night for housekeeper, $5-10 for concierge (only if they arranged tickets or reservations), $1-3 per bag for grocery loaders.
- For waiters at sit-down restaurants, bartenders, barbers/hairdressers/attendants at beauty salons, taxi drivers, tour guides, and food delivery folks, the tip should be calculated as a percentage of your total bill as follows: 10% usually means you are very unhappy, 15% usually means all was ok, 20% for excellent, 25% for outstanding. 15% and over is considered "normal".
- These percentages are highly subjective!
- Note that tipping percentages will vary in different parts of the country, and even in different parts of a state. In general, rural folks tend to tip less than in big cities.
- Ignore sales tax when calculating tips.
- Note that if you have more than one person serving you at these establishments, the percentage represents the total tip and should be split amongst all who serve you.
- Tips should only go to people who are helpful. If they don't help you, don't tip them.
- In some places a clearly displayed "Service Charge" or "Gratuity" might be automatically added to a bill, especially for party sizes of 8 or more. Check your bill for these charges before tipping. If the word "Gratuity" is used and you're not happy, check with the manager. A gratuity by definition is an amount you don't have to pay but choose to.
(These recommendations are based on ones provided by the Emily Post Institute. For those who are interested in etiquette in the USA, most Americans refer to Emily Postor Amy Vanderbilt for the final word on manners.)