The Best Tippers in US are Men and Republicans
A new survey reveals that Men, Republicans, and residents of the Northeast are the best tippers.
Women tip a median of 16%, while Democrats and Southerners leave a median 15% at a restaurant, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 American adults conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on behalf of CreditCards.com.
That is compared with the median 20% that Men, Republicans, and Northeasterners leave. Those who pay with plastic leave a median 20%, compared with 15% for those who pay in cash.
Though about 50% of people tip between 16 and 20%, about a 20% of restaurant goers polled admitted to stiffing the wait staff at least occasionally.
“I was definitely surprised by how many people tip over 15%, but I was also surprised by how many people never tip at all at a restaurant,” a CreditCards.com’s senior industry analyst, said in a statement. “I’m guessing they don’t get very good service on their next visit.”
Tipping is a critical source of income for nearly all American service workers.
The federal minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13. Such workers rely on the collective whim of their customers for the remainder of their earnings.
There has been a recent trend against tipping, with some restaurants factoring the service charge into the cost of their products. The majority of restaurants, however, still have tipping policies.
Issues with tipping extend beyond the restaurant industry.
The survey found that 31% of those surveyed never tip their housekeeper when staying at a hotel and 30% never tip the Barista at a coffee shop.
Tip your service workers is the bottom line.