How America Tips

Survey findings…

• While men and women are equally likely to tip restaurant servers, men say they’re more generous, the survey shows. 59% of men say they leave a tip that exceeds 15% of the bill, versus just 47%of women.

• While 94% of whites say they tip their restaurant servers all or most of the time; 82% of Hispanics and 78% of blacks say the same. Whites were twice as likely to say they typically leave a tip that exceeds 15% of the total bill.

• The Northeast dominates when it comes to the amount diners tend to tip in restaurants, with 62% leaving a tip that exceeds 15 % of the bill. Next most generous is the Midwest (57%), followed by the West (51%) and the South (46%).

• In general, the older you are, the larger the tip you will leave in a restaurant. Young millennials (ages 18-26) leave a median tip of 16% of the bill, Generation Xers report a median of 18% of the bill, and the number rises to 20% for baby boomers.

• About 9 in 10 of those who pay with plastic say they always tip the wait staff, compared to only 76% of those who plunk down cash.

• 60% of those who pay with plastic say their tip usually exceeds 15% of the bill, versus 45% of cash payers.

• Republicans and independents are the big tippers. The poll found that 57% of independents and 59% of Republicans typically leave an average restaurant tip that exceeds 15% of the bill. Only 46% of Democrats could say the same.

The survey was created by CreditCards.com and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International polling 1,002 adults living in the continental United States.
Conducted June 22-25, 2017.