How Much Do You Tip?

Well, well, well. Mary Stacy was quite sharp. She noticed that we normally tip in the region of 10% when we eat out. Now that it was brought up, I think it’s a very interesting topic.

We had always thought (and still believe) that Canadians generally tip in the region of 10% to 15%. That is to say that we generally tip 10% and only 15% or more if the service is good. Well, that had always been what we normally do.

We do observe and practice tipping more when we are in the US. I believe the norm is to tip at least 15% and up to 20% and more if the service is good. So, when Mary Stacy mentioned that 10% was low and that I think she’s from Chicago, I am kind of not surprised she mentioned it.

I could be wrong.


So, here is the question for you all … I mean you ALL readers … I mean not just readers from Canada and the US … can you share with me (1) where you are from and (2) how much do you typically tip? Just take a few seconds and respond with a comment.

I will collect all responses and summarize them. It will be very interesting to know, I bet.

Update 18Jul: FYI, here is what I found on wikipedia about tipping in Canada:

Tipping in Canada is similar to that in the United States due to the close cultural nature of the two countries. For example, while tipping for waiters in the United States is 15-20% for good service, waiters in Canada also receive 10-20% for good service.

Whew! It’s good to know we were not so cheap after all. LOL!

53 thoughts on “How Much Do You Tip?

  1. Tipping is very important in north america, if the service is really bad leave at least 3 or 4 percent because the waitress or waiter will have to tip out the barmaid the doormen the kitchen so don t make her or him loses money at least. im a restaurant manager in montreal since a while and i always tip 15 to 20 percent because i know its a really hard job. so please people and espacially tourists be nice

  2. Hi. I’m a Finn temporarily living in Vancouver.


    FEIGN ignorance? Ha. Ha. A-ha-ha. If only I were that brazen.
    In numerous, numerous countries, you can go your whole life without leaving or receiving a tip once. Where I’m from everyone gets paid “grown-up wages”, so the concept of tipping hasn’t caught on. Wherever else I travel in the world, if tipping is the norm I use the 10% rule, because that’s the easiest percentage to calculate. At a self-service place or a McBucks I never tip. That might make me stingy (not to mention lazy about using math), but fortunately, you’re usually rid of my stingy ass soon, because I move around a lot. Move to Scandinavia, whiners 😉

    • Lady is right. None of my exchange students or their families (who have been from all over the world) tip very much. Apparently servers in their countries are paid a normal wage and have access to national health care.

      I spend some time with every new student to explain that restaurant servers in the US don’t get paid a real wage and must live on their tips. Our tax rate is around 9% so I tell them to look at the number for the tax and double it, perhaps taking a little away. Generally don’t go below a dollar though, even if you just had coffee and a donut.

      In mom and pop restaurants (Chinese and otherwise), I try to leave tips in cash. I am afraid that the owner won’t distribute the tips if I use the tipping space on my card bill.

      I train the students to keep a bit of cash on their person for tipping and other things. You can’t ALWAYS use a card!

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