Tip Calculator

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By Courtney Neidel 
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The tip calculator below shows how much to give service providers.

The standard tip for a restaurant server is 15%-20%, based on the experience, according to Elaine Swann, lifestyle and etiquette expert and founder of the Swann School of Protocol.

Tipping guidance

Fifteen to twenty percent is a standard tip for many other kinds of service providers. For example, that’s how much to tip a hairdresser and how much to tip a massage therapist if you can, Swann says.

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If you’re unsure whether or not to tip a professional, err on the side of giving gratuity, says Diane Gottsman, founder of The Protocol School of Texas. Or simply ask the person if they’re allowed to accept tips.

Unhappy with your service? Gently voice your concerns with the service provider and look for ways to resolve the issue, Swann says. Tipping less than 15% is fine in those cases, but still aim to give some gratuity.

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