Simple Tip Calculator from NerdWallet

Courtney Neidel
By Courtney Neidel 
Edited by Kathy Hinson

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Tip calculator instructions

This tip calculator shows how much to give service providers based on two common tipping percentages (15% and 20%), or a custom amount you enter. You can also use it to help you split the bill.

Bill amount: Enter the price of the meal or service.

Level of service: Choose how you would rate your experience. Was it average or above average? You can also choose to enter a custom tip percentage.

Number of customers tipping: Use this feature to calculate each person's share of the tip if you're with a group.

Results: The calculator will provide the total tip, the tip per customer and the total bill, including the tip.

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How much do you tip at a restaurant?

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

A 10% tip may suffice in some situations, and it’s easy to calculate. Think picking up a carryout order or a cup of coffee. Remember, 10% of $10 is $1. Double it to $2 for 20% of $10.

How much do you tip for other services?

For many other service providers, 15% to 20% is a standard tip too. For example, that’s how much to tip a hairdresser and how much to tip a massage therapist if you can, Swann says.

You can also look for a cue in the presets on the payment screen of the point-of-sale system if the business uses one.

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Unhappy with the service you received? 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. Keep in mind that the minimum wage for tipped employees is significantly lower than regular minimum wage, with the understanding that tipping makes up the difference.

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