Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tipping Chart

Having come from India, I am unsure of how much to tip in many situations (for example: how much do you give the wine steward) . Here is a helpful chart from


Amount of Tip


$1.00 to $2.00 per drink or 20% of the total tab.

Buffet Server

$1.00 to $2.00 per person.

Coatroom Attendant

$1.00 to $2.00 per coat checked.

Cruise Employees

It is customary to leave a tip at the end of your cruise for the following people, your cabin steward, head waiter, assistant waiter and Mater d'. The amount varies, check with your cruise line first.

Gas Attendant

It's rare these days but if they pump the gas for you they should get $1.00 to $2.00.

Grocery Boy/Girl

$1.00 to $2.00 for loading your bags in your car and $3.00 if you have more than 3 bags.


15% to 20%.

Hotel Bellhop

$1.00 to $2.00 per bag, with a $2.00 minimum.

Hotel Concierge

$5.00 to $10.00 for getting tickets or reservations.

Hotel Doorman

$1.00 per bag or $2.00 for hailing a cab.

Hotel Housekeeper

$2.00 to $5.00 per night.



Room Service

15% to 20%

Pizza/Delivery Person

$2.00 or 15% to 20%, whichever is greater.

Pool Attendant

$1.00 to $2.00 for bringing towels or chairs.

Shampoo Person



$1.00 to $2.00 per bag.

Spa Service

15% to 20%

Taxi Driver



$3.00 to $5.00


15% to 20%, more if the service is very good.

Washroom Attendant


Wine Steward

15% of the price of the bottle.

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