Where do you fit into the dining survey on tipping?

News-DemocratJune 9, 2014 

While the person serving you food at a restaurant may be young, that doesn't mean young adult diners will tip them better than older adults. In fact, according to a recent online survey by Harris Poll on behalf of Michelin, a company known for its restaurant guides, diners 18 to 34 are cheap tippers.

On average, Americans say they usually tip 18 percent for good service when dining out, according to the survey, which included more than 2,000 U.S. adults. Seventy percent of Americans overall say they usually tip between 15 to 20 percent for good service when dining out, and one in 10

Americans say they typically tip more than 20 percent, with men more likely to say this than women (12 percent compared to 8 percent, respectively).

Thankfully, just 1 percent of Americans say they leave nothing for good service.

A closer look at the survey's demographics shows that younger adults, more than older adults, say they usually leave tips well below the national average. Thirty percent of Americans age 18 to 34 admit they normally tip less than 15 percent for good service, while only 16 percent of adults 35 and older admit this in the survey.

Geographically, there are also differences: Diners in the Northeast are more charitable when tipping than other regions of the country. For example, 22 percent of diners in the South say they normally tip less than 15 percent. In the West, 24 percent say this, and in the Midwest it is 26 percent. Only 15 percent of Northeast diners say they tip this sparingly, and the overall average tip among this geographic group is above the national average at 19 percent.

The Harris Poll survey for Michelin also asked Americans what was the most they have tipped for good service. Surprisingly, one in three Americans said they have left 30 percent or more for good service.

In the very big tipper category, 12 percent of diners say they have left 50 percent or more in gratuity. And while there were some small differences between men and women in normal tipping habits, when it comes to the largest tip ever, men are considerably more freehanded than women. In the Michelin survey, men are more likely than women to have tipped 30 percent or more (39 percent versus 24 percent, respectively), and men are also more likely to have splurged 50 percent or more (16 percent versus eight percent, respectively).

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service