How Much Do Service Professionals Really Rely On Your Tips?

service professionals tip percentageMost service professionals rely on tips, most famously a restaurant's wait staff, whose base pay is a far cry from the minimum wage. But there are many others we may not think of tipping, or tipping very much, even though they also depend on our generosity for a chunk of their take-home pay.

Your busboy/girl gets over a quarter of his/her $9.80 hourly wage from tips. Your DJ relies on tips for 16 percent of his wage. Your dog bather: 8 percent. Your sushi chef: 16 percent. Your fast-food server: 6 percent, the same percentage as your kindly tow truck driver. And for all you regular seafarers, your captain (and his mate) are banking on your generosity for 23 percent of his or her livelihood.

The online salary database Payscale calculated how much various service professionals' really depend on your tips, in percentage amounts. 'Tis the season to remember that when you're feeling frugal, you're slashing someone's paycheck!


Job Title

Typical Hours

Median Hourly Tips

Median Hourly Base Pay

Total Hourly Income

Percent Income from Tips

Frequency of Tips Reported

Gaming dealer

Full-time

$12.40

$7.20

$19.60

63%

Very Frequently

Waiter/waitress

Part-time

$7.00

$4.20

$11.20

63%

Very Frequently

Bartender

Part-time

$9.60

$7.80

$17.40

55%

Very Frequently

Banquet captain

Full-time

$7.70

$8.80

$16.50

47%

Very Frequently

Banquet server

Part-time

$5.70

$8.00

$13.70

42%

Frequently

Bar manager

Full-time

$7.60

$11.40

$19.00

40%

Very Frequently

Pizza delivery driver

Part-time

$4.40

$7.20

$11.60

38%

Very Frequently

Baggage porter or bellhop

Full-time

$4.80

$8.70

$13.50

36%

Frequently

Sommelier

Full-time

$7.80

$15.70/td>

$23.50

33%

Frequently

Hotel room service attendant

Full-time

$3.70

$7.50

$11.20

33%

Frequently

Parking attendant

Full-time

$3.60

$8.30

$11.90

30%

Frequently

Casino shift manager

Full-time

$7.50

$17.40

$24.90

30%

Occasionally

Butler

Full-time

$8.50

$20.80

$29.30

29%

Frequently

Hotel floor manager

Full-time

$5.20

$13.10

$18.30

28%

Occasionally

Maitre d'

Full-time

$4.90

$12.50

$17.40

28%

Frequently

Taxi driver

Full-time

$5.00

$14.60

$19.60

26%

Frequently

Busboy/girl

Limited Time

$2.50

$7.30

$9.80

26%

Very Frequently

Tour guide

Full-time

$3.40

$10.30

$13.70

25%

Frequently

Night club general manager

Full-time

$4.90

$14.90

$19.80

25%

Occasionally

Pizza server

Limited Time

$2.40

$7.40

$9.80

24%

Frequently

Dining room attendant

Part-time

$2.40

$7.80

$10.20

24%

Frequently

Hairdresser/ hairstylist assistant

Full-time

$2.40

$7.80

$10.20

24%

Very Frequently

Non-restaurant food server

Part-time

$2.40

$8.00

$10.40

23%

Very Frequently

Ship captain or mate

Full-time

$5.00

$17.10

$22.10

23%

Occasionally

Chauffeur

Part-time

$4.10

$14.10

$18.20

23%

Frequently

Nail technician

Part-time

$3.00

$10.60

$13.60

22%

Very Frequently

Cosmetologist

Full-time

$2.80

$10.10

$12.90

22%

Very Frequently

Hairdresser/ hairstylist

Part-time

$3.00

$11.10

$14.10

21%

Very Frequently

Non-medical esthetician

Part-time

$3.20

$12.20

$15.40

21%

Very Frequently

Bell captain

Full-time

$2.90

$11.10

$14.00

21%

Very Frequently

Banquet manager

Full-time

$4.90

$19.20

$24.10

20%

Frequently

Casino host

Full-time

$5.70

$22.80

$28.50

20%

Frequently

Barber or beauty shop manager

Full-time

$3.40

$14.60

$18.00

19%

Very Frequently

Food and beverage manager

Full-time

$3.80

$16.80

$20.60

18%

Occasionally

Tattoo artist

Part-time

$6.10

$27.50

$33.60

18%

Frequently

Clinical esthetician

Part-time

$2.90

$13.10

$16.00

18%

Frequently

Hair salon and spa Manager

Full-time

$2.60

$12.40

$15.00

17%

Frequently

Restaurant manager

Full-time

$3.10

$14.90

$18.00

17%

Occasionally

Restaurant host/hostess

Limited Time

$1.70

$8.20

$9.90

17%

Frequently

Golf club manager

Full-time

$3.80

$19.40

$23.20

16%

Occasionally

Disc jockey (DJ)

Limited Time

$4.90

$25.20

$30.10

16%

Frequently

Beautician

Part-time

$3.10

$16.10

$19.20

16%

Frequently

Licensed massage therapist

Limited Time

$3.80

$19.90

$23.70

16%

Very Frequently

Sushi chef

Full-time

$2.60

$13.80

$16.40

16%

Very Frequently

Mover

Full-time

$2

$10.70

$12.70

16%

Frequently

Restaurant assistant manager

Full-time

$2.50

$13.70

$16.20

15%

Occasionally

Doorman

Full-time

$2.30

$13.50

$15.80

15%

Frequently

Spa manager

Full-time

$2.50

$14.70

$17.20

15%

Frequently

Barber

Full-time

$1.90

$11.60

$13.50

14%

Frequently

Hunting and fishing guide

Full-time

$3

$18.90

$21.90

14%

Frequently

Gaming cage worker

Full-time

$1.70

$11.30

$13

13%

Very Frequently

Gaming change person/ booth cashier

Full-time

$1.40

$9.90

$11.30

12%

Very Frequently

Catering manager

Full-time

$2.50

$17.80

$20.30

12%

Occasionally

Barista

Part-time

$1.20

$8.60

$9.80

12%

Very Frequently

Van driver

Full-time

$1.30

$9.50

$10.80

12%

Occasionally

Short order cook

Part-time

$1.10

$8.50

$9.60

11%

Frequently

Makeup artist

Part-time

$1.70

$13.40

$15.10

11%

Occasionally

Coffee shop manager

Full-time

$1.30

$10.80

$12.10

11%

Frequently

Food service supervisor

Full-time

$1.20

$10

$11.20

11%

Occasionally

Personal chef

Part-time

$3

$25.80

$28.80

10%

Occasionally

Hotel executive chef

Full-time

$2.70

$25.30

$28

10%

Occasionally

Dog groomer

Full-time

$1.30

$12.20

$13.50

10%

Very Frequently

Building superintendent

Full-time

$1.90

$18.10

$20

10%

Occasionally

Dishwasher

Part-time

$0.80

$7.90

$8.70

9%

Occasionally

Head chef/cook

Full-time

$1.30

$12.90

$14.20

9%

Occasionally

Cafe manager

Full-time

$1.30

$13

$14.30

9%

Frequently

Concierge

Full-time

$1.20

$12.30

$13.50

9%

Frequently

Automobile detailer

Full-time

$0.90

$9.50

$10.40

9%

Occasionally

Chauffeur motorbus coach operator

Full-time

$1.30

$13.80

$15.10

9%

Frequently

Dog grooming salon manager

Full-time

$1.30

$13.90

$15.20

9%

Very Frequently

Pizza chef

Part-time

$0.80

$8.60

$9.40

9%

Frequently

Chef assistant

Part-time

$1

$10.90

$11.90

8%

Occasionally

Mobile lounge bus driver

Full-time

$1

$11.10

$12.10

8%

Occasionally

Food counter attendant

Part-time

$0.80

$9.10

$9.90

8%

Frequently

Dog bather

Part-time

$0.70

$8.50

$9.20

8%

Frequently

Guest services representative

Full-time

$0.80

$9.80

$10.60

8%

Occasionally

Musician or singer

Limited Time

$4.90

$60.10

$65

8%

Occasionally

Satellite antenna installer

Full-time

$1.40

$18.80

$20.20

7%

Occasionally

Pastry sous chef

Full-time

$1

$13.50

$14.50

7%

Occasionally

Hotel housekeeper

Part-time

$0.60

$8.10

$8.70

7%

Occasionally

Pizza store manager

Full-time

$0.80

$11.40

$12.20

7%

Frequently

Pizza store assistant manager

Full-time

$0.70

$10.00

$10.70

7%

Occasionally

Housekeeper/ maid

Part-time

$0.60

$8.60

$9.20

7%

Occasionally

Fast food worker

Part-time

$0.50

$8.10

$8.60

6%

Occasionally

Tow truck driver

Full-time

$0.70

$11.60

$12.30

6%

Occasionally

Dog walker

Limited Time

$0.80

$15.00

$15.80

5%

Frequently

Hotel front-desk shift manager

Full-time

$0.70

$13.60

$14.30

5%

Occasionally

Line service technician

Full-time

$0.50

$11.00

$11.50

4%

Frequently

Gas station attendant

Part-time

$0.40

$8.90

$9.30

4%

Occasionally

Home appliance repairer

Full-time

$0.50

$18.20

$18.70

3%

Occasionally

Steam cleaner

Full-time

$0.30

$13.40

$13.70

2%

Frequently

Swimming pool & spa technician

Full-time

$0.20

$14.30

$14.50

1%

Occasionally



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Lauren

I was just talking about this with my boyfriend. Wouldn't it be much better to just pay a flat wage and get rid of tipping all together? It could instill a quality of service that's not based around stereotypes.

November 29 2011 at 12:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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