Here's Who are the Worst Tippers

A new study found that while most Americans have a negative view of tipping, some are tipping worse than others.

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If you find yourself experiencing tip fatigue, you’re not alone. Two-thirds of adults have a negative view of tipping, according to a recent study from Bankrate. The study, which questioned 2,437 U.S. adults from May 3-5, found that there’s been a steady decline in how often Americans are tipping for a number of services. 

Bankrate found that in 2023, although most individuals (65%) who dine at sit-down restaurants still always tip their server, this is down from 73% in 2022, 75% in 2021 and 77% in 2019. So while people are still leaving tips - a Forbes study determined that 95% of people report tipping at least sometimes - who they tip, and how much, depends on a number of factors, including quality of service, complexity of order and service and wait times. According to Bankrate, 53% of adults always leave a tip or gratuity for hair stylists, compared to only 22% for baristas and 13% when picking up take-out. 

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Percent of adults who report always leaving a tip
Header Cell - Column 0 Gen ZersBaby BoomersMenWomen
Hairdresser, hair stylist or barber24%70%46%60%
Servers or waitstaff at a sit-down restaurant35%83%60%70%
Food delivery31%62%45%54%
Taxis or rideshares22%56%36%45%

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Erin Bendig
Personal Finance Writer

Erin pairs personal experience with research and is passionate about sharing personal finance advice with others. Previously, she was a freelancer focusing on the credit card side of finance, but has branched out since then to cover other aspects of personal finance. Erin is well-versed in traditional media with reporting, interviewing and research, as well as using graphic design and video and audio storytelling to share with her readers.