How You Should Tip These Days

We reached out to experts to find out how tipping etiquette has changed since the coronavirus hit, and what to do if you can’t afford to tip generously.

When it comes to how much you should tip, some etiquette experts believe you should contribute as much as possible.

In addition to health risks, many frontline workers are also in precarious financial situations, said Jodi RR Smith ofMannersmith Etiquette Consulting. For example, many restaurants are restricted in their capacities right now, and servers have had their hours cut. They’re also often paid below minimum wage with the expectation that they will make up the difference in tips.

“When you decide to dine out, you should tip to the point of pain,” Smith said. “Overtipping is the standard until we are back to business as usual.”

Tip Amounts By Service

Though 15% is the general minimum, tip amounts may vary depending on the service provided. So how much are you expected to give?

“As patrons, we should keep in mind that these workers are risking their health and safety in order to provide us a service,” said Bonnie Tsai, founder and director ofBeyond Etiquette. Below are a few examples of how much to tip depending on the service. But if you can tip more, it’s encouraged.


  • Dine-in: 20-25% of the pre-tax total.
  • Takeout:15-20% of the pre-tax total.


  • Delivery drivers: 20% of the bill
  • Pizza delivery: $5-$7 depending on the size of the order and difficulty of delivery

Baristas and bartenders:$2-$5 per drink


  • Hair stylist/barber: 20-25%
  • Manicurist: 20-25%
  • Spa services: 20-25%