Tipping is not mandatory, it is a thank you for the service provided.

In the United States it is common to leave 15% to 20% of the total tip account, since this is provided to complement the low salary that employees or waiters have in restaurants.

Many restaurants include on the receipt the percentage and the amount they expect to receive as a tip. Some restaurants even suggest 15% of the total bill as the minimum tip amount.

For example, if dinner cost $ 90, the receipt may suggest:

  • 15% tip would be $ 13.50
  • 18% tip would be $ 16.20
  • 20% tip would be $ 18.00

Even if, tipping is not mandatory, If you don’t leave a tip or the amount you leave is less than 10% of the total bill, the restaurant or the waiter can understand that the treatment you received was not the best.

The Emily Post Institute, a website that is responsible for informing about etiquette and manners, recommends that if the restaurant is an elegant one, you should leave a 15% to 20% tip. On the other hand, if the restaurant is a buffet, you should leave 10% and if you order takeaway food, it is not compulsory to leave a tip. Similarly, it recommends leaving $ 1 to $ 2 to the bartender for each drink or 15% to 20% of the total account.

On the other hand, some restaurants include the tip in the bill if the group of diners is very large. On the receipt you will see the word “gratuity included” which indicates that the tip is already included.

To make it easy for you to decide the amount of tip you are going to leave the waiter, you can use the following applications:

1. Tip Check

This application allows you to calculate the tip easily. What you must do is add the total of the account and the application gives you the amount of money that you must leave a tip, according to the percentage that you indicate. The application is available for iPhone, cost free.

2. Tip Calculator

The Tip Calculator application allows you to instantly know the amount of money you must leave as a tip, by adding the total account to the application. In addition, it allows you to divide the account, to distribute the expenses among your friends or family. The application is available for Android.