How To Tip Movers (And Everyone Else)
It’s the end of a long day of moving. A tired crew leader hands you the final paperwork to sign and you are more than willing to pay for a job well done. The crew has worked unbelievably hard. They listened to everything you said and everything is now safely in its new place. So how do you tip movers for a job very well done?
Most reputable movers have a strict policy against asking for tips. Tipping should be voluntary, but it is customary when your movers have done a good job for you. So, how much should you tip?
A good rule of thumb is to tip movers $5.00 per mover per hour. It’s the crew leader’s job to divide the tips and for most companies, if the crew leader doesn’t divide them equitably, it’s a firing offense.
If you move locally, you can tip at the end of the move. If you move long distance, you will probably have two separate crews. You should tip when the truck is loaded and again when it’s unloaded. If that amount takes you above your budget, that’s fine. Remember, tipping is voluntary and whatever you can afford will be appreciated. Even $20 per mover is acceptable. It’s also acceptable to order the crew a pizza or sandwiches during the move.
But what about other services? How much and when should you tip?
EmilyPost.com has some great guidelines.
Most waitpeople make very little money (as low as $2.13 an hour). Generally, you should tip between 15-20% before tax. *Note for single people: One of the (many) things that attracted me to my husband is that he is a VERY generous tipper.
Tip home delivery people between 10-15%.
Bartenders, about $1.00 – $2.00 per drink.
You can ignore the coffee shop tip jars, but if you go there often, feeding the jar might ensure some extra special treatment.
Tip valets between $2.00 – $5.00.
Tip beauticians and aestheticians between 15-20%.
Anyone who carries your luggage (including skycaps, doorman, taxi drivers and bellhops) should be tipped $2.00 for the first bag and $1.00 for each additional.
Taxi drivers should be tipped between 15-20%.
It’s appropriate to tip anyone who goes above and beyond their normal job.