Tipping by Profession
Yes, a haircut can cost $15 during special price days, and your dog groomer may say the cost for a full groom is only $40, but those prices do not include the tip for the service. When researching this article, I found dozens of websites that offer tipping calculators and or suggestions for how much you should tip for various services or events.
As a general rule of thumb when it comes to tipping, no matter what the service, 15% to 20% is now the norm. As a tipper, you should also consider the service you received. If it was bad, your tip should reflect the service and perhaps include a message to the manager of the establishment.
Some of us, usually those with money to spare, tip for things that aren’t really necessary. As a car dealer with a service department, I’ve actually had customers tip my technicians, which is a practice I don’t encourage. If you visit a massage therapist twho works for a chiropractor, you aren’t expected to tip there either—think doctor’s office here—do you tip your doctor or nurse?
The website iTipping offers a tipping guide categorized by professional services that allows you to choose how much to tip based on the service and how well the service was presented.
While this website offers much information, what if you can’t afford a 20% tip?