Americans tip an average of 16.4% of their consumer price, men are more generous in quantity than women, and credit card purchases are more likely to include cash, according to two surveys conducted by different companies.
The particularity of women who tip is that they always give it in aesthetics, to baristas and among hotel staff, while men preferably in restaurants. Tipping varies by region and state of the U.S., for example, five of the ten states receiving less than 16% are in the Northeast.
According to an analysis by payment processing company Square, based on transactions from more than 2 million vendors – small and large – across the country, Hawaii is the state with the lowest average tip of 14.8% of consumption, while the highest place is Idaho with 17.4%. The national average of 16.4% is recorded in the states of Illinois, Georgia, Mountain, Florida and Oregon.
The sites with the lowest tipping amounts after Hawaii are the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and California, home to some of the highest earners in the United States, he says. While residents of certain low-income states, such as West Virginia and Mississippi, are more generous.
Meanwhile, a survey conducted by creditcards.com found that men are more generous with a tip of 15% or more, at 59%, than women, 47%, and credit card purchases are more likely to include this employee gratuity than cash purchases.
It also defines a profile of those who leave higher amounts of gratification for a service: most are men and Republicans, who give up to 20% of the total bill when they go out for dinner. On the other hand, women leave an average tip of 16%, while Southerners and Democrats leave a tip of 15%.
The modern American norm is to tip between 15 and 20 percent in restaurants, and the most frequent and generous Americans with tips are those who earn $75,000 or more per year. Meanwhile, women are significantly more likely than men to tip different types of servers, 79% to the stylist, 46% to the barista, and 47% in hotels.
Whites are more generous in the number of tips and the number of people they give to, at 94%, followed by Hispanics at 82%, while a smaller percentage of Afros do so and with smaller amounts. Baby Boomers leave an average of 20% tip, Xers 18%, Millenials 16%, and the older, Silent Generation only 15%.
In other services the situation found was that when getting a haircut, 67% of customers always tip the stylist or barber and 12% never do, while 29% reward the barista and 30% do not. Only 27% reward hotel cleaners and 31% never do.
By region, in the Northeast there are more tips for restaurant waiters, hotel housekeepers and hairdressers. But baristas get the best treatment in the Midwest and West, while the South is the only region where tips are lowest and fewer servers receive them.