I admit it. I’m a solidarity tipper.
I was a server in college so I totally get the stress of being on the front lines of hospitality. Also, now that I know how to cook for myself, good service makes all the difference in the choice to go out or stay home.
So if I see someone who cares about their job, it’s an automatic 20-25% from me. Even if things go wrong. It’s my way of giving them the three-finger salute, like Katniss in The Hunger Games.
Not everyone has had the same experience, but we found out which states tip the most on average. (And the least!)
Here are the top states:
Top 3 States That Tip the Most on Avg., by Percentage
- Washington – 15%
- District of Columbia – 14%
- Colorado – 14%
Top 5 States That Tip the Most on Avg., by Amount
- Washington – $7.25
- Wyoming – $7.25
- District of Columbia – $7.08
- Colorado – $6.94
- New York – $6.89
Now, for the bottom of the list:
3 States That Tip the Least on Avg., by Percentage
- New Hampshire – 8%
- Mississippi – 9%
- West Virginia – 10%
5 States That Tip the Least on Avg., by Amount
- New Hampshire – $2.59
- Louisiana – $3.44
- Rhode Island – $3.55
- Missouri – $3.62
- (tied) Vermont & Utah – $3.69
Now for some notes and other interesting tidbits:
After the top and bottom 3 states by percentage, there are typically a bunch of states that tie for 4th place, much like any bell curve.
Any tipping stats will likely be a little low because they don’t account for cash tips, also because people tend to tip less for delivery and to-go orders where they didn’t get table service.
Notably, states like Nevada, New York, and Hawaii had lower tips by percentage, but some of the highest tips by amount. This is likely because these states have a high concentration of tourist centers with a lot of deliciously fancy restaurants with high check averages.
Until next time, don’t forget to tip your server.