On average, Americans say they usually tip 18 percent for good service when dining out, according to a recent online survey by Harris Poll.
According to the survey that included more than 2,000 U.S. adults, 70 percent of Americans overall say they usually tip between 15 to 20 percent for good service when dining out, and one in ten Americans say they typically tip more than 20 percent, with men more likely to say this than women.
Just one percent of Americans say they leave nothing for good service.
A closer look at the survey’s demographics shows that younger adults, more than older adults, say they usually leave tips well below the national average. Thirty percent of Americans age 18-34 admit they normally tip less than 15 percent for good service, while only 16 percent of adults 35 and older admit this in the survey.
Geographically, there are also differences. According to the survey, diners in the Northeast are more charitable when tipping than other regions of the country.
For example, 22 percent of diners in the South say they normally tip less than 15 percent. In the West 24 percent say this, and in the Midwest it is 26 percent. Only 15 percent of Northeast diners say they tip this sparingly, and the overall average tip among this geographic group is above the national average at 19 percent.