AUSTIN, Texas (WLS) -- A new survey examined behavior at restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and hair salons.
The best tippers are men, Republicans and northeasterners, according to a new report.
All of those groups tip a median of 20 percent when dining at a restaurant, according to CreditCards.com.
At the other end of the spectrum, women tip a median of 16 percent, while Democrats and southerners tip a median of 15 percent, the survey found.
One in five sit-down restaurant goers doesn't leave any gratuity at all occasionally. The sweet spot is a tip of 16-20 percent; about half of those who tip restaurant servers typically fall within this range. Between 11-15 percent is a distant second, the survey found.
The survey also examined Americans' tipping habits at hotels, coffee shops and hair salons/barber shops:
- 27 percent of hotel customers always tip their housekeeper; 31 percent never do
- 29 percent who visit coffee shops always tip their barista; 30 percent never do
- 67 percent always tip their hair stylist/barber; 12 percent never do
While men tend to be more generous restaurant tippers than women, that doesn't apply to the other three categories. Women are more likely than men to tip:
- Hotel housekeepers (47 percent of women always/mostly do so, versus just 33 percent of men)
- Baristas (47 percent of women always/mostly tip compared with 41 percent of men)
- Hair stylists/barbers (79 percent of women always/mostly tip against 74 percent of men)
The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. PSRAI said they obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,002 adults living in the continental United States. Interviews were conducted by landline (500) and cell phone (502, including 329 without a landline phone) in English and Spanish by Princeton Data Source from June 22-25, 2017.
*Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
Who are the best tippers? Survey of customers finds out
Survey examined behavior at restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and hair salons