How Much To Tip, By Country

How Much To Tip, By Country
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This Tipping Etiquette Around the World infograph compares tipping customs for many countries around the world. In addition to the tip rates, the informative visual includes helpful notes about national tipping customs.

Complaining about the ludicrous US tipping rules is a common Aussie habit, but this chart serves as a reminder that other countries have them too. This graphic is an interesting way to see how customs differ by location (albeit sometimes over-simplified, as you’ll see with the Aussie entry), and it may come in handy next time you’re jet-setting internationally.

Tipping Etiquette Around the World [Mint Blog via Daily Infographic]


  • Given how wrong the Australian entry is, I’m not sure why I should take much notice of the rest of it. How do I know that it’s any more correct than ours?

  • @juice

    Yeah you’re right about that…

    When I’m in a country where it’s customary to give tips, I will give them without hesitation.

    However I refuse to give them in Australia. I’ve noticed a trend recently, especially with younger people, where they think it’s “trendy” to give tips. Maybe because of hollywood influence. This annoys me to no end – tips should be given because they are part of a broader economic system, not because it’s trendy and you’ve seen it on TV. Damn yuppies…!

    • Fully agree. Tipping is unnecessary, unlikke the US and some other countries where tipping makes up to 100% of a worker’s salary.

      In saying that I am worried we may end up having a tipping system because of the way ‘some’ restaurants pay their staff. They get paid a low cash rate (in the case of my wife, she earned $6 an an hour with the evening tips being divided up) and the owner doesn’t fjlly declare their taxes.

      It’s crazy and makes me angry, but I feel as a result of this practice (and others) people will be expecting a tip when in fact,it shouldn’t be required as is is all included in the cost of the product.
      lowlow cash rate (in the case of my wife she got

  • The whole idea of the tip is ridiculous.

    At worst it’s a concept embraced by greedy employee’s, trying to get more money than what they deserve.

    At best, it’s a society’s way of dancing around the issue that certain service sector workers have an unfair pay rate.

    In either situation, why is the cost placed on the consumers shoulders?

    • Nic, your whole post makes sense up until the last line..
      Of course the consumers have to pay.. whether it’s built into the cost of the meal/drinks or as a tip, consumers pay for the service they receive.

      I’ll happily round up a bill to the nearest $5 (if the service has been very good), but 10-15%!
      I agree with the other comments here that a tipping society is skirting around the real issue of poor pay for hospitality workers and the people benefiting most are the proprieters who get away with charging full fees for the services provided and then skimping on salaries.

  • Since when was a 10-15% tip expected in Australia?!
    I don’t mind rounding a few dollars here and there but I’m certainly not going to start adding 15% to my bill.

    Like Jonesy said, tips are expected because they are part of a broader economic system, such as in USA where their base wage is low (something like $5 p/h) and people who work in service industries (such as waiters) rely mainly on tips to get by.

  • Moving to Australia from the United States, I’m surprised by the note in the graphic about 10-15% tips are the norm in Australia.

    I received some pretty strange looks when I offered a tip to the cab driver when I took one for the 40 minute drive from the Melbourne airport to my new residence. It literally took 5 minutes for him to accept the 15 dollar tip…

    After the look I got after tipping the pizza guy later that night, I just stopped giving tips flat out.

    Tips are definitely not the norm here in Australia.

  • My version…

    AUSTRALIA: tipping is generally limited to two situations:

    1) Service/waitstaff who provide exceptional service (5-10%).
    2) Taxi drivers where it is simpler to round the fare up to a convenient whole $ amount rather than wait for change.

  • Useless chart.
    I want to know where the creators got their information from.
    I complained about it on the Mint site when it was first released, however I was ignored.
    The closest I have ever seen in regards to a tip is rounding up, “keep the change”. Thats not a tip. Thats just you don’t want to deal with coins.

  • I think it’s common to tip the pizza guy by rounding up so there’s no change (maybe Calvin just tipped a ridiculous amount?) and I know pizza guys appreciate it, but that’s about it.

  • I’m happy to tip (in australia) for exceptional service, but any rounding up I do is purely impatience.
    I’ve also had taxi drivers round down for the same reason.

  • Agreed that tipping doesn’t happen in Australia except in extremely rare circumstances. It’s actively against the culture to tip or to expect to be tipped.

    That said, if you order a lot of home-delivered pizza from the same place regularly, there’s at least a slight chance that being known as a tipper will mean that your pizza gets delivered those few minutes earlier.

    Again, not required or expected, but the option is there.

    There’s also the “Australian tip”, which is “keep the change”, or paying by rounding up to the next banknote or pair of notes. It’s not generally a huge amount per transaction compared to other countries, or consistent, but many middle-class restaurants have bowls near the cashier’s desk where you can place your change as an alternative to pocketing it. Cabbies sometimes get this too (and so do fast food delivery drivers). In these cases, it’s socially “allowed” because it can be passed off as simply not wanting to be bothered with pockets of shrapnel.

    • “In these cases, it’s socially “allowed” because it can be passed off as simply not wanting to be bothered with pockets of shrapnel.”

      Haha. Funny, but spot on.

  • The only place I ever tip in Australia is in Chinese restaurants as many of the staff are paid below legal minimum wage in cash and depend on tips to subsidise the gap. Generally 5-10% but sometimes service is terrible so you just leave your bum change on the table.

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