PayScale Releases Seventh Annual Year-End Tipping Study

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For the second consecutive year, study shows an increase in tipping.

PayScale, Inc., the world's largest real-time salary data provider, today announced its seventh annual year-end tipping study.

Some highlights from the study include:

1.    Entertainment related jobs have highest median hourly tips: The three jobs with the highest median hourly tips are Exotic Dancers ($19.70), Gaming Dealers ($11.10), and Sommeliers ($10.20). About 59 percent of the total hourly income for Gaming Dealers comes from tips. The only other jobs where more than 50 percent of their total income comes from tips are Waiters / Waitresses (58 percent) and Bartenders (52 percent).
2.    Median hourly tips fell by a significant amount for Movers and Butlers: Median hourly tips fell 35 percent for Movers and 32 percent for Butlers compared to last year. Although tips for these two jobs are down, it doesn’t sting as bad for Movers since tips account for less than 11 percent of their total pay, whereas for Butlers, tips account for more than 20 percent of their total pay.
3.    Twelve management jobs make the list: Of these jobs, Bar Managers, Hotel Floor Managers and Banquet Managers have the largest percentage of their income coming from tips: 40 percent, 31 percent, and 20 percent, respectively.
4.    Traveling for the holidays? Make sure to tip your Chauffer or Taxi Driver: Chauffeurs earn 25 percent of their total income from tips while Taxi Drivers earn 28 percent of their income from tips. If you plan on taking a tour while on vacation, don’t forget to tip your Tour Guide; their median hourly tips make up about 23 percent of their total income.
5.    Concerned about your looks? Tip the people who keep you looking your best: These include Makeup Artists, Tattoo Artists, Barbers, Hairdressers, Estheticians, and Nail Technicians. For all beauty positions, tips account for up to 23 percent of their total income

“On average, we found hourly tips have increased approximately 2 percent over last year,” said Katie Bardaro, lead economist, PayScale. “This marks the second straight year that tips have been on the rise. While the increase in 2011 from 2010 was more significant at 4 percent, the 2012 uptick still points to increased consumer confidence, which is good news for the economy.”

The comprehensive PayScale tipping study provides data that includes: Typical hours (full-time, part-time, and limited time); median hourly tips; median base hourly pay; total typical hourly income; percent of total hourly income from tips; and the frequency of workers reporting being tipped.

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