Should you tip at coffee shops? It turns out, most people do

It turns out, most people do tip their barista.

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It turns out, most people do tip their barista.
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  • Although most people tip at restaurants, it can be confusing when it comes to tipping for good service at coffee shops.
  • According to a new survey from INSIDER, around 70% of people do tip when they pick up coffee.
  • And 30% of people said they do not tip baristas at all.
  • About 24% of people tip with the change they get from their order, but roughly 17% are willing to pony up as much as 10% of their total bill.

In the United States, tipping after a meal at a restaurant is the norm, but when it comes to other services, the lines can get a little blurry. At many coffee shops across the country, there are tip jars available at the counter and at the drive-thru, but does that mean a tip is expected or just appreciated?

INSIDER conducted a survey using SurveyMonkey asking people if they tip the barista at coffee shops. Here’s what they had to say.

Most people do tip at coffee shops

Only 30% of people don't tip their barista.

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Only 30% of people don’t tip their barista.
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According to the survey, most people actually do tip when they visit coffee shops, although the way they tip (and how much they tip) is where it seems to differ.

In the poll, 1,050 people responded, and only 30% of them admitted to not tipping at all when they visit a coffee shop, which means about 70% of the respondents do tip when they grab their morning joe. However, approximately 24% of the people who do tip do so by leaving whatever change they get back after they’ve paid.

The amount people tip, however, varies

Most people tip around 10%.

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Most people tip around 10%.
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And as for the rest of the group? The majority (about 17%) only tip 10% of their bill, while almost 14% always tip 15%. Around 2% tip 18% to their barista, while 9% of people tip 20%. And when it comes to big tips, only about 4% of people say they tip more than 25%.

According to Payscale, on average, baristas are paid the federal minimum wage or higher, rather than under $6 as most tipped servers are paid, which is likely why tipping might not feel like a requirement. This survey, however, is proof that tipping baristas might be more common than you think.

SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn’t try to weight its sample based on race or income. Total 1,050 respondents, margin of error plus or minus 3.11 percentage points with 95% confidence level.

Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more.