Californians Identified as Nation's Worst Tippers

Ash Jurberg

California Tops Unfavorable List: Study Reveals Worst Tipping Habits

Restaurant software company Toast has published an industry report on the nation's tipping habits, and it doesn't make for good reading for hospitality staff in California.

The report found that tipping across the country had decreased slightly. The national average restaurant tip servers received 18.9% for the second quarter of 2023, a small decrease from the 19.0% average recorded in the first quarter. Data was recorded from 93,000 locations across the nation.

The lowest tippers in the United States were Californians, where the average tipping rate was 17.4%. It was the only state to drop below 18%.

It seems the American public is experiencing tipping fatigue. Insider reports:

"According to a survey by consumer financial services company Bankrate published in June, nearly one in three Americans believe that tipping culture has gone "out of control."

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