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Do Washingtonians tip well? Here’s what one report found about states’ tipping habits


Not sure how much to tip after you get your dinner bill at a restaurant? A recent survey found that some generations are better than others when it comes to generous tips, but how does Washington measure up?

The survey was done by PlayUSA, a content website focused on the legal gambling industry. They surveyed over 1,000 Americans to determine which generations tip the most.

The survey found that those in the Baby Boomer generation tipped the most frequently at 95 percent, followed by Gen X and Millennials at 84 percent and Gen Z at 74 percent.

Tipping also varied based on the type of service, as 83 percent of those surveyed said they always tip at sit-down restaurants and 49 percent do not tip at restaurants without table-side service.

Tip amount also varied based on the quality of service customers believed they received. 68 percent of those surveyed said they determine the tip amount based on customer service, but 32 percent said they tip the same amount regardless of the service they receive. About three out of four Gen Xers and Baby Boomers determine the tip by customer service, and one in three Gen Zers and Millennials tip regardless of customer service.

How does Washington state tip?

As the PlayUSA report found which generations tip the most, and in what circumstances customers are most likely to tip, what does that mean for Washington state residents?

A report by Toast, a point of sale and hardware company for restaurants, found which states tip the most generously.

According to the report, Washingtonians were the second-worst tippers in the country with an average tip percentage of 18.3 percent. California was the least generous tipping state, tipping an average of 17.5 percent.

The most generous tipping state was Indiana, which tipped an average of 21 percent, followed by West Virginia, Ohio, Delaware and Kentucky.

Toast used data from applicable restaurants on the Toast platform that accepted tips from a credit card or digital payment.

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