How nicely do Mainers tip their servers? (Hint: Better than most Americans)

You sit down and have a great meal at your favorite local restaurant. When it’s time to pay, how do you calculate the tip? 15 percent? 20 percent?

Server Nickee Gabree feeds the crowds at OTTO in South Portland in November. Kathleen Pierce| BDN

Server Nickee Gabree feeds the crowds at OTTO in South Portland in November. Kathleen Pierce| BDN

The average Maine tip is somewhere on the lower end of that scale — about 16.4 percent. Even so, we’re 14th in country for best average tip, according to data from Square, a service that does credit card transactions.

Business and economics site Quartz talked to Square about their data on tipping. They found that the cities with the highest average tips were Denver (16.8%), Chicago (16.7%), and Atlanta (16.2%). The nationwide average? 16.1%.

Which state tip well - and which ones don't

The data is fascinating since it doesn’t seem to cluster in ways you would expect. At the top of the list? Alaska. Second to last? Hawaii.

Mainers tip — comparatively — pretty consistently, with a little more than half (53.6%) of transactions accompanied by a tip. The state with the most tippers is Illinois, with 61% of the time, and the state with the fewest tippers is Delaware, with a measly 37.9%! Glad I’m not a server in Delaware …

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Check out the list and an analysis on why people tip how they do at Quartz’s site. How much do you tip? Or, if you’re in the service industry, what’s your experience with Maine tippers? Leave your stories in the comments below.

 

Pattie Reaves

About Pattie Reaves

By day, I'm the User Experience and Audience Manager for the Bangor Daily News. By night, I'm a soon-to-be first-time mom and renegade fitness blogger at After the Couch. I live in Brewer with my husband, Tony, and our two pugs, Georgia and Scoop.