Gen Z has very different financial etiquette than other generations, so it’s no surprise their tipping habits, in particular, would be different than other groups. However, just how different might be a bit of a shock. When compared to the baby boomer generation, who were found to be the best tippers in Bankrate’s survey, the lack of Gen Z tipping is really highlighted. For instance, only 35% of Gen Zers reported always tipping when eating at a sit-down restaurant compared to 83% of boomers. Tipping on food delivery was also a gap, with only 31% of Gen Zers reporting always doing so compared to 62% of boomers.
There was one category where Gen Z tipped more than other generations: home service and/or repairs, where 15% of respondents reported tipping compared to only 6% of boomers. Interestingly, boomers and Generation X were more likely to say tipping culture has gotten out of control (33%) than Gen Zers were (22%), a finding that doesn’t help explain Gen Z’s lower tipping levels.
What’s more, a person’s gender and the region in which they live can also significantly impact the way they tip. Across all categories, men were less likely to tip (and tip a lower amount when they do) than women. Midwesterners, meanwhile, are more likely to always tip hairdressers, food-delivery workers, and restaurant servers, while people living in the Northeast are most likely to always tip taxi/rideshare drivers and baristas.