How Much Do You Tip On A $5 Dollar Meal?

Tipping is an essential part of dining out, and getting the amount right can be tricky. Especially on meals around $5, not that there is many priced at that anymore!

As an ex-chef, I cannot stress how important it was for us to cook the best food possible, to ensure we recieved good tips – it’s such a good motivator!

When tipping, the standard rate is 20% of the total bill before any discounts or coupons. If your discounted meal costs $5, determine the original price and calculate 20% of that for an appropriate tip, regardless of the discounted price.

Read on for more information on basic etiquettes and our calculator.

The Basics of Tipping

An innovative way of showing a tip jar?
An innovative way of showing a tip jar?

When it comes to tipping, there are no hard and fast rules.

However, in the United States, it’s customary to give a tip of between 15% to 20% of the total bill amount.

So if you’re dining out and your total bill is $5, you should tip anywhere between 75 cents to $1.

Why Tipping Is Important

Tipping is an expression of gratitude for the service provided.

It’s a way of showing appreciation for the hard work the waiter/waitress or delivery driver has done to make your meal enjoyable.

Tipping helps to motivate employees to provide quality service and make a living wage.

Nowadays, because tipping is becoming more of an old hat form of saying thanks, restaurants have now started to charge a service charge!

Tipping For Different Services

Tipping isn’t just for restaurants. Other service industries such as hairdressers, drivers, and hotel staff also rely on tips to supplement their income.

Here’s a breakdown of how much to tip in other industries:

  • Hairdressers: 20% is the norm.
  • Taxi and Uber/Lyft Drivers: 10-20% of the fare.
  • Hotel Staff: $1-2 per day for housekeeping, $5 for bellhops and room service.
  • Delivery Drivers: 10-20% of the order total.

How To Calculate The Tip

Calculating the tip can be confusing, especially if you’re not good at math. Fortunately, there are several tools you can use to help you determine the tip amount.

Try our tip calculator below:

Tip Calculator

Bill Value:
Tip Percentage:

Tip Amount:


What Happens If I Don’t Tip?

Not tipping can be seen as a sign that you’re unhappy with the service provided. It can also impact the employee’s income, as they rely on tips to make a living wage. If you don’t want to leave a tip, be sure to speak with the manager and explain why.

Is It Okay To Tip Below 15%?

While it’s not ideal, it’s not unheard of to tip below 15%. However, it’s essential to communicate with the employee and explain why. They may have done something to upset you, and giving them feedback can help them improve their service.

Should I Tip On Takeout Orders?

Tipping on takeout orders isn’t necessary, but it’s still appreciated. Food service providers work hard to ensure that your meal is ready on time and to your satisfaction.

How Do I Tip When Dining Out With A Group?

When dining out with a group, it’s common practice to split the bill evenly and tip based on the total amount. This ensures that everyone pays an equal share and makes it easier for the waiter/waitress to calculate the tip.


Tipping is an important part of the service industry. Giving the right amount can make a difference in an employee’s income and motivation.

By understanding the basics of tipping, you can make the right decision and show your appreciation for a job well done.

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Norah Clark

Norah Clark

Norah Clark, the founder and editor of YummyTasteFood! She's a seasoned food writer and editor with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry as a former pastry chef, sous chef, and barista. When not writing about food, she explores new recipes or travels the world for culinary inspiration.

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