Our Tip Calculator takes all the hard work out of tipping waiters, waitresses, barbers, hairstylists, bartenders, taxi drivers, food delivery, and other service workers. First, enter your bill amount and the tip percentage you want to leave. Next, leave the tip amount we calculated for you. If you’re going to split the tip, enter how many people are paying. That’s it! We take the hard work out of calculating tips.
Not sure how much to tip or if you need to tip at all? Check out our tipping guides!
How To Use Our Free Tip Calculator
Our simple tip calculator is easy to use. Just follow these three steps to find your tip amount:
- First, enter your total bill amount
- Next, enter your preferred tip percentage.
- We do the rest! Leave the tip amount that the calculator shows you.
Our tip calculator has an example with a $30 bill amount and a 15% tip percentage which shows a tip amount of $4.50. Just type in your bill amount and preferred tip percentage to find your total tip amount.
If you want to split the tip amount, our tip calculator will tell you how much each of you should tip. Please enter the number of people splitting the tip, and we will take care of the rest!
How To Calculate a Tip
To calculate a tip, you need to know two things:
- Your bill amount or the cost of the service.
- The tip percentage that you want to leave.
With these two pieces of information, you can solve the tip amount in no time! The tip amount is just the bill amount multiplied by the tip percentage. For example, if the bill amount is $50 and you want to leave a 15% tip, $50 multiplied by 15% is $7.50, which is a good tip.
Tip Calculator Formula
Tip amount = bill amount x tip percentage
Here’s an example of the tip calculator formula in action:
Tip Calculator Example: We enjoyed a delicious meal at a restaurant in the United States, and the after-tax meal price is $30. In the United States, the tipping custom is to tip 15 percent if the service is good. Since the service was good, we want to tip 15% to symbolize our gratitude.
In our example, there are two important pieces of information that we need to calculate the tip amount:
- Bill amount = $30
- Tip percentage = 15%. We can also write 15% as 0.15 in decimal form. It’s the same thing.
Now, we will plug these two pieces of information into our tip calculator formula:
Tip amount = bill amount x tip percentage = $30 x 15% = $30 x 0.15 = $4.50
Follow these steps if you want to try this yourself on your phone’s calculator.
- Open your iPhone’s or Android’s calculator app
- Type in 30 for our $30 restaurant bill
- Hit the multiplication sign ‘x’
- Now, type in 0.15 for our 15% tip percentage
- Next, hit the equals sign ‘=’
- Your answer is 4.5, which is our tip amount of $4.50
- (Optional: Split tips) To calculate a split-tip, divide $4.50 by the number of people splitting the tip. If two people split the tip, then each person tips $4.50 ÷ 2 = $2.25.
How To Calculate The Tip In Your Head
Want to calculate the tip in your head? The easiest way to do this is using the ‘moving the decimal’ method. Ready?
Remember in our example that the bill amount was $30 and the tip percentage was 15%? We will use the ‘moving the decimal’ method to find the tip amount.
The Moving the Decimal Method in Action
We first need to calculate a 10% tip on $30 to use the ‘moving the decimal’ method.
You probably know that $30 is the same as $30.0 or $30.00. See the decimal point there? To find 10% of $30.0, move the decimal point one place to the left. This turns $30.0 into $3.00. Simple, right? If you want to leave a 10% tip, you will leave $3.00. 10% of $30 is a $3 tip.
Remember, though, that we want to leave a 15% tip, not 10%. What do you do about the other 5%? You need to divide the $3 (the 10% tip amount) by 2. That’s because half of 10% ($3) is 5% ($1.50). $3 divided by 2 is $1.50. This $1.50 represents the other 5%.
We have now calculated that 10% of $30 is $3 and 5% of $30 is $1.50.
All that’s left is to add $3 and $1.50 to calculate the 15% tip. $3 + $1.50 = $4.50. A 15% tip on a $30 bill is $4.50.
If you wanted to leave 20%, you would double the 10% tip amount of $3.00. A 20% tip would be $6 ($3 + $3 = $6). It’s not too tricky once you get the hang of it!
Why Do We Tip?
Tips, also called gratuities, began as a reward for good service in the service industry. In fact, “tip” started as an acronym for “To Insure Promptness.” As time passed, things changed. First, the number of tipped jobs has increased. Second, tips have become an essential source of some workers’ earnings who would otherwise earn less than minimum wage.
As a result, it is now common practice to tip many service workers a small sum of money. While we have always tipped waiters, it’s now common to also tip movers, tour guides, hotel housekeeping, hotel room service, the hotel concierge, bellhops, our doorman, hairdressers, maids, parking attendants, massage therapists, appliance delivery workers, nail service, porters, shuttle drivers, Uber drivers, spa workers, and valets.
Different countries have different tipping cultures. In some cultures, tipping is standard, while it’s a strange concept in others. Use our tipping guides and tipping calculators to tip confidently worldwide.