Minimum federal hourly pay for tipped workers is low, just $2.13 an hour. But of course that is not the full story.
Most states have a much higher minimum. In addition, the real minimum wage is the federal $7.25 or the applicable state minimum for all workers. If the $2.13 plus tips doesn’t equal the regular minimum, the employer must pay the difference. So the $2.13 is pretty irrelevant.
That doesn’t stop those with an agenda from pushing their cause by misleading people. “Tips to survive?” A tad dramatic don’t you think. Who says depending on tips is that bad – except perhaps if you work in a really cheap restaurant with low prices.
Rock bottom prices for labor? Apparently so does Congress🤣
Another example of generalization presented as the norm. Many restaurants already pay above the federal minimum wage – plus tips. Server income will vary greatly by type of restaurant, especially menu prices, customer volume, etc.
Hey a servers job is no picnic. I’ve never done it but observing how some customers and employers treat them tells me it’s quite stressful and demanding. Some servers look very unhappy, others have a very different attitude.
The U.S. system of tipping is quite unique. Other countries don’t tip or build a service charge into your bill and have a minimum wage several times the U.S. There is good reason for that. Many European countries rely heavily on payroll and other taxes to support their social structure and cash tips tend to go unreported. The IRS estimates 84% of tips are not reported as taxable income.
I’m just guessing, but I suspect a restaurant knows that servers are the face of their establishment and they want them happy and customer oriented. They don’t want high turnover. To me that means fairly paid. Your local greasy spoon may be the exception.
I wonder if all servers would like to give up tips for a higher hourly wage? 🤑
In any case I always tip 20% and if the server is pleasant and efficient often more.