Mar 7, 2023 - Food and Drink

Seattleites aren't the best tippers, report finds

Average restaurant tipping rate
Data: Toast; Map: Axios Visuals

Residents of Washington state and Seattle aren't the country's most generous tippers, according to new data from Toast, the digital restaurant service platform.

By the numbers: The Evergreen State ranked 49th out of 50 states when it came to the average tipping percentage in the last quarter of 2022, according to Toast's data.

  • The quarterly report looked at tips on takeout and in-person orders with restaurants that use the platform.
Average restaurant tipping rates in select metro areas
Data: Toast; Chart: Axios Visuals

Meanwhile, Seattle ranked 10th out of 12 metro areas when it came to our tipping percentage, which averaged 18%. That's one percentage point below the national average.

Our thought bubble: Sure, 18% on a restaurant bill in Seattle can add up to a fair amount of cash compared to some cities. But with the high cost of living here, local food service workers could surely use that extra percentage point.

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