UnderCover Waitress: Tipping Delivery People Votes

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tipping Delivery People Votes

The votes are in, and an overwhelming 80+ percent of people said that tipping the pizza guy 20% was too much. Thank you for that.

The remaining voters who felt that pizza delivery people should be tipped the same as waitstaff did feel that the Pizza Guy Chart I referred to was unfair. Thank you for that.

When writing the relevant post, I forgot an extremely important point. Waiters and waitresses "tip out" other restaurant employees. So, instead of restaurant owners paying bussers and hostesses a good wage, people in these positions make lower wages but expect a portion of tips at the end of the shift. Saves the owner money. In general, a waitress keeps 80 percent of her tips but every restaurant is different.

Pizza delivery people don't tip anybody else out.

So, pizza delivery people:
  • get paid a higher hourly wage than tipped employees. 
  • don't tip out.
  • are performing a very different job than waitresses and waiters. 
Still think they should get 20%? WTF?


  1. In Canada, or at least in the provinces I'm familiar with, delivery people get paid the same hourly wages as servers (who are paid more than American servers - I find it sick how underpaid you are). And while they don't have to tip out, some of them have to pay their own gas. Nowadays... That's a lot.

    It's downright silly to compare waiting tables and delivery, but I don't think you're being fair to delivery people by minimising their jobs. Just my two cents, I may very well be reading too much into this.

  2. Actually, I was annoyed that the pizza people had minimized waitressing. Perhaps in my indignation I have taken it too far the other way...?

    However, I do think the bottom line is that to compare and contrast is ridiculous (you saw my original article?) as you have also said.

    Thanks much for commenting!

  3. Actually, servers leave with about 60 to 70%, at most. Leaving with 80% would only account for the busser tip, at most places you will also be tipping out the bartender and the hostess.

  4. Depends upon the restaurant. Where I work, we are lucky. 10% to hostess and 5% to busser so we leave with 85%, pretty good.

    10% to bartender and 10% to hostess in another place I worked; that was the place I had to leave something for the dishwasher, so left with less than 80%.

    I wonder if it is continually getting worse.

  5. I am required by company policy to tip out 2.5% of my overall sales (regardless of amount earned) to busboy, hostess, bartender (even if i don't use the bar). Then from that, each of the employees for the day from that category receive a percentage of the total daily tip-outs based on the number of hours worked. Based on these calculations, i am evening out the wages for all "half tipped" employees that are working at a rate of 3-6 dollars per hour(before tip-out/depending on position), Usually the daytime host and the nightime bartender get the majority of the tipouts during the week.

    I hope that came out making as much not-sense as i think it did *eye roll*

    There have been times where due to a bad night, a few servers have walked out with less than 70% of what they actually make, myself included.

  6. PS (from last anon)I usually tip standard amount based on distance (usually $4-5) so long as the delivery person is friendly and doesn't reek of "illegal substances." Just for the sheer fact that while servers and delivery people are both tipped employees, the jobs are just too different to be worth the same tips. As I believe you or one of your links had stated before..a server has a full course of a meal to remain on point and courteous, while a delivery person has just 3-4 minute interaction. With servers, I think you are also paying for ambiance as well as speed and efficiency. With a driver, it is speed and efficiency.

  7. Food delivery is a thankless and dangerous job, I'm not shocked when you say something hypocritical, but I thought you would stand by a fellow downtrodden member of the service industry. Some, not all, delivery people make a better wage then wait staff, some don't get a wage at all, and are compensated just on tips. Most delivery people do not have to "tip out", but they do have to pay for their own fuel, cell phone (drivers use their phone on every delivery for communication with the restaurant, the customer, the GPS feature), and vehicle depreciation (some drivers put as much as 40,000 per year on their car, 4 times the national average). When I was a driver in college, I was didn't break even until I had made almost $30 in tips. 20% is the least drivers should get.

  8. If you are an employee, you have to make minimum wage or your employer is breaking the law. Having an "employee" who works only for tips is illegal in the states. There has to be a base wage and some states allow a tip credit.

    If you are an independent contractor, then you may agree to the terms you described above. You may also be an idiot.


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