- The Plate
The Future of Tipping
Tipping has reached a tipping point in America. But so far it’s unclear where it’s going.
Each state decides its own minimum wage and most (43) have lower minimum wage levels for workers in tipped jobs than other workers. That means restaurant service staff lives depend on tips. In New York, for example, the minimum wage for tipped workers is $5. For non-tipped workers, it’s $9. Some tipped workers make as little as $2.13 per hour.
Coming out on the no-tip side, influential restaurateur and hospitality maven Danny Meyer announced last week that he is ridding his 13 restaurants of tipping next year, promising to pay his 1,800 employees a living wage without being at the mercy of a diner’s