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How Much Do You Tip a Massage Therapist

By Shemiah Williams, eHow Contributor

 Massages are a wonderful way to treat your body.

Whether it's truly a treat or a preventive step for your muscles, massages are a wonderful way to treat your body. With an increase in popularity, spas and salons have gone above and beyond to offer a variety of massages and body treatments as well as providing an unforgettable experience in a calm, relaxing environment. Because a massage therapist is providing a service in a spa setting, as a courtesy, you should tip them in addition to the cost of your service.

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  1. Standard Rate for Hospitality
  • One option for determining how to tip a message therapist is to use the standard hospitality rate of 15 to 20 percent. Some people use this figure across the board at restaurants, bars, spas and salons. With a price range of $50 to $100 for a massage, this would equate to a tip of $7.50 to $15 at 15 percent and $10 to $20 at 20 percent. You can tip more or less depending on how pleased you were with the service. Remember, at a spa, you're paying the spa for the service you receive from the massage therapist or an aesthetician. While he or she receives a portion of your payment, the therapist is not being paid directly. Your tip helps to cover the overhead that is deducted by the business from his or her payment. If you are unsure of what to tip, ask what the average tip for his or her services are.

Develop Your Own Rating Scale

  • With all of the instances in which tipping is appropriate, it is often difficult to discern who gets how much and when. Take some of the guesswork out of it by developing your own rating scale to use in any potential tipping situation. Assign flat dollar amounts to each level of service. For example, a rating of excellent could equal a $25 tip, good could be $20 and acceptable could be $15. If you are not satisfied, you could ask for another massage. 

Keep It a Little Simpler

  • At the end of the day, you will need to balance your checkbook or bank account so do it with a nice round number. Plan to build an additional budgeting amount to cover tips. For example, plan ahead to include a tip into your budget.
 

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