Movers in the Bay Area are commonly tipped. They worked hard for you. The amounts differ depending on the size and difficulty of the move as well as the efforts put forth by the movers. When tipping you can compensate each mover separately or provide one lump sum to the Lead and he will divide it up between his helpers.
Beware! There are Moving Companies that have been known to demand a tip and even specify a specific amount saying it’s required. It is NOT mandatory to tip your movers in the Bay Area. Movers are like any other service industry, waiter/waitress, valet or bellman. Tipping comes down to a personal decision; the amount or even if you want to give anything is up to you.
When our guys receive a tip the amounts are all over the board and people are never sure how much they should give. I have seen everything from $10.00 per mover to $100.00 per mover, in the Bay Area.
Below is a chart that can be used as a guideline. If you think your movers went up and beyond what you expected I would give a little extra to show your appreciation but this chart is a good place to start.
Moving Hours/tip per mover
|2-4 hrs||$10 / mover|
|4-6 hrs||$15 / mover|
|6-8 hrs||$20 / mover|
|8-10 hrs||$25 / mover|
|10-12 hrs||$30 / mover|
Now having said all that….. What our guys really appreciate is water and Gatorade during the move. Offering the guys something cold to drink shows you appreciate the work they are doing.
What have you done in the past for your movers?