Is it Rude To Tip In Mexico?

Traveling around the world is truly exciting and mind-expanding; there is always something new to learn and experience. But, what about traveling in Mexico? 

How much does Mexico differ from other “western” countries? Even more importantly, is it rude to tip? Read on and find out, below!

Is it Rude to Tip in Mexico?

Tipping in Mexico isn’t an absolute must during your travels, though it is considered highly polite and considerate to do so. The wait staff, particularly, appreciate the tips as it is their main source of income (as is the case in the United States as well). 

That’s because waitresses and waiters, as well as many delivery drivers, are paid approximately a quarter of the hourly minimum wage. For example, if the minimum wage is $9.00 per hour, a waitress is lucky to earn approximately $2 to $3 per hour!

How Rude Is it?

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Leaving a tip in Mexico rates 1 out of 10 on the rude meter. Mexican staffers are often underpaid for the number of hours and work they undertake daily and weekly (sometimes quite severely). Hence, it is considered the exact opposite of rude when you tip in Mexico!

Why is it Not Rude?

Tipping in Mexico is very much polite and considerate of the staff that serves you your food or drinks, or delivers your orders to you. 

These workers are often paid the least amount legally possible. This is typically far less than minimum wage – because tips are counted as part of their wages and should make up for the lack of fair hourly pay.

Thus, even though it is not always enforced, leaving a tip in Mexico is always well-received. 

Other Options to Do Instead

If you are uncertain of whether or not to leave a tip, there are a few other options you may consider before deciding:

  • Check the bill for a “gratuity” section (if there isn’t one, there is likely no automatic tip policy)
  • Ask the host that seats you or the servers about the tipping policy
  • Thank the staff and tip the whole crew (in front of several employees, that way no one is tempted to keep the tip for themselves rather than sharing it)

Common Questions

Is it ok to not tip in Mexico?

It is certainly ok to not tip somewhere that doesn’t include gratuity charges on the bill. That said, whether it is ok to do so, and if it is rude or not, are two different questions. No one will come and put a rock through your window for not tipping in Mexico… but, they may wish to do so!

How much should you tip in Mexico?

Tipping in Mexico follows the same approximate structure as tipping in the USA: anywhere from 5 percent (a very low tip) to 30 percent of the bill (a rather generous tip) is most appreciated (if not semi-expected even if the company policies state otherwise).

Should I tip in pesos or dollars in Mexico?

It is ok the tip in dollars while visiting Mexico, as the locals have no problem converting it to local currency (pesos), or even spending it as is. That said, locals obviously prefer being tipped in pesos if possible.