Based upon the numerous questions Olympia Moving has received since the release of this blog, we felt that we should address some of the most frequently asked questions relating to tipping protocols.

Tipping Movers at Your Discretion

Tipping is not mandatory, but if you feel your crew did a great job, a tip is certainly appreciated. Tipping is at your discretion and should be considered a reward for an exceptional performance, and you should never be made to feel otherwise. If you feel that your movers’ performance was not up to standard, then no tip is required.

How Much to Tip Movers

How much should we tip? There is no hard and fast rule on this and tips generally range anywhere from $20 to $100 per crew member; contingent upon the size and scope of the job. Typically, the larger the project, the larger the tip; however any tip is always appreciated. Here is a breakdown on what to do per each type of job:

  • For long distance moves, drivers can receive anywhere from $20 to $100, depending on if they service both ends or not. Helpers can receive $20 – $50.
  • Moving locally, a small move would receive $20 – $40, while a larger move, a multiple day move, or a multiple truck move could receive $20 – $50 per day.
  • A standard rate for Boston movers is typically at least $40, but usually in the range of $50 – $100. Other cities like New York City and Chicago usually tip from $100 – $250.
  • For short jobs, our movers report that their tips are usually $20 – $40. For just packing, they usually are given around $30, and sometimes the client makes the crew lunch.
  • Movers per day in Boston usually are tipped $20 – $50.
  • Piano movers are tipped at least $20, and from $30-$50 if the piano is moved up stairs.

Which Moving Crew to Tip

Do we just tip the driver, or the whole crew? Most people just tip the driver, and then the driver distributes the money to the rest of the crew. Some clients prefer to tip each individual crew member (which is also fine). Occasionally, clients will tip each crew member a different amount; however given that the crews work together as a team; this approach is not advisable.

Who gets the tip? The crew retains 100% of the tip.