Do Starbucks baristas rely on tips? Currently, Starbucks allocates tips among baristas and shift supervisors, depending on how many hours they work per week. It can mean a bump of close to $2 more per hour.
How much do baristas make before tips? As a veteran of the coffee industry, Kevin Leal, an educator at a Manhattan coffee shop that he declined to name, believes that a fair hourly wage for barista jobs should start at $16 minimum, before tips.
Do coffee baristas make good tips? In busy shifts, some baristas can make up to $40 per hour in tips in addition to their hourly wage. Coffee shop customers gravitate towards tipping well for great customer service, polite conversation, and a willingness always to deliver your best product. Keep in mind that some customers may never tip.
Are tips expected at Starbucks? To date, more than 50 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize. Tips though, are not guaranteed and pushes the responsibility for fair payment onto customers. Overall, tipping remains ingrained in the US, and arguably has spread to more services, in part due to the rise of cashless apps.