If you’re a restaurant server, you know how important tips are to your personal bottom line. According to PayScale.com, the average hourly wage for servers is $5.30.
The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is lower than that for workers in other kinds of positions. In almost half of all U.S. states, that wage is below $3 an hour. So it’s not surprising that tips make up a big percentage of total income for restaurant servers — as much as 70%, according to one survey.