Tips have reached a tipping point. The amount people in the service industry make in tips is up for the first time in three years, according to a report published today by PayScale. The online compensation data company reported that tips fell 5 percent between 2008 and 2009, remained flat from 2009 to 2010, but rose 4 percent in the most recent period.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed PayScale data to identify the jobs that make the most money in tips. Though tips overall have not returned to pre-recession levels, there are signs of recovery in a number of fields. Katie Bardaro, lead research analyst at PayScale, told 24/7 Wall St. that “the increase in tips observed does hint at a recovery in service-heavy industries, such as restaurants, hotels and casinos, but as you can see, not everyone is bringing home more in tips, even when they are at the top of the list.”
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