How Much To Tip Movers: Ultimate Guide To Tipping

How Much To Tip Movers

Moving to a new home can be both exciting and stressful. Amidst the chaos of packing, organizing, and relocating, it’s essential to consider how much to tip the movers who are handling your precious belongings.

Tipping is a way to show appreciation for their hard work and professionalism. However, it can also be confusing to figure out the appropriate amount and when to tip.

How Much Do You Tip Movers?

Moving companies don’t add a gratuity in their pricing automatically, so tipping is often an appreciated gesture. To serve as a guideline, you should tip your moving crew between 15% to 20% of the overall cost of your move for large or interstate moves and 5% – 10% for smaller, town-to-town moves.

For instance, if your overall moving costs is $2,000, the right tip to give is $100 – $200 (5% – 10%) for a cross-town move. This lump is then shared among the moving crew, so if you tip two movers that $100 – $200, each mover would take home $50 – $100. Always look into things like the hardship of the move and the amount of care the moving crew put into place when hauling your goods. These factors should dictate the amount you tip.

If your movers truly go more than their comfort zone, you should try to tip them a higher percentage between 10% or 20% of the overall moving cost. Some people suggest that you should tip a flat fee rather than a percentage. The flat-rate method of tipping is promoted by Lauri Ward of

She says it is highly acceptable to give every member of the team $20 to $30 for smaller relocation and up to $40 for difficult, large moves. Tip every member of the crew directly and not hand it over to the foreman of the team to divide.

Overall Cost of MoveTip Percentage RangeFlat Fee Tip Range
$2,0005% – 10%$100 – $200
$3,0005% – 10%$150 – $300
$4,0005% – 10%$200 – $400
$5,0005% – 10%$250 – $500
$6,0005% – 10%$300 – $600
$7,0005% – 10%$350 – $700
$8,0005% – 10%$400 – $800
$9,0005% – 10%$450 – $900
$10,0005% – 10%$500 – $1,000
Over $10,00010% – 20%Custom Amount
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Cost Saving Tips

You want to reward your moving crew for their sincere effort but you also don’t want to tip twice. Check the contract and, if you are still not sure, you can go ahead and ask the moving company whether they will add a service fee to the final bill. 

How Much Should You Tip Your Long-Distance Movers?

Long-distance moves may require different crews, one at your former home and one at the destination home. The only common individual may be the truck driver. In these situations, tipping each crew member at the rates provided above acceptable. If you want to tip your moving crew using a percentage of the overall bill, the tip for a long-distance move may cost a fortune.

Moving costs can range between $4,000 and $5,000 for a long-distance move. It is likely best to go with an hourly tip depending on the size of the moving crew at each location of your move. Major full-service moving companies suggest that the standard tip for a several-day move is normally between $50 and $200 per mover on the crew, no matter the overall cost of the move (don’t forget that a big, long-distance move can cost up to $10,000, and you should tip the movers in proportion).

That provides you more flexibility to express your appreciation for a job nicely done, and for a personable moving team. You never can tell, as they are packing all your goods, you might just develop friendship or more from there.

One thing to look out for and consider: Ensure that your moving company doesn’t include a service charge to your bill, which is taken as a ‘gratuity included’ type of situation.

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Cost Saving Tips

If you are working with multiple movers, don’t give the tip to the driver or foreman. Instead, tip each worker directly. This doesn’t only reveal your appreciation for their nice and excellent job, but there also can be some immoral foremen or drivers who are famous to keep the whole amount to themselves. 

When to Tip Movers ?

Not all movers are made equally. If the service you received is below satisfactory, you certainly shouldn’t feel the need to tip them more cash. But if your moving crew has done more than your expectation, it is a nice idea to tip them for their hard work.

Tipping your movers is right if:

  • They arrived on time
  • They completed your move in a shorter timeline than planned
  • They had to go through several flights of stairs
  • They helped you pack your possessions
  • No item was damaged in the move, or

They amaze you with their professionalism and customer service

When not to Tip Your Moving Crew

Before a mover can be worthy of your tip, they should arrive on time, handle your belongings with respect, and be properly organized. They should willingly follow your requests and attend to any questions that you have regarding the move politely. If any item ends up missing at the new home, the movers have to guide you on retrieving the lost item. They should take responsibility for any item that they break and should walk you through the insurance coverage process.

No item should be damaged or broken when it gets to your new address, but there can be accidents, and how the movers handle the situation will determine whether to tip or not. If your experience with the movers is bad, then you should not feel the need to offer them any kind of tip. You can instead adjust the amount to tip your moving crew or not tipping if they:

  • Arrive late
  • Ding your new home’s walls with your dresser
  • Put the moving boxes labeled “upstairs bedroom” in the living room downstairs.

Spend much time taking breaks and not much time working.

Factors to Consider When Calculating Tips

  1. Service Quality: The quality of service you receive should be the primary factor influencing your tip. If the service was exceptional, consider a higher tip percentage to acknowledge the effort put in by the service provider.
  2. Industry Standards: Different industries have different standard tipping practices. For instance, the standard tip percentage for servers at restaurants may differ from that of valet attendants or tour guides. Research the customary tipping norms for the specific industry you’re dealing with.
  3. Location: Tipping customs can vary significantly from one country or region to another. In some places, tipping may not be expected at all. If you’re in a foreign location, familiarize yourself with their tipping customs beforehand.
  4. Bill Amount: Some individuals prefer to tip a fixed amount rather than a percentage of the bill. This approach can be more practical for larger bills, ensuring that the tip amount remains reasonable.
  5. Tipping Policy: Some establishments automatically include a service charge in the bill, especially for larger groups. Check the bill to avoid overtipping unintentionally.
  6. Frequency of Service: In cases where you receive ongoing services, such as at a hotel or salon, you can tip at the end of your stay or appointment. Alternatively, you may choose to tip after each service if you feel more comfortable with that.
  7. Personal Budget: Tipping is a gesture of appreciation, but it should always fit within your personal budget. Be considerate of your financial situation while deciding on the tip amount.

FAQ About Amount to Tip Movers

The standard to tip movers is between 5 and 10%. There is no solid rule to tipping your moving helpers but if you will tip, the best is to just give each member of the crew the same amount. If you would only work with one person, give the entire amount to the head mover so they can equally share it among the team. Generally, a lot of people will tip their movers between five to ten percent.

Most moving professionals suggest around $10 to 20 for each mover when they perform a standard, 1-day move. For moves that ab are e 8 hours, tipping $30 to $40 is taken as appropriate. Long-distance movers might be tipped up to $50 per mover if they did well.

If you like to tip movers in cash, you then don’t have to tip them separately, just give the cash or check to the supervisor, who will share it. If they are helping you on a long-distance, and various teams load and unload the moving truck, share the total amount and give each team half, explained Peterson.

Reliable moving companies don’t ask for cash or any big upfront amount before they move you. Generally, customers pay at delivery of their shipment by movers. Paying in advance puts your entire shipments in the hands of the movers without certainty or control on when next you get to see them. Paying with a credit card enables an effective fight against fraudulent transactions.

To make sure things are kept simple, we would suggest that you provide food if the move takes beyond 4 or 5 hours. In that case, even if the movers are quick to start, you will possibly work till lunchtime. Allowing the movers to eat lunch is ok, and they may also need to take a break.


Regardless of the size of your move, it is a brilliant idea to tip your movers. Look into the complexity associated with the move: the distance you are moving and the number of items you own. Ask yourself: how was my moving experience? Did the mover do their best and more? How much heavy lifting did they handle? Would you recommend their service to your friends? If your moving crew has done a great job for you, motivate them with something extra immediately after your items are unloaded from the moving truck.

Adam Palme - Author
Adam Palme

Adam grew up in military family, which meant he moved more than 20 times before he graduated high school. The experience taught him a lot about adaptability (and loading boxes), which he leveraged into a career in the moving and storage industry 7 years ago. He’s been working in sales and customer service management for 20 years, and he uses his own experiences to write content about moving, storage, leadership, and teamwork. Outside of work, Adam enjoys coaching youth football in Miami and enjoying some beach time with his dog. Go Dolphins!

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