In the world, there are over 21,000 Starbucks locations alone.
According to Glassdoor, the average Starbucks barista — the person that makes your Venti Double-whipped Skim Milked Mochafrappuccino with a dash of Holy Water — typically makes somewhere around $8.79 an hour. Which equates to around $17,580 a year (minus two-weeks unpaid vacation).
Which means that for every Starbucks location in the world, the typical employee makes less than $1 a year per location.
In other words: For one of the most stressful, thankless jobs out there, the typical barista doesn’t make a tush-load of cabbage.
And if we take a recent Gallup poll into account — one that points to $75,000 a year as the ‘Happy’ number for annual salaries — most baristas are less than a quarter of the way there, and their future job outlook isn’t looking much better.
So how can we make this better?
Easy. (And excuse me while I hop up on my soap-box for a bit.)
The Coffee Shop Tax
Here’s how it works: For every item that you order at a coffee shop, simply attach a $1 tax (read: tip) to it.
Ordered a super-complex, twelve-step latte that must be blessed by a Rabbi before going out? Fine, attach a $1 tax to it.
Just a coffee? $1.
For the typical barista, a small bump in tips can mean the difference between making just around $10 an hour, to as much as $15 or $16 an hour, which is an increase of almost $13,000 a year in annual salary.
And for the less frequent coffee-goer (twice-a-week), that extra $1 works out to less than $9 a month. Less than a Spotify Premium subscription. (For the daily coffee-goer, it’s about $21 a month.)
And it’s an easy way to make everyone else around you a little bit happier.
Can’t afford the extra $1? A smile and a sincere thank you can go a long way, too.
What do you think? What’s your tipping etiquette?
Also See The $5 Rule – Creating Guiding Principles for Random Acts of Kindness by the same author. Follow Mike at https://twitter.com/mikekilcoyne Also follow Mike at http://www.mikekilcoyne.me/