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Instructor's real income from tips

Poll Results: How much do your tips add up to per hour

 
  • 64% (9)
    0-$5
  • 14% (2)
    $6-$10
  • 7% (1)
    $10-$15
  • 0% (0)
    $15-$20
  • 7% (1)
    $20-$25
  • 7% (1)
    More than $25
14 Total Votes  
post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

If you are a ski instructor, how much do you make per hour worked from tips alone?

post #2 of 9

My answer is the 6-10 range, based on my current job assignment. I work in a seasonal program where I have the same kids week after week, year after year. The parents tip at the end of the season, and we have an extensive relationship built with each family. This means my tips come out fairly decent. 

 

However, when working in children's group lessons, I was lucky to get any tips at all, it probably worked out that my tips accounted for 5 or 10 cents per hour. When I worked kids lessons at a smaller Mid-Atlantic hill, I can't recall ever getting a tip of any amount in my 4 years working there. 

 

Edit: At the small hill I did spend a large part of my time in a supervisory role rather than a direct teaching role, which limited my opportunities to be tipped

post #3 of 9

How are you counting hours?  Hours taught, total hours paid, total hours including unpaid training, ski prep, transportation???

post #4 of 9

I work at a small area, 300 acres, with roughly 1 instructor per acre. We are all PT.

I get two to three tips per season,maybe $50 total. One reason may be I'm old and maybe people think I don't need the money.

I say this because the younger kids seem to do better on tips but not a lot. Talking to other instructors about tips confirms I'm about average for our area. So tiring is something that is not normal for our clientele.

post #5 of 9
Tipping is all over the place, and largely dependent upon location/lesson type and length. In the 37 seasons I taught in Northern Michigan, I spent three to six hours daily, six days a week conducting mostly one or one.five-hour class lessons and probably received $500 in tips for that entire period. Now I'm in Breckenridge. I had a private lesson client for five days last season who gave me $500 after the last day. An all-day class lesson here with six to eight MIGHT earn me $30-50.
post #6 of 9

Maybe it's just me, but it seems kind of uncouth to be talking about it. Especially any specific numbers.

post #7 of 9

I cast my lot in with the 0-5 crowd. The reason being that although I've occasionally gotten considerable tips, for the most part, tipping is few and far between. I don't know what the experience is like for you Americans, but I find that American tourists in Canada are far more likely to tip. Canadians generally don't. But maybe that's something to do with the difference between locals and tourists in general. 

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
 

Maybe it's just me, but it seems kind of uncouth to be talking about it. Especially any specific numbers.

 

Why is it uncouth to talk about how much you make in tips?  Especially on a forum where most of us are using pseudonyms.

 

BTW, if you want to know how much I earn (in my non-skiing job) you can look it up on-line. Anybody who knows my real name and employer can find out exactly how much I earn. I don't have a problem with that, so I don't see why anyone would have an issue with other people voluntarily saying their number.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
 

 

Why is it uncouth to talk about how much you make in tips?  Especially on a forum where most of us are using pseudonyms.

 

BTW, if you want to know how much I earn (in my non-skiing job) you can look it up on-line. Anybody who knows my real name and employer can find out exactly how much I earn. I don't have a problem with that, so I don't see why anyone would have an issue with other people voluntarily saying their number.


Yeah, I find the "don't talk about your salary" mentality to be a bit more entrenched in the old-school management for whatever reason.  Salaries are fairly open where I work.  Other places it's a real taboo to have people know what other people are making.  I don't know if it's the manager versus worker thing, trying to keep people's salaries as low as possible or if it's a genuine concern about keeping people happy through ignorance. 

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