12 Best Delivery Apps To Work For

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One way to bring in some extra cash is to become a driver for a delivery app. You can deliver packages, restaurant orders, groceries, and more.

Delivery apps give you the flexibility to work whenever you want. You can often choose which deliveries you take and reject ones that don’t fit your schedule.

Best Delivery Apps to Make Money

Delivery apps allow you, as a contractor, to deliver as you please. You have more control over what and where you deliver than working for one company.

Let’s face it; it’s more fun when you have control over your tasks. On that note, these are some of the best delivery apps to work for.

1. Uber Eats

uber eats food delivery

You probably have heard of Uber before. Uber is a ridesharing app that transports people. However, you may not be comfortable driving people around town.

Well, Uber Eats lets you deliver food to customers instead. As with the other Food delivery apps, you have flexible hours when you deliver with Uber Eats.

You can also choose your own wheels. Depending on the city you live in, you can deliver with a car, scooter, bicycle, or other modes of transportation.

Uber Eats food delivery services are available in many cities throughout the United States. As an independent contractor, the Uber delivery app pays you for each delivery. It’s possible to request payments up to five times daily. You can also earn tips as many Uber Eats delivery partners do.

Note: You must be at least 19 to deliver with Uber Eats. You also need a car that is 2000 or newer.

Learn more: Uber Eats Review

2. DoorDash

DoorDash specializes in delivering restaurant meals to hungry clients as a Dasher. Dashers use the DoorDash app to find jobs delivering to people. You can make about $2 – $10 per delivery plus tip.

As a Dasher, you provide restaurant delivery to homes and businesses. For instance, you may deliver a fast food one order and sushi the next time.

When you deliver with DoorDash, you get paid per delivery. Dashers must be at least 18 and can start delivering as soon as you join.

Also, you cannot have more than three moving violations in the last three years. Dashers need driving records that are free of major violations such as DUI and assault.

Learn more: Doordash Review

3. Instacart

Instacart shoppers deliver groceries to people at home. Their app makes it easy to get jobs and make money fast.

You can make the most money as a full-service shopper, but you must own a car. As a shopper, you shop the grocery store aisles for peoples’ groceries on the Instacart app.

Then, you’ll hop in your car and deliver the groceries to the client. As with DoorDash, you choose the hours you work.

You can choose your work schedule based on what’s best for you. With the Instacart delivery service, you get paid weekly and can earn tips.

If you don’t own a car or don’t want to deliver, you can still be an in-store shopper. You will gather the order for the customer to pick up.

Learn More: Instacart Shopper Review

4. Shipt

Shipt states you can earn up to $22 per hour by delivering groceries. You can earn more in certain cities. Weekly payments make it easy to earn a steady income.

Most Shipt orders are grocery deliveries, so you will need a basic knowledge of fresh produce. You will shop for the items and deliver them to the customer.

Delivering merchandise to stores like Office Depot and Petco is also possible. You may prefer grocery delivery as you help deliver essential items.

As a Shipt driver or Shopper, you can also get a free membership ($99 per year) for home grocery delivery.

Learn More: Shipt Review

5. Favor Delivery

favor delivery app

As with Postmates, Favor Delivery will deliver what clients need in less than an hour. You can work part-time or full-time as one of Favor’s “runners.”

When you’re a runner with Favor, you’re more like a personal assistant. You might deliver groceries and meals from local restaurants or pick up and deliver a dry cleaning order.

Favor can be an interesting way to make money with your car.

To be a runner, you have to be 18 years of age or older and have a reliable vehicle. You also need to have a clean driving and personal record.

All scheduled hours have minimum guaranteed pay rates. Most runners earn between $10 and $18 per hour.

Note: you get to keep 100% of your tips.

Related Post: Best Jobs Like Instacart

6. Caviar

The Caviar app is a food delivery service that allows you to deliver food orders to clients.

When clients want food delivered, they need drivers like you to bring it to them.

As a Caviar courier, you can make up to $25 per hour. You see earnings, pickup, and drop-off locations before you take a job. Knowing where you’ll be going and what you’ll earn helps you find the best gigs.

Note: As a Caviar courier, you can choose to get paid after each and every delivery. All payments go to your Cash App account.

Also, Caviar has a dedicated support team that is ready to chat whenever you need them.

To be a Caviar courier, you need to be 18 years of age and have a car, truck, scooter, or another vehicle. Remember that each city has its own ordinances regarding what types of vehicles you can use for delivery.

7. Saucey

Saucey offers 30-minute delivery of your favorite alcoholic beverages right to your door. The delivery window is narrower than several other delivery apps.

As a Saucey courier, you can choose which hours you work. You will use your vehicle to make deliveries.

And you can choose to deliver in a part of town you’re familiar with. This is important because Saucey operates in large cities.

They do ship to other areas of the country, but of course, you wouldn’t be delivering there. When you deliver with Saucey, you’ll earn cash for each delivery. You also have the potential to earn tips.

Note that you have to be 21 years of age to deliver for Saucey.

8. Amazon Flex

Amazon Flex is a delivery service of Amazon. When you deliver for Amazon Flex, you will pick up and deliver orders from Amazon, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Fresh.

You will be delivering packages from Amazon fulfillment centers for your chosen, prescheduled shifts.

The Amazon Flex website says that most Amazon Flex drivers earn between $18 and $25 per hour when you include tips.

One nice thing about driving for Amazon is that you get paid twice weekly. Payments are made via Direct Deposit.

Learn More: Is Amazon Flex Worth It?

9. Gopuff

The idea for Gopuff was born in 2013 by two college students who worked to fulfill a need by delivering goods to fellow college students.

  • Available in over 1,000 cities in the U.S. and Europe
  • Over 500 independent fulfillment centers
  • Open 24/7
  • Rewards program for drivers
  • 2.2 Trustpilot score

One nice thing about driving for GoPuff is that the pickup is all in one centralized location.

That means no worries about finding parking or about parking costs. You can choose the hours you work as a Gopuff driver.

And you get to keep 100% of the tips along with the transparent per-trip delivery pay. GoPuff delivery drivers earn up to $21+ per hour and are hired as independent contractors.

Learn More: Gopuff Driver Review: Is This Delivery App Worth It?

10. Grubhub

Grubhub operates in 2,700 cities. They also have a partnership with over 140,000 restaurants. Grubhub also owns Seamless, which has a Trust Pilot score of 2.8 stars.

Of all the apps, Grubhub is simple to use. Like other delivery companies to work for, Grubhub delivery is very similar in that you need a car, a valid driver’s license, and a smartphone.

11. Bite Squad

Bite Squad is in over 80 cities nationwide and plans to continue growing. Currently, drivers can work for Bite Squad in Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Hawaii, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

When you work with Bite Squad, you’ll be an independent contractor with access to the app. You’ll have the choice of working hours, volume, and more. One nice perk is that you can cash out at any time.

You have to use your own car as a Grubhub driver. But you can tap into discounts at Jiffy Luber, Goodyear, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and more.

12. Delivery.com

The world has so many delivery apps. It’s not surprising if you haven’t heard of Delivery.com.

It’s available in 33 states and counting. But it offers drivers the chance to deliver much more than takeout. You can deliver food, alcohol, groceries, laundry, and more.

The downside is that a lack of name recognition might mean fewer customers are placing orders through the app. However, the option to deliver more than just food might be a nice way to mix things up.

How To Pick The Best Delivery App Job

Selecting the right delivery app for your situation is often easier said than done. After all, you want to choose one that works for your needs. Consider running through the questions below to find the best delivery app for you:

  • Where is the app available? Start by determining whether the delivery app of your choice is available in your location. In some cases, this step will eliminate a number of your options. But in major cities, this question might not narrow the playing field at all.
  • What are the minimum requirements? Some apps have minimum requirements that could eliminate it from your list. For example, some apps require you to be 21 to get started. Some require a clean driving record, while others are comfortable with a few speeding tickets. Look closely at the requirements before applying to avoid wasting your time.
  • What are the working requirements? Some apps require you to set up regular hours. But most offer flexibility over your entire schedule. Don’t sign up for an app with a schedule that doesn’t suit your needs.
  • Are you comfortable with the deliveries? If you aren’t comfortable with late-night deliveries, then an app that offers alcohol runs might not be the right fit for you.
  • Does the delivery job offer peak pay? Some of the best food delivery services and apps offer special bonuses for delivering during peak hours or times with driver shortages. Peak pay wages are a great perk for when a delivery driver wants to earn more money.

How Do You Earn More Tips?

When maximizing your earnings as a delivery driver, earning good tips is key. Although the tips sent by customers are not guaranteed, there are some strategies you can use to increase your tips.

A few ways to boost your tip earnings include:

  • Communicate with the customer: Send the customer a quick update if an order is running behind schedule. Most appreciate the effort to update them on the arrival time of their delivery.
  • Handle delivery items with care: Regardless of what you deliver, the customer wants to receive it in good condition. Whether driving or biking, choose a secure place to transport items. If carrying food, consider getting an insulating bag to keep hot foods warm and a cooler for cold foods.
  • Find efficient routes: Use your smartphone to find the most efficient route to your customer. You don’t want to waste time on the wrong streets.
  • Choose a busy time: You are more likely to get a good tip during the peak delivery hours due to sheer volume. Track your tips over time to find the best window for top tips.
  • Be nice to the customer: When you arrive with the items, a small compliment and a smile can go a long way. 

Learn More: 15 Best Apps Like Instacart

How Do These Delivery Apps Compare?

CompanyRatingHourly Pay*
Door Dash4.2$20
Shipt3.8$22
Uber Eats4.2$12
Instacart4.0$15
Favor Delivery2.3$10
Caviar4.3$25
Saucey3.7$14
Grubhub2.5$12
GoPuff2.1$21
Amazon FlexNA$18

*Hourly pay based on estimates

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to knowing which delivery app is best for you, there may be a few questions. Here are a few that may help.

How old do you have to be to work for a delivery app?

Most sites require delivery personnel to be at least 18 years of age. Additionally, they require car insurance.

How many hours minimum are required?

Check out each company for minimum requirements. Some offer as little as one. At some point, if your account is not used, they will close it.

Do delivery drivers require a background check?

Yes, most companies nowadays require background checks.

Can drivers make a living from delivery app jobs?

The answer to this question varies depending on how much and what time of day you typically work. If you only work 10-15 hours per week or are only available on weekday afternoons, then no, you cannot survive on delivery app job income alone.

However, it is possible to work 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, 52 weeks a year without significant lulls. For example, a food delivery app driver typically makes around $20 per hour, including tips. That equates to over $40,000 (pre-tax) at the end of the year.

Can you work multiple delivery job apps simultaneously?

As an independent contractor, you can work multiple jobs at the same time. Many delivery app workers are concerned about the potential gap between jobs and deliveries.

To mitigate these inevitable lulls, many gig workers utilize “gig-stacking,” where they contract for multiple companies and pick the best jobs as they become available. This increases earning potential and minimizes wait time.

Summary

As you can see, there are many ways to make money in the delivery business; you can choose to deliver just about anything.

Note that you’re an independent contractor for all of these delivery apps. You will need to track your income and expenses to claim tax deductions.

You will pay taxes on any income you earn, including tips. These apps don’t withhold income tax like your day job might. We recommend saving a portion of all delivery income to avoid a surprise tax bill.

And remember, what effort you put into anything will make a difference. Delivery jobs are a great way to get after it!!

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108 Comments

  1. Caroline at Costa Rica FIRE says:

    While I think these services are great for a fast start, an important thing to remember is that you’re not building any equity for yourself — you’re not building a reputation or client base or special skills. This is extra income but with very limited potential upside.

    1. Jess Nardini says:

      This makes a good point. This is definitely mostly for making some extra money on the side (sometimes a pretty decent amount), but it’s definitely not as much a career!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I have been applying for amazon Flex in Los Angeles area over and over for months since the beginning of the year and no response. It would be a perfect job for me since I have been a delivery and ride share driver for years and also worked for FEDEX for 6 years… How can I get an Amazon Flex job?!?!

    1. Sign in on the amazon site with a gmail account. Search for jobs. After you do your search for your state and city, it’ll say “No jobs found”, Then sign out. Eventually, Amazon will text you and and if you want to be notified when jobs are available. You say yes……and wait. In either days or weeks, you will receive a text telling you about an amazon opening in your area. Believe me, when you view the opening, you best apply right then and there, because later that day, or by the next day, the offer is full and unavailable. You may have to wait months (I DID) for an amazon flex job or a Driver job. The early bird gets the worm there for sure.

  3. Eric Stone says:

    I looked into favor really quick and according to their website they only are in Texas.

    I have to put my two cents in about Postmates. I accepted a delivery from McDonald’s and when I arrived there it was closed and so I contacted the customer to let them know the situation but told them what was still open because it was 2:00am and they were from out of town. Since I was the only person in the area at the time I said I’m going to cancel the order but I’ll stay online and pick up the next delivery. On my way to pickup the new order I noticed the road the navigation wanted me to take was closed due to construction and the only other routes are quite a bit longer I made the drop and that was done. After I sent support a message letting them know the situation and ask if I could be compensated for the added distance to which they responded with this

    “Thank you for reaching out to Postmates Fleet Support. I understand that you have a concern regarding your delivery in which you’ve taken an alternative route. I’d be glad to assist.

    I understand that you had to go on a longer route because of road construction. Postmates allows you to take the route you want and give you control over how you will perform the delivery.

    However, you will still be paid out for the shortest and efficient route that the system tracked.”

    No a huge deal but enough to piss a guy off.

    1. Jess Nardini says:

      That’s super frustrating, especially if they’re not wanting to help fix it!

  4. Instacart is by far the worst company with the worst business model on record. I worked for weeks made 600dollars and drove over 4 counties to chase bonuses they promised but never delivered. I never do these types of reviews as I’m of the old school mindset if you have nothing good to say say nothing at all…but this is a sure way to lose money and run a car into the ground.
    Network issues(especially when I was about to make a bonus). Terrible product replacement suggestion, sometimes no directions or wiring directions. Absolute chaos and run you ragged for pennies.

    1. Jess Nardini says:

      I’m sorry to hear that you had a problem with Instacart. I know some people who have had success, but it can be hit or miss. It can have a huge impact on where you live. Thank you for sharing your experience! It can help others figure out if the service is right for them!

  5. I work with DoorDash, and they can be ok, but I have to many issues with their app. I have made pick ups at restaurants where I’ve waited 40 minutes for the order to be made. When You’re running a business and trying to make money, waiting 40 minutes takes away from other deliveries you could be making. I’ve been sent to places where a particular restaurant didn’t even exist. Then, not being able to get in touch with DoorDash, or the customer to figure a solution. I have made over 1000 dollars in one week, so like I said, it can be ok. You just need to be able to put up with the hassles…..which are many.

    1. Jess Nardini says:

      That’s impressive that you were able to make over 1000 in one week! There are draw backs with DoorDash as with any of the other companies, but being able to make that much money from a side hustle can definitely make it worth it!

  6. Can anyone provide info on Go-puff? They are pretty new I think

    1. Hi Don, Kayla here from the WKW team. We will look into it and if it’s a good fit, we will add it to the article. Thanks!

  7. Janet Carter says:

    I’ve delivered In Fort Worth, TX for Uber Eats and Pizza Hut for 3 weeks now and average about $11-12/hr. utilizing the 4-10pm shift. Pizza Hut offers $4.25/hr plus tips that average $7/hr, the smallest being $2, and Uber is $3-7/delivery plus tips that average $3/hr, the smallest being .79. These averages include those that don’t tip, but most tip something. I hate the wait for food prep time with Uber, but usually it’s ready, except for McDs, but the app allows you to comment on how the pickup and delivery were. A couple times the restaurant couldn’t fulfill the order, in which case just call them, let them cancel it and usually they’ll pay you $3-4 for the trip expense. I am planning on trying downtown lunch deliveries when I get the chance, but for now I’ve earned $370 for 30 hrs work, and made my car payment ($270) which was my goal for the month.

  8. You should check out Phlatbed for ondemand deliveries.

  9. I have a felony, non violent. Is there a delivery job who would consider me?

  10. Everything varies. What city, Traffic, Hiws your car on gas, All of these companies have different ways to earn decent money if you are smart enough to know what to do and what not to do as far as deliveries go anyway. Some allow you to bike, which can get you thru high traffic areas quicker and make a decent living doing a few side gigs. I do doordash, Grubhub & I’ve done Postmates and Amazon flex in the past. Each of their perks & each of their downfalls. Overall you need to find what works for you

  11. I just recently lost my job as a maintenance tech making good money. I recently started doing DoorDash and while I won’t make what I did doing my profession, it is helping fill in the gaps. If i lived in a bigger city i could see making a living doing this.

  12. Any delivery apps for cargo Sprinter van deliveries local and long distance besides Uship??

      1. Amazon flex

  13. John A Ferguson says:

    Do both postmates and doordash. Postmates saturates with people delivering so it’s hard to get deliveries and not dependable. Doordash controls the amount of couriers and has schedules to choose from. It’s more reliable to get work.

    1. Yes indeed! I was doing both but let Postmates go! I’m thinking about picking up Uber Eats. My stepson drives for DoorDash now. His first week he made $800.. I been doing it for a few months and most o made in a week was $275.. But he has no kids. So….

  14. I’ve been doing lead gen and affiliate stuff for 21 years, and I have a few red flags up after trying to get through (anything but) Eaze’s sign-up process – a small flag went up on the first page of the process where the orphaned bullet, and the flags got increasingly large (amateur form validation issues) until the grand finale: the Docusign contract that is not active, spitting out an error message with no recourse or alert to their web team. If this is how they roll out a referral program, you don’t want to be dealing with the roughness when they’re trying to actually execute it.

  15. I might disappear after this comment, but it seems like Amazon, Door Dash, and Uber Eats, who i’ve worked for, are all actually part of some larger cooperative. The orders between door dash and uber eats fluctuate if you stay on both apps at the same time. Also, it seems it is more a service that profiles you and your attitude, as much as your driving safety. Which I guess is okay. But the world we live in is changing and these are just jobs that have ulterior motives. As much as the apps also profile their customers. Perhaps the best reason to work for any of these companies is to motivate you to find a different job. If i disappear because of these comments, oh well, but what will probably happen is when I go to work delivering tonight, I will by coincidence, get the worst orders possible. Good luck.

  16. These jobs are very very dependent on 3 things.

    Location
    Time of day
    Number of delivery drivers

    If your location has very few people you are not going to make even 1/4 minimum wage.
    If you can’t schedule out the right times of day because they limit the number of active deilvery drivers you won’t get any money.
    If there are hundreds of people doing the same thing competing for the orders, you’re done.

    Companies like Instacart has proven that in a small city or over saturated employee area you make less than 20 dollars a week. Not even close to what is need to live on. In places like LA and Miami the customers are very cheap never tipping and the company likes to send you on large orders for almost no pay.

    Realize that companies like Instacart charge by the item… NOT QUANTITY. So if a customer orders a case of 40 bottle waters… quantity 200… Instacart will pay you 4 dollars for the order for a 15 mile drive. No heavy pay, no tip, no peak hour bonus. Just 4 dollars for 200 cases of bottled water… oh and they time you so you have only 10 minutes to shop for them, 3 minutes to check out, and 2 minutes to drive the 15 miles to deliver… if you’re late you speed rating goes down, you get less orders.

    They are NOT worth the headache as these companies are nothing but pyramid schemes designed to generate revenue from free labor… you don’t even break even with gas. Instacart alone has been sued by the shoppers over 7 times in the last 10 years and they’ve settled out of court every time cause they know they would lose the case.

    1. I’m sorry that you’ve had a bad experience with Instacart. It’s true that a lot of them are dependent on where you’re living and some other variables, however other have had some success with these and I hope you can find something that works for you!

  17. Alice Wilson says:

    I’m trying to deliver for Uber Eats. No one has contact me yet to begin my runs.

    1. You could always contact them to check and see if there is anything additional they need from you so you can get started. Look for their contact information on their website.

  18. Darrick White says:

    I love to work. I’m good with people and very nice. I will do anything you want me to do. I love to walk a lot.

    1. To get a delivery job, check out the links and information in this post. I wish you success!

  19. Amy Smith says:

    I worked for Shipt and took on about 4 orders thrown to me that I couldn’t physically get to while delivering to other shops for them over a period of a month. They let me go yesterday because of it. I’ve never been let go in my 50 years on Earth. It’s just awful. Beware.

    1. I’m sorry that happened to you. I hope you have better luck at your next job.

    2. I’ve worked for Shipt for almost 2 years. I absolutely love the flexibility and extra money but I’ll be the first to admit their training needs improvement. FYI for others who may be having the same issue you had: You don’t have to take all the orders they send you. If you are on the schedule and accept an order, remove yourself from the schedule for that hour so they don’t send you more. They don’t expect you to be in 2 places at once but it is important (And your responsibility) to learn how to manage your own schedule. There is a FB group for every metro where Shipt is located and it is huge wealth of information, especially for new shoppers. But, in the end, gig jobs aren’t for everyone. Don’t feel bad that Shipt didn’t work for you, maybe another one will. Good luck!

  20. Natasha Bodemer says:

    What delivery jobs are in Winston Salem, NC?

    1. I do not know. You can either Google about it or check out the links in this post to see if any of the sites have delivery jobs in your area. Or another alternative is that you might be able to start your own!

  21. I work for Postmates. They don’t take the order money from you. You’re not responsible to pay it. They put the amount to cover the order. You should not be putting money on that card – FYI.

  22. Doordash definitely shouldn’t be number 1. It’s hard to actually earn money because they take your tips to use toward your guaranteed amount. So, even if a customer tips $5, if the guaranteed amount is $7, that’s all you get. Postmates is okay, but they don’t tell you how far your total trip is until you’re done. It sends you all information in stages as you complete your delivery. But the tip is 100% your own. Uber Eats is good, but they also take some of your tips for taxes instead of making the customer pay them.

    1. Thanks for sharing. We appreciate your comments on these delivery apps.

      1. I’ve done alot of Uber Eats deliveries and never have my tips been taken for taxes as Gigi said above!! I sure don’t understand where that assumption would have come from??

      2. How do you know if you got a tip or not? When it is not in your hands to decide If you get a tip…absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  23. I do Postmates and Uber Eats. I do pretty well during the peak times with Uber Eats, especially when they’re offering promotions. However, with Postmates, I had to pay for the food once I got to the restaurant using my Postmates Debit Card. I was totally turned off by that. So, I need to have money on my Postmates card at all times so I can pay for the orders. Then, I have to wait to be paid for those orders.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that Postmates is not working out for you as well as you’d hoped. Keep in mind there are other options you could try as well. 🙂

  24. Michelle Anne LaRocque says:

    Are there retailers that provide delivery service as opposed to drive-up? While there’d be less personal control, the employer would pay 1/2 of the social security and medicare taxes. You’d be on their books for taxes. I’ve worked retail. Drive-up service is usually handled by a front-end staff member. It doesn’t offer the benefit of getting out of the store and jaunting about town.

    1. Some retailers provide delivery services. However, each one has their own policies, etc. on how they reimburse their drivers.

  25. I work for Doorash and Postmates. Postmates is good if the customer tips. Dash is cheap. If the customer gives you a good tip, Door Dash will only pay you $1. They use your tip as part of their base pay. It’s tip theft. There is a class action case against them.

    1. Have you asked them about this or checked out any agreement you signed with them to see if this enters into it? Those are some places to start if you want to resolve the issue quicker.

  26. Wendy Keetch says:

    I’ve delivered food for Postmates for close to 1 1/2 years. It’s been my second income getting me through the month here in California – my day job is a HS teacher’s aide). I was doing well with Postmates until 3 months ago when they lowered the base pay per delivery and changed mileage and wait times, etc. For example, I use to average 6-8 deliveries within a 3-4 hour window per night during the week, excluding Fridays. I earned approximately $45-$60 a night not including tips. Now, for the same number of deliveries during the week, I’m making just under $20. Go figure! I used to rave nothing but good about Postmates. This change for less does not work for many of us here in California as we pay high gas prices already.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you are not having good luck delivering for Postmates any more. Perhaps you could check out their competition to see if the pay is better.

  27. I highly recommend Bite Squad if it’s available in your area. I’ve worked for them in the Gainesville market for a year now. We get paid hourly with guaranteed rates during lunch and dinner hours, and a guarantee of $15 per hour on Friday through Sunday evenings. I typically make at least $11 per hour, although I commonly make closer to $16 per hour. The scheduling is extremely flexible (you only need to commit to working 3 hours a week, but I typically work around 20 hours a week), you can withdraw funds from your bi-weekly paycheck within a day, and the pay is awesome. I regularly make at least $500 per paycheck. It is by far the best delivery service I have found to work for!

    1. Thanks for mentioning that as another great delivery app job choice!

  28. I enjoy working for Uber Eats except for two things. They have the worst GPS that I have ever seen. You cannot trust it or depend on it. I have had it try to send me the wrong way on one way streets. It never chooses the most efficient route. Forget about even trying to use the driver support. All of the people are from foreign countries and have the idea that patronizing you is the way to get things accomplished. They are more frustrating than the GPS.

    1. It sounds like you need to let Uber Eats know about these issues, if you haven’t already. For your sake, I hope they are resolved soon.

    2. That’s true! Sometimes I do not understand what they say. I have to ask them to repeat. They are very nice though – very calm and poised!

      Don’t know if this has happened to you, but Uber Eats runs random background checks on driver partners several times per year and then they reduce the background check fee from your weekly payout. The background check fee is $40. With 3 background checks per year it’ll be $120. reduced from your paycheck. It’s ridiculous!

  29. I work for Amazon Flex in the Boston, MA area. I usually make $1000 per week for under 40 hours of work and about $1200 or more working 40 hours. Sometimes it’s very difficult to get blocks. I manage to get them, though. I also work for GrubHub. I make about $200 per week working about 8 hours.

  30. Michael Martin says:

    Hey, Deacon. Two companies that aren’t mentioned on your list that pay hourly plus tips are Waitr and Bite Squad. They are similar to the other delivery services, but you are a W-2 employee instead of a 1099.

    1. Thanks for mentioning these, Michael! Of course, we don’t always have the room or the time in the post to mention them all. So, I’m glad you commented about these two!

  31. Annie Paredes says:

    I am looking into Shipt. Do you have any information about them?

    1. We do mention them in one of our other posts on this site. The best way to find out info is to ask someone you know who delivers for them or uses their services. You could also check out their site for yourself and look up reviews about them to see if people like using the service.

  32. Maybe those are the 2 mystery places Josh above didn’t want to tell us. 🙂

  33. I’ve been working for Uber Eats and Postmates for about 2 months. They both pay you a set amount for the pick up and drop off, and then you get paid per minute on how long your wait is for the pick up. Also, you get paid for mileage to the drop off only. I normally work hours after my day job, 6pm-8pm, maybe 3 to 4 times a week, and then the weekend shift – Friday’s and Saturday’s from 6pm to 10pm or sometimes later. I make about $150 to $300 a week depending on my hustle.

    1. That’s great! What a great way to make some extra cash!

  34. In Florida we also have GrubHub and Waitr.

    1. Those are two additional options you could choose from in some locations. Thanks for mentioning them.

  35. Kimberly Mitchell says:

    This is a good article. Thanks! I have a concierge and housekeeping business that services the Philadelphia area as well as Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, and I’m always looking for more efficient ways to offer deliveries as well as finding quality workers.

    1. I’m glad you are finding it useful! Thank you for your comments! 🙂

  36. Jesse Valentine says:

    There’s no mention of Grubhub.

    1. We can’t always list them all, but thank you for mentioning them! 🙂

  37. I drive for DoorDash. I make about $400-600. Every Monday I work from 12:30-5:30, Monday through Saturday. It’s a pretty good side hustle. I don’t feel like I’m working. I tried Postmates and they are okay, but you go all over the place.

    1. Thank you for your perspective and comments!

  38. Chris Raynor says:

    I’ve done delivery and courier work for many years. Be prepared to have car transmission issues. Repairs are not cheap. Take this into account when deciding.

    1. You have a good point. There will be some maintenance to account for if you use a car to work in a delivery job. Thanks for your comments.

  39. Rayla Elkey says:

    I have been working with DoorDash with my boyfriend for about a month. You get paid per delivery and the payment also depends on how much you’re delivering and how far you’re traveling. For example, you’ll definitely get paid more for delivering 8 meals to a real estate office than for delivering 1 smoothie to a girl in dorm room 24B. I also really enjoy the peak pay incentives that add on anywhere between $2-$10 per delivery just for working in a busy city during lunch or dinner rushes. I usually average between $80-$120 for about 6 hours of work in a city. When my boyfriend and I team up, we can usually get closer to $200 in the same amount of time. The only downside is that DoorDash doesn’t take into account restaurants not having the order ready, traffic, etc., so it’s really hard to be on time. I have done deliveries that expect me to have their order to them in 10 minutes when its 8 minutes of travel plus waiting for the restaurant to prepare their food! LOL

    1. Thanks for your perspective on working for DoorDash. It sounds like getting food there on time can be challenging at times. At the same time, it’s nice to hear you are making money doing it. 🙂

    2. How do you and your boyfriend make more? Please explain? I’m thinking bout working together with my girlfriend?

      1. One person drives, the other retrieves the order and delivers to customer. Saves time, complete delivery quicker, time for accepting more orders. I deliver alone, sometimes I wish I could talk my son into helping

  40. I’ve used instacart for a while and it’s very difficult to make any money. On the average, you spend 1.5-2.5 hrs and go up to 15 miles to fill a grocery order of 5-30 items and make $14-20. After gas and vehicle use, your making about $8/hr and sometimes less. I’m not sure how it’s legal, but they don’t pay minimum wage difference. The worst part, is instacart leads people to believe tips aren’t neccessary, so most people only tip $2-3. It’s sadly obvious that keeping drivers happy and allowing them to make decent money is far from a priority for them.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that. Of course, you can always try to find other work or another delivery service to work for. In addition, you could let them know that if you haven’t already. Thanks for your comments.

    2. Alicia Jacobsen says:

      I totally agree, I’m working in San Antonio, and they only pay $7/hr. and tips are usually (if any) $2-$3

  41. I’m a Dasher and I’m making average of about $150 a week. I think I average only about $12/hour. It’s hard to get orders – sometimes I just get one an hour. It’s been pretty frustrating to make it worth the gas money and wear and tear on my vehicle. I think the more expensive the restaurant, the better the delivery pay. I had $85 worth of food to deliver only a couple of miles away and made $20. But that’s only happened twice. I’m trying to find another delivery service for a city near me that has great delivery opportunity potential as far as the volume of restaurants in the area. I’m going to try Uber Eats again too, but nothing is near where I live. I have to drive a bit to get to where these services are available.

    1. Yes, it’s tougher to make a living delivering food if you don’t live in a city large enough to support delivery services. Of course, driving to and from somewhere can eat into your profits too. But I hope you can make a go of it!

  42. I’ve been delivering with Door Dash and Uber Eats for about a month now. Typically I make between $4-6 per delivery, not including tips, but sometimes more, depending on whether I’m working when it’s busy because they offer bonuses (or boosts, as Uber Eats calls it) to help keep up with demand. The pay depends on how busy it is (demand), the distance to the restaurant, the distance to the delivery location, and the trip time to the delivery location. You’d probably be surprised by how many people won’t tip. (Though to be fair, the delivery fees are already kinda high on Uber Eats) It’s a really easy side job to make some decent extra cash.

    1. I’m glad you found a way to make extra money that you like. I wish you good luck and continued success with it!

  43. Wendi Groth says:

    I’m having difficulty finding the actual amount each service pays their driver. Whenever I look into any job, my first question is, “How much will I get paid”? I can’t find that information on their websites, or I’m not looking in the right place. Please help.

    1. Well, for Uber it’s listed on the bottom of the main page, but it is variable and depends on several things. We have a post that might help answer a few more of your questions for both Uber and Lyft. It compares the two, so be sure to check it out. However, it still doesn’t spell out what the pay is exactly. DoorDash pays based on each delivery. I imagine it is based on the size of the order, time of day, distance you travel to deliver, etc. I believe Postmates and most of the others are the same way. We also shared a podcast on our site from someone who does this for a living. It is called, “How to Make Money Using Lyft and Uber with Harry Campbell”. I know that doesn’t give you a set answer, but perhaps you could try it as a side hustle to start out? Or, take a delivery from one of them in your area and ask the driver. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you luck with it.

    2. DoorDash pay is based on distance and “desirability” which is basically the expected wait time to get the order so each delivery is different. Some restaurants are really good and others not so much. Plus you get paid more for large orders and the grocery orders that you accept.

    3. Wendie Groth

      Caviar minimum pay is $3.90 and up with bonuses and Milestones if they show you on the app which days most the time is lunch and Dinner. Like Every 3 delivery you get pay extra $8-$9 for every delivery or make an extra $4 for each delivery.Sometimes you can get pay as much as $40 plus tips depending on the order and location.

      Postmates minimum payment is $4 and up depending on the location

      Ubereats pays $5 per delivery

      Doordash minimum pay is $2 and up

      With these 4 companies I worked for.c
      Caviar pays the most.

  44. I have been working with Postmates for over 2 months with my husband. He drives and delivers and I do the pick ups. We have made close to $2000 in the past 2 months working 3 hours a day 3-5 days a week. It’s not tons of money, but it’s actually sort of fun and we get to spend time together. It’s our side hustle, and since Postmates doesn’t require that you sign up for shifts, it’s been great! We’ve done a few deliveries or as many as 13 in 5 hours. We’ve gotten bonuses for getting 8 deliveries in 4 hours and for signing people up. It does do a number on our cars and gas does factor into the equation. We have yet to do our taxes, so we will see about that…
    We know our city, Pittsburgh, quite well, and we work well together, so it works for us. It saves worrying about where to park and getting a ticket and we are pretty efficient!!! Not being able to call when we’ve had problems is a pain, but I actually have been able to talk to someone, or email, if necessary.

    1. I’m glad Postmates is working out so well for you and appreciate your comments. Keep up the good work for more bonuses in the future! 🙂

  45. Quite a random list you’ve got here. I’ve worked for Postmates, Uber eats, and Caviar, and make 3 times as much as I could for any of them doing deliveries for 2 companies that aren’t even on your list. Kinda makes you wonder what qualifies as ‘best’ to you.

    1. Do tell! What 2 companies are not on our list that should be? We might want to check them out.

    2. Carlton Moran says:

      Josh, what companies not listed do you work for? Inquiring minds would like to know.

    3. Yes, Josh, I too would love to know those other two companies.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Eatstreet isn’t on the list. I heard they pay well from someone whom I delivered doordash to recently.

    4. Can you share what other companies you deliver for?

  46. Cassandra says:

    I deliver for both Postmates, and DoorDash in Kansas City, MO and they both pay by the delivery.

    1. What a great way to earn money and help people at the same time. I hope you get paid well for what you do. 🙂

      1. We don’t.

  47. Vrimee | Earnfreedollars says:

    To Laurie,
    This is a good list. Could you please provide more insight regarding the below queries?
    1. How does the pay work? Is it hourly, or based on the driving distance?
    2. Will they pay instantly for every delivery, or only after reaching the minimum payout?

    1. Actually, every company can be different. If you read the post, DoorDash pays by delivery yet Postmates appears to pay by the hour. The best way to find out positively is to go to their website and read about it. That should answer all of those kinds of questions for you.

      1. Jamie Turner says:

        I work for both Doordash and Postmates. Both pay per delivery. I’m pretty sure all of them pay per delivery.

      2. Thanks for your comments. I hope you do well working for Doordash and Postmates!

      3. How do you work with two?

      4. Anna Wilson says:

        I work with two as well. In my case it is DoorDash and a smaller group called Roadie. The deliveries through Roadie are typically longer so I determine if I am going to offer to drive it based on how busy DoorDash is at the time.
        I did however drive for GrubHub for a bit and the trick is to schedule what you can with each and not overlap the time. I personally don’t like the way Grubhub’s driver app is set up. It is too clunky and acceptance of an order is timed so you could easily get in an accident trying to accept a delivery.

    2. GrubHub is one of the best delivery apps to work for. I don’t know why it’s not at the top of your list. It certainly pays better than Uber Eats.

      1. You are so right Chuck. I’ve worked 6 shifts with Uber Eats and the asshole customers rarely tip and therefore I make about $9/hr. Then take out the gas money and car maintenance that Uber doesn’t pay me for. I’m working for damn near nothing.

    3. Jerry Machado says:

      Hi Laurie,

      I have a pickup and I am available to deliver small items that can fit into to a 6 foot bed.
      What is the best app for delivery of furniture, boxes and anything that else that can’t fit into a car.
      I’ve heard about Lugg, but they have gotten really bad reviews on the web.

      Jerry

      1. Try Cynch propane delivery