Working as an Uber Eats driver

Last updated: April 22, 2024
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Uber Eats has become increasingly popular for those seeking to make quick money from their own vehicle. You can bypass a handful of the restrictions that come with ridesharing and get to earning faster —and in some cases, without a car.

Uber Eats attracts applicants and employees from all backgrounds and skill levels by advertising three main points:

  • 1. Flexible scheduling without a boss.
    Accept delivery requests whenever best suits your own schedule. There is no set schedule, hours, or minimums you must meet. It can be either a part or full-time job—uniquely custom to you and your needs and goals.

  • 2. Instant deposits
    Every day is payday. Access your earnings immediately through Uber’s Instant Pay and cash out up to 5 times a day for a small fee of $0.50 that’s sent directly to your linked debit card. You can also receive free weekly deposits via direct deposit.

  • 3. Explore your city
    Between every pick-up and drop-off, you have the ability to discover more about your community and city—one that you’re helping strengthen and build.

The delivery process is easy to learn and requires little to no previous experience. After a customer places an order, an UberEats driver receives the information, confirms the order, and then goes and picks up the requested item(s). Then, the driver delivers the order to the customer and is paid accordingly for their time.

UberEats delivery options

Different cities or markets can mandate their own delivery terms that determine the type of order delivery drivers can expect. The three types available are:

  • Curbside deliveries
    This type of delivery allows you to remain in your vehicle and hand the customer their order without having to get out. This type of delivery is convenient since it doesn’t require you to exit your vehicle, search for parking, and get on foot to find the customer’s residence, office, etc.

  • Walk-in drop off deliveries
    This is your typical food delivery service. After arriving at a customer’s location, you’ll walk the order up to the door.

  • No-Contact deliveries
    Added during the COVID-19 pandemic, customers can now request that drivers drop off the delivery at their door without an in-person handoff to ensure the safety and health of both the driver and customer.

How is my Uber Eats pay calculated?

Base fare + Trip supplement + Promotions + Tips = Total

There are four factors that contribute to your total earnings for each completed delivery.

  • Base fare. Includes your pay for pickup, drop off, time, and distance.

  • Pick-up fee. This a flat rate that you receive every time you pick up an order from a restaurant. It’s possible that you can pick up multiple orders at the same time from a single pick-up location, resulting in a higher pick-up fee.

  • Drop-off fee. A flat-rate fee also known as a delivery fee. It’s important to remember that this fee is based on each location, not the number of orders per location. So, if you drop off multiple orders at a single location, you will still receive the same flat rate.

  • Mileage rate. A set rate based not on the most efficient route to both pick-up and deliver an order. Mileage rates are only used in large metro cities like New York and San Francisco, so make sure to check with your individual city or market if a mileage rate will be factored into your pay.

  • Minute rate. A payout based on the time spent traveling between each pick-up and drop-off. This rate does not include the time spent waiting for an order at a restaurant or for a customer to claim their delivery.

  • Trip supplement. An added amount that takes into account many factors that may influence trip earnings. These include total time of the delivery, distance (including your travel time to a restaurant,) and if the wait time for a customer’s order is longer than expected.

  • Promotions. Additional pay for deliveries that meet certain conditions. These are usually categorized into two types:

    • Surge pricing: This is an additional amount that can help increase your earnings during a time of high demand. Surge amounts are added to your delivery earnings after you finish the delivery and are based on how busy a restaurant is during a certain time. Surge Pricing is also not communicated in advance and is based entirely on how busy restaurants are in real time.

    • Boost pricing: A pay incentive to increase the number of drivers when there’s high demand. Boost pricing is solely dependent on a designated zone for both pick-ups and drop-offs. Boost promotion amounts are already included in the upfront guarantee you see when you receive a trip. **NOTE: **Uber Eats Drivers keep 100% of all their tips.

On average, the net hourly pay is $8-$12/hour, or about $3.50/per completed delivery. As with most on-demand food courier jobs, it is largely dependent on the volume of orders and speed at which you can successfully complete deliveries.

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