How much does DoorDash pay? DoorDash is one of the best food delivery services out there, but what’s the pay like this year? Senior contributor and Dasher pro Dash Bridges shares his review of how DoorDashing has changed over the years and what you can expect as a Doordash Driver.
At The Rideshare Guy, we’ve been covering rideshare and delivery apps since 2015. We’ve tried and tested dozens of different delivery apps ourselves, but being an DoorDash courier still remains one of our favorite ways to make money today. In fact, it’s on our list of the best food delivery apps to work for!
- Is it worth it to drive for DoorDash? Yes! DoorDash drivers nationally are averaging $25 per hour
- How do you sign up to be a Doordash driver? Click here
- Strategy for earning more: drive on the weekends and during dinner hours
- DoorDash couriers are busier than ever due to COVID and more people eating in – depending on your city, expect to receive multiple orders
- Quick summary
- What is DoorDash?
- DoorDash driver pay
- How much do Doordash drivers make per week/month?
- When and how does DoorDash pay drivers?
- DoorDash Fast Pay
- Gas and other expenses
- How to become a DoorDash driver
- Drive for DoorDash
- DoorDash Car Requirements
- DoorDash vs Uber Eats, Instacart, & Grubhub
- Is DoorDash worth it?
- Best tips & tricks to increase your DoorDash earnings
What is DoorDash?
DoorDash is a mobile app that connects customers with restaurants for meal deliveries. DoorDash drivers (also known as Dashers) receive requests, accept the ones that look the most profitable (keep reading it find out how!), pick up food and then deliver it to customers.
I’ve been driving for DoorDash for over 5 years now, and in my opinion it is definitely worth it to drive for DoorDash.
In this article I’m going to talk about how much Doordash pays, the DoorDash sign up process, the best strategy for this year, how to boost your ratings, and ways to earn extra through promotions and more.
DoorDash driver pay
Wondering how much Doordash pays? DoorDash driver pay is calculated on base pay, which ranges from $2-10 depending on factors like estimated time, distance and desirability. Deliveries that are less popular will have a higher base pay and often offer promotions.
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If you want to earn more with DoorDash, you have to pick the right deliveries. See how to do just that in this video:
In 2019 and early 2020, I saw my earnings slipping due to more drivers and lower overall pay. That trend has reversed because of COVID – while overall pay may be lower, it’s overshadowed by demand – which keeps earnings up.
Can you expect that trend to keep up, considering there’s no current end in sight for this pandemic? I’m no Magic 8 Ball, but if I had to guess, I’d bet on DoorDash becoming more profitable for drivers in the near future, not less!
Similar to Uber and Lyft, DoorDash offers added incentives during peak times to encourage their drivers to get out and deliver when they are needed most.
How much do Doordash drivers make per week/month?
Assuming an average of $20-25/hour, and 40 hours per week, Doordash drivers can expect to make about $800-$1000/week and $3200-4000/month.
Want to see how you can make $30+ per hour with DoorDash? Take a look at our video here: How I Make $33 Per Hour Delivering DoorDash And Uber Eats | Ride Along
When and how does DoorDash pay drivers?
Dashers get paid on a weekly basis for all deliveries completed between Monday – Sunday of the previous week (ending Sunday at midnight PST).
Dashers are paid via Direct Deposit directly into their bank accounts. It can take 2-3 days for payment to show up in your bank account, but payments should appear no later than Wednesday nights.
DoorDash Fast Pay
Dashers in the US and most parts of Canada can also use Fast Pay to cash out daily – for a fee of $1.99. If you decide to use Fast Pay, you’ll receive your earnings on demand through DoorDash rather than waiting for your weekly deposit.
You must have a debit card to use Fast Pay. Prepaid cards are not eligible for this service. For account protection, Fast Pay is disabled for 7 days if you update your card on file, or add one for the first time. Other than those two instances your Fast Pay should be instant.
US dashers also have the option to have DasherDirect get their earnings instantly with no fee. With this feature, all of your earnings will be deposited onto a card after each dash you complete. Since a Dasher is in control of their own business Door Dash has made the card a Visa Business Card. Most applicants are approved right away, but it might take up to 3 business days to hear back. No fees to deposit or withdrawal your cash.
For a limited time, new cardholders are offered 10% cashback when using the card. Even after the trial period, drivers can take advantage of the 2% cashback when paying with DasherDirect to get gas. The card comes with an app and Dashers can enjoy many perks on the platform.
Some benefits of the app are being able to check your balance, transfer money, and also locating no-fee ATMs. You’ll have access to over 20,000 no-fee ATMs across the US. Tips in most cases will show up on your account within 24 hours of a customer leaving a tip. They do have up to 30 days to leave you a tip after the dash is completed.
Gas and other expenses
Typically, DoorDash has NOT paid for gas and other expenses. However, in March 2022, DoorDash joined Uber, Lyft and a few other gig app companies to announce a fuel stipend for drivers.
How does this work? RSG contributor Pedro Santiago breaks it down here:
Basically, DoorDash announced that all U.S. delivery drivers on their platform are eligible for 10% cash back on gas when using a prepaid business Visa debit card, even when they are using it for personal gas purchases when not using the platform.
For drivers who do not have the prepaid card, DoorDash is offering an extra $5 per week to those who accept and complete orders totaling 100 miles in a motor vehicle.
How to become a DoorDash driver
Becoming a DoorDash driver is fairly easy as long as you meet the requirements. You don’t need to ‘apply for DoorDash’ in the traditional sense; simply visit DoorDash.com to sign up and begin your DoorDash application from there.
Here is what you need to know about DoorDash jobs and DoorDash driver requirements:
- 18 or older
- Any car, scooter, or bicycle (in select cities)
- Driver’s license number
- Social security number (only in United States)
- Final Step: consent to a background check
How to sign up
- Submit application
- Complete sign up
- Get the app and go
Drive for DoorDash
If you want to drive for DoorDash, you’ll also need to meet the following requirements for transporting food. Spoiler alert: these requirements are pretty easy to meet!
Before you check out the DoorDash car requirements, make sure you start your DoorDash application here.
Wondering what driving for DoorDash looks like in action? Check out our video on how to use the DoorDash app here: How to Use the Doordash Driver App: Guide & Tutorial For New Dashers in 2022
DoorDash Car Requirements
DoorDash has no vehicle requirements. You can use any car as long as you have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and insurance. Depending on where you are dashing, you can even ride a bicycle or an electric scooter.
DoorDash vs Uber Eats, Instacart, & Grubhub
How does DoorDash pay stack up against Uber Eats, and Instacart? Here’s how it breaks down.
Uber Eats – right now, our Uber Eats driver review has found Uber Eats drivers are making around $20 an hour driving for Uber Eats.
Instacart – Instacart drivers are earning $20 per hour right now, according to our Instacart shopper pay article. The most efficient Instacart shoppers are earning up to $45 an hour.
Grubhub – Grubhub drivers can earn $12-13 an hour, although the more proficient you become at driving, the more you can earn. Compare this to DoorDash, where you can make closer to $20 per hour. Grubhub’s base salary for drivers is currently $4 per order, but it does vary on the market you drive in. The earnings are also based on the mileage and time it takes you to pick up an order from a restaurant and drop it off at a customer’s house. Tips with DoorDash are the same as GrubHub: you get to keep 100% of the tip a customer leaves.
Doordash – DoorDash driver pay is calculated as follows: base pay + promotions + tips = earnings. Base pay ranges from $2-10 depending on the following factors: estimated time, distance, desirability. Deliveries that are less popular with Dashers, for instance, will have a higher base pay. DoorDash promotions give drivers an opportunity to earn more but aren’t guaranteed for every order. When it’s busy, peak pay could be in effect, which means you’ll earn more money on each delivery.
We recommend signing up for multiple delivery companies. That way, if one service doesn’t have any jobs you can quickly switch to another app.
Check out our breakdown between driving for Uber Eats or DoorDash: Uber Eats Vs DoorDash: Which Is Better (2022)
Related article: how much do Uber drivers make?
Is DoorDash worth it?
Yes, DoorDash drivers are earning $20-25 an hour. Don’t listen to the naysayers – it is still worth it to drive for DoorDash!
We interviewed several drivers about what it’s like driving for DoorDash in late 2021, and what their predictions are for DoorDash in 2022.
According to driver Mike P., the only downside of driving for DoorDash is not having enough time! As he says, “the problem with DoorDash is you can only make so many trips due to grocery and restaurant wait times!”
Mike is currently earning $21 an hour with DoorDash, which is “the best earnings by far in a long time” and 75% of his earnings come from DoorDash. Mike diversifies with other food delivery services, too.
Another driver, William L., reached out to us to say he only drives for DoorDash during lunch and dinner hours. He stated he “consistently makes $20-22 an hour” and he only accepts orders if he’s getting paid $1 per mile. At the moment, he says DoorDash pays better than Uber and Lyft – a consistent comment among most drivers we talk to!
Finally, a recent Gridwise study confirms grocery (and in conjunction, restaurant delivery) with increased earnings after the pandemic hit the US:
The average earnings per trip on a grocery delivery trip was a whopping $22.39, compared to rideshare’s plummeting $10.61 an hour.
If you’re wondering what Dashers should know before they hit the road, check out this video: Doordash Driver: 8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Dashing
What about becoming a Top Dasher? Is it worth it? Check out our video here: Is Being A Top Dasher For DoorDash Worth It?
How much do DoorDashers make in Detroit?
DoorDash drivers in Detroit, MI report earnings of about ~$25 per hour, including tips. Drivers in Detroit recommend driving in areas in metro Detroit such as Birmingham, Troy, and Bloomfield. Drivers do not recommend delivering orders near 8-mile road as it is not as safe area an compared to the other areas mentioned above.
How much do DoorDashers make in Philadelphia?
DoorDash drivers in Philadelphia, PA report earnings of about $15 – $25 per hour, which includes tips. Drivers in Philadelphia recommend driving in the Northern parts, where there are more suburban areas. Drivers recommend the suburbs since you deal with much less traffic, allowing you to complete more orders in a timely manner.
How much do DoorDashers make in San Francisco?
DoorDash drivers in San Francisco, CA report earning $21-30 per hour, not including tips! Drivers in San Francisco recommend driving during the weekends, and dinner hours, to earn more and to also communicate with your customer, especially if their order is running late, to increase tips.
How much do DoorDashers make in Atlanta?
DoorDash drivers in Atlanta, GA report earnings of about $15 – $25 per hour, which includes tips. Drivers in Atlanta recommend driving in the downtown area during dinner hours for better tips. Some drivers recommend staying away from the city/downtown area due to heavy traffic and little parking availability.
How much do DoorDashers make in Boston?
DoorDash drivers in Boston, MA report earnings of about $20 – $30 per hour, which includes tips. Drivers in Boston recommend driving in the Northshore and downtown areas. Drivers report higher earnings during the weekends compared to weekdays.
How much do DoorDashers make in Charlotte?
DoorDash drivers in Charlotte, NC report earnings of about $18 – $25 per hour, including tips. Drivers in Charlotte recommend driving in areas like Mooresville since it is a wealthier area compared to downtown Charlotte. A lot of drivers do not recommend working in the downtown area due to limited parking and lower tips compared to wealthier areas such as Mooresville.
How much do DoorDashers make in DC?
DoorDash drivers in Washington, DC report earnings of about $10 – $30 per hour, which includes tips. Drivers in Washington, DC recommend driving either during the lunch or dinner times since that’s when people order the most. Drivers recommend weekends to maximize tip potential.
Best tips & tricks to increase your DoorDash earnings
Over the years, I’ve collected data on my Dashing experiences. In addition, I’ve also paid attention to what drivers out there are experiencing, and from all that info, I’ve put together the top tips every DoorDash driver should know below.
1) Turn orders!
Some food delivery companies pay an hourly wage to their drivers, regardless of order quantity. DoorDash is delivery-based. The more deliveries I make, the more payouts I collect. Therefore, I need to turn orders, and turn them quickly. Get to the restaurant. Get the food. Deliver food. Repeat. Historically, I’ve averaged 1.8 deliveries/hour. Knowing this, it’s my goal to average two deliveries per hour, or 30 minutes each. Here are some ways I compress my delivery times in order to squeeze in an extra delivery or two per shift.
2) Dash when it’s busy
I dash when it’s busy. Even during the coronavirus, this is still true. Reader Joe told us he’s making $25 an hour driving for delivery companies, including DoorDash. Right now, he says the busiest times are still lunch, dinner and the weekends. Remember though, Dashing has a number of variables specific to YOUR metro area. All of my experience is in Silicon Valley, which has high discretionary income, very tech-savvy, and an insane work culture, which all affects the volume of orders throughout the week, month and year.
3) Know where you’re going
Driving the wrong direction to a restaurant or a customer’s house is a huge waste of time. When I started dashing, in my hurry to begin my drive to my next destination, I’d get in the car and start moving before I knew my exact directions. Too often I’d realize I’m going the wrong way. Then, depending on traffic or other factors, I can’t get on the right road, or I’m stuck on the freeway without an exit for two miles, and it’s just a frustrating, self-inflicted waste of time. Now, I take an extra 30 seconds before starting my car to review my route and read any additional customer instructions, i.e. “my building is closest to the entrance at the corner of Oak Street.”
I encourage you to trust Google Maps. Take the route it suggests, then when you’re within a block, go back to the Dasher app and check their map. It’s extremely precise and will often distinguish between buildings within an apartment complex. Speaking of which, apartment complex directories are your friend! DON’T hop out of your car and just start looking. You wouldn’t believe the strange logic of some building numbering systems.
Not sure about Google Maps vs Waze? We go over the pros and cons of both: Google Maps vs Waze: Which One Is Better For Lyft & Uber Drivers?
4) Find creative parking spots (for informational purposes only)
I practice ‘creative parking’. In popular downtown locations, parking can be a bear. I’ve been known to bend local parking laws in order to get a convenient spot. Loading zones, red zones and ‘parking for customers of XYZ company only’ are all spots that I consider when parking. If the spot is questionable, I’ll flip the hazards on when I leave. Right now, some cities are making downtown parking free (or free for 10 minutes) to encourage people to pick up with local restaurants. If this is true in your city, then you’ve just scored!
Also, I want to clearly state that I DO NOT park in accessible spots nor in private driveways. It’s one thing to take a risk with parking illegally, it’s another thing to be a bad citizen. If I look nearby and still don’t have a legal-ish option, I’ll cede the nearby parking lots to the masses in favor of parking farther away and walking the extra distance. Often, walking from a further spot is faster than circling. Plus, exercise is good for you.
5) Tips per delivery
This subject has become somewhat more tricky in recent years. When I started, the pay system was very straightforward: flat fee + tip. Prior to acceptance, your order would look like the below screenshot. You knew you’d earn the flat $5-$6 fee, plus the customer tip. Since I first started Dashing, the way Dasher pay is calculated has changed a little bit. It’s more straightforward:
DoorDash driver pay is calculated as follows: base pay + promotions + tips = earnings
Base pay ranges from $2-10 depending on the following factors: time, distance, desirability. Deliveries that are less popular with Dashers, for instance, will have a higher base pay. Promotions give drivers an opportunity to earn more, but aren’t guaranteed for every order. When it’s busy, peak pay could be in effect, which means you’ll earn more money on each delivery. Tips are pretty self-explanatory: you keep 100% of the tip a customer leaves.
Just FYI, you may have cash delivery requests on DoorDash! Here’s how they work:
Bonuses are flat amounts placed on top of other earnings and offered during some peak times and locations. They’re never entirely predictable, but they typically fall into heavier times of the day, lunch (11:00am-1:30pm) and dinner (5:00pm-9:00pm). Sometimes they pop up spontaneously, to encourage Dashers to get out and work. And sometimes they’re promoted in advance, so you can schedule your shifts.
7) Decline/reject orders selectively
When you accept your DoorDash order, you’re committed to it AND you’re unlikely to receive additional orders until you’ve completed the order. Each time you receive a DoorDash order request, the app tells you the restaurant, guaranteed earnings, order value and your current distance to the restaurant. It also provides a map showing your location, restaurant location and delivery location as well as a 90-second timer for you to decide if you want to accept or decline the order. So when does it make sense to decline DoorDash delivery orders? Let me break it down for you:
- Time and distance – how far is this from you right now? How much is it offering?
- Location – will this put you in a better location to get more delivery requests?
- Ease – is this a large order and do you have the ability to accomplish it? There’s no shame in not wanting to deliver 5 bags of food and 8 sodas to someone if you’re not comfortable with it!
Reader Joe also endorses the method of selection declining – while you’ll want to accept all deliveries during peak times and drive in bonus zones, you definitely want to focus on higher paying deliveries and efficient driving. You’ll still want to save money on gas, after all, so take requests that are closer to you in order to minimize driving.
8) Dash when it rains… or during a heat wave, or cold snap
People naturally want to stay indoors in bad weather, and are happy to pay for the privilege of doing so. Put on a jacket, grab an umbrella and get out there!
9) Drive for DoorDash during sporting events
Dash during live sporting events, particularly involving your home team. While this tip is less useful right now, people are still staying at home, binge-watching TV and preferring to order in vs. going out. This is especially true on the weekends and Friday nights.
Drive safely, everyone!
Do you have questions about DoorDashing, then and now? Do you think Doordash is worth it still? Let me know in the comments below!
-Dash @ RSG with additional reporting from Paula Gibbins