Both DoorDash and Postmates are a couple of the fastest-growing food delivery apps currently in the market, and both apps are hiring delivery drivers across the country. Simply, delivery drivers for both companies receive orders from local customers via their respective apps and use their own vehicle to pick up and drop off deliveries. Drivers are paid for each delivery and set their own hours.
The question is working for Postmates or DoorDash as a delivery driver a good deal? AS we researched both companies we determined that the requirements to get started are easier than Uber & Lyft, and the pay for Postmates & DoorDash seems to average around $12–$17 per hour before factoring vehicle-related expenses.
Driving for Postmates
Postmates is an on-demand delivery service that allows users to request deliveries of all types from local stores and restaurants. Most Postmates deliveries are for food delivery or small items like home and office supplies.
What do Postmates drivers do?
Receive delivery requests within the Postmates app and navigate to the restaurant or store
Deliver the item to the customer’s location using directions from the app
Drivers don’t schedule shifts. Log in to the app when you want to work. Work as much or as little as you want
Postmates customer support places the order if they can. Otherwise, drivers place the order at the store and pay with a Postmates credit card
Postmates driver requirements
Must be 18 years or older
Have access to an insured vehicle, or a bicycle
You can deliver with a car, truck, van, bicycle, motorcycle, or scooter
Pass a background check
Begin the Postmates application here
How much money do Postmates drivers make?
Postmates drivers can expect to make $8–$15 per hour in most markets
Drivers are paid a fee for pickup, a fee for drop-off, paid for wait time at the restaurant, and paid per mile between pickup and drop-off
Drivers receive 100% of tips. Customers can tip inside the app after the delivery is complete
Blitz pricing, similar to Uber’s surge pricing, increases the delivery fees during peak hours
Guaranteed earnings are sometimes offered: Do X deliveries and earn a guaranteed minimum payout
Other bonuses: Bonuses per delivery, ‘Crushers’ (complete X deliveries during a period)
Payments to you are made 4-7 days after the delivery
Example: How Postmates drivers are paid in Los Angeles
The payout equation is slightly different for every city, but to give you an example of how Postmates calculates driver earnings for a delivery.
$1.40 for pickups
$0.70 for drop-offs
$0.07 per minute wait time at the pickup location
$0.69 per mile from the food pickup to the drop-off
Driving for DoorDash
DoorDash is an on-demand food delivery app that hires independent drivers to do food deliveries. Unlike Postmates, DoorDash orders are restricted to food only. Much like Postmates, you use an app to receive orders, then navigate to the restaurant and the customer.
What DoorDash delivery drivers do
Receive delivery requests inside the DoorDash app and deliver them to the customer
Drivers must schedule shifts up to 6 days in advance
It’s possible drop into a shift if slots are available
Learn more about the DoorDash scheduling system
The customer enters their order through the app and pays through the app, all drivers do is pick up and deliver the food
On some orders drivers have to order the and pay with a special DoorDash credit card called the ‘Red Card’
Delivery requests will be limited to the geographical region you select
DoorDash driver requirements
You must be 18 years or older
Have access to a vehicle or bicycle
Any car, truck, motorcycle, or scooter
Own an iPhone or Android smartphone
Driver’s license with at least one year of driving experience
Valid insurance — name on policy
Complete an orientation online or in person
How much do DoorDash drivers make?
DoorDash drivers can expect to earn around $8 – $15 per hour
DoorDash shows the minimum payout of a delivery before you accept it
Pay formula: Base pay + Promotions + Tips
Base pay is a calculation of variables like difficulty of the order, distance, and overall desirability
Tipping feature in the app encourages customers to tip
Peak Pay bonuses can increase earnings during periods of high demand
Is being a delivery driver for Postmates or DoorDash a good job?
Delivery jobs with Postmates and DoorDash are flexible jobs that allow you to schedule your own hours and put your car to use as a productive asset.
Upsides to delivering for Postmates and DoorDash jobs
The work is flexible. Schedule your own hours. Hop into a shift with only one hour of notice
You can earn tips. Getting lucky with generous tipping can put your pay into the $15–$20/hour range
It is easy to get hired and easy to get started
The vehicle requirements are easy. Unlike Uber and Lyft, you can drive for these apps with ANY working car.
Drivers under age 21 are eligible. Uber and Lyft require drivers to be 21, but Postmates and DoorDash both hire drivers 18 and older
A good way to use your car to make money if you can’t get hired by Uber or Lyft or if you were deactivated
Downsides to delivering for Postmates and DoorDash
No guaranteed wage, potential low pay. If you don’t get many deliveries, your pay can be less than the minimum wage!
Fuel costs, wear and tear on your car. You might still find that fuel expenses plus wear and tear on your car seriously eat into your income, even if you deduct vehicle expenses on your taxes
Hassles of food delivery. Parking, communicating with restaurants and customers, finding the right place to drop off the delivery
What about other delivery jobs like UberEATS, Amazon Flex, and Deliv?
UberEATS is Uber’s on-demand food delivery app and it’s very similar to DoorDash and Postmates. If UberEATS is available in your area, it’s an option worth exploring. It has easy vehicle requirements and the pay is around the same as DoorDash and Postmates.
Two other delivery apps that offer flexible work are Amazon Flex and Deliv. With Amazon Flex, drivers deliver packages to Amazon customers and get paid a flat rate for shifts. Deliv is a same-day package delivery service that pays drivers an hourly wage and compensates for miles driven. Both are good options to look into if you’re looking for work in the delivery app space.
Want to try a delivery job? Your next steps
DoorDash and Postmates make it easy to apply and get started. If you’re interested, your next step is to complete the application process. After that, you can be on the road and delivering within a few days.