If you’ve been wondering how much to tip delivery drivers you’ve come to the right place! We’ll help you get your delivery tip just right.
Since different food delivery services have different policies, we’ve broken this post into sections based on which service you chose. Instead of reading the whole post, click from the list below to skip to the section that’s most relevant for you.
So the first big question is, do you tip GrubHub?
And the answer is YES. Although many food delivery services don’t expect you to tip, GrubHub very much does.
If you’re wondering how much to tip for delivery, on their website, GrubHub recommends, “If everything goes smoothly with your delivery and the weather is good, 20% is the standard cost of having the mealtime brought to your doorstep. Never tip less than five bucks, though.”
GrubHub also encourages you to tip a little extra for large orders (think office party), for orders that require drivers to climb several flights of stairs, or on days when the weather is bad.
And in a Facebook post, Matt Maloney, one of GrubHub’s co-founders, also encourages you to “double” your standard GrubHub tip for rush orders.
Is the delivery fee the tip?
In a word, “No”.
GrubHub says, “Some orders may include an additional “delivery fee”, but this is not a tip — drivers do not receive this money — so make sure not to deduct this charge from your tip amount.”
Do you have to tip GrubHub?
If you just found out about GrubHub tipping and you have no cash on hand, consider simply telling your delivery person the truth. It’s not like they won’t give you your food.
Or if you haven’t placed your order yet, you can include a delivery driver tip when you checkout with your credit card, which is a way to get around the cash conundrum.
One final thought about GrubHub tips…
According to Maloney’s Facebook post, “Giving change as a tip is usually viewed by delivery drivers as disrespectful.”
While we can assume that would not be the case if you paid with a large bill, when possible, consider tipping delivery drivers separately, instead of saying “keep the change.”
This moment of acknowledgement communicates appreciation, which is a great non-monetary way to show your GrubHub driver some love.