Thinking about becoming an Ubereats driver? This article will help you make a smart decision.
In this Ubereats review for drivers, you’ll get answers to common questions like:
- What’s it like to drive for Ubereats?
- How much do Ubereats delivery partners get paid?
- What are the requirements to become an Ubereats driver?
- How does the application process work?
- Where can I apply?
Let’s dive in!
Ubereats Review: What’s it like to drive for Uber Eats?
Ubereats is well-reviewed by users and is the world’s fastest growing food delivery service. They’re continuing to partner with new restaurants, spread to new locations, and attract new customers — which means they’re regularly looking for new drivers!
Driving for Ubereats is a pretty simple way to earn some extra money. When you choose to accept a delivery request, you’ll basically just drive to the restaurant, pick up the food, and deliver it to the address of the person who ordered the food.
You can choose when you want to work, which is great for people who have another job. And you can also work spur-of-the-moment, in short spurts, based on your availability — giving you a way to earn a few bucks when a window of free time opens up.
How much do Ubereats drivers get paid?
For many people, this question is the big one. Delivering delicious food that you’re not allowed to eat? You have to pay me for that. 🙂
The answer takes some explaining, but let’s start with the big picture to give you an idea.
According to an Ubereats review on the popular job review site Glassdoor, the typical Uber Delivery Driver salary is estimated to be roughly $10 per hour.
(It can be higher or lower depending on a few factors I’ll discuss in a minute.)
Glassdoor goes on to say, “When factoring in bonuses and additional compensation, a Delivery Driver at Uber can expect to make an average total pay of $21,000.” (Bolding added by me).
Considering that driving for Ubereats isn’t most people’s full time job, becoming an Ubereats Driver can be a great supplement to your existing income.
How driver pay is calculated:
When you work for Ubereats, you get paid per delivery. So there’s no set Ubereats salary. The more deliveries you take, the more money you’ll make. The fewer deliveries you take, the less money you’ll make.
Driver pay varies city-to-city, but below you’ll find an example to give you a rough idea of how the system works.
Here’s how delivery rates were at one time calculated in Nashville, according to the Uber website:
- “Pickup: $1.50 per trip (Flat fee for picking up one or multiple orders at a restaurant)
- Dropoff: $1.00 per dropoff (Flat fee per order delivered)
- Distance: $1.10 per mile (Per-mile rate from pickup to dropoff, with distance determined by the most efficient route in the Uber Driver app)
- Time: $0.14 per minute (Per-minute rate based on expected wait time at restaurant, expected travel time from restaurant to dropoff, and expected wait time at dropoff)
- Minus the Uber Service Fee” (More on that in a minute)
Told you it was kind of complicated. 🙂
Again, the amount and structure of driver pay can vary depending on your city and when you apply.
Big Picture: More orders, more money. And farther deliveries typically pay more than shorter deliveries.
How the Uber Service Fee Works:
After the numbers are crunched, Uber keeps a service fee. I believe this number can vary.
In one example that you’ll see later in this post, Uber lists the service fee as 25%. But Junkee.com reports that it can be as high as 35%.
The numbers I presented above were before the service fee was applied.
How Surge Rates and Boost Earning Can Increase Your Pay:
You can enjoy a higher delivery rate by working during “surge hours,” (which on the driver side is called the Boost program).
Boost rates typically happen in busy locations during busy hours when Ubereats is experiencing a high number of orders.
Since delivery drivers set their own schedules, Uber charges customers extra during these hours to incentivize more drivers to come online and start delivering in the busy area.
Here’s an example Uber offers on their website of how Boost can increase your earnings:
If you accepted an order where the delivery fare was $6.00, the Boost multiplier was 1.5x, and the Uber service fee was 25%, here’s how the the payout would work:
- Delivery Fare less Uber service fee: $6.00 x (1 - 25%) = $4.50
- Boost calculation: $4.50 net fare x 1.5 Boost multiplier = $6.75
- Net payout breakdown: $4.50 net fare + $2.25 Boost amount = $6.75
So, instead of making $4.50 for this delivery, thanks to Boost, you would make $6.75.
How Tips Can Increase Your Pay:
When driving for Ubereats, if you live in the U.S. or Canada, you can increase your earnings through tips.
Tipping is optional for customers, not required, so you shouldn’t expect to get them for every delivery. But tips are also 100% yours to keep (no service fees applied), so they do have the potential to make a meaningful difference in your Ubereats pay.
There are two ways for customers to give a tip:
- In cash
- In the app
Both take place after delivery.
That means you have the opportunity to increase your chances of getting a good tip by being friendly, greeting people by name, keeping the food fresh during delivery, etc.
How to Enjoy Same-Day Payouts with “Instant Pay”:
One great thing about the way Ubereats pays its drivers is how quickly you can collect your money. Unlike a traditional job where you have to wait for “payday,” Ubereats allows you to set up Instant Pay, a system that allows you to collect “same day payouts up to five times a day.”
Here’s a tutorial for how to set up Instant Pay if you decide to become a driver.
Alright, now you have a general understanding of what it’s like to work for Ubereats and how much money you can potentially earn. After reading the first half of our Ubereats review for drivers, are you interested in applying? Here’s what you need to know.
What are the Ubereats Driver requirements?
Below are the requirements Uber lists on their website:
- Be at least 19 years old
- Have a 2-door or 4-door car made after 1998
- Driver's license and vehicle insurance must be valid
- Have at least one year of driving experience in the U.S.
- Any make or model 2-wheel scooter
- Must have motor of 50cc or less that travels no faster than 30 mph
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a government-issued ID
- When signing up be sure to choose 'Biking' under transportation method.
The methods of delivery Ubereats offers can vary from city to city. For example, where I live, Ubereats only hires car drivers — no bikes or scooters. You can find out what options are available in your city here.
Steps to Becoming an Ubereats Driver:
Assuming Ubereats is available in your city and currently hiring new drivers, and if you meet the guidelines listed above, the application process looks something like this:
Step 1: Apply online
Some of the things you’ll be asked for include:
- Your email
- First and last name
- Phone number
- City where you live
You will also need to provide some documentation, including:
- A driver’s license that’s valid in the area where you want to deliver
- Vehicle registration papers
- Proof of insurance for your vehicle
Step 2: Wait while they process your application and run a background check
Ubereats will review your application and conduct a background check through Checkr, Inc. — “a third party background check provider that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.”
Some of the things the free background check will look for include:
- “Major driving violations or a recent history of minor driving violations”
- “Convictions for felonies, violent crimes, sexual offenses, and registered sex offender status”
- “Pending charges for those categories of crimes”
It does not include a credit check.
Step 3: If accepted, start working for Ubereats!
We hope this Ubereats review for drivers has helped you decide whether working with Ubereats is the right choice for you.
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