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Do You Tip Shipt Shoppers In 2023? How Much?

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Tipping has become a customary way of showing appreciation for good service.

It is often given in restaurants, hair salons, and other service-oriented businesses.

But do you tip Shipt shoppers?

Here are a few questions you may ask about Shipt and tipping.

  • Should you tip Shipt shoppers?
  • How much should you give?
  • How do you add tips on the Shipt Shopper app?

In this article, we will answer all your questions about tipping your Shipt shopper.

What Do Shipt Shoppers Get Paid?

The quick answer: Shipt shoppers will make between $15 and $22 per hour.

This average includes the base pay.

It also includes any tips the shopper may receive from each Shipt customer.

Shipt pay differs from market to market.

In busy cities such as Los Angeles or New York, a Shipt shopper may average closer to $30 per hour on a busy day.

In smaller cities, it’s more challenging to average over $20 per hour.

Larger cities keep Shipt drivers busy because the orders typically run back to back.

Many experienced Shipt shoppers in big markets will receive a new order immediately after completing a delivery.

Shipt drivers in smaller towns will encounter long periods without getting an order.

Overall, grocery delivery income using the Shipt app matches well with what someone earns working as an Instacart shopper or DoorDash Dasher.

Do You Tip Shipt Shoppers?

While tips are not required, Shipt shoppers appreciate them.

Getting quality tips on each grocery pickup can make the difference between making $15 per hour or $25 per hour.

Tipping is a way to show your appreciation for good service.

Think of it as you would when tipping your waiter or valet.

It’s common knowledge that people in the service industry depend on tips to make their jobs worthwhile.

It’s no different with Shipt delivery workers.

It’s challenging to make the Shipt gig worth it without receiving tips.

Tips help shoppers overcome the vehicle expenses and gas charges they incur.

How Much to Tip Shipt Shoppers

Here are some ideas to help you decide how much to tip each Shipt gig worker.

Shipt Shopper Etiquette

When it comes to tipping your Shipt delivery driver, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, the amount you tip is entirely up to you.

Base it on the level of customer service you received.

Second, you can give tips in cash or through the Shipt app when you rate your delivery experience.

And finally, please be considerate of your shopper’s time by being available to receive the order when they arrive.

With that said, let’s look at how much you should tip for different levels of service.

Base Shipt Shopper Tip

The official base Shipt tip from the company’s perspective is $0.

However, it’s good to think of 10% as the base tip amount to give a shopper.

Although shoppers do not expect to receive a tip on every order, you should consider tipping each time.

Keep in mind the work involved with getting groceries to appear on your doorstep.

Your shopper must drive to the store, navigate the aisles, figure out how to handle replacement items, wait in line to pay, get the bags into their car, and drive through traffic to your home.

Your tip helps your shopper earn enough to pay for expenses and make a profit.

Tip Percentage for Excellent Service

If you received excellent service and would like to show appreciation with a big tip, we recommend 15-20% of the total order cost.

For example, if your grocery order totaled $100, a 20% tip would be $20.

If you’re feeling generous, you might even consider tipping at a rate of 25%.

Tip Percentage for Bad Experience

We do not recommend tipping if you had a bad experience caused directly by your Shipt shopper.

Consider that a bad experience may not be the Shipt shopper’s fault.

In those cases, it’s not fair to hold back their tip.

For instance, it’s not your shopper’s fault if the grocery store was out of an item.

Another example is when you asked a shopper to shop during a busy time at the store.

On the other hand, if your shopper was rude or disrespectful, you do not have to tip them.

You might consider a 5% to 10% tip if your bad experience comes from a mixture of driver service and other extenuating circumstances.

Keep in mind that you can also leave a Shipt review.

Can Shipt Shoppers See Who Tips?

Yes, shoppers can see who left a tip within the app after completing each order.

Shoppers also see how much each Shipt member tipped them.

The Shipt app shows a shopper their total income from each delivery.

They see the trip base pay plus any tip amount.

Shipt will delay when a shopper sees the tip to avoid awkward situations while you receive your order.

However, your shopper will eventually know whether you tipped them or not.

How Long Do You Have to Tip a Shipt Shopper After a Delivery?

Your Shipt shopper will see your tip two hours after completing the delivery.

You have different times when you can tip your shopper.

The Shipt app allows early tipping.

You can tip at the time of checkout.

Your shopper won’t know that you tipped them early.

If you decide to modify your tip after delivery, the app makes it easy to do.

Shipt will send you an email confirming your final tip about two hours after delivery.

You don’t need to use the early tip feature.

Instead, consider waiting to tip until after you receive the delivery.

Shipt gives 100% of your tip to the shopper.

You should know that tipping doesn’t affect whether you’ll see the same shopper in the future.

It also doesn’t change whether you get future offers more quickly or not.

It’s simply a way to show your appreciation to your shopper.

How to Tip on Shipt App

Tipping your Shipt shopper is easy to do.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

First, open the Shipt app and sign in to your account.

Then, go to the “Orders” tab and find your most recent order.

Tap on it to open the details page for that order.

Once you’re on the order details page, scroll down to the “Rate Your Delivery” section.

There, you’ll see a “Leave a Tip” button.

Tapping that button will open up the tipping interface.

On the tipping interface, select how much you’d like to tip by tapping on one of the preset percentages.

You can also tap on the “Other Amount” option to type in a custom tip percentage or dollar amount.

Once you’ve selected your tip amount, tap on the “Done” button.

That’s it!

You’ve successfully tipped your Shipt shopper.

If you’re afraid you may forget to tip, you can use the previously mentioned early tipping option.

You’ll see a chance to tip before finalizing your order at checkout.

You can select one of the percentages that Shipt shows.

The app bases the percentage on the order total.

Tap on the one you prefer or enter a custom tip amount.

As we mentioned earlier, Shipt shoppers do not see tips left for them until after they complete the delivery.

So, don’t worry if your shopper doesn’t say “thank you” right away.

Wrapping Up

Do you tip Shipt shoppers?

In short, yes, you should tip your Shipt shopper.

The amount you tip depends on the situation.

You can either do this through the app or decide to give a cash tip.

Tipping doesn’t have any negative consequences, so there’s no reason not to do it.

If you have any questions about Shipt tipping, ask us in the comments.

In the meantime, try using the early tip option on your next Shipt order.

5 thoughts on “Do You Tip Shipt Shoppers In 2023? How Much?”

  1. In much of the information I have been reading regarding, tipping the Shipt Delivery Driver, the information all states the percentage for good or poor service ,of the total of your receipt. I had an order delivered, approx. 20 items, the total receipt was around $105., although after the stores coupons were applied my bill was just over $23. I think that when advising, that a reminder of the total bill before discounts, coupons or various other savings. That would be a large difference in the tip the driver received (if going by satisfaction-not so much because You choose) but if going by the paid receipt. Just a note, for future advice.

  2. Shipt Shoppers get paid $6 bucks-$16 a shop. Depending on the total order in the town i live in. With the price of gas if the customer does not tip, the shopper is technically not making money. Shoppers track their customers and accept orders based on the estimated final pay after tipping. Most customers who receive bad service is mostly contributed by the tipping behaviors. Experienced shoppers will not accept orders from customers who they know will tip less than 10% or nothing. As a result the orders will sit unclaimed until Shipt base pay goes up and the oder is in open metro for any one to grab. As a customer if you do not receive the same shoppers, your order is always late there is a reason, either you are not tipping 10% and more or if the customer is annoying. Experienced shoppers will not accept orders from customers who rate below 5 star. Shoppers talk and share information about bad orders within the same zone. If the order is small the pay is lower, shoppers tend to avoid as most customers with small orders don’t tip. As a customer consider to tip even more with small orders. I hope this helps. Ask your fellow customers who tip well, they do not have issues with their orders.

  3. I’m suprised this is up for debate. DoorDash drivers usually receive a tip and they only pick up and drop off. With shipt the shopper has to track down each item, then go to customer service and wait in line to checkout. Then they bag all the items and load and unload their car. They also communicate unavailable items and available substitutes. It takes so much longer than doordash. Shipt shoppers actually have an online interview to show they are able to communicate well. Doordash takes anyone with a lixense. Im suprised customers have people come to their home they wouldnt tip.

  4. The article starts off with really awful information from the get go:

    “The quick answer: Shipt shoppers will make between $15 and $22 per hour.
    This average includes the base pay.”

    Averages are the absolute WORST example you can offer people when it comes to pay, temperatures… just about everything. They are not ‘scientific’ and they offer the reader a false sense of knowledge that simply is not true in *most* cases. A great example of why I think this way before I move on. I moved to a midwestern state back in 2010. I was told the “average” temperature during the winter was 25 degrees. So I’m thinking “Oh… that’s manageable… most days will be 25 degrees.” WRONG! The coldest it was that year was MINUS 35 (-35 degrees Fahrenheit) and most of the days were around -10 to 15 degrees that year. What brought that average up was a few days over 50 degrees that were anomalies.

    That being said, when it comes to helping people understand we make very little money and do not get paid hourly, please refrain from saying things like “Oh yeah, the ode Shipt and InstaCart drivers make at least minimum wage up to about $20-$25 an hour on average.”

    I live in an area of about 50,000 people and if I’m lucky I make $80-$100/day. IF I am lucky. Today I made $36 TOTAL including tips for 6+ hours of sitting there staring at my phone and having to pass on the insulting batches (100+ items with $7 batch pay and a $2 tip and a 14+ mile UNPAID trip to the store AND 5 miles to deliver at .60/mile – sorry, I refuse to pay out of my own pocket to deliver people’s groceries any longer ESPECIALLY when I can’t EVEN afford to buy 95% of what I am picking up for other people).

    So the real answers you provided were great but over half way through the article.


    We don’t work for minimum wage like many of you think. We aren’t even paid minimum wage. We pay our own taxes because we are “hired” on as “private contractors” so these large companies can escape having to pay our employer taxes (Social Security, Medicare, any and all insurance benefits, fuel costs, income taxes… you name it.) We have to pay for all of that out of pocket out of the the “batch pay” we receive and your tips. Most batches pay us $4-$15 but almost always they are under $10 closer to $4 or $5. Most customers actually don’t include tips at all, even after all of our hard work and they sure as hell rarely tip us more than $10 in my area, which includes Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

    We also do have to pass background checks and have good driving records, not to mention pass prescription delivery certification and alcohol delivery certification.

    Please start your articles with more accurate facts regarding this type of work. When you say garbage like we make ON AVERAGE $15-$25 an hour it makes people think all of us make that, which leads to people tipping less and less because they think we’re making bank off this. I am barely able to feed myself and put enough fuel in my tank to make the damned deliveries that people basically expect us to deliver for free. Shame on you for not formatting this article correctly and leading people to think we’re all running to the bank with our $25/hour Cush delivery jobs because it simply is not the case for most of us.

  5. Hello,

    shiot shopper of 3 years. perfect 5 star last shop and 4.97 all time.

    I will absolutely not take an order that does not tip. I’ve been in the restaurant industry 13 years and I feel I earn a tip doing shipt ten folds more than bartending/serving. we use our time, cars, gas, resources. more oil changes.

    There is absolutely no excuse to tip less than 20% and if you’re not tipping that or at all its the same as going out to eat; you cannot afford it.

    Please go to the store yourself. Some of us are barely making ends meat as it is, I don’t want to go grocery shopping for your 30 gallons of milk for $6 or your 100 items for $12.

    it’s honestly a really abusive, non lucrative job.


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