How Much Do DoorDash Drivers Make?

Working as a food delivery driver is a great way to make extra money. Postmates, Grubhub and DoorDash all provide opportunities to earn cash while working for a food delivery service.

But while you know you can earn extra money making deliveries for these services, just how much do DoorDash drivers make? As we’ll see, the answer to that depends on a variety of factors, including the market in which you’re operating and the method you use to make deliveries.

How Does DoorDash Work?

How Much Do DoorDash Drivers Make?

Before we explore what DoorDash drivers make, here’s a brief overview of how the DoorDash service works. If you’re familiar with DoorDash, feel free to skip this section.

Much like a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft, you start your shift as a DoorDash driver by opening the app and indicating you’re ready to accept deliveries. From there, you’ll receive delivery requests, which you can choose to accept or reject.

Once you’ve accepted the request, the DoorDash driver app will direct you to the restaurant, where you pay for the customer’s food using the company-provided Red Card.

You then take the food from the restaurant and deliver it to the customer’s door. All the while, the customer can track the status of their order in real time. Once the order is complete, the customer has the option to leave you a tip and rate your performance.

From there, it’s on to the next delivery until your shift is over. To learn more details about this process (including tips for maximizing your earnings), check out our How to Become a DoorDash Driver guide.

How DoorDash Calculates Pay

How Much Do DoorDash Drivers Make

So how much do DoorDash drivers make? Customers pay DoorDash a delivery fee in exchange for the convenience of food delivery. However, this fee isn’t what you’ll actually receive as a DoorDash driver. Instead, DoorDash pays drivers a minimum amount per order. DoorDash guarantees that delivery drivers will earn at least $1 per delivery, plus 100 percent of tips paid by the customer.

In some cases, the minimum amount can be higher, especially during busy times like the lunch rush. The minimum amount can also vary based on the market, so check the relevant page for your city to find out the specifics (you’ll also receive this info once DoorDash has accepted your application).

DoorDash also shows drivers how much delivery pay they’ll receive before they accept or reject an order. This will help you avoid taking orders that aren’t worth your time relative to what they pay. This guaranteed amount is based on the following factors:

  • Size of the order
  • Whether you have to place the order in person
  • Projected driving distance, traffic, parking and wait time at the store

In general, the average payment per order is around $5 before tips. In the cases of large orders, long distance or busy times, this number can go higher.

However, the key to maximizing earnings is simple: Complete as many orders as possible per hour while also maximizing tips. You’ll learn how to maximize your number of orders per hour with time, as well as get a sense of whether or not an order is worth your time to accept. Tips, on the other hand, are something that you can influence through your friendliness, professionalism, timeliness and overall customer service.

Don’t Forget Taxes and Operating Costs

When examining how much you’ll make delivering for DoorDash, it’s important to consider that the amount DoorDash pays you is your gross income — your actual earnings will be lower after taxes and costs you incur when making deliveries.

Let’s start with taxes. DoorDash drivers are independent contractors. This means that DoorDash does not withhold any taxes from the money they pay you. You’re responsible for making these payments yourself when tax time rolls around. If you make more than $600 in a year delivering for DoorDash, the company will send you a Form 1099-MISC with a summary of your earnings. For more information, consult our guide to self-employment taxes.

Next, you need to take into account your operating costs. These will depend on a variety of factors. If you’re making deliveries using a car, your costs will be higher than if you’re delivering on a scooter, bike, or on foot. The fuel efficiency of your car, the gas prices in your are and the age of your vehicle will also affect your personal costs of doing business.

Regardless of the specifics, however, you need to bear these costs in mind when you’re calculating your potential DoorDash earnings.

Boost Your Earnings with Sign-Up Bonuses and Promo Codes

Making deliveries isn’t the only way to earn with DoorDash. You can also make money referring friends to drive for the service. You’ll be able to earn a bonus (as high as $650 in some markets) for every friend who signs up with your referral link and makes the required number of deliveries within the required amount of time (varies by market, see below). To refer a friend, simply go to the “Invite Friends” tab within the Dasher app. Learn more in our DoorDash Driver Promo Code guide.

Additionally, new DoorDash drivers have the chance to earn a bonus payment when they sign up for the service and complete a minimum number of deliveries. The bonus amount varies by city, but is generally around $50. Sign up with this link to start working towards your bonus.

Curious how much you can earn in bonuses for each city? Here’s a list of current referral amounts for every current DoorDash market, as well as the conditions you need to meet to receive them:

  • Canada – Burnaby, Coquitlam and Surrey: Dashers earn $250 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 80 deliveries within the first 40 days of applying.
  • Canada – Calgary: Dashers earn $300 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 100 deliveries within the first 40 days of applying.
  • Canada – Edmonton: Dashers earn $125 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 100 deliveries within the first 40 days of applying.
  • Canada – Hamilton: Dashers earn $400 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 100 deliveries within the first 75 days of applying.
  • Canada – London: Dashers earn $500 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 100 deliveries within the first 75 days of applying.
  • Canada – Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville: Dashers earn $125 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $150. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 120 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • Canada – Ottawa: Dashers earn $500 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 100 deliveries within the first 75 days of applying.
  • Canada – Toronto: Dashers earn $400 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 120 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • Canada – Vancouver and Richmond: Dashers earn $250 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 80 deliveries within the first 40 days of applying.
  • Canada – Waterloo, Kitchener and Guelph: Dashers earn $400 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 120 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • AL – Birmingham: Dashers earn $50 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $25. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 30 deliveries within the first 30 days. DoorDash launches in Birmingham on 6/13/2018.
  • AZ – Phoenix: No bonuses currently available.
  • CA – Central Coast: Dashers earn $200 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 120 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • CA – Inland Empire: Dashers earn $100 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 120 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • CA – Los Angeles: Dashers in Los Angeles earn $500 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 120 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying. Dashers in the LA Valley earn $150 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are also paid out after the referred Dasher completes 120 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • CA – Monterey Bay: Dashers earn $300 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 150 deliveries within the first 75 days.
  • CA – Northern California: Referral bonuses for each submarket are as follows:
    • San Francisco: $300 for referrer, $50 for new Dasher — new Dasher must complete 150 deliveries within 60 days of completing the online application.
    • North Bay: $300 for referrer, $50 for new Dasher — new Dasher must complete 150 deliveries within 60 days of completing the online application.
    • South Bay: $300 for referrer, $50 for new Dasher — new Dasher must complete 150 deliveries within 60 days of completing the online application.
    • Peninsula: $300 for referrer, $50 for new Dasher — new Dasher must complete 150 deliveries within 60 days of completing the online application.
    • East Bay: $300 for referrer, $50 for new Dasher — new Dasher must complete 150 deliveries within 60 days of completing the online application.
    • Central Valley: $50 for referrer, $25 for new Dasher — new Dasher must complete 50 deliveries within 50 days of completing the online application.
  • CA – Orange County: Dashers earn $650 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 150 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • CA – San Diego: Dashers earn $200 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 150 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • CO – Denver/Boulder: Dashers earn $650 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 150 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • CT/NY – Metro North: Dashers earn $100 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 30 deliveries within the first 30 days of applying.
  • DC – Washington, D.C.: No bonuses currently available.
  • FL – Jacksonville: No bonuses currently available.
  • FL – Miami: No bonuses currently available.
  • FL – Orlando: No bonuses currently available.
  • FL – Tampa: No bonuses currently available.
  • GA – Atlanta: No bonuses currently available.
  • Hawaii – Dashers earn $300 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 150 deliveries within the first 75 days.
  • IA – Des Moines: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public). DoorDash launches in Des Moines 6/16/2018.
  • ID – Boise: Dashers earn $200 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 150 deliveries within the first 75 days.
  • IL – Bloomington: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • IL – Champaign: No bonuses currently available.
  • IL – Chicago: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • IL – Rockford: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • IN – Indianapolis: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • IN – South Bend: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • KS – Kansas City: Dashers earn $500 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 200 deliveries within the first 50 days of applying.
  • KY – Lexington: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • KY – Louisville: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • LA – New Orleans: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public). DoorDash launches in New Orleans on 6/6/2018.
  • MD – Baltimore: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public). Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 50 deliveries within the first 30 days of applying.
  • MA – Boston: No bonuses currently available.
  • MI – Detroit: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • MN – Minneapolis: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • MO – St. Louis: Dashers earn $500 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 200 deliveries within the first 50 days of applying.
  • NC – Charlotte: No bonuses currently available.
  • NC – Raleigh: Dashers earn $50 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $25. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 50 deliveries within the first 30 days.
  • NE – Omaha: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • NJ – New Jersey: Dashers earn $100 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 30 deliveries within the first 30 days.
  • NM – Albuquerque: Dashers earn $300 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 150 deliveries within the first 75 days.
  • NV – Las Vegas: No bonuses currently available.
  • NY – Buffalo: No bonuses currently available.
  • NY – Long Island: Dashers earn $100 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 30 deliveries within the first 30 days.
  • NY – New York City: Dashers earn $100 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 30 deliveries within the first 30 days (available only in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens).
  • OH – Cincinnati/Dayton: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • OH – Columbus: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • OH – Cleveland: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • OK – Oklahoma City: Dashers earn $75 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $25. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 50 deliveries within the first 30 days.
  • OK – Tulsa: Dashers earn $75 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $25. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 50 deliveries within the first 30 days.
  • OR – Portland: Dashers earn $600 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $100. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 150 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • PA – Philadelphia: No bonuses currently available.
  • PA – Pittsburgh: Dashers earn $1,000 for every new Dasher referred. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 150 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • TN – Memphis: No bonuses currently available.
  • TN – Nashville: No bonuses currently available.
  • TX – Austin: Dashers earn $75 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $25. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 50 deliveries within the first 30 days.
  • TX – College Station: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public). DoorDash launches in College Station on 5/30/2018.
  • TX – Dallas/Fort Worth: No bonuses currently available.
  • TX – Houston: No bonuses currently available.
  • TX – Lubbock: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public). DoorDash launches in Lubbock on 5/30/2018.
  • TX – San Antonio: No bonuses currently available.
  • TX – Waco: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).
  • UT – Salt Lake City: Dashers earn $150 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $25. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 100 deliveries within the first 50 days.
  • VA – Richmond: Dashers earn $50 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $25. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 30 deliveries within the first 30 days.
  • VA – Virginia Beach: Dashers earn $50 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $25. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 30 deliveries within the first 30 days. DoorDash launches in Virginia Beach on 5/30/2018.
  • WA – Seattle/Bellevue: Referral bonuses for the two submarkets are as follows:
    • Bellevue: Dashers earn $500 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 200 deliveries within the first 75 days of applying.
    • Seattle: Dashers earn $500 for every new Dasher referred. The referred Dasher will receive $50. Bonuses are paid out after the referred Dasher completes 200 deliveries within the first 60 days of applying.
  • WI – Madison: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public). DoorDash launches in Madison on 6/6/2018.
  • WI – Milwaukee: Check the app for details (bonus amounts not currently available to public).

To see if DoorDash is available in your city and stay updated on current promotions, visit the Info On Your City page. Note that the promotions above are subject to change; we’ll keep them updated and add new markets as DoorDash announces them.

Make Extra Cash With DoorDash

DoorDash is a viable way to make extra cash delivering food in your city. We hope you now see the earning potential that drivers have, as well as the costs to take into account when estimating how much you’ll make.

Wishing you happy, profitable and safe delivering!