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How to Become a Grubhub Driver

As one of the premier food delivery apps, driving for Grubhub can be a promising side hustle or a full-time gig if you play your cards right!

If you think this gig is for you, go ahead and download the app, sign up, meet the requirements, pass the background check, and start delivering food!

Here’s a walkthrough of each step you’ll need to take in order to apply.

a screenshot of the signup screen of how to become a grubhub driver

The Role of a Grubhub Driver

Learning the role of a Grubhub food delivery driver is a must to know what to expect before committing to the job.

Your responsibilities include accepting food delivery requests through the Grubhub driver app, driving your vehicle to the restaurants in question, and picking up orders.

Then, you deliver the food to the customers in excellent condition, paying attention to arrive on time.

The beauty of driving for Grubhub is that it has flexible hours—you deliver orders based on your schedule instead of sticking to fixed work hours.

Since it gives you the opportunity to work as an independent contractor, you’ll be your own boss and work at your leisure.

How Much Do Grubhub Drivers Make?

According to ZipRecruiter, Grubhub drivers make $19 an hour on average. Top earners (1%) get as high as $30.77 and 3% of drivers make as low as $9.86.

Your total Grubhub pay is a combination of your base salary plus bonuses.

Base salaries are calculated with several factors in mind, like mileage, the demands of your local market, the time you spend driving, and delivery type.

As for bonuses, you’ve got the referral bonus, which earns drivers $100. Plus, there are multiple driver rewards that can help you save some cash, including:

  • 15% off services with Jiffy Lube
  • Healthcare and dental care plans with Stride Health
  • 40% off Quickbooks
  • 25 cents back per gallon of gas (Gas Buddy and Car Advice)
  • $10 free investment into Stash

Location is the most influential factor since some cities pay Grubhub drivers higher salaries than others.

The following table includes the top five highest-paying U.S. cities—worth considering if you’re contemplating applying for Grubhub:

CityHourly wageMonthly salaryAnnual salary
Santa Clara, CA$23.89$4,141$49,698
San Francisco, CA$22.82$3,955        $47,466
Marysville, WA$22.55$3,908        $46,898
San Buenaventura, CA$22.34$3,873        $46,476
San Jose, CA$22.11$3,833        $45,998

Tips also contribute to your earnings since you keep 100% of the tips that customers give you when placing their orders.

Payments hit your bank account as a direct deposit weekly, specifically on Thursdays. Or, you may choose to use the Instant Cash Out feature instead since it’s more convenient.

Who Should Consider Applying to Grubhub?

The flexibility of Grubhub hours appeals to a wide variety of candidates, such as people looking for a way to supplement their income.

You choose free time slots within your schedule to accept delivery requests.

That’s why driving for Grubhub is perfect in tandem with a full-time job, freelance work, or running another business.

Additionally, you can consider applying as a Grubhub driver if you’re seeking a full-time opportunity in the gig economy.

But it’s best not to take this step unless you have another, steadier source of income—at least until your delivery work picks up.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take Grubhub to Accept a Driver Application?

It often takes a day, but sometimes less. Even though you need only a few minutes to send in your Grubhub delivery driver application, your approval isn’t immediate since the food delivery service will run a background check and identity confirmation.

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