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How Does DoorDash Pay Dashers?

Once a delivery is complete, the app lets you know how much you have earned.

This payment includes the base fee for the delivery, any challenge bonus earned, including peak pay for delivering during busy times, and 100% of the tip from the customer.

Your earnings are directly deposited once per week for free via ACH transfer. It typically takes 3-5 business days for the money to show up in your account.

Or you can elect to use Fast Pay and receive your earnings on a linked debit card within one day.

What is DoorDash Fast Pay?

DoorDash Fast Pay is a feature that enables Dashers to access their earnings immediately, so they don’t have to wait for the standard weekly schedule.

This option is particularly useful for drivers who need immediate access to their funds for personal or financial reasons so they can keep dashing.

Before this option becomes available, dashers have to

  • Be with DoorDash for at least two weeks.
  • Make at least 25 deliveries.
  • Connect a debit card linked to your bank correctly.
  • Fast Pay in the United States (not available in Canada)

There is a $1.99 fee every time you cash out using Fast Pay, and those fees add up quickly if you use this option frequently. But the option still stands if you need a quick payday.

How to Set Up DoorDash Direct Deposit

Once your background check is accepted, you can set up direct deposit for your DoorDash payments.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Log in to your Dasher account through the DoorDash food delivery app or website.
  • Navigate to the “Earnings” tab.
  • Click on “Banking” or “Settings,” depending on the platform you’re using.
  • Enter your bank account details, including your account number and routing number.
  • Confirm the information and save your settings.

Once you’ve completed these steps, your DoorDash payments will be deposited directly into your bank account each week.

How to Use DoorDash Fast Pay

If you’re eligible and interested in using Fast Pay, follow this step-by-step tutorial to access your DoorDash earnings instantly:

  • Open the DoorDash driver app and log in to your Dasher account.
  • Navigate the “Earnings” tab.
  • Ensure that you’ve linked a valid debit card to your account. If not, add one in the “Banking” or “Settings” section, but note that Prepaid cards aren’t eligible.
  • Under “Fast Pay,” you’ll see your current available balance. Tap on “Cash Out” or “Transfer Now.”
  • Confirm the transaction and pay the delivery fee.

Cashing out on DoorDash will transfer the funds to your linked debit card within minutes.

Keep in mind that you can use Fast Pay once every 24 hours, and the daily cutoff time is 11:59 local time. 

When Does DoorDash Pay Dashers?

DoorDash pays its Dashers on a weekly basis. Payments are processed every Monday, covering earnings from deliveries completed between the previous Monday and Sunday.

The exact day the funds arrive in your bank account can vary, typically falling between Monday and Wednesday, depending on your bank’s processing times.

DoorDash itself does not specify a particular time on Monday for transferring payments; it’s subject to your bank’s policies.

I suggest checking with your bank for their specific transfer timelines, and remember that weekends and holidays might affect when the payment for the previous week’s deliveries is processed.

Other Frequently Asked Questions About Dashing

Does DoorDash Hold Your First Paycheck?

No, DoorDash does not hold your first paycheck. Your earnings from the first week of deliveries are processed in the following week, typically arriving between Monday and Wednesday, depending on your bank’s processing time.

However, it is worth noting that initial payments may take slightly longer due to account verification and setup procedures.

Does DoorDash Pay After Every Dash?

No, DoorDash doesn’t pay after every dash. Instead, drivers receive their base pay and extra earnings weekly through direct deposit. If you need immediate access to your earnings, you can use DoorDash Fast Pay, which gives you the option to transfer your earnings to your linked debit card for a small fee.

How Many Times Can You Dash in a Day?

There’s no specific limit to the number of times you can dash in a day. You can work as much as you want, depending on your availability and the demand in your area. Keep in mind that working during busy times may lead to more deliveries and higher earnings.

Is DoorDash Worth It After the Taxes?

This depends on your financial situation and how you manage your average earnings.

As an independent contractor, you’re responsible for tracking your work-related expenses to reduce your taxable income.

But, with proper planning, vehicle expense management, and a peak pay times incentive, it’s still worth it after taxes.