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The Ultimate Guide to Uber Eats Tipping (Including How Much to Tip)

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For better or for worse, tipping is a part of the culture in America. This stems from the fact that servers and bartenders make a fraction of the minimum wage, with the expectation that customers’ tips will make up the difference. Whatever your thoughts on tipping, it’s the reality of living in the United States.

While the etiquette for tipping in restaurants and bars is clear and well-established, what are you supposed to do when you’re ordering food and have the option to leave your delivery person a tip?

We’ve previously addressed this topic in our On-Demand Tipping Guide, but now we’re taking a deep dive into what you should do about tipping when ordering with Uber Eats specifically.

Let’s take a look at the tipping conventions for this app, as well as why (and how) to leave a tip.


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What Is Uber Eats?

Uber Eats is a food delivery service that rideshare giant Uber operates. Using their already extensive network of drivers, Uber created a food delivery app with international reach and wide availability.

With the app, customers can place orders from local restaurants and have the food delivered right to their home or office, all without having to call the restaurant. Furthermore, all payments occur within the app, eliminating the need to exchange cash or provide credit card information over the phone.

You can also rate your driver based on the quality of their service, keeping the platform working at the highest level of possible. And, as we’ll discuss in a moment, you’ll then have the option to leave your driver a tip once you’ve received your food.

Uber Eats delivery is available in a variety of cities across the world, including the following:

  • New York
  • Sydney
  • Toronto
  • Cape Town
  • Montreal
  • Edinburgh
  • Barranquilla
  • Cairo
  • Hong Kong
  • London

The above is just a small sample of the huge number of cities where Uber Eats operates. In general, provided that Uber is available in your area, Uber Eats is also available. To see if Uber Eats is in your city, visit UberEats.com and enter your address. From there, you’ll be able to see which restaurants (if any) are available for delivery to you.

Should You Tip Uber Eats Drivers?

When you place an Uber Eats order, you pay a delivery fee for the convenience of having the food delivered. Part of this fee goes to Uber, and the rest goes to the driver. With the typical booking fee being around $5 per order, you can bet that your driver isn’t making that much for delivering your food.

This is especially true when you consider that delivery partners are also independent contractors. This means that they don’t receive a salary, benefits, or reimbursements for their many expenses such as gas, vehicle maintenance, vehicle financing, and insurance. With this knowledge, it seems only right to provide a small tip to the Uber Eats delivery partner who brings you your food.

Put another way, you can think of it like ordering a pizza (in the old days, when pizza was the only food available for delivery in most places). Even though you had to pay a delivery fee for your pizza, you always tipped the pizza delivery person, right? We hope so. It shouldn’t be any different for Uber Eats. Of course, we’re not suggesting you tip if you receive terrible service. Tipping is not required or expected; it’s just appreciated.

If you do receive terrible service, or there’s a big issue with your order, make sure to contact Uber Eats customer service to get your issue resolved. Don’t just complain about it, let the company know so future customers will have a good experience.

How Much to Tip Uber Eats Drivers

The amount to tip Uber Eats drivers can get tricky. When you’re in a restaurant or bar, you have the well-established benchmark of 18–20% (more if the service was superb). In the case of Uber Eats delivery, you could take a percentage of the order total or the service fee to come up with your tip amount.

However, this could result in some tips that might be excessively high (especially if you place a large order or order from an expensive restaurant). Therefore, we think that it’s fine to stick within the range of $1–$3 that the Uber Eats app provides as an option for most deliveries. Take into account the quality of the customer service you received, and then leave the tip you think is appropriate. The driver gets to keep 100% of the tips you give them, so giving them even a small tip can help to substantially boost their overall earnings.

How to Tip Uber Eats Drivers

So you’ve decided you want to leave your driver a tip, but how do you go about doing it? The Uber Eats app provides an in-app tipping option that makes it easy to leave your delivery person a tip without having to worry about cash.

You’ll have the option to leave a tip once your order has been delivered. To start the process, you’ll first need to rate your driver:

The Ultimate Guide to Uber Eats Tipping, Including How Much to Tip
Image from uber.com

Once you’ve left a rating, you can select a preset tip amount:

Ultimate Guide to Uber Eats Tipping (Including How Much to Tip)
Image from uber.com

You can also tap “Choose other amount” to leave a custom tip:

Ultimate Guide to Uber Eats Tipping, Including How Much to Tip
Image from uber.com

To finalize the tip, tap “Submit and Continue.”

The Ultimate Guide to Uber Eats Tipping
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Of course, you can always leave your driver a cash tip if you prefer. They’ll certainly appreciate the gesture. Remember: tipping is not something that Uber Eats requires. We think you should tip (since you’re already paying for food delivery, you might as well be generous with a few extra dollars). But it’s up to you in the end.

Reward Great Uber Eats Service With a Tip

We hope this post has shown you the ins and outs of Uber Eats tipping, including why tipping Uber Eats drivers is important and how to leave the tip itself. For more information on food delivery services, check out our guides to Grubhub, Postmates, and DoorDash.

If you’re interested in learning how you can earn extra money making deliveries for Uber Eats, check out our Uber Eats driver guide.

26 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Uber Eats Tipping (Including How Much to Tip)”

  1. Look. You tip a delivery person the same as you do a server – 18-20%. End of story. Does not matter if it’s a pizza delivery guy or an uber eats driver.
    I will tell you one thing, if you treat a delivery person like shit, you better remember a few things: one, they have your food in their car and are kind enough and respectful enough to bring it to your home or work. And that brings me to the second point… They now know where you live and or where you work.
    To those of you who think that a delivery driver is unskilled labor let me tell you a thing or more.
    I am a delivery driver. If you want to call me unskilled let me ask you this:
    Can you do your own brakes, change a flat?
    Can you rebuild an engine? Handle overheating and other engine cooling issues? Do you even know where your thermostat is or what it does in your car? How often do you go through tires? Once every four years? Can you even read a map?
    I can do all of these things, plus I was also a professional musician, father, grandfather, audio engineer. So whoever wrote this article is a complete idiot. You NEVER EVER EVER tip a delivery driver less than $5. It’s bad etiquette and insulting, and not to mention he knows where you live. He’s kind enough to bring food to you. To all of you who commented that you really take care of your drivers thank you. To the ignorant assholes that treat your drivers like shit, well, you’re the ones that drivers leave trash in your yard. They remember all your names and all the addresses. They are not unskilled and they are not stupid.

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    • Now that I’ve read your comment, I decided to never tip delivery person again for the attitude, thanks a lot for helping me out.

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      • Sdaf,
        Did your boss pay you for your job only for the good attitude, not considering your good work to meet your company’s goal? If so, everyone can show up to their work with good attitude and get paid without doing any work at all. Would you be happy that your order is never received but still pay your delivery driver?

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    • Kind enough? You act like you are doing someone a personal favor. It is your job! I also wonder what it means to get good service from an uber eats delivery person? They simply deliver merchandise from pt A to pt B in a timely fashion, very similar to the freight business. There is no personal touch or service. The company who hired you should pay you a fair wage. It has never been the customer’s responsibility to do so! People have been brainwashed into thinking that they are responsible to tip for takeout or delivery. As far as unskilled, juggling balls or doing circus tricks requires quite a lot of skill but it is meaningless unless it can generate revenue for the skilled person. So, yes, driving a car from a restaurant to a residence using GPS requires very little skill.

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      • Johnny,
        From your comment, you appear a “simple thinking” person about paraphrasing company paying its emplyee with fair wage for their service without reading and thinking through Brett Helling’s article that You(i.e. the company) are paying both Uber and your delivery driver (whose basic delivery fee was managed / filtered-up by Ubers first and his tip was given by you later). So, the actual services (i.e. gas/vehicle tear & wear/insurance/traffic risks/protection of your order from rain/theft/mess-up by the restaurant and speedy transport) was worked by your delivery driver, Not by Uber. If you are working as delivery driver one day, you need to ask yourself: “Is it fair for a guy call Johnny demanded you with all these services provided but Not to give you a fair wages with some little help of tip for making a living?

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  2. No one is obligated to give Uber Eats Drivers any tip. Tipping is only voluntary and the way of showing appreciation to the drivers for their services, and it all depends on the generosity of the individual. Some drivers may be a parttime driver, looking for extra income, some driver may be a full-time driver, this may represent all his income, but not everyone driving the Uber is unskillful or has no career; in fact, my cousin is a driver for Uber and Uber eats, he has been layoff as an engineer, he has been looking for a job on his carrier for almost a year, but without luck, but while he is looking for the next job, he still needs to cover many expenses for his family, so, he decided to earn some income through this venue. Of course, no one is responsible to solve his financial situation but himself, and he is not complaining about no tips or small tips, but surely very appreciative of any tips that he receives. Just be glad and grateful that you are in the position that you can leave some tips, and if you can’t, it is OK too!

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  3. I’ve been tipping 20%. Any more and I would probably not use the service, so drivers would not receive any income from me at all. If 20% is not worth your time IMO driving for Uber Eats may not be for you. Few people will be able or willing to tip you more than 20% on a regular basis. With 20% tips a busy Uber Eats driver could make maybe $15 to $25 an hour. That’s not bad for almost no effort unskilled labor sitting in a comfy car seat listening to music. I know people who practically kill themselves to make $15 to $25 an hour at regular semi-skilled and even skilled jobs. No music. No comfy seat. Sometimes no seat at all.

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  4. You’re the type of person that gets their food spit in, their steak deliberately dropped on the floor, etc. You don’t tip and dare go back to same establishment? Okay, expect retaliation. I’ve seen it happen tons of times. You’ve probably consumed many infected mucous balls in your life ya cheap bastard.

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  5. Not one frigging mention if tipping works off the web version. Not everyone has their phone glued to their ass 24/7.

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  6. Ok so we just ordered breakfast for two. Delivery fees AND Service fees over $8 now we need to tip also? Who the fuck is getting my $8? If I just handed the driver $8 they would be loving life and make a descent wage. At this price ($8 plus tip) it simply is not worth it sorry.

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  7. I totally agree with you. The fees are out of control. We were going to place an order tonight. The food total was $2300, but the fees raised the total to $36.00. Hubby is on the way back from picking up our food.

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  8. It’s the correct reply to someone that thinks they are entitled to big tips doing side gigs on uber eats etc. It’s not a real job it’s a way to make extra change on the side. Someone expecting more then 20% the total or 3-6$ depending on the total in tips is just batshit crazy.

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    • No, that’s ridiculous. You are tipping on the service. It doesn’t matter if it’s their main job, a part-time, or a “side gig.” It’s the job itself, not the status of the person.

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      • Yea an wages are based on job difficulty, and supply and demand. There’s a endless supp6of drivers. Stop being entitled . People in entry level positions dont get to dictate wages. Your tip will be equal to any other tip end of discussion. Don’t like it get a different job.

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  9. That’s why we pretty much stopped using it. We tend to order a bit larger so we have food for several meals, and I take a break from cooking, but the larger order increases the fees. But if the order is small (one meal each of us), then I feel the fees/tip make it not worth it. So, now I stick to restaurants close by with their own delivery and tip 5-8 bucks and am done with it.

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  10. $1 to $3? I’ve been tipping 10 to 15 (roughly 10% of what I order or a bit more). But lately i order less. Between the fees and tip, it’s been 20 bucks…. that’s incentive to just pick it up myself or heat up soup and salad.

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  11. Uhh, large orders require more work. Double checking that the restaurant got it right and then hauling it off. If I received a $2 tip for an order that was $160, I’d be pissed. Terrible tipping advice.

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  12. Literally the reason why most people use this is because they can’t. If not for the service fee, I’d be fine with the price. But because the more you order the higher the service fee gets it makes the cost of the actual food drastically increase in price. Not to mention the delivery fee. I’d rather just flat out pay whomever a 5 dollar tip (more depending on the situation of course) and be done with it, but instead it’s usually a 30-50% markup which is not worth it. Eating out is already expensive, and this is multiplying those costs.

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  13. First of all if someone is offering car services like lyft or uber, it’s not a real full time job. If you want to make a decent living you will need a real job. People do that crap for extra income. If your angry about wages maybe get a career.

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  14. I do percentage tipping, so if I get a meal that’s $8, I don’t feel the need to pay over 50% tip…I usually just do the 20% and call it a day.

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  15. 1 to 3 dollars? You can go get the food yourselves. An uber eats driver uses his own car and gas to deliver you food and is only able to make anywhere from 10-20 deliveries in a day so you think $10 to $30 dollars is enough for them to make a living? Uber only gives them $3 dollars per delivery even if 10 miles away. Hmmm…. how bout nah

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