I’ve been wondering how much money you can make driving for UberEats. So I took to the streets of Springfield, MO to find out.
*Post updated and accurate as of August 2018.
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A Little Background
In December 2016, I signed up to be an Uber driver. I just needed some extra money to make up for a missed day of work. I applied on a Tuesday and was approved on a Thursday. My first day driving was December 31, 2016 – New Year’s Eve. I made really good money that night. (And no, no one threw up in my car.) I drove only a few more times after that.
Fast forward to this year. UberEats is established in my city and I needed some extra money again due to another illness. I’ve kept my Uber driver account active, and I applied to be a delivery driver. I was approved to do delivery within two days. I decided to try out UberEats delivery for a few weeks to see how I felt about it. Read ahead for my income reports from my first and second week, how to sign up to drive and my pros and cons of delivery driving.
Some notes on the income reports – every city is going to be different. Each has different fees and payouts. I had trouble finding any income reports for people driving in cities more like mine – I found a lot for large cities, and a lot of people saying MAKE 100,000 A YEAR DRIVING FOR UBER. Um, well, that’s probably not going to happen for any of us. I live in Springfield MO, population around 165,000. It’s a college town and really easy to navigate. I drive a 2013 Chevy Cruze and it gets good mpg. Gas prices in my town currently are $2.50. Your cost and profit will depend on all these factors, but if you live in a place more like where I live, and not Chicago or NYC or LA, hopefully this will be helpful to you.
August 29, 2018 Update – My wife and I have both been driving for UberEats full time since the beginning of June and we love it! We have more than enough money to pay the bills and our schedules are flexible so we can go on trips, write for the blog and go camping any time we want as long as we plan accordingly. We may write a new blog post about working full time for Uber. In the meantime, if you have specific questions about driving for UberEats full time, head over to our Facebook page and send us a message!
UberEats Week One Income Report
- Hours Logged: 9 hours
- Total Miles Driven: 138 miles
- Total Income: $78.33 (including tips)
- Cost of Gas: $9.89
Average Per Trip: $4.56
Total Profit: $68.44
Hourly Wage: $7.60
UberEats Week Two Income Report
- Hours Logged: 4 hours
- Total Miles Driven: 90 miles
- Total Income: $48.56 (including tips)
- Cost of Gas: $8.00
Average Per Trip: $4.50
Total Profit: $40.56
Hourly Wage: $10.14
Should I Drive For Uber?
If you need extra money and you like driving, absolutely give it a shot. Scroll down further for my personal pros and cons. Signing up is very simple. I was approved within two days both for regular Uber driving and delivery.
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UberEats Delivery Requirements (from Uber.com)
- Be at least 19 years old
- Have a 2-door or 4-door car made after 1998
- Driver’s license and vehicle insurance must be valid
- Have at least one year of driving experience in the U.S
*Not required, but it is strongly recommended to have a thermal bag to keep food hot/cold. I bought two for $2 each at Walmart and they work great. They zip and are the size of a standard reusable shopping bag. I recommend two, one for cold and one for hot in case both are in the same delivery (ie, a burger and a milkshake). I also have a larger one, big enough to fit a pizza – these are sold at Walmart in the camping/outdoor supplies. Below are links to similar bags on Amazon.
Pros & Cons of UberEats Delivery
- No chit chat.
- This might not be a pro for you, but not having to worry about making or not making small talk with someone in my car gave me a little anxiety. Delivery driving leaves that out. Transactions with customers and restaurant workers are short and simple. And if you work enough, the restaurant employees start to recognize you which makes things even more comfortable.
- Deliveries are consistent and during daylight hours.
- When I drove for riders, I would get one or two rides within a two hour period if I was driving during the day. Deliveries seem to come at all times of the day. There was never a time I drove that I had to wait more than 15-20 minutes to get a delivery, which is great. I never felt like I was wasting my time. Driving from 5-8pm, I rarely waited at all. Now, as a full time driver, I know the days, times and locations where I will get the most consistent requests for deliveries and I plan accordingly. The more you drive, the more you’ll get to know your city.
- Ideal times to drive are not late night hours.
- Driving any time is fine, but the ideal times to deliver are lunchtime (11am-1pm) and dinnertime (5pm-8pm) any day of the week. The ideal driving times for regular Uber, in my city at least (which is a moderate sized college town) are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm-3am. When I was also working full time, I worked at 7am on the weekends, so this just wasn’t ideal for me to sustain for extra money.
- Your car does not have to be beautifully clean and empty.
- Keeping my car in tip top Uber driving shape was a hassle. It needs to be clean on the inside and out, the floors and seats vacuumed and everything wiped down. It also needs to be completely empty, including the trunk. No thank you. Now, I can keep my trunk a mess and not stress about crumbs all over the floorboard.
- Payouts are basically anytime.
- The work week ends on Monday morning at 4am or so and that money is immediately processed and sent to your bank account. I usually get the direct deposit on Wednesday if I let Uber do its thing. However, you also have the option to do an immediate cash out to your debit card five times a day for a $0.50 fee. So if you’re a little short on a bill or you have a big weekend adventure you’d like a little extra money for, you can get that money right away if you need it. It’s an awesome feature that we just started using. There is also the option for an Uber debit card that lets you cash out for free.
- Partner benefits.
- I haven’t taken advantage of them, but Uber has some discounts (not on Uber rides, unfortunately). There are discounts for cell phone plans, car maintenance and free Pandora through the Driver app. Also they partner with companies to provide health insurance and tax prep assistance.
- Income is inconsistent.
- I made $7.60, just below minimum wage during my week one trial run with UberEats (min wage in MO is $7.85). I made $10.14 the next week, which is just a little more than my old full time job. The only difference the second week was I got more deliveries in a shorter amount of time. How does pay work? You get a pickup fee, a dropoff fee and a flat delivery fee. Distance is tracked, but only from the restaurant to pickup. Time is also tracked, which is a new update to delivery. You are paid per minute from the time you get to the restaurant until the time you complete the order. This used to not be the case, which was one of my biggest complaints.
- You often have to wait. A while.
- Now, this used to be a bigger concern because you were not getting paid for your wait time. But the amount you are paid to wait is not much. Uber recommends waiting 15 minutes before you choose to cancel. However, once you cancel, you don’t get paid for that wait time. Sometimes the restaurant is busy, or it’s obvious they are understaffed, or it’s just a large order. I’ve waited a while before, because I understand things happen and the staff communicated wait time with me as the order was being made. Pro Tip: Ask the restaurant for a specific time frame on when the order will be done. If it will be over fifteen minutes, save yourself the trouble and cancel. The order will be sent to another driver and likely, it will be ready once they arrive.
- You don’t know where you’re going until you accept the delivery.
- There is a workaround for this, but when the app is open it doesn’t tell you where the delivery is. You see, on your screen – “MEAL, DELIVERY, 10 MINUTES, TAP TO ACCEPT” and you always have a “No Thanks” option at the top to decline. Sometimes it says the delivery is only ten minutes away, but it’s going by perfect GPS map time, so it could take longer. Pro Tip: One workaround for this is turn on push notifications to receive ride requests while outside the app. Minimize the Driver app while waiting for a delivery notification. The push notification will include the address.
- So far, exactly 1 in 3 people have given a tip. Specifically, eight out of twenty-four deliveries included a tip, one in cash and the rest through the app. Sometimes a tip doesn’t show up until days later, which I thought was weird until I found out why. My sister-in-law Tiffany, lover of easy food delivery services, informed me that there have been times she didn’t realize she didn’t tip her driver until she opened the app again weeks later to place another order. Because by the time the app prompts her to tip, she’s busy eating and not paying attention to it anymore. So sometimes that can happen.
If you’ve considering driving for Uber I encourage you to give it a shot and sign up here. Have any questions? I would be happy to answer them. Comment here or head over to our Facebook page and send a message there.