If you’re looking for a new way to make money, Uber Eats might be the perfect gig for you. In this blog post, I will try and answer how much money you can make a day with Uber Eats and whether it’s for you. We’ll explore how much money Uber Eats delivery people can typically make per day and what other benefits come with the job. Let’s get started!
First, we’ll explore how much money Uber Eats delivery people can typically make per day and what other benefits come with the job. Let’s get started!
How much money can you make a day with Uber Eats?
I’ll be exploring these two options in detail but first, let’s talk about how much money you can make as an uber eats driver. Well, there is no guaranteed minimum wage. Hence, it all depends on the number of deliveries that drivers complete and their time spent completing them (which will vary according to delivery distance). Drivers who are signed up for Uber Eats tasks have a fee deducted from each order they accept based on mileage and duration – which means more work, less pay. If your car has high mileage or if you’re spending too long on each delivery, then this could mean that you end up making even less than the base rate per hour! That being said, though, most people find that when combined with tips – especially during peak hours.
How you make money from Uber Eats
- The base rate, $3 as of May 2021. Uber pays a base rate plus, a trip supplement and any surge pricing and minus a service fee)
- Customers can leave a tip. This can range from 25 cents to more than $10. There’s no way to predict then, so deliver the order quickly and intact (this is why I’m careful with anything soup-like) and hope for the best.
- Work during times and areas where there’s a promo rate. This adds anywhere from $1 to $3 (I’ve seen as high as $4) on top of the base rate.
- Take Batch Orders. Once you’ve done a few orders, Uber will sometimes send you two orders that are going to nearby locations. The base rate will be lower than two separate orders, but it’s usually a quicker trip, and it’s two tips – potentially.
It’s important to remember this is a numbers game. Some days there will be good, others won’t be any number of reasons unrelated to you.
Can You Make $100 A Day With Uber Eats?
First off: There’s no way to know exactly what kind of tips or bonuses an Uber Eats delivery person will earn each month as it all depends on their customer ratings, number of trips taken in a given period, and duration spent online during any given shift (more hours equals more income). That being said, we do know from survey data collected by freelancer website Upwork that most.
That said, YES, it’s is absolutely possible to make at least $100 on average per day.
The factors are:
- how many hours you work
- what times you work
- the amounts of tips
- how many order you get
- how many other Uber Eats delivery people are out there
From my experience, you can usually make $100 by taking between 15-20 orders a day. That’s with tips and with about half the customers tipping.
The biggest cap is earnings is going to be time. Realistically you can not work more than 12-14 hours. What times restaurants are open is obviously a factor too. Yes, some fast-food chains are 24 hours, are there enough customers to give you a steady stream of orders. Also, you make better money during busy times, so you want to be working in that lunch and dinner/evening period when surge pricing is in effect.
How fast can you complete orders? There’s a reason people do Uber on bikes and scooters. If you’re on foot, around four orders an hour is reasonable. That’s 15-20 minutes per order, including picking up from the restaurant, going to the drop-off, and probably taking the elevator up to the apartment. On foot, you save time parking and don’t have to worry about your ride getting stolen, so it’s a trade-off.
An Average Day
Let take a real-world example. I decided to aim for $100 on a Sunday in May. The area was in northern Toronto, and there’s a good number of restaurants, apartments and houses within a kilometre walking distance.
The weather was good, so I was expecting people might be going out to pick up their own food, and there might be lots of Uber people doing shifts. Both cases were true, I definitely saw many scooters out, and the sidewalks were pretty crowded.
This is what my Sunday looked like:
- I had a coffee and signed on at about 10:15 am. The first order came in before 10:30
- I took every order that came in. I did a total of 10 until about 2:30, when things slowed down.
- Took break. I went home, recharged my phone laid down for a bit.
- Started again at 4:45 pm. I should have started earlier as the surge was on, but orders came in steadily.
- Finished at 6:30, total at that time was $102.
That’s 6 hours and 18 trips. The split between base fare ($67.5) and tips ($43.58), or about 60%, was from tips – pretty good. Over the next few hours, a few more tips came in, so the total haul for the day was $111 or the equivalent of about 18 an hour.
Can you make a living off Uber Eats?
Assuming you have a car and you work full-time hours, the answer is yes. You can make as much or more than any other part-time job with Uber Eats.
Bottom line, I don’t think doing Uber Eats is a job replacement, but it’s a good way to supplement your income.
The main pro is you can set the times you work, but whether or not you make money depends on how busy you are.
If you work in an urban area where there are restaurants within walking distance of houses, start as an Uber Eats Walker and decide if this is for you. You can always switch to a bike or scooter later if you’re comfortable biking in a city.
Obviously, getting approved to deliver by car lets you travel between places quicker, further distances, but each trip costs you gas and wear on your vehicle.
Assuming your goal is to work 8 hours a day and make around $100 (the magic number of 15 dollars per hour times eight hours is 120), so yes, you can make that. Remember that even if you work 5 days a week, that’s only about $2000 a month. Push it to 6 days a week; that’s only $2400. Assuming you are renting in a city that can support lots of Uber Eats orders, that’s not a lot of money.
How to get more trips on Uber Eats?
Here are a few tips for how to get more order and deliver faster. Remember, every order is a potential tip, and that’s where the money will come from.
- Know what days and time are busy. During the week, lunch and dinner, times are almost always busy. Friday are Saturday evenings are usually good. Certain days like Mothers Day or if it’s a big game night and people are ordering in.
- Get started before busy times start. The base rate is only about $3 (as of May 2021), but when there’s increased demand, Uber will start showing promo rates on the map, which are extra money on top of the base rate. You want to be before these start showing up as the extra money will attract more delivery people (as it’s meant to). Know what times these usually show up, and log in early, so you get assigned these.
- Learn all the shortcuts in your area. Especially if you’re walking, learn where you can cut through an area on foot. The Uber Eats app navigation has got better but doesn’t tell you if you can cut through a mall or park to save some time.
- Figure out what places never have food ready on time. Decline taking orders from them.
- Before accepting an order, check if the distance is too far. Where you get an order, it tells you the restaurant and approximately where the dropoff is.
- Move to another area if you see a lot of Uber Eats delivery people waiting. Uber seems to assign deliveries based on distance, so you’ll often see many Uber Eats people out near busy places. But there’s a limited number of orders, so consider moving a bit up the street closer to other restaurants if the area you’re in is too saturated.
- Don’t eat your profit (literally). I’m guilty of finishing up a shift and picking up some carb-full goodness at a pub on the way home, but that’s easy $15 out of your night’s pay. Rather than buying food or drinks between orders, take some energy bars or water with you.
Some more tips to keep in mind:
Tip: break your day into shorter shifts. Walking or cycling takes energy, and you’re not going to be able to complete orders quickly if you’re worn out after walking in the sun for two hours. Take breaks before a busy period, so you have the energy to take advantage of those higher-paying orders.
Tip: Dress for the weather. Cold or heat will zip your energy, so make sure you.
Tips for doing Uber Eats in the summer.
During the summer, you’re basically exercising outside, so all the things like wearing a hat, avoiding dehydration, sunscreen, and seeking shade apply to you.
- Try and find a cool place between order or at least some shade
- Sunscreen and a hat are your friends. It’s easy to miss the signs of heat exhaustion until you have a headache the next day.
- If walking, try and choose shadier routes to your destination.
- Drink liquids to keep hydrated
- Know the signs of overheating and call it a day if you’re feeling unwell.
You can make $100 a day doing Uber Eats fairly easily, at least in an urban area. If you are willing to put in 12-18 trips per day and work six days a week, you can probably make around $500 in one week. Some of the factors will be out of your control, but essentially it’s a numbers game and trying to get the most orders when there is surge pricing.