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Fees, earnings and the financial side of UberEATS

Two major aspects seeming to evolve with the lives of Americans are smartphones and ride sharing, add food to these and you have UberEATS. You may be familiar with our post from back in May examining the financial side of Uber. So we decided to look into UberEATS from a similar perspective. What is the average UberEATS salary in your city?  How much do UberEATS drivers make per delivery? What are the UberEATS driver requirements?

At Complete Payroll, we make it our priority to answer questions like these to help educate our clients; so if you would like the facts regarding UberEATS, read on!

What is UberEATS?

UberEATs is Uber's new food delivery platform that makes getting food from local restaurants as easy as clicking a button. With UberEATS customers can choose any menu item from a restaurant and drivers pick up food at the restaurant and bring the food to customers. Uber refers to UberEATS drivers as “delivery partners”. They aren’t technically employees of the company, they're contractors who are paid a contract fee depending on how many deliveries they've made.

Driver requirements

To drive for UberEATS you must:

  1. Be 19-years-old or older
  2. Have a driver’s license, insurance, and proof of vehicle registration
  3. One year of driving experience
  4. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
  5. Have a vehicle that is a 1996 model or newer for cities that allow Eats-only profiles UberEATS drivers are

Average salaries for full-time drivers

The below graph gives an estimate for the average yearly income for UberEATS drivers who drive full time, around 40 hours per week. Connecticut   $43,711, New Jersey   $42,463, New York City, New York  $50,544, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   $41,964 and Toronto, Ontario   $46,238.


Earnings per trip

According to Glassdoor, the average delivery driver makes $12.25 hourly. But, drivers can simply do their own calculations to determine their hourly rate by factoring in how many deliveries they expect to make per hour. Below is a graph displaying the average fare per delivery for UberEATS drivers by city. Connecticut   $14.01, New Jersey   $13.61, New York City, New York  $16.20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   $13.45 and Toronto, Ontario   $14.82.

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Payment distribution

How are UberEATS drivers paid and how much of the total payment do they take home? UberEATS drivers are paid for each delivery based on a pickup fee, drop-off fee, and mileage fee. Below is a simple formula that can be used to calculate how much an UberEATS driver will make per ride.

An example of take home pay using Los Angeles rates: $2.50 pickup + $0.60  mileage (3 miles at $0.20/mile) + $3.00 drop off fee = $6.10. Minus Uber’s 25% fee ( $1.52) , total payout is $4.58. 

When is UberEATS available?

UberEATS is subject to the operating hours of the restaurants in their partnership. Therefore, UberEATS can be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in very busy cities like New York City.  However,  to make the maximum pay as an UberEATS driver you need to work during the “Promotion Boost” hours.  Pay can vary quite a bit from day to day and hour to hour, so working during the dinner and lunch rush hours or “Promotion Boost” hours will allow you to earn on the higher end of the pay scale. “Promotion Boost” works like surge pricing for Uber. Depending on time and location, drivers will receive extra pay, as a way of encouraging additional riders onto the roads.

Where in New York is UberEATS available?

UberEATS is currently available in all of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, as well as parts of Westchester and Nassau Counties. Uber is busy expanding their delivery zones to reach a larger portion of New York state soon, but they have not released the exact start dates of operation in these areas.

What restaurants can you order from? Restaurant selection varies by delivery location. Open the app to see the restaurants delivering directly to you, and check back as we continue to add new restaurants weekly.


To reduce delivery times, the UberEATS payment structure is designed to encourage the maximum amount of drivers on to the road as possible. However, UberEATS drivers have been undergoing a huge pay cut so less drivers feel encouraged to deliver; increasing the wait time per order.  The pay for UberEATS can go below $10/hour, even lower because there is no minimum.  Other drawbacks for driving for UberEATS include, traffic, parking and long restaurant waits.

What to learn more? Check out:

“Fare, driver pay, and the financial side of Uber”. 

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