9 Best Food Delivery App Companies to Work For


Delivery apps have made it easy to get everything from fast food meals to groceries delivered to your front door. Not only are the apps convenient for consumers, but they offer a flexible way to earn extra money.

“I can sign in and out for work as I please around my full-time job, so it’s great to fill in half an hour or more here and there when I am feeling like getting out,” says Brett Mallory of Cheboygan, Michigan. With a full-time job at the U.S. Postal Service, Mallory is familiar with his town, which makes food deliveries an easy option to earn extra cash with this side gig.

While details can vary by company, most drivers are hired as independent contractors who set their own hours. In most cases, workers must possess a valid driver’s license, pass a background check and have reliable transportation.

For good pay and plentiful work opportunities, consider the following delivery apps, listed in alphabetical order. Be aware that the best food delivery app to work for will depend on where you live since not all services are available in all areas.

— DoorDash/Caviar

— Favor

— Gopuff

— GrubHub

— Hungry

— Instacart

— Roadie

— Shipt

— Uber Eats/Postmates

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If you’re looking for the best delivery service to work for, start with one of the most recognizable names in the industry. DoorDash is often associated with restaurant meal deliveries, but dashers — as the company’s delivery workers are known — can also pick up groceries or goods from local drug stores, gas stations and other retailers. Dashers also deliver orders for the food delivery app Caviar.

DoorDash is available in more than 7,000 cities in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, meaning there are work opportunities even outside big cities. Dashers aren’t limited to working in their hometown either. They can pick up deliveries in cities they may be visiting.

“It depends on where you live if you could work for DoorDash full time, but I feel it’s worth my time when I do it,” Mallory says. He adds that how well you’re paid depends largely on the tips you receive.

Base pay ranges from $2 to more than $10 per delivery, according to the company, but workers can earn extra from tips and promotions. On average, that equals about $16.35 per hour for dashers who have reported their income to the employment website Indeed.


Austin, Texas-based Favor has been delivering items to state residents since 2013. Its delivery workers are known as runners, and they bring customers more than meals. They deliver almost anything a person requests, from dry cleaning to over-the-counter medication.

Favor is only available in Texas, and to be a runner, you’ll need to be 18 and have reliable transportation. After applying, there is a 10-minute online orientation before you can begin scheduling work.

Runners earn a base pay that starts at $2.10 plus 100% of tips. Each order has a required minimum tip, and if a customer fails to pay, Favor will compensate a runner for the base pay plus the minimum tip. According to Glassdoor, pay for runners ranges between $15 and $28 per hour based on self-reported earnings from workers.


For those who don’t want to spend time driving to multiple restaurants or stores, Gopuff may be the best option. Drivers pick up orders at one of hundreds of micro-fulfillment centers in the U.S. and UK. Gopuff offers a variety of essential products to its customers, including snacks, groceries, health care goods and baby supplies.

Drivers with Gopuff manage all their deliveries through the Gopuff Driver app. The app allows drivers to reserve a block of time in which they receive a per-minute rate — known as Wait Pay — while waiting at a facility for orders to come through. Regardless of whether they are waiting at a fulfillment center, drivers will receive trip offers via the app, and they have 30 seconds to accept them.

Gopuff pays drivers a base rate per order as well as 100% of customer tips. There may be bonus earning opportunities as well. Overall earnings may range from $17 to $22 an hour, according to Glassdoor.

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Grubhub is another major player in the world of food delivery. The company has more than 375,000 restaurant partners in more than 4,000 U.S. cities. Every day, Grubhub delivers more than 715,000 orders, and that number may expand now that Grubhub+ is free for Amazon Prime members.

Drivers must be at least 18 to deliver for Grubhub, except in Las Vegas where the minimum age is 21, but no previous experience is necessary. Drivers earn a base rate for each delivery plus 100% of tips. They earn a median of $22 per hour, according to self-reported data on Glassdoor.

Grubhub also will make pay contributions as necessary to ensure drivers earn a minimum guaranteed rate for their area. Earnings are directly deposited each week, or drivers can request up to $500 a day using Instant Cashout. There is a charge of 50 cents for this feature unless you have a Chase Bank account.


Unlike some food apps that are designed to deliver food to consumers, Hungry was created to meet the needs of business clients. “We are a platform that is designed to connect companies with top local chefs,” says Jeff Grass, company CEO and co-founder. The company delivers catering, group orders to offices and food to replenish office pantries, among other services.

Delivery workers for Hungry are called captains. In addition to delivering meals, they may also set up and provide service. They receive pay per catering gig based on the amount of time it will take plus tips. Captains receive alerts when jobs are available, and they are free to accept and decline them as they wish.

Catering captains earn $25 to $36 per hour on average, according to Grass. Hungry operates in 13 metro areas nationwide.


Instacart provides grocery pickup and delivery services at 85,000 store locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Full-service shoppers with Instacart both shop for and deliver groceries to customers, while in-store shoppers are responsible for selecting a customer’s order and staging it for pickup. For both roles, shoppers must be able to lift 40 pounds and have consistent access to a smartphone that they can use effectively.

There are separate pay structures for each position. Full-service shoppers are independent contractors who can work at a time that is convenient for them. They are paid per order and receive 100% of tips. Meanwhile, in-store shoppers are scheduled for shifts equaling up to 29 hours per week. ZipRecruiter reports that Instacart shoppers earn an average of $18.33 per hour with this gig.


If you order groceries for delivery from your favorite retailer, it might be a Roadie driver who brings the bags to the front door. Roadie enables delivery for major retailers and thousands of small businesses.

“Roadie covers more than 29,000 ZIP codes. It’s the largest local delivery footprint in the U.S.” says Marc Gorlin, founder and CEO of Roadie, a UPS company. In addition to grocery deliveries, drivers can use Roadie’s platform to earn money delivering all kinds of things, from delayed luggage to big-screen TVs. “We’re cool with episodic work,” Gorlin says. “You do it when it suits your life.”

Drivers earn an average of $12 per delivery, but multiple deliveries can be combined on the same trip to earn more money per mile. Drivers can earn more on longer distance deliveries and larger items, such as furniture.


Shipt was launched in 2014, and the grocery delivery service operates in more than 5,000 cities nationwide at retailers that include grocery stores, drug stores and specialty shops. Shipt shoppers select items themselves in stores and then deliver them to customers’ homes.

To deliver for Shipt, shoppers must be 18, have a valid driver’s license and drive a reliable vehicle. They must also be knowledgeable about produce, be able to lift 40 pounds and have a newer smartphone.

Shipt shoppers are paid per order plus tips. If an order isn’t picked up by a shopper, the company may add promotional pay to the order to encourage a shopper to claim it. According to Shipt, shoppers can earn an average of $25 to $35 per hour when tips and bonuses are factored in.

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Uber Eats/Postmates

Launched by the ride-sharing company Uber in 2014, Uber Eats has partnered with more than a million merchants worldwide. Its app is available in more than 11,000 cities globally, but earning opportunities for drivers may be best in large metro areas. Uber Eats also owns and delivers for Postmates.

To deliver by car, Uber Eats requires that a person be at least 19 years old, has a valid driver’s license and has a two- or four-door vehicle. Those delivering by bike or foot need to be 18 years old, while scooter delivery drivers must be 19. All deliveries are managed through the Uber Driver app.

Uber Eats pays drivers a fee for picking up and dropping off meals plus a per-mile or per-minute rate. Workers can also earn tips. The food delivery app may also pay an additional amount for delivering in areas of high rider request volume or completing certain goals within a specified time period. Average earnings are approximately $18.45 per hour, according to ZipRecruiter.

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9 Best Food Delivery App Companies to Work For originally appeared on usnews.com

Update 06/20/24: This story was previously published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.

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