People are ordering takeout more frequently, which has contributed to a rise in the popularity of delivery apps such as DoorDash and Postmates.
Whether you’re new to delivery apps or a seasoned user, you might be wondering how much to tip delivery workers on these platforms. Keep reading for a breakdown on how gratuity works in delivery apps, and how much you should leave in tips.
Why You Should Tip Delivery Workers
While regulations vary state-by-state, app delivery workers are usually classified as independent contractors, not as employees.
Although this means that they can set their own hours, it also prevents them from receiving employee benefits and legal wage protections, including minimum wage or overtime pay. Without employee protections, delivery workers might take home less than $5/hour if there’s extremely low demand.
While both DoorDash and Postmates provide their workers with base pay rates, base pay is often far below state minimum wage. Plus, as independent contractors, delivery workers pay for their own gas and payroll tax. Tips are critical to helping delivery workers make up the wage gap and ultimately make ends meet.
How Does DoorDash Pay Its Workers?
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