10 Best Paying Delivery Jobs

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated March 2, 2021

Published September 10, 2020

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Whether you're looking for a job to help pay for school or want to make driving your professional career, there are a variety of opportunities that pay well. National and international companies need delivery drivers, whether it's delivering food or packages. By reviewing some of the top salaries available to you, you can start applying for delivery jobs with companies that value employee livelihood. In this article, we define best-paying delivery jobs before reviewing 10 delivery jobs, company details and salary expectations for each.

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What are the best paying delivery jobs?

The best-paying delivery jobs are those offered by large delivery service companies. These companies span across industries from food delivery to packages and other goods. Also, the best-paying delivery jobs typically offer employees a salaried position, or at least an hourly wage with benefits.

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10 best paying delivery jobs

To become a delivery driver, you should have a driver's license, a good driving record and potential commercial driving certificates. Here are 10 of the best paying delivery jobs available to you:

1. Favor Delivery driver

National average salary: $13.81 per hour

Primary duties: Favor Delivery is a Texas-based delivery service company that brings customers takeout food, groceries, drug store products and other products that can be picked up within an hour or less. To become a Favor Delivery driver, you need to be at least 18 years old, have a car and a driver's license and have either an iPhone or Android phone. Although Favor Delivery drivers may not receive the highest pay when compared to other delivery services, drivers get to keep 100% of their tips, giving you the potential to make more money in addition to hourly pay.

2. DoorDash delivery driver

National average salary: $45,555 per year

Primary duties: DoorDash is a delivery service company that provides people with takeout food throughout the U.S. as well as Australia, Canada and Puerto Rico. To become a delivery driver for DoorDash, you should be at least 18 years of age. You can also use a bike, scooter or walk if you live in a city and don't have a car. If you do plan to make deliveries using a car, you will need to have a driver's license.

As a DoorDash delivery driver, you have the opportunity to make extra money with tips. DoorDash also offers drivers discounts for car repairs so you can keep making deliveries in no time at all.

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3. Grubhub courier

National average salary: $47,378 per year

Primary duties: Grubhub is a U.S.-based food delivery service that provides takeout delivery services from local and chain restaurants to those who order using the app. Grubhub couriers should be at least 19 years old. They should also have a car or bike to make efficient deliveries. Further, those who plan to use a car will need to have a valid driver's license and car insurance.

Delivery drivers also have a flexible schedule that allows them to choose their hours and whether they want to work full or part-time. Also, delivery drivers get tips to help maximize their wages and they will still receive their hourly pay, should no orders come through during the specific hours they worked.

4. Instacart delivery driver

National average salary: $48,219 per year

Primary duties: Instacart is a U.S.-based company that also operates in Canada. It typically focuses on picking up and delivering groceries for customers who either don't have time to go to a grocery store, or can't due to a disability or illness. Along with grocery pickup, they also advertise certain drug stores and other local chains that customers need produce from. To become an Instacart delivery driver, you need to be at least 18 years old, have a car for transportation, a valid driver's license and a smartphone (at least iPhone 5 or Android 4.4 models).

As a delivery driver, you get to partake in a flexible schedule and make extra money by acquiring tips throughout your shift.

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5. Postmates delivery driver

National average salary: $50,364 per year

Primary duties: Postmates is another U.S.-based company that provides delivery services to customers in almost 3,000 cities nationwide. They specialize in same-day delivery of takeout food, groceries and other products that customers need delivered. In addition to pay and tips, delivery drivers get additional perks. Delivery drivers should be at least 18 years old, hold a valid driver's license if using a car, scooter or motorcycle and have auto insurance.

Also, every driver who makes at least 10 deliveries a month gets discounts for the following month on shops and brands via the PerkSpot Program.

6. Caviar delivery driver

National average salary: $24.96 per hour

Primary Duties: Caviar is a delivery service with 28 locations nationwide. Delivery drivers should be at least 18 years old and should have completed two years of driving since obtaining their license. Also, delivery drivers should have a form of transportation like a car, scooter or bike to make deliveries more efficient. As a driver, you get to keep 100% of your tips and you get paid directly after making a delivery so you don't have to wait to be paid.

Also, because Caviar operates from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., you have the option to work at any point during those hours.

7. Uber Eats delivery driver

National average salary: $62,339 per year

Primary duties: As a part of Uber, Uber Eats delivers takeout food to customers nationwide. Delivery drivers should be at least the minimum driving age within their area and have a valid driver's license. Whether you earned your license at 16 or 23, you should have at least one year of driving experience before starting to work for Uber Eats. If you plan to make deliveries via scooter, you need to be at least 19 years old, and for bikers, you need to be at least 18 years old. Both require licensure.

Uber Eats deliverers receive a few benefits including flexible work schedules, instant pay, and financial aid in certain areas.

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8. Shipt delivery driver

National average salary: $65,213 per year

Primary duties: Shipt is a grocery delivery company run by Target. Shipt also caters to drugstore chains and other stores in the Shipt delivery area. To become a Shipt delivery driver, you should be at least 18 years old. You also need a valid driver's license, a car for transportation and auto insurance. You also need an up-to-date smartphone (iPhone IOS 10 or Android 5.1 at least). As a Shipt driver, you receive several benefits including weekly paychecks for a constant flow of income, full- or part-time employment, flexible scheduling and free Shipt membership.

9. FedEx local delivery driver

National average salary: $77,240 per year

Primary duties: FedEx is a multinational company that offers delivery services between manufacturing plants, warehouses, corporations and members of the public. FedEx drivers should be 21 years old, have a valid driver's license and have at least one year of driving experience in a professional setting, prior to starting work for FedEx. Drivers don't need their own vehicle as FedEx will provide it. Drivers should also be able to pass a physical exam, drug test and background check.

As a delivery driver for FedEx, you receive several employee benefits including healthcare, PTO, tuition reimbursement and discounts on shipping costs for any item you order through FedEx.

10. UPS delivery driver

National average salary: $84,881 per year

Primary duties: UPS is another multinational company that specializes in delivery services between different corporations, warehouses and members of the public. UPS drivers should have a valid driver's license, be at least 18 years old and pass a DOT exam. UPS delivery drivers are eligible for bonuses and also receive a number of benefits like vision, medical and dental. Over time, drivers may receive career growth opportunities and receive the opportunity to obtain more competitive pay.

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