You are probably here because you are a frequent user of delivery apps and you are trying to find out which of the many available apps in the market is the best option for you. Or maybe you are looking for extra cash and want to know which one will give you more income opportunities, or maybe…
No worries. Regardless of WHY you are here, we will give you all the answers you are looking for… and more.
How much do Waitr drivers make?
This is not a “one and only” valid answer type of question. Although Waitr used to have their drivers employed and paid them a flat hourly rate, those times are long gone, and their drivers have now become independent contractors.
This means that Waitr drivers don’t have a flat weekly/monthly salary and they need to take care of their own expenses (i.e. gas) and taxes. Bottom line, although the average income for a Waitr driver is $8- $15 per hour (depending on which type of driver they are, etc.), how much you make depends on how many hours you work, the distance you drive, if you are driving during peak hours, in which city are you located, if you are getting any tips, etc. To whatever your income is, you will then have to deduct taxes, insurance, and any other related expenses.
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How much is Waitr delivery fee?
This has been the Achilles heel for Waitr for a long time. They have reduced their delivery fees several times to stay competitive in the market – but hasn’t always achieved it. At the moment their delivery fees are set at $5 per order, but based on previous experiences, these are likely to change again at some point soon.
Do you tip Waitr drivers?
Yes, it is not required for clients to do so but you can do it if you are happy with the delivery service. Your driver will appreciate it! Waitr, will give the driver 100% of the tips they get, these will be sent at the end of the week with their weekly payment. They will also give them the opportunity to withdraw it earlier on the week if they need to and deduct it from their next payment.
Since drivers have to drive a long way to reach you, it’s a good way to support them by tipping them.
Does Waitr or DoorDash pay more?
Although each app calculates payments differently, as mentioned previously how much you get paid varies depending on different variables (how many deliveries you make, if you get tips, how many hours you work, among others) and this is true for all delivery apps out there.
However, assuming you work the same times and travel the same distance for both apps, the average Doordash driver (commonly known as Dasher) will make more money ($14- $16 per hour) than for Waitr ($13- 15 per hour), although the difference is not that great. Read more: Grubhub Vs. DoorDash Which is Better?
Does Waitr pay for gas?
No… and before you ask, no, you cannot write it off on taxes either. This has been one of the greatest concerns for delivery drivers (for Waitr and other platforms) for a long time since it significantly affects their final income – especially when they must travel long distances. Whenever you become a delivery driver, gas and other vehicle expenses are all on you!
Can you pay Waitr with cash?
No, unfortunately Waitr processes all their payments electronically which means they do not take cash. You can pay with debit card or credit card instead. They are also finding a way to accept restaurant gift cards, but they have not implemented this feature just yet. However, drivers do accept tips on cash, and they will really appreciate the gesture.
Is Waitr a good job?
There are pros and cons to be a Waitr driver, same as it happens with other jobs. Let’s start with the pros.
Becoming a delivery driver for Waitr allows you to organize your own schedule. Free Friday? Of course! Three hours for lunch? Absolutely! This is a huge advantage compared to other jobs and it is a good opportunity for those who already have a job but are looking to earn extra cash. You also don’t need to meet any crazy requirements. As long as you have a vehicle, driver license and a smartphone you can apply and start working.
The cons? It is not a stable income, and most times you depend on external factors such as how many tips you get or how many deliveries you can make. This is not a pleasant situation if you are relying on this job to survive. Also, expenses related to gas, vehicle maintenance and taxes can mean that you spend more than you earn.
How much does Waitr pay per hour?
Although Waitr used to have a set hourly rate for its drivers, this is no longer the case. Their new payment equation includes a base payment (which depends on your location and distance you need to drive), plus tips (which are optional for the client) and any incentive or offer that the app is applying at that moment (example, priority deliveries or scheduled blocks incentives), but these are also optional. To summarize, the earnings amount for a regular driver can vary between $13- $15 per hour. Delivery drivers – who are actual employees and not independent contractors – will have an hourly rate which is somewhere between $18 and $30 per hour, plus bonuses and tips.
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Do Waitr drivers get paid hourly?
Regular drivers don’t or at least not anymore. Waitr drivers now get paid on a “per- order” basis. This means that the most orders you deliver, the more money you make, regardless of how much time this takes you. Delivery drivers – which linked to other type of tasks- might earn per hour. The amount is not set but varies between $18 and $30 per hour, plus tips and bonuses.
How long does it take for Waitr to hire you?
Assuming you have applied for a regular driver position and met all the requirements to become a Waitr driver (having a smartphone, a valid driver’s license, a vehicle, insurance, etc.), it will take Waitr about a week to hire you. If you are applying for a delivery driver position it might take longer (2 weeks or so), since there are more requirements to be checked/met.
How do you get paid with Waitr?
The standard payment process is a weekly payment directly to your bank account with the earnings you made on the previous week. Customers might also want to give you their tips on cash.
Waitr also offers their drivers the DailyPay option, which is a third- party option that allows drivers to withdraw their earnings (partial or total amounts) before the scheduled payment day for a small fee.
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What day do Waitr drivers get paid?
Waitr drivers get paid weekly, every Friday around 2:00 pm.
Does Waitr pay daily?
No. Waitr’s scheduled payment goes out every Friday to the drivers’ accounts. However, they do offer a third- party service that allows drivers to withdraw their earning whenever they want (can be daily), for a small fee.
Can you request a driver on Waitr?
No, you cannot. Drivers select their orders as they are shown in the system and customers have no control over which driver will deliver their order.
Do Waitr drivers get discounts?
Yes, they do. Waitr drivers can get their Waitr deliveries for free. This is an unlimited benefit that they can use by entering a personalized free delivery code they get as soon as they join the platform. Furthermore, Waitr drivers will also get a15% discount in Jiffy Lube, an auto parts discount in O’Reillys!, a 20% discount on GoodYear tires (bought through website), and a 12% Verizon discount during registration.
However, drivers are not allowed to share their code with others and Waitr reserves the right to cancel the offer or deactivate promo codes anytime.
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Does Waitr do direct deposit?
Yes, in fact that’s the only payment method that Waitr uses to pay their drivers.
Does Waitr withhold taxes?
It depends. If you are working for Waitr as an independent contractor (which is the case of most Waitr drivers), they will not withhold taxes for you. However, if you are earning at least $600 or more Waitr will provide you with the 1099 form and the exact instructions on how to fill it out.
The situation changes if you are hired as an employee, in which case they will withhold your taxes.
What does Waitr deliver?
Although Waitr started mainly as a food delivery company allowing their customers to get their food bought and delivered from their favorite local restaurants, later they implemented the option to buy groceries as well. This service is active as writing this article.
How do I get my W2 from Waitr?
Waitr makes these forms available for their drivers through UltiPro, a software platform which contains everything you need as an employee/independent contractor (pay statements, phone numbers, forms, etc.). They usually also provide instructions and how to fill these forms out.
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