If you love the idea of making money while you drive, you’ve got plenty of options for that. Lucky for you, various apps will pay you to drive. But if you are new to the driving app world, you might be looking for more information on which ones pay the best.
What are the best paying driving apps? The best paying driving apps include the following:
- Amazon Flex
While there are multiple apps available, these are the ones that pay the most. Some may be better for certain people than others. To help you decide which one you want to drive for, keep reading for more details about how they work and how much they pay.
What Are The Best Paying Driving Apps?
Below is a further breakdown of each app and the pay, so you can decide which one is for you.
Lyft is a ridesharing app where you get paid to transport passengers to their destinations. It is similar to Uber but is known to pay more, typically. Many drivers trying to maximize their earnings will drive for both. With Lyft, you also get to set your hours.
The Pay: According to Lyft, you can make up to $35 an hour, but it depends on your location. In general, expect to make between $20 and $35 an hour.
DoorDash is a food delivery app. You will be spending time going in and out of your car to pick up food and delivering it to customers. However, for those who don’t want to have to carry out conversations with passengers, this might be a better option for you than a ridesharing app.
DoorDash also has competitive pay with customers giving out generous tips. The best part about this app is that it lets you know your potential earnings upfront before taking an order. It also lets you know when you need to deliver the food, so you’ll know how much pay you’ll get for the time that you spend. That way, you have more choice in what deliveries you accept.
Because DoorDash structures their app this way, many DoorDash customers are willing to tip more, knowing that their order will keep getting passed over if they don’t. Customers who want their food delivered quickly, and hot, will tip for that. You also get to make your own hours.
The Pay: According to DoorDash, you should expect to make about $15 to $25 an hour. It will depend on your area, though, and how generous the tips are in that area. If you live in a high-income area or a big city, the tips will likely be higher.
Postmates is another food delivery app. It is similar to DoorDash, but the main difference is that you don’t get to see your payment until after you complete the delivery. Evidently, this gives you less control over what deliveries you accept. However, the tips can still be quite generous, so there is potential to make some decent cash.
The Pay: According to Postmates, you can also earn up to $25 an hour. In my experience, you’ll usually make around $4 base pay for 20 minutes of driving. That’s approximately $16 an hour without tip.
HopSkipDrive is one of the highest paying driving apps on this list. However, it’s fourth on the list because it isn’t necessarily viable for as many people as the first three are. With HopSkipDrive, you would provide transportation services for children. However, you need at least five years of experience caring for children to qualify. If you are eligible, this is an excellent way to make money by driving. If you’re a mom or dad, you’re the perfect candidate.
The Pay: According to HopSkipDrive, you can expect to earn up to $32 an hour!
5. Amazon Flex
Amazon Flex is a little different than other delivery apps in that you need to schedule a block of time to deliver Amazon packages. Most other driving apps don’t require you to schedule a block of time. Instead, you can just turn on the app and start getting orders.
Additionally, with Amazon Flex, you won’t have to deliver all over the place. You’ll be given a tight area to make your deliveries where drop-off locations are relatively close together, which means less driving to get the job done. What is beneficial about Amazon Flex is that the pay is fixed for each shift. That way, you know how much you’ll get paid (minimum) every time.
With Amazon Flex, there is also still a possibility to get tips. Amazon Flex is best for those who want certainty in what they are going to get paid, and don’t want to be at the whim of other people’s generosity, or lack thereof.
It’s important to note that this job does require some more heavy lifting since you’ll be delivering packages and not food. Additionally, Amazon Flex is only available in 50 cities in the U.S., which means that, even though the pay is good, it’s only viable for a small number of people compared to Postmates and DoorDash.
The Pay: The pay will depend on your location, the time of day you make the deliveries, and the number of packages you can carry in your car. However, you should expect to make between $18 to $25 per hour. With tips, it can sometimes be even more!
You’ve likely heard of Uber. As previously stated, it is a ridesharing app like Lyft. You also get to set your hours with Uber. If you like the idea of driving passengers around and conversing with them, Uber may be for you. With both Lyft and Uber, you can also use meeting passengers as a networking opportunity to promote other side hustles.
The Pay: According to a study done by TechCrunch, you can expect to make up to $19 an hour as an Uber driver.
Roadie is another delivery app, but it’s slightly different in that you aren’t just delivering food. You can deliver medications, cupcakes, surfboards, and more. You can also do long-distance gigs all over the U.S.
Roadie is great for those who like to take road trips frequently. That’s because you can make deliveries along the way to help pay for gas and other expenses that you would have already had without using the app.
The only issue with this app is that the local gigs aren’t as abundant as with apps like Postmates and DoorDash.
The Pay: Determining the hourly wage for Roadie is a bit more complicated, but you can expect to make anywhere from $8 to $60 for local deliveries and up to $650 for long-distance ones.
If you would prefer to put less wear and tear on your car, you can instead deliver for Shipt. You’ll be shopping for people’s groceries and delivering them to their homes. Most of your time on the job will be spent in the store doing the actual shopping. You also get to set your hours.
It’s important to note, though, that while it can sometimes look like the pay for an order is high, the compensation can drastically be affected by how long you take to shop for the groceries. If you have to go shopping at a new store, finding items can take time. If it takes too long to find the groceries, your hourly pay starts diminishing the longer you take.
Therefore, although, yes, there is less wear and tear on your car, the pay can sometimes turn out to be a lot less hourly than a typical ridesharing or food delivery app.
The Pay: According to Shipt, you can expect to make between $16 and $22 per hour (not including tips). Once again, though, this can be affected by how quickly you shop.
Instacart is another grocery delivery app. You can shop for groceries whenever you would like; you don’t need to set any schedule. All you have to do is see what orders are available and decide if you want to do the delivery. Again, you’ll spend most of your time shopping instead of driving.
The Pay: Your pay will vary based on your location. But according to Indeed.com, you can expect to make between around $13 to about $19 an hour.
Grubhub is another app in the food delivery space. Like other apps, the hours are entirely flexible. You can pair driving for this app and other delivery apps to make the most of your earnings.
The Pay: The base pay for Grubhub is usually between $3 and $4 an order. Again, you have the opportunity to make more through tips. According to Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com, though, expect to make between $10 to $12 an hour.
Wrapping Up: Best Paying Driving Apps
Now you know what driving apps are available to you that also pay the most. If you go with ridesharing, becoming a driver for multiple apps will help you maximize your earnings. The same goes for delivery, whether that’s for food or groceries. The beauty of these side-hustles is that you aren’t just limited to one!