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How to Become an

UberEats Driver

The complete career guide to be an UberEats Driver: salary, job growth, employers, best schools, and education you may need to get started.

Why We Love It

  • $27,890
    Potential Avg. Salary
  • 4.7%
    Job Growth Rate
  • Growing Demand
    Job Outlook
  • Don't Take Work Home
    Career Attribute

UberEats drivers pick up food from local restaurants and deliver the orders to customers. Food ordering is all handled for the driver by UberEats, so the driver simply goes into the restaurant, picks up the food, and then drives to the customer’s location. The driver may deliver the order to a curbside or to the door.


What is an UberEats Driver?

The following job responsibilities are common for individuals in UberEats driver roles:

  • Drive to restaurants, pick up food orders, and ensure food matches what was ordered
  • Drive ordered food to customer residences and offices, delivering orders either to the customer’s door or meeting customers on a curbside outside of the delivery location

A Day in the Life

Most UberEats drivers are also UberX drivers, though the requirements vary by market. In some markets, UberEats orders are given to drivers making UberX trips when food orders are nearby drop-off or pick-up locations. In other locations, UberX drivers are not allowed to make food deliveries and rideshare trips during the same shift. In other markets, UberEats drivers may not be required to also work as UberX drivers.

UberEats drivers perform the same basic responsibilities as drivers for other popular food delivery services like Postmates or GrubHub. They accept orders through the UberEats driver app, navigate to the restaurant the customer ordered from, pick up the food and make sure that it is correct, and then deliver the food to the customer. In some markets, only curbside delivery is available, meaning the customer must meet you outside. In other markets, you deliver the order to the customer’s door.

For drivers that work for both UberEats and UberX, responsibilities for both positions may be required concurrently during a shift. Drivers may alternate between picking up and dropping off customers and picking up and dropping off food. Like the UberX app, the UberEats app does not allow customers to enter a tip, so all tips, if received, are in cash.

Typical Work Schedule

UberEats drivers set their own schedules and are able to work day, evening, and weekend shifts. They schedule the shifts they want to work either in advance or the day of deliveries.

Projected Job Growth

UberEats has been expanding into more and more cities since it first launched, and as a growing business, the job outlook is promising. Additionally, UberEats drivers can use the experience they gain to apply for other popular food delivery services if the UberEats market becomes oversaturated with drivers.


How To Become an UberEats Driver

The requirements for becoming an UberEats driver depends on the market-specific Uber requirements for your area. In some markets, UberEats drivers must be existing Uber drivers. In most markets, drivers must be at least 21 years-old, have a valid driver’s license, a car less that’s approved for the market, and in-state registration and auto insurance. Additionally, UberX drivers must have a clean driving history and pass a background check. Once a driver is approved for UberX, he can also apply for UberEats.

In markets where it’s not required to be an UberX driver to deliver for UberEats, drivers can simply apply online for UberEats driver positions. No formal education or experience requirements exist. Drivers will need to pass a background check and a vehicle inspection—most markets have strict requirements on the types of vehicles allowed to be used for deliveries. Drivers may also need to submit proof that their cars are registered in the state in which they’ll be delivering and must present proof of insurance.

After submitting all required documents and passing the background check and vehicle inspections, drivers must attend short orientation and onboarding sessions. After that, they’re set to start picking up shifts and making deliveries using the UberEats driver app.


UberEats Driver Salary Data

We’ve provided you the following to learn more about this career. The salary and growth data on this page comes from recently published Bureau of Labor Statistics data while the recommendations and editorial content are based on our research.

National Anual Salary

Low Range

$18,740

Average

$27,890

High Range

$47,410

National Hourly Wage

Low Range

$9/hr

Average

$13/hr

High Range

$23/hr

How do UberEats Driver salaries stack up to other jobs across the country? Based on the latest jobs data nationwide, UberEats Driver's can make an average annual salary of $27,890, or $13 per hour. This makes it an Above Average Salary. On the lower end, they can make $18,740 or $9 per hour, perhaps when just starting out or based on the state you live in.

Salary Rankings And Facts

  • #730 Nationally for All Careers


Highest Education Among UberEats Drivers

  • 0.2%   Doctorate
  • 0.7%   Masters
  • 4.8%   Bachelors
  • 5.6%   Associates
  • 22.7%   College
  • 48.2%   High School
  • 17.8%   Less than High School

Job Growth Projections and Forecast

2014 Total Jobs

445,300

2024 Est. Jobs

466,100

Job Growth Rate

4.7%

Est. New Jobs

20,800

How does UberEats Driver job growth stack up to other jobs across the country? By 2024, there will be a change of 20,800 jobs for a total of 466,100 people employed in the career nationwide. This is a 4.7% change in growth over the next ten years, giving the career a growth rate nationwide of Below Average.

Growth Rankings And Facts

  • #449 Nationally for All Careers


What Companies Employ The Most UberEats Drivers

Industry Current Jobs New Jobs Needed % Increase
Grocery and related product wholesalers 70,300 3,000 3%
Self-employed workers 35,000 800 1%
Full-service restaurants 27,700 1,400 1%

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