Doordash Tipping: How Much to Tip DoorDash Drivers

If you haven’t already started using the DoorDash app to order food, you might be wondering how much you should tip Dashers and how tips are factored when calculating DoorDash Drivers’ pay. Below you will find guidelines about tipping when using the DoorDash app.

Should You Tip Your DoorDash Driver?

If you are unsure about the size of the tip for the Dashers, then think of the same rules that apply when you dine at a restaurant or when a pizza guy brings your delivery.

In the United States, it is a custom to tip 15%-20% in restaurants. You can help top up the wages of DoorDash drivers if you tip them generously and help them earn more for their efforts.

On the DoorDash website, you can find information about how the system works. For each delivery, Dashers always receive at least a guaranteed minimum, though the exact amount that they earn depends on three factors – base pay, promotions, and tips. Base pay depends on factors such as the estimated duration of the delivery, the distance, and the priority of the delivery.

When it comes to “promotions”, the DoorDash drivers are encouraged to work during the busy hours when customers order more deliveries. Okay, so let’s say that base pay is $2, there are no promotions included, and the customer tips $4. In this scenario, to ensure that a driver receives a guaranteed minimum, a company adds a difference between the guaranteed minimum and a sum of base pay and customer tips.

Let’s say, though, that the customer happens to be more generous – and tips $7 instead of $4. $2 comes from base pay, $7 from the customer, and if the guaranteed minimum is $10, then a company adds an additional $1. Even though the customer gave a larger tip, the earnings of the driver haven’t changed.

Sure, if the base pay + tip are above the guaranteed minimum, then DoorDash drivers earn more, but if the total sum of the earnings doesn’t exceed the guaranteed minimum, then how much customers tip doesn’t matter – the driver receives the same amount for the food delivery.

How Much Should You Tip Your Dasher?

As a customer, you have no way of knowing what is the base pay per delivery, unless you ask the driver. As we have stated before, it is a custom in the United States to tip workers that bring you food 15% to 20%. If you think that a particular Dasher did an excellent job and the food delivery was incredibly fast, you might consider tipping an even higher amount.

Why and When Should You Tip Your Driver?

In the 21st century, we are used to convenience. You don’t need to even leave your home to feed your family. You can use an app to order food and in no time will one of the dashers bring your delivery. Tipping is a way of showing your appreciation for their hard work.

Should you tip in Cash?

If you order food through the DoorDash app, you will be asked about the size of the tip. Even though customers can decide how big the tip should be, it seems a better idea to tip DoorDash drivers afterward using cash. Why?

  • If you tip using the app, then Dashers won’t know that they have received any additional money from you specifically. They will only know the total sum of their tips. If you would like to show your appreciation, you could tip the driver in cash
  • Another argument for the customers tipping in cash is that this way, 100% of the tip goes to the driver. As we have explained before, if you place an order and the base pay is low enough, the exact size of your tip might not matter if the sum of those two (and without any promotions) is below the guaranteed minimum. If you tip in cash, then you can be absolutely certain that a driver receives 100% of the tip for the delivery. It might not seem like a lot to you, but with this pay model, tipping using cash can help drivers make significantly more money.

To find out more about DoorDash, check out our articles on how Doordash works and how to become a DoorDash driver!

By | 2020-10-06T12:11:14-07:00 May 27th, 2020|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Joseph Mackey November 27, 2020 at 12:56 am - Reply

    This is only half correct. Yes, you should tip 15-20%. But if you don’t tip beforehand most of drivers will not go more than a mile or 2 to deliver your food. This is because in my experience 9 out of ten 10 people who tip poorly to begin with do not add a tip at the end. Additionally, dashers mostly look at the miles from “where their are-to the restaurant-to your house”. If there is not at least a dollar per mile to make that trip, most likely they are not going to do it. We are independently contracted, and if people do not want to pay up front for our services they will not receive their food. We are not pizza delivery, we are not forced to deliver food to you, then accept whatever tip we receive.

  2. Daniel Russell November 27, 2020 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Yeah there should be a lawsuit against doordash because they’re basically stealing the tip to cover the dash it’s not right directly stealing the customers tip a.m. stealing the Dashers tip really there should be a lawsuit against this it’s wrong the first one they should go after is Tony the CEO he’s the one who did it personally take the money out of his ass because I’m sure he gets a great bonus every year for doing this To pay his bonus pay every year you should be ashamed of his self stealing I actually should go to jail for it but it’s white collar crime and they get away with crap like thisprobably millions of dollars right now becausePandemic because if that didn’t happen they’d probably be out of business and all the other ones that pay their drivers right and don’t steal the tip to cover their base pay they should be pseudo-doordash as a cheap company if you got a choice to use a good company used Uber or GrubHub anybody but doordash

  3. Mike January 9, 2021 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Don’t ever pre tip. Tip on delivery for good work and fast service. Creates an incentive to work hard. If you pre tip door dash subtracts that from drivers pay.

    • Cori January 26, 2021 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Bad info, Mike. There is no minimum, as stated in this article. Base is usually $3 (and can go as low as $2). If someone offered you $3 to drive to a restaurant, park, go in and wait for food, pick it up, then use your own gas to drive it to someone’s house 4 or 5 miles … would you do that?! Most sane people would politely decline your offer. That is why you tip ahead. So the $3 offer becomes an offer that might be worth someone’s gas and time to take.

  4. Alex January 12, 2021 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Daniel
    Be grateful, this job help you put food on your table. You had some false information there.

  5. Steve Huber February 26, 2021 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Just like in a restaurant I’ll tip according to service. I’ll generously give $ for good work. I’ve worked in the industry and I know some people are cheap. I not sure what to say about them. Almost all deliveries take an hour of someone’s time. What is that worth? Yet, I will tip in cash, after the work is completed. The driver then can control what they report.

  6. Ryan Williams March 2, 2021 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Why the F would you tip 15%-20%?? at a restaurant they are making multiple trips to your table, refilling drinks, etc… ESPECIALLY pizza, you literally did nothing but sit in your car. Door dash needs to pay more. I was a server/bartender for 10+ years. This logic of tipping deliveries that much is embarrassingly asinine. If I order one taco or a filet mignon, the effort of the driver does not change at all

  7. Dave H March 13, 2021 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    After hearing a wild story on someone tipping a whopping 30% on orders and it still being terrible, I no longer believe percent based tipping is effective for delivered food. This works fine in standard dine-in settings, cost factors are minimized for the wait staff. There’s no distance to be driven when getting/giving you your order. No wear & tear on a vehicle. No gas to be spent, or time being used up by the staff standing around, waiting for your specific order of food (they generally wait multiple tables at a time). Anyways, I thought the 30% tip sounded pretty generous until they said they do it when ordering coffees from McDonald’s that cost a whole $1. Meaning they give an incredibly generous amount of $0.30 cents (/s) to the driver for a tip. That’s an insult if you ask me. There’s no way a dasher is going to give a **** about 30 cents.

    Instead, tipping dashers should be based on two factors: distance AND order cost, with minimums applied to both factors. You will end up tipping at least $1.50 with this formula, even if the place is next door.

    Formula: $1.00 per mile minimum (with a minimum of $1.00) for vehicle wear & gas + respect of the person’s time; And another 10% based on order amount, with a minimum of $0.50.

    Some examples:
    $1 coffee from McDonalds; 0.2 miles away – ($1 * 0.2m) + (10% * $1.00) => $1.00 (min for distance) + $0.50 (min order percentage) => $1.50 tip
    $1 coffee from McDonalds; 2.3 miles away – ($1 * 2.3m) + (10% * $1.00) => $2.30 + $0.50 (min order percentage) => $2.80 tip
    $24 Panera order; 4.2 miles away – ($1 * 4.2m) + (10% * $24.00) => $4.20 + $2.40 => $6.60 tip

    This seems much more reasonable to me. If the amounts above are too much for you (especially the coffee next door tip), that’s perfectly fair, but you should just get up off your lazy a$$ and go get it yourself because you’re being cheap.

  8. Jeff Wills April 5, 2021 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Alex, Daniel is not spreading false information.
    $ per mile is quite important. A gallon of gas cost $2.89 +/-. My car averages 15.2 mpg city driving. My last delivery last night was $8.50 starting pay. The restaurant was 4.2 miles from my location. 35mph speed limit with 5 traffic lights on the route. Lobby was closed. Drive through very busy. A Skeleton crew running the night shift kitchen. Time set to pick up the customer order was 10:13p.m. I was there 5 minutes early for pick up, but stuck in drive through for approximately 45 minutes before I picked up the order. (Luckily an add on order was given at same restaurant) Delivery distance was 6.3 miles away with another 7 traffic lights. Total miles = 10.5. Total time for the delivery from Starting point to destination was over an hour.
    The drive would have used 2/3 gallon of gas before idling in drivethrough. (Ever notice most drive throughs are now “escape proof”?) Had it not been for the pre delivery tip, this delivery would have cost me money just to make the trip before I even looked at it. With the add on delivery, I covered expenses and made minimum wage.
    The IRS considers on my yearly taxes that each mile is a $0.56 expense (fuel, insurance, maintenance, wear and tear) but does not consider idle time to be worth anything. 45 minutes idling with as improperly maintained motor vehicle can cause catastrophic damages.
    NOW, PLEASE, tell me how knowing that customers actually consider the trip fee as a tip and don’t have to add money for a tip, before or afterwards no matter how much effort I put into making it happen, is a smart business idea?

    Oh!! Yeah, this all happened on Easter Sunday. On top of that, my first 5 deliveries said “tip may be greater upon completion”. I drove 48 miles, for $19 during lunch.

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