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GrubHub is an online food court where people go to order food online founded in 2004. In 2013 GrubHub merged with its competitor Seamless to grow and overtake the online food ordering market. The next year Grubhub introduced Delivery through its online platform and that’s where you fit in the story (lol).

As a Grubhub Driver, your main job is to pick up food from a specific location and deliver it to a specific customer. The majority of these locations are restaurants, bars or coffee shops but are growing to include retail stores as well. You are getting paid essentially to be a delivery person that deliveries food in great shape. The better at delivering a product in great shape, the more tips you make and the more money that is in your pocket.

Continue reading below for my full Grubhub review including detailed information on pay, hours and pros & cons.

Review Index

  1. Grubhub Sign-Up Bonus
  2. Requirements for Grubhub
  3. Earnings/Income Breakdown for Grubhub
    -Company Claims
    -Glassdoor Claims
    -WerkQuik Review Pay
  4. Detailed Pay Information
  5. Getting Paid With Grubhub(The Process)
  6. Additional Opportunities With Grubhub
    – Income Opportunities With Grubhub
    – Savings Opportunities With Grubhub
  7. Expenses
    -Recommended Items
    -On The Job Expenses
  8. Hours
  9. Pros & Cons
  10. On The Job Experience
  11. Related WerkQuik Gigs

1. Grubhub Sign Up Bonus

GrubHub Referral Code:  [Click the below link, no code needed]
“Sign up now and receive $50 or more after making the needed deliveries”

Sign Up For GrubHub To Claim Guaranteed Earnings

GrubHub Customer Promo Code

If you have never tried ordering with GrubHub it can be pretty cool.

If you’d like to try ordering with GrubHub for the first time click below and get $5 off your first order.

$5 towards your first DoorDash order!

2. Requirements

Listed  Grubhub Requirements

Requirements for UberEats are a bit different than most. Since you can deliver in two different ways there are a different requirement for each. Here they are listed below.

Car Delivery

  1. 19+ years of age (21+ in Chicago)
  2.  2+ years of driving experience
  3.  A valid drivers license and vehicle insurance
  4.  Checking account for direct deposit
  5.  Pass a background check

Bike Delivery

  1.  19+ years of age (21+ in Chicago)
  2.  Bikers must have a valid state ID
  3.  Checking account for direct deposit
  4.  Pass a background check

Unlisted  Grubhub Requirements

Not listed but these are common sense things you would need.

  1. Be eligible to work in the United States
  2. Pass an orientation online 
    -This takes about 30 minutes and is not that difficult.
  3. Have consistent access to a vehicle
    – This could be a bike, vehicle or scooter/motorcycle.
  4. There be a need for drivers in the market
    – If GrubHub feels that the market is saturated they will not let you become a driver. I tried joining in the Cleveland market and had to go with the Columbus market because of the driver saturation.
  5. Be able to lift between 30-40 lbs with or without an accommodation selection.
  6. Insulated Cooler Bags.
    -You are going to want these to keep cold/frozen items cold/frozen. In addition, customers will most likely tip more seeing you attempt to take care of their delivery food or groceries with these bags.

NOTE FROM GRUBHUB: If you have applied before but were not accepted or believe something is getting stuck and not letting you apply properly then please contact deliverypartners@grubhub.com to speak with a local driver specialist.

3. Earnings/Income Breakdown

Earnings Potential (Hourly)

What company claims:  N/A
Glassdoor Average: $12/hr (source)
WerkQuik Review Earnings: 10 hour average

WerkQuik Earnings Chart. Display Earnings form 10 hours of work.

Company Claims

GrubHub makes no claim about what you will make as wages vary widely. This based on what you get for “Delivery Pay” & 100% of your tips. GrubHub explains how much you will make here.

With this said some markets do make “Guaranteed Minimums” meaning you will make a guaranteed amount. This is something like $10-$12/hr no matter what.

Glassdoor Average (source)

GrubHub has a solid amount of reviews on Glassdoor at the time of this review. The pay ranges from as low as $5-$25 per hour on Glassdoor. That is most likely because how much you make will change depending on many factors. Those factors being your skill level, when you work, where you work and some other things.

WerkQuik Average

This portion of the review still in progress

4. Detailed Pay Information

As a GrubHub Delivery Driver, you are a third party contractor. With this said pay can vary greatly between customer to customer. This is based on skill, knowledge, luck and sometimes just being in the right place at the right time.

You will get paid primarily in the following ways…

4-1. Deliveries 

This will be your main way of getting paid. You will get paid for deliveries with “Delivery Pay”. This pay is based on the following…

> A Base Rate
> Per Mile Rate

This may look something like $3 per delivery and $0.50/mile. If the delivery is 4 miles away this means you would get $5 for that delivery with the tip.

Recognition Program

I just wanted to point out GrubHub’s “Recognition Program”. For many, this may be a positive however I look at it a little more negatively. This is an easy way for GrubHub to possibly force drivers into taking unfavorable runs. This makes drivers more of employees and less of contractors.

GrubHub Recognition - WerkQuik.com

Clipped section of GrubHub’s website describing their Recognition system.

From what I am seeing if you aren’t doing what GrubHub wants you won’t get the best shifts or even be able to refer friends.  (Source: GrubHub Recognition)

Scheduling

Scheduling is important as it without being on the schedule you cannot effectively work a shift. GrubHub will give preference to those on shift. However, in order to get on a  shift, you must pick it up.  Due to the recognition system unless you follow GrubHub’s rules you will not be able to pick up the best shifts as they will likely be taken by the time you get 3rd pick.

4-2. Tips

You keep 100% of tips.

Unlike competitor DoorDash with GrubHub you keep 100% of your tips. But you are not “guaranteed” a tip either. So while there is more reward to this method there is more risk as well.

4-3. Bonuses

There actually are none. 

I’m not sure I’m too big of a fan of this. But I’ll have to see how the pay works out before I make a final judgment.

4-4. GrubHub’s Guaranteed Minimums

This is kind of a minimum wage of sorts for GrubHub. If with your in-app tips and delivery pay you do not make a certain amount then GrubHub will bump you up to said rate. This rate is variable and changes market to market. More or less this comes out to the minimum wage in your market after expenses.

I’ve listed this as a pro for GrubHub however I feel there is some questions about that. To get this guaranteed minimum you must have a certain acceptance rate and meet certain criteria. I feel like once you meet those criteria the rate off the guaranteed minimum might not be worth it.

5. Getting Paid With GrubHub (The Process)

GrubHub pays via direct deposit weekly for activity done Monday through Sunday of the previous week. Your pay should be in your bank account by Thursday.

6. Additional Opportunities With GrubHub

With GrubHub there are a few opportunities to make a few extra bucks and save a few extra bucks and they are below.

Income Opportunities With GrubHub

Opportunities to earn extra passive income with food delivery are rather limited however below are a few we have found.

Wrapify – www.Wrapify.com
Car Wrap Advertising

Wrapify is a company that will pay you for a partial or full car wrap. Pay is $84 – $452 per month depending on the amount of your car you would like to wrap, your location and the demand for car wrap advertising.

Carvertise – www.Carvertise.com
Car Wrap Advertising

Carvertise is a company that will pay you for a partial or full car wrap.  Carvertise described their payment model as the following “Our standard payment rate is $100/month. Sometimes there are more specialized campaigns that can pay up to $200 / month but this is not common. We also offer drivers the ability to make additional passive income through parking their cars in certain places at certain times. Our going pay rate for this is typically $30/hour.”

Saving Opportunities With GrubHub

Opportunities to earn extra passive income with food delivery are rather limited however below are a few we have found.

MileIQ – Save On Taxes

When driving for a business purpose you can deduct your mileage for a pretty good amount, a little over $0.50 per mile. But keeping track of that mileage can be very hard. But there is a solution.

Get MileIQ so you can track exactly how much you could be missing on Mileage and I am absolutely certain you will get at least triple your investment in tax savings. Best of all you won’t be funding the government to waste your money.

Get $10 off & Unlimted Miles With MilesIQ Now!

7. Expenses

One of the biggest disadvantages of GrubHub is the personal expense. However, you gotta spend money to make money. Like a lot of portions of our delivery reviews, this is very similar to some sections of our other reviews.

Vehicle Wear & Tear

Vehicle Wear & Tear is the cost of using your car. That includes maintenance, tire replacements and such. This number includes fuel. AAA puts this number at 60.8 cents for an average size sedan and 46.4 cents for a small sedan (like my Mazda 3). This obviously means the more mileage you put on your car the more it will cost you. The nice this about mileage is you can write it off! In 2018 according to MileIQ, you can write off 54.5 cents per mile. This can be big tax savings.

It is all really based on the value of your car, make, model and a variety of factors. Even where you live can play a part in it. For example, if you live in Toledo, Ohio (The pothole capital of Ohio) like myself then your wear & tear will likely be higher then that of a city that elects semi-competent leaders that can fill holes in the road.

Gas

Gas is one of the biggest out front expenses with most any job in the gig economy. Repair & Maintenance is bad but at the same time the cost can be reduced by taking better care of your care or it can be put off. Gas is a cost you cannot get around. According to the same AAA article above gas can cost 3.68 cents per mile (electric cars) to 13.8 cents per mile (Pick-up trucks) depending on your vehicle.

NOTE: Tracking Mileage

Tracking mileage can be very difficult. Your job as a GrubHub Driver is to deliver food. Not to track where you’ve been. I highly suggest using MileIQ, if you use my affiliate link below you get 20% off an annual membership and help fund WerkQuik.com. This is a savings of $10.00 and this program will help you save even more than that in the long run!

Get 20% off >>> Unlimted Miles With MilesIQ Now!

Misc.

This is additional expenses you may spend like on snacks, coffee or such.

7-1. Recommended Items (Top 5)

These items are not necessary for you to get but ones I highly recommend. These should be useful for you to do your job and to make more money while working for GrubHub. Below is a quick list (only my top 5(ish) recommendations), I highly recommend looking over our complete GrubHub Recommended Item List for the complete list.

Easy Communication With A Great Bluetooth Headset

I personally think these headsets are great and the ease of communication is super easy. It makes calling people on the road and super legal as well in authoritarian states that outlaw talking the phone while driving.

Thermal Bags For Keeping Food Cold

This bag is non-branded and can be used not only for GrubHub but other gig economy delivery jobs like Postmates, Instacart or Shipt.

Car Charger & Charger Cables

One thing you want to make sure about is your phone doesn’t die while doing GrubHub so you can call the customer if need be. Having a car charger and cords will help you make sure your phone doesn’t die.

In addition, car chargers are super important for other gig economy jobs as well so it’s a good investment. Below are the charger and three types of cords, USB, USB type C & iPhone cords. Plus a super-cord with all the outlets in one!

USB C cable

This is for newer android phone and ironically newer Apple laptops too.

iPhone cable

This is for newer Apple iPhones

USB cable

This for older android phones and many common older Bluetooth headphones.

Supercord – All Outlets

This can be very helpful for having all outlets and being just a little more expensive than a traditional cord I prefer this kind. That way if a friend needs a charge that has a different phone you can help them out.

Aux Cord

Many new phones do not have aux ports (looking at you iPhones) but many do and if I had to rely strictly on the radio for entertainment I’d go mad. Below are some items for entertainment you should consider when doing Lyft.

Aux Cord For iPhone

Obviously this is not a cord, however, this will act like an aux cord so people with iPhones can listen to music in older cars without Bluetooth integration.

Keep Track Of What Happens On The Road

In sales, we call it CYOA (Cover Your Own Ass), make sure you are not at fault and that’s what a dash cam is good for. With a Dashcam, you will have video evidence of a crash to prove your innocence. The model below is an entry level Dashcam. The ones in our list can be a little more expensive but come with more features.

Easy To Use Magnetic Phone Mount

I’m not a big phone mount fan but I know a lot of people are. I think this looks like a great phone mount and the reviews are very good (4.5/5).

One customer went as far to say “This is the best idea for cell phones since sliced bread.”

8. Hours

GrubHub is very flexible for hours as at the beginning of the week when a schedule is released you choose your own hours. However, after that point, you are obligated to show up to that shift and deliver (pun intended).

You choose your hours at the beginning of the week. At this time you can drop shifts you accidentally pick up. However, if you pick up a shift and want to drop it a few days later you must have a reason. If you do this too much GrubHub will prohibit you from early scheduling. Below is a graphic explaining scheduling and hours a little more. For more info on scheduling directly from GrubHub check here.

NOTE: you can deliver at anytime however drivers that are scheduled will be given preference.

Your GrubHub Schedule & Hours Explained

9. Pros & Cons

Here is a quick list of what we liked about Instacart and didn’t so much or about what we read online. As for all gig economy jobs wages can be below minimum wage given the worst circumstances because this being a universal “con” we do not list it on any reviews.

Pros

Great Mixture Of Driving & Walking
GrubHub’s Guaranteed Minimum Pay
-This is a pretty low amount but at least it makes it so you are never making less than minimum wage
Flexible Hours To A Degree
– You choose at the beginning of the week when you work but you must stick to those hours.
You Get A Free GrubHub Bag (Not Catering Size Tho)
Driver “Recognition Program” gives preference to those that do the most work
– This means only good drivers can do some of the highest paying deliveries (Catering) and get the soonest pick for deliveries.
Good Support By Driver Specialists & In App Help Center

Cons

Wear & Tear On Your Car
You Are Committed To Your Schedule
-Once you submit hours you will be punished for not logging on for that time or dropping those shifts frequently.
Gas Expense Is Not Reimbursable 
Hours Sometimes Being Limited
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Driver “Recognition Program” May Force You To Do Some Bad Runs
– This includes waiting an extremely long time for people to get their food or maybe taking orders from bad restaurants or in bad areas

10. On The Job Experience

Getting Started

11. Related WerkQuik Gigs

Do you like the idea of being a GrubHub Driver or are currently a GrubHub Driver and want to see similar gigs? Here are a few that you may be interested in with great sign-up bonus offers.

UberEats – One of GrubHub’s biggest competitors. Using UberEats you can get more deliveries, get surge prices for delivery and even do rides with Uber within the same app. [BIG SIGN ON BONUS]

Postmates – Another competitor of GrubHub. Gives bonuses for delivery during most major meal times. [BIG SIGN ON BONUS]

Lyft – Lyft is traditional rideshare but have been known to treat their drivers very well. [BIG SIGN ON BONUS]

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