How Much to Tip Your Pizza Delivery Driver
How Much to Tip Your Delivery Driver
The quick answer: Tip your delivery driver no less than $3 if they provide proper service. A decent to great tip ranges from $3 to $10, and of course should be adjusted if you ordered a lot more.
Read about why I advise you to tip your delivery driver this much below.
My Experience as a Pizza Delivery Driver
So a few months ago my husband and I lost one of our biggest vendors for our company. With this we lost a large percentage of our income. I decided that I would go back to doing something I had thoroughly enjoyed doing 10 years ago.
We had given it much thought and I simply was not okay putting our daughter in daycare. So working a 5pm to close shift was perfect. I would only have to miss out on three hours of my children's day. I would be able to prep dinner before leaving, and I would be able to continue working one of my other jobs from home from 8am to 4pm.
Back when I was a delivery driver before, gas was around $2.00 a gallon (maybe a little lower, my memory has faded). Minimum wage was $5.15 an hour. The place I worked for then paid minimum wage plus $1.25 per delivery plus tips.
Since then my state has increase minimum wage to $7.25 and gas is currently $3.40 a gallon. To my surprise the pay for delivery drivers has really not changed. I was hired by a great company on my first interview. The pay would be $5.25 an hour, $1.25 delivery fee for each delivery, and tips.
After being there two weeks I realized something, what people tip hasn't change much either! So let me give you all a little insider perspective on how much you should tip your delivery driver.
How much do you tip?
How Much Is a Good Tip For a Pizza Delivery Driver?
What is your time worth? A good Digiorno pizza will cost you about $10. Then it will cost you the gas to go to the grocery store and back, so we'll say maybe $5 more. On top of that there is both the time saved by not having to go to the store and the time saved not having to cook that pizza. We won't even go into the cost and time involved if you have a large family to feed or if you were to purchase all the ingredients to make that pizza from scratch.
So again I ask you how much is your time worth? It takes about an hour to preheat and then cook a frozen pizza. So even if we do not take into consideration the time it takes to go to the grocery store and back, and using the average of your time being worth the low price of $10 an hour you have reached a total of around $25
Where I work, you can get a large deep dish pizza with everything on it all for around $14. So even if you tipped your delivery driver $6, you will still be below what ordering that pizza has actually saved between cost, time, and energy.
So how do you know how much to tip them? Well, think of it a few different ways.
- First how far are you from them? After all, they pay for their own gas. So they have to get to you and back to the store. Chances are most people can't get very far without it taking up an easy $5 in gas between sitting at traffic lights and driving.
- Also how heavy of a traffic area do you live in? I often deliver pizzas during rush hour traffic in one of the busiest places in my state. There is a traffic light every 100 feet it seems and quite often we are stuck sitting because traffic gets backed up. Do you like sitting in traffic? Of course not! That's why you're paying someone to bring it to you!!
- The next thing to think about is what time of day it is. Did you order your food 10 minutes before the store was supposed to close? Is your delivery driver suppose to be well on his or her way to the comfort of their homes? If you are ordering your food at closing time it should influence the amount you tip.
- Finally what is the cost of your meal? Did you just order $50 of food? Remember they have to load that food, drive that food to you, and bring it to your door. So if you buy 4 deep dish pizzas they are carrying close to 30 pounds of food!
Short and Sweet!
TIP TIP TIP TIP!!!!! Your measly $2 will not even cover their gas to get to you!!! A minimum tip in most areas should be around $4. That should be adjusted based on their attitude and the factors I listed above. A good tip is around $5 and a great tip is anything over $7!!
Things to Remember About Pizza Delivery Drivers
- They don't cook your food! If your order is wrong it is not their fault. They are a driver, not a prep cook, and not the person you should take out your frustrations on. Remember if your order is wrong they already have to come back out to your home AGAIN, using their gas money and time, even though it isn't their fault. So still tip. If you don't want to give up money to the driver because your order was wrong, maybe call the actual store and demand the amount of the tip be refunded from the bill since the store is at fault.
- They can not control traffic, so if it takes longer than usual remember you had the option to go sit in traffic yourself and chose not to! So if you order a pizza because you don't want to go sit in rush hour traffic, don't penalize the person who just sat in rush-hour traffic for you.
- They do not get the entire delivery charge you pay. So if you pay $2.50 in delivery charges they only get half of that and they do not always get it that night. So their partial gas money may not get reimbursed for 2 more weeks.
- They have your food! Be nice to them! This is pretty self explanatory. Always be respectful to people in control of your food.
- They work for tips just like a server in a restaurant. The biggest difference is they actually have to use their own money to do their job. Tip accordingly!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.