How does DoorDash pay work now, after recent announcements regarding Gas Rewards and cash back opportunities? Here is a breakdown of how DoorDash drivers are paid and how to maximize your DoorDash Gas Rewards.
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Breaking Down DoorDash Pay: Does DoorDash Pay for Gas?
In recent weeks, there has been a lot of fanfare about Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash trying to help defray the rapidly growing costs of driving for their drivers. But the question remains, with the landscape of rideshare companies changing, do companies like DoorDash pay for gas?
Uber and Lyft have offered up a $0.45-$0.55 gas surcharge on every trip, and nominal cashback on gas. Drivers seem appreciative, but there has been plenty of negative feedback.
DoorDash may have one-upped the rideshare giants by offering its drivers a whopping 10% back on all gas station purchases. In fact, DoorDash’s multi-pronged approach actually includes cashback at all gas stations, and many other local, regional and national retail stores.
How Does DoorDash Pay Work
DoorDash driver pay is calculated on base pay, which ranges from $2-10 depending on factors like estimated time, distance and desirability. Deliveries that are less popular will have a higher base pay and often offer promotions.
Assuming an average of $20-25/hour, and 40 hours per week, Doordash drivers can expect to make about $800-$1000/week and $3200-4000/month.
Dashers get paid on a weekly basis for all deliveries completed between Monday – Sunday of the previous week (ending Sunday at midnight PST).
Ever since DoorDash began offering gas rewards, Dashers have said it’s made a difference to their bottom lines. But what are these DoorDash gas pay rewards exactly?
DoorDash Gas Pay Offers & Savings
First, the big one— DoorDash gas pay gives 10% cash back at gas stations, which everyone who uses their Dasher Direct card automatically receives. When drivers fuel up or make gas station purchases with their Dasher Direct card, for a limited time, they receive that 10% cashback with no restrictions. It can be moved to your checking or savings account from rewards immediately. This cashback can add up very quickly for even part-time drivers and is just one of the ways you can save money at the pump while being a rideshare driver!
Visa & DoorDash Gas Pay Savings
In addition, DoorDash has partnered with Visa, and rolled out Everyday Savings by Payfare in tandem with Visa SavingsEdge, two individual programs that offer even more cash back at various major and a few minor local, regional and national retailers, restaurants, and service providers.
Most of the cashback in the Everyday Savings by Payfare and Visa SavingsEdge programs is of the garden variety, 2-5%, but a few merchants merit special attention: Dasher Direct users receive an additional 2% at Chevron stations, as well as 2% at AutoZone.
Sam’s Club DoorDash Pay Cashback
Additionally, Dashers can earn up to $100 cashback daily shopping at Sam’s Club, including a $35 one-time membership cashback offer, making the basic Sam’s membership net cost only $10 for one year.
Overall, these programs promise to add money to Dashers’ pockets on an ongoing basis.
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While these initiatives might not be gigantic or earth-shattering individually, taken as a whole, along with other DoorDash programs, they really help quite a bit. It seems to me that the 10% back on gas station purchases for this limited time trumps the other huge gig-related gas adjustments the nominal fee rideshare services are offering.
Delivery demand shows no signs of abating, even as people are getting out more in this warm summer weather. If you’ve been considering signing up for DoorDash, now is a great time to do so! Already a DoorDash driver? Check out Buckle’s rideshare coverages today!
Harry Campbell is a former Boeing Aerospace Engineer and founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, a blog, podcast and Youtube channel for ridehail drivers and other gig workers and author of, The Rideshare Guide. Over the years, Harry has covered the gig economy industry closely and talked to tens of thousands of drivers and gig workers about their experience on the road.