Updated 2019 – Your complete guide to UberEats Los Angeles driver pay and requirements. Becoming an UberEats courier in LA is pretty easy and the job is very flexible. 

In this post we break down the sign up process and requirements to get started as an UberEats driver in Los Angeles. We also show you how the pay works, the rates and even include a calculator so you can make sure you get paid correctly for your trips. 

Unlike many other app-based courier jobs, UberEats Los Angeles drivers are completely independent. They do not have to sign up for shifts, can decline orders and go on and offline whenever they want. 

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Ways to Deliver in Los Angeles

There are 3 ways to deliver for UberEats generally but in Los Angeles applications are only being accepted for bicycles and cars.


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UberEats Los Angeles Driver Pay

UberEats Los Angeles driver pay is calculated using a combination of 4 factors: pick up, drop off, time and distance. You are not paid by hour but rather by delivery.

$1.50/Pick up

$0.60/mile

$0.20/minute

$1.00/Drop off

First of all, you will be paid a flat fee to pick up the food and a flat fee to drop off the food, totaling $2.50. 

Pay also includes a fixed amount per mile traveled from the restaurant to the customer. Unfortunately, you are typically not paid to travel to the restaurant. You also get a fixed amount per minute while on the delivery, which is based on an estimate that Uber’s algorithm calculates. 

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Commissions and Extra Pay

Even more important to know is Uber takes a commission from the pay outlined above. This is known as “The Uber Fee”, or Commission, which is typically 25% – 35% but can be as low as 5%. This can vary though depending on when you signed up, method of delivery and if you also drive UberX or another passenger service. If you drive passengers as well, it is usually 10% lower. In some cities, Uber will also lower the commission to entice new drivers. 

During peak times Uber may offer a pay “boost”. This is where Uber uses a multiplier to increase your earnings. If an in-demand delivery area advertises a multiplier, like 1.5, then your pay is multiplied by 1.5 and therefore increased by 50%. The Uber commission is only applied to your initial fare, not the boost payment.

You can accept tips in cash or customers have the option to tip you in the app after the delivery is made.

Did you know that in Los Angeles UberEats drivers do not have to deliver to the door? Curbside pickup is where the customer has to meet the driver outside to grab their food. This is one of the very few markets where this exists.

35%

Uber Commission

Boosts Multiplier

Tips

UberEats Los Angeles Pay Calculations

With all these commissions, boosts, and compensation factors, it can get a bit confusing to calculate your pay. Although Uber does it for you, it is helpful to check your trip earnings for errors. Sometimes they are way off on the distance or the boost pay isn’t quite right. Maybe their commission seems too high?

We have your covered! Try our NEW UberEats Pay Calculator. Just enter all rates for your city (found above) and the Driver Pay Calculator will do the work for you!

Once you do a couple trips, you can see how long they take and even calculate what you are making per hour.

What is the Average Pay for UberEats Los Angeles Drivers?

UberEats Los Angeles pay is between $16 – $23 per hour but remember this is before accounting for expenses like gas and maintenance, as well as taxes. These estimates also include Uber drivers who offer rideshare services as well.

How do multiple orders work?

Sometimes you will get a second or even third request to pick up an order at the same restaurant. Pay works essentially the same, except you will get an additional $1.00 drop off fee for each delivery. Unfortunately you only get one pickup fee. 

Time and Distance pay works the exact same way except of course you will get paid more because you have to drive to multiple drop off locations which is extra time and distance. 

How do I get paid?

Method of Pay

Direct Deposit

Frequency of pay

Weekly unless you are eligible to sign up with Instant Pay to get paid daily if you want

Bonuses & Incentives

Incentive Programs

Yes. They can include incentives like a $3 bonus every trip completed in a particular area, like downtown. This is in addition to the boosts described above.

Hourly Guarantee or Standby Fee

For the most part, Uber does not offer hourly guarantees or standby fees for waiting online.

Referral Bonuses

Yes, so long as the new driver completes the required number of trips. Bonuses typically range from $50-$500.

Starting Bonus?

Yes, if you use an existing driver’s referral code. You usually have to complete a minimum number of trips within a certain time frame to be eligible.

UberEats Los Angeles Driver Requirements

  • 19 years old or older for cars (18 years for cyclists)
  • 2-door or 4-door car 20 years old or newer
  • Valid driver’s license (You need to have a state-issued ID for cyclists.)
  • Valid vehicle insurance
  • Apple or Android smartphone

UberEats Los Angeles Map for Drivers

Below you will find the UberEats Los Angeles map, which outlines the service area that you will get orders from. You can see that it stretches well outside the core of LA, south to Long Beach, north to San Fernando and east to Pasedena and West Covina. 

Delivery Area Los Angeles

Instead of driving around looking for orders, you want to get close to areas in LA known as hotspots, which are the busiest spots in Los Angeles and where most of the order requests come from. 

The UberEats hotspots in LA are primarily downtown, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks and Studio City. Drive around there and you will be sure to get the most pickup requests. 

Busiest Areas Los Angeles

Sign Up Process

Step 1: Visit their website, download and sign up through their Driver app for Androidor Iphone.

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Step 2: Upload the required documents.

Step 3: Wait for Uber to review your information and notify you when you have been activated.

Step 4: Download the Uber Driver app if you haven’t already done so.

Step 5: Finally, log into the app and go online whenever you want to start accepting delivery requests!

UberEATS FAQ

Do I need an insulated delivery bag? 

Bags are not mandatory but they sure help. You can by one through their supplier for approximately $11.25 including shipping. It is important to note, some restaurants may not allow you to pickup an order without a bag, particularly when delivering pizzas. Either way, the cost is pretty low. For cyclists, the cost is around $40.

Are there scheduled shifts?

No. Just log in to the app and go online. You will then begin to receive “Pings”, which are on-demand requests for deliveries. Accept or decline requests and log off whenever you want! Uber states you must keep a satisfactory acceptance rate or you will be deactivate but there are conflicting reports about this actually happening.

Are there a minimum number of deliveries I need to do to stay active on the platform?

No, but if your documents expire you will need to upload new ones (for example, insurance) before you can start driving again. 

Is there an orientation, interview or “onboarding” session?

No, everything is done online or you can you go the Greenlight Hub closest to you to sign up or get help if you need it!

How do multiple orders work?

Sometimes you will pick up more than one order at the same time from the same restaurant. In this case, everything remains the same except you get a drop-off fee for each location you deliver to. Of course, you will be paid the extra kilometres you drive and the extra time it takes but you will only be paid one pickup fee.

What happens if the customer doesn’t answer the door when I arrive?

Contact the customer by phone first. If they don’t answer, a timer will start and after 5-8 minutes you can leave and will still get paid the full fare. You can keep the food too! 

Contact Information

Uber support twitter: Uber_support
Uber Help Center: Help Center
Ubereats support number: 1-800-617-1979 (for drivers currently on deliveries)
Uber support number: 1-800-593-7069 (only for current drivers)

You can also access the phone number in your Driver App. Note: This will bring you to the main Uber support number and they may re-direct you to the Ubereats support number. 


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