Instacart Shopper Earnings and Pay Rates Across the US
Here’s a glimpse into how much Shoppers at Instacart are earning, as well as insights into the delivery rates for the week of November 20, 2017.
For the week of November 6-12, the average Shopper across our sample earned $13.99 per hour, before deducting expenses. Shoppers worked an average of 29 hours per week, with a maximum of 81 hours.
There is a wide pay range depending on the city and zone that a Shopper works. Expenses can reduce Shoppers’ earnings significantly. Most Instacart Shoppers are designated as independent contractors and are responsible for paying for their gas, car wear-and-tear, auto and health insurance, and workers’ compensation, as well as incidentals such as parking and tickets.
Total Earnings per Hour Before Expenses (National Average)
Total earnings per hour includes delivery commissions, bumps, and tips.
*Average earnings/hour is calculated before Instacart Shoppers pay for expenses such as gas, wear-and-tear on their vehicles, or insurance, which Shoppers are required to pay themselves. The 2017 standard IRS deductions is $0.53 per mile.
Hours Worked per Week (National Average)
The Low Down on Tips
Tips made up on approximately 18% of a Shoppers pay or $2.77 per hour for the average Shopper. Tips vary significantly across our sample size, from as little as 38¢ per hour to as a high as $8.49 per hour.
Tips as a % of Earnings
Deliver Rates by Instacart Zones
For the week of November 20, 2017, here is a sample of various Instacart Zones. Mondays are one of the highest paid days of the week and average $8.36 for full-service shopping and delivering an order.
For delivery-only (i.e. orders that were already prepared at the store), Shoppers receive $5.13 on average for each delivery they make. The upcoming rates that Instacart pays Shoppers varies significantly based on region and day of the week.
Full Service Rates by City/Zone
Delivery-Only Rates by City/Zone
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