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How Much Do Amazon Delivery Drivers Make? AP Photo/Steven Senne
AP Photo/Steven Senne

With the coronavirus pandemic still impacting the livelihoods of many, it never hurts to find another way to get some additional income. While searching, you’re likely to come across multiple different driver jobs. There are tons of different options, including Instacart, Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash, to name a few.

Amazon also has a tempting offer out there for anyone looking for work. That’s why we’re going to check out the Amazon driver pay, so that way you can decide if this option is the right one for you. If you can pass a background check and have a valid drivers license, you’re in the clear to get started.

Jeff Bezos built quite a massive e-commerce company, and they need lots of help to run it, so whether you’re looking at part-time or full-time work, it’s a great flexible opportunity that many folks have capitalized on.

Amazon Delivery Driver Salary

Amazon drivers, including those who work for an Amazon delivery service partner (DSP), have a minimum hourly pay of $15 per hour. That said, this hourly rate can vary depending on your experience and location. In New York, the minimum wage begins at $17, and San Francisco starts drivers at $20 per hour.

If you are working full-time for Amazon, you’ll always get paid your hourly wage, even when it’s a slow day. You’ll also get to take advantage of their benefits. These include health insurance, paid time off, 401k, life insurance, and tons of other financial support.

Amazon Flex Driver Salary

On the other hand, becoming an Amazon Flex driver may work better for you. A Flex driver is a contracted delivery partner hired by Amazon. Now, Flex drivers are independent contractors, and they can pick up anywhere from two to six-hour shifts — also known as delivery blocks. Through the Amazon Flex app, you can pick up different shifts with ease.

That brings up pay. Flex drivers are not paid hourly like traditional Amazon drivers. Instead, they are paid a flat rate per delivery block completed. At the end of the day, it essentially translates to anywhere from around $18 to $25 per hour. This is noticeably more than traditional drivers make, but it does come with less benefits and a few more expenses.

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Since Flex drivers operate out of their own vehicle, this means that car payments, insurance, maintenance, fuel, and other expenses will be a factor. Additionally, you’ll have to set some money aside for the higher taxes of being self-employed.

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Some people prefer to be an owner-operator, and others like the security of working under Amazon directly. They both have their pros and cons, but either option can reward you with some extra money in the bank account. If this kind of work and pay interests you, I’d highly recommend checking out what’s available in your local area.

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