When it comes to apps that pay you to drive, Amazon Flex and DoorDash are two of the most lucrative, popular gigs out there.
But while both jobs involve delivering stuff for money, what you’re delivering and what a day on the job is like are very different.
Plus, there are some major differences in Amazon Flex and DoorDash pay, requirements, and scheduling.
That’s why our Amazon Flex vs DoorDash guide is breaking down everything you need to know about these two gig apps.
By the end of this post, you’ll know which delivery service is right for you, how much money you can make, and how to get started.
Amazon Flex vs DoorDash – At A Glance
About Amazon Flex
As an Amazon Flex driver, you get paid to deliver packages from Amazon warehouses to customers. This is how Amazon can deliver packages so fast and why it has such an extensive network of delivery drivers.
There are actually several types of Amazon Flex deliveries you can make:
- Amazon.com Packages: Pickup regular packages and deliver them.
- Prime Now Packages: Pickup household items and deliver them.
- Amazon Fresh: Pickup groceries and deliver them.
- Store Orders: Pickup orders from local stores and deliver them.
- Instant Offers: These are deliveries that start near your location.
Drivers schedule themselves to complete delivery blocks, which are usually 3-6 hour shifts. Overall, Amazon Flex follows a much more rigid structure than DoorDash does.
DoorDash offers local on-demand delivery and pickup from grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants and more.
With over 300,000 local and national favorite locations, it offers a wide variety of items for deliveries and drivers, who are also known as Dashers, bring these orders right to customer’s doors.
DoorDash is actually the leading food delivery service in North America by market share. As a side hustle, it’s much more flexible than Amazon Flex, which may or may not be a pro for you (as we’ll discuss below.)
Amazon Flex & DoorDash Similarities
Both of these delivery services offer drivers flexibility and the ability to be their own boss. As a driver, you can set your own schedule. This means working as little or as much as you like.
When you work for Amazon Flex or DoorDash, you’re also an independent contractor. This means you’re responsible for reporting your income, and neither company withholds employment taxes. You’re also responsible for your expenses, like gas and vehicle repairs.
You don’t need a degree for either driving gig, or even prior delivery experience. This is why both gigs are popular ways to make fast money if you have access to a vehicle.
Amazon Flex & DoorDash Differences
In addition to the few driver requirements that are also mentioned in this post, there are a few differences in how shifts are scheduled for these two delivery services.
- Delivery Expectations: DoorDash and Amazon Flex have different expectations for their drivers. Amazon Flex drivers have to deliver a large number of packages per shift and return any undelivered packages to the warehouse before the end of the day. In contrast, DoorDash drivers choose the orders they accept, and it’s usually one order at a time.
- Scheduling: Amazon Flex drivers are able to schedule their shifts ahead of time, but it can be hard to claim blocks since it’s a first-come, first-serve basis. In contrast, DoorDash drivers can dash anytime as long as it’s busy enough or schedule Dashes a few days in advance.
- Types of Deliveries: Drivers for Amazon Flex typically deliver packages (except for Amazon Restaurant) while DoorDash focuses on food.
- Eligible Vehicles: You need a mid-sized or larger vehicle to deliver for Amazon Flex. In contrast, DoorDash lets you deliver via car, bike, scooter, and even on foot in some markets.
- Age Requirement: You have to be 21 or older to deliver for Amazon Flex but only 18 or older to deliver for DoorDash.
Amazon Flex vs DoorDash – What’s Best For Drivers?
Which of these driving gigs is a better option for drivers? Here’s what you need to know!
While both of these services can pay well, Amazon Flex pays a fixed rate per delivery block whereas DoorDash pay depends on the orders you accept, tips, and ongoing promotions.
- Amazon Flex Driver Pay: According to Amazon Flex, most drivers make between $18 to $25 per hour. Earnings can depend on where the driver lives and how long the deliveries take. Earning tips can also increase your hourly rate.
- DoorDash Driver Pay: DoorDash drivers earn $23 per hour on average. Dasher base pay depends on the time that the order will take, as well as the distance. Drivers can make more money if they receive tips from customers. Special promotions, peak pay (for busy hours) and challenges are also available and can increase driver earnings.
Winner: Amazon Flex usually pays more per hour, but you can accept way more orders with DoorDash and make more money overall since you don’t have to schedule blocks.
Driver & Vehicle Requirements
Another massive difference between DoorDash and Amazon Flex are the driver requirements.
For starters, applicants typically need a clean driving record and to be able to pass a background check for both Amazon Flex and DoorDash. You also need to have adequate insurance for the state/country you’re working in.
For Amazon Flex vs DoorDash, I’ve outlined the additional requirements below:
- Amazon Flex Driver Requirements: To sign up for Amazon Flex, drivers need to be 21 years of age or older. You also need to have a Social Security number and valid driver’s license. You also need a midsize 4 door sedan, larger SUV, truck or van.
- DoorDash Driver Requirements: You must be 18 or older to deliver for DoorDash. But you have more delivery options than Amazon Flex when it comes to vehicles. DoorDash can be delivered by any bike, scooter or car depending on your service area. Vehicles don’t need to have a specified number of doors and can be newer or older models.
Winner: Driver requirements are similar but it’s easier to become a DoorDash driver than Amazon Flex driver.
One factor that can help you decide what delivery service to drive for is geography. While these services are growing rapidly and adding new locations regularly, not every service is available in every area.
- Amazon Flex Availability: Amazon Flex is currently available in about 50 cities nationwide. While it adds new locations regularly, at this time drivers are limited to these areas. You can always sign up for Amazon Flex and you’ll just get placed on a waitlist if there aren’t any openings or it’s not available in your area.
- DoorDash Availability: DoorDash is available in 7,000+ cities across North America, and it’s practically always looking for new drivers. You can still get placed on the DoorDash waitlist, but this isn’t as common as Amazon Flex.
Just note that Amazon Flex is available in several countries outside the United States, whereas DoorDash is available in Canada, Australia, and the United States.
Winner: Amazon Flex is more global but DoorDash has more openings in the United States.
Scheduling & Getting Deliveries
Both Amazon Flex and DoorDash have different ways of scheduling deliveries. Depending on your schedule, one system might be superior to the other.
- Amazon Flex Scheduling: Amazon Flex drivers have to claim delivery blocks that are usually 3 to 6 hours in length. You can only deliver if you have a block, and blocks are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. It’s actually hard to get enough Amazon Flex blocks, and some drivers even use bots to try and beat the competition.
- DoorDash Scheduling: Dashers can go online anytime as long as their zone is busy enough. Alternatively, you can reserve a Dash a few days in advance if you want guaranteed hours. You’re also free to decline as many orders as you want since your acceptance rate doesn’t matter, so it’s very flexible.
Winner: It’s much easier to make money with DoorDash since you can go online anytime and don’t have to fight for blocks.
Because having a side hustle is all about the money, here is how the payments work for these two popular delivery services.
- Amazon Flex Payments: Drivers get paid on Tuesdays and Friday via direct bank deposit. Payments typically appear in bank accounts the next day, but may occasionally be delayed by bank holidays.
- DoorDash Payments: Drivers get paid weekly via a direct bank deposit, or through no-fee daily deposits through DasherDirect (available in the U.S. only). United States Dashers can make a withdrawal of their earrings once per day with Fast Pay if they pay the $1.99 fee per transfer.
Winner: Amazon Flex pays drivers more regularly than DoorDash, although there’s no paid instant cash out method.
Since driving gigs are considered independent contractor positions, you have to pay for your own fuel. And considering gas prices lately, this can put a serious dent in your income.
Amazon Flex doesn’t pay for gas, and neither does DoorDash. And unlike jobs like Instacart where you spend a lot of time in-store and not in your car, both Amazon and DoorDash rack up a lot of mileage.
That being said, at this time, DoorDash is offering Dashers some extra incentives to help offset the cost of fuel and preserve their earning potential. Dashers that qualify for these rewards could receive as much as $1.65 to $2.00 per gallon to help offset the price of gas.
Criteria to qualify for these DoorDash fuel bonuses include using a prepaid DoorDash card for fuel and delivering a minimum number of miles per week. Learn more about the DoorDash gas rewards program.
Winner: Both gigs put a similar number of mileage on your vehicle, but DoorDash has a new gas incentives program to help lower costs.
Pro Tip: You can also use the GetUpside app to save up to $0.25 per gallon!
Should You Work For Amazon Flex Or DoorDash?
In my opinion, DoorDash is better than Amazon Flex if you want as much flexible as possible. It also has easier sign-up requirements, lets you deliver with your bike, and is available in more cities than Amazon Flex.
However, Amazon Flex can pay a bit more per hour if you get good blocks. But the main difficulty is that getting many blocks is hard since the competition between drivers is intense.
You still need to work efficiently with both gig apps. But you can make great money on the side if you put in the work and work smart!
Extra Reading – How To Do DoorDash For The First Time.
I hope this guide on DoorDash vs Amazon Flex helps you understand the differences between these two driving gigs and which one is right for you.
And, as mentioned, don’t be afraid to branch out into even more delivery gigs like DoorDash or Amazon Flex so you keep your options open!
Looking for more great side hustle ideas? Checkout:
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- How To Earn $1,000 A Week With Uber Eats.
- The Best Ways To Make $3,000 Fast.
DoorDash Disclaimer: Actual earnings may differ and depend on factors like number of deliveries completed, time of day, location, and expenses. Hourly pay is calculated using average Dasher payouts while on a delivery (from the time you accept an order until the time you drop it off) over a 90 day period and includes compensation from peak pay, tips, and other incentives.
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