Gig Pays ‘A Lot More’ Than Most Part-Time Jobs

A young company is offering median pay of up to $19 an hour for part-time work. Here's the scoop.

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What does it take to run “the largest on-demand delivery fleet”?

More than 10,000 couriers working in 24 markets for “a lot more than other part-time jobs” pay, according to Postmates CEO and co-founder Bastian Lehmann.

“I think of Postmates as probably America’s best part-time job,” he said during the sixth annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Manhattan, which started Monday and runs through Wednesday.

Postmates’ website promises to allow “anyone to get any product delivered in under one hour” in the cities Postmates serves. Currently, those cities are located across 15 states.

The company focuses on food delivery, CNN Money reports, but employees fare a lot better than the average pizza delivery person.

Lehmann says that in San Francisco, for example, median earnings for a Postmates courier is $19 per on-peak hour and $17 per off-peak hour. The company website states couriers can earn up to $25-plus per hour because they keep the majority of the delivery fee and the entire tip.

McDonald’s is the latest company to sign on with Postmates, starting with a delivery test that’s limited to 88 McDonald’s locations in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, a press release announced Monday.

That means New Yorkers can now order McDonald’s — anything but ice cream — for delivery using the Postmates app.

Chipotle Mexican Grill also signed on with Postmates. Chipotle delivery can now be ordered through Postmates in 67 U.S. cities for a delivery fee of $5 to $8, depending on distance, a Postmates spokesperson told the New York Times.

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Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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