Food Delivery Riders: How Much Can You Earn as a Deliveroo, Foodpanda or Grabfood Rider?

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With low barriers to entry and plenty of flexibility, it’s no surprise that being a food delivery rider for Deliveroo, Foodpanda or GrabFood is an attractive proposition as a side gig (or even your main gig).

But being a food delivery rider is most definitely not easy money. Let’s take a look at how much riders earn these days and whether it’s worthwhile.

How much you can earn as a food delivery rider?

Food delivery app Average rider pay
Foodpanda $12 to $21 per hour
GrabFood $10 to $16 per hour
Deliveroo $8 to $20 per hour
All $15 per hour, or $5 to $7.50 per delivery

Deliveroo, GrabFood or Foodpanda no longer publish their rider pay structures. So we looked on Glassdoor instead. Based on Glassdoor stats, food delivery riders earn about $15 per hour in Singapore on average.

Of course, food delivery riders are paid per delivery, not by hour. According to Straits Times, food delivery riders were paid about $6.50 to $7.50 per delivery back in 2020. Our sources tell us that it might actually be closer to $5 per delivery these days.

Take all these numbers with an armload of salt, because your mileage literally may vary. Your earnings would depend on all kinds of external factors, such as general demand and rider supply.

For example, dine-in is banned right now in Singapore’s Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). But riders report having to work longer hours to earn the same pay despite higher demand for deliveries.

That’s because food delivery companies are onboarding new riders to meet the anticipated demand. With a much bigger fleet, the apps can meet demand — but their riders now spend more time waiting for jobs to come their way. The long waiting times at eateries also cause hourly earnings to dip.

Still, if you’re keen to try it out, here’s how to get started as a food delivery rider.

How to sign up as a GrabFood rider

Here are the transport options for signing up as a GrabFood rider:

  • Walker
  • Bicycle
  • E-bike (Power-Assisted Bike)
  • Motorbike
  • Van

For the latter two vehicles, you’ll need commercial motor insurance that covers food & parcel deliveries.

Fill in the sign up form on GrabFood’s rider page, making sure you have the required documents. After your application is processed, you’ll need to complete the complete the online training course.

GrabFood rider kit

The final step before you can start work is to purchase your GrabFood rider kit.

GrabFood rider kit Includes Cost
Motorcycle/Car/PAB/Bicycle Starter Pack 1 x Backpack
1 x Halal Bag
2 x Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Motorcycle/Car/PAB/Bicycle Upsized Pack 1 x Basic Starter Pack
1 x Sling Bag
Walker Starter Pack 1 x Sling Bag
1 x Halal Bag
2 x Long Sleeve T-Shirts

You’ll get an SMS and email notification asking you to come down to the Grab office at Sin Ming to buy your kit and activate your account.

GrabFood rider pay

GrabFood riders are paid on a per-delivery basis, the trip fare being displayed on the app. Trip fares are calculated based on distance travelled + vehicle type.

Screengrab from Grab website

On top of your trip fare, GrabFood offers Zone Boost Gems in peak demand areas and timeslots. You can view the areas with gems on the GrabFood rider app. Every 20 gems lets you earn $1 more per trip, but you need to earn at least 80 gems per day.

Finally, there are also Quest Incentives attached to certain “missions” and delivery types (such as GrabExpress and GrabMart orders).

Your earnings will show up in your GrabPay wallet, which you can cash out to your bank account anytime, subject to minimum of $50.

grabfood rider sg

How to sign up as a Deliveroo rider

You can become a Deliveroo rider with the following transport options to choose from:

  • Walker
  • Bicycle
  • Motorbike (commercial insurance required)

To sign up, create an account on Deliveroo’s rider site and complete the application process online. This includes uploading your personal documents, verification, and online training videos.

Deliveroo rider kit

Once everything’s done and dusted, you will need to purchase your Deliveroo rider kit to get activated.

Deliveroo rider kit Includes Cost
Scooter Bundle Waterproof shell
Long sleeve base layer
V3 Front Load Backpack
Halal Insert
Small Thermal Bag
(Optional) Phone Mount
Cycle Bundle Waterproof Shell
Long Sleeve Base layer
V3 Front Load Backpack
Halal Insert
(Optional) Helmet + Phone Mount
Walker Bundle Waterproof Shell
Long Sleeve Base Layer
V3 Front Load Backpack
Halal Insert

You’ll be prompted to order your kit on the Deliveroo online store once your application is in final stages. Your first bundle will cost $50 (thanks to 50% discount) while subsequent ones will cost $100.

Deliveroo rider pay

Here’s Deliveroo’s official page on their fee structure. It’s much simpler than GrabFood’s — all you need to do is look at the app and it’ll show you the delivery fee for that job. There are no quests or incentives.

The fee per delivery is calculated based on distance, waiting time, traffic flow, and even how hilly the route is. If you signed up as a motorbike rider, your petrol costs would already be accounted for as well.

Screengrab from Deliveroo website

Your pay will be cashed out into your bank account every 2 weeks regardless of the amount you have earned. You can request an early cash out but it costs $1.

How to sign up as a Foodpanda rider

Foodpanda riders come in the following flavours:

  • Walker
  • Bicycle (can opt for free bike rental)
  • E-bike
  • Motorbike (commercial insurance required)
  • Car (commercial insurance required)

Submit your online application via Foodpanda’s rider page. You can do the onboarding training online or at a Foodpanda rider hub, where you’ll also pick up your kit.

Foodpanda rider kit

It’s mandatory to buy your own Foodpanda rider kit before you can start work. Here are the options and prices for newbies.

Foodpanda rider kit Includes Cost
Enhanced Set Short sleeve shirt
Long sleeve shirt
Halal bag
Non-halal bag
Premium Set Enhanced Set
Rain Set
Waterproof jacket
Premium Set 2.0 Enhanced Set
Waterproof jacket

Foodpanda rider pay

Foodpanda’s rider fees are not only based on the usual parameters like distance, vehicle, time and area, but also rider performance!

Screengrab from Foodpanda website

Unlike the other food delivery apps, Foodpanda opts for preferential treatment for their “most dedicated riders” via a batch system. In summary, every rider gets a weekly score based on their performance. A high score gives you priority in booking shifts and better pay.

Screengrab from Foodpanda website

As batching is done weekly, it means you have to go all-in with Foodpanda if you want to climb the ranks, and continue to put in effort in order not to fall down the hierarchy.

If you don’t like the idea of reliving your primary school streaming exams week after week, perhaps it’s better to go to another competitor. Then again, this system might encourage you to be loyal once you’ve made your way to the top.

Earnings are credited to your Foodpanda rider wallet weekly, and you can cash it out once a week for free, with no minimum amount to meet. Subsequent cash outs cost $0.50 each.

Which food delivery app should you sign up with?

As the start-up cost is pretty low, there’s no harm giving it a shot (though be aware the rider supply is flooded at the moment during Phase 2 Heightened Alert).

GrabFood and Deliveroo are both good options for casual dabblers if you’re looking to earn cash on the side. You can get most of the onboarding done online, and then simply turn on your app and go.

Deliveroo’s rider kit is also the cheapest, at $50 for new riders.

Meanwhile, Foodpanda is probably more for serious riders who want to go all-out and earn money. It rewards those who are dedicated and hardworking.

But do consider Foodpanda for the free bike rental if you don’t have your own bicycle. It’s the only app offering this perk for those without a vehicle. Otherwise, you’re stuck being a walker and probably can’t earn much.

Is being a food delivery rider worth it?

It’s probably not for everyone, but then again, everyone’s circumstances are different.

First, the average pay of $15/hour isn’t too shabby. Compare this to conventional part time jobs such as cashiering or packing in a warehouse, which would pay $8 to $10 per hour. Delivering food is arguably easier too.

But the pay isn’t the only reason why being a food delivery rider is so popular. It also comes with a few other benefits.

  • Low barrier to entry: As long as you’re a Singaporean/PR and at least 18 years old, you can start earning spare cash with your motorcycle, bicycle or even your legs
  • Work around your neighbourhood: You save time and commuting fare by working around your own area
  • Own time, own target: No need to rush to be at work on time or fret about not getting enough shifts. All you need to do is activate the app whenever you feel like working, and off you go
  • Less stress from people: Unlike some service or office jobs, you generally don’t have to deal with unreasonable customers or psychotic supervisors

Of course, being a food delivery rider can be tiring, uncomfortable and dangerous — not to mention, there’s no CPF and barely any legal protection since you’re not an employee. But you knew that already, right?

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