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Pizza Delivery Tip Guide
Here’s all of our pizza tipping knowledge, from recommendations and factors to consider to why you should always give your driver a decent tip.
Below is the recommended tip for the pizza delivery driver:
- 15% is the recommended tip percentage.
- 10% or below for mediocre service.
- 20%+ for amazing service.
- $100+ orders: at least 10%.
- Under $20 small orders: $3 minimum.
Common tipping etiquette for small and large orders is 15% for normal service with $3 minimum; 15%-20%+ for great service (or if you’re feeling generous); below 10% for poor service.
If a delivery charge is included, be sure to ask if it goes directly to the driver. If it doesn’t, you should tip.
Note: Unless your pizza does not show up, you should not stiff the driver. They work very hard to bring the pizza right to your door, as quickly (and as hot) as they can, and should at least receive 10%.
Common Pizza Delivery Frequently Asked Questions
Below are common questions people have when deciding what to tip a pizza delivery driver.
Should I tip the driver if there is a delivery charge?
Yes. First, call the restaurant and see if this delivery charge goes directly to the driver. If it does, make sure this charge equals 15% of your order and is over $3. If it does not, tip as directed.
Should I tip less if the driver is late?
Yes. How late are we talking? If the driver is more than 15 minutes late, call the restaurant for an updated arrival time. Often, it’s the restaurant’s fault because orders are backed up, not the driver, so do not reduce the tip unless you are sure the driver is the problem. If the driver is already out on deliveries and your order is more than 30 minutes late, you may reduce the tip to 10%.
Should I tip less if the order is incorrect?
No. Call the restaurant and have them either send the correct order or issue a refund. While you’d like to think the driver double-checks the order before leaving, restaurant’s typically have expeditors prepare the bags and just hand them off to the drivers for efficiency’s sake, so the driver should not be penalized.
How much should I tip for large catering orders?
At least 10% for large catering orders.
Why are delivery fees so expensive?
Delivery fees are issued to offset hourly wages and expenses related to the delivery. They may seem expensive, but it’s to ensure that tipped employees are making a livable income and the business is not losing money by accepting deliveries. There’s always a take-out option to avoid these costs.
How do I tip pizza delivery driver with a credit card?
The pizza delivery driver will bring a receipt for you to sign if paying by credit card. This receipt will include a tip line as you see at normal restaurants. Add tip, calculate the total, and sign the receipt. Please note that to pay by credit card, you typically need to call and provide your credit card number or pay online. In some cases, the driver may be able to swipe your card using a card reader, but this is not common.
Do I still need to tip the delivery driver If I ordered online?
Yes. Online ordering is merely an added convenience; the delivery driver is still performing his or her duty. If you paid online by credit card, the delivery driver will share a receipt with you to sign which includes a tip line. If paying with cash, you will tip in cash.
How much should I tip on delivery apps like UberEats, DoorDash, etc.?
Tipping etiquette remains the same across all delivery apps.
- Normal service: 15% with a $3 minimum.
- Great service: 20%.
- Poor service: 10% or below.
Should I tip differently if I get pizza from a chain restaurant?
No. All tipping is created equal, even if ordered from a national pizza chain like Dominos, Papa Johns and Pizza Hut.
Hook up the pizza delivery person with a nice tip and get some good pizza karma.
Until then, stay cheesy.