Do you enjoy riding on the road with your car, at least when you’re not commuting to work?
Using your vehicle can be your work if you want to get paid to drive!
Many people drive for a living, especially those in the delivery industry. (More than 1,419,427 delivery drivers live in the United States.)
I admit, it’s kind of weird of me to write an article about driving since I haven’t been behind the wheel since my less-than-stellar driver’s ed days in high school.
Let’s just say I have somewhat of a “driving phobia” due to my bad driving skills. (And the mean comments from most of my driving teachers didn’t help.)
But, there are a few upsides to not possessing driving abilities, like not needing to worry about gas prices, maintenance, or car insurance.
(Alright, I’m digressing here. Back to the main subject of paid driving.)
What’s great about getting paid to drive is unlike jobs like office or warehouse work, you can travel to several different places each day delivering goods, carrying passengers, or even driving by yourself.
Here are apps that help you earn money driving.
Apps that Pay You to Drive
Download one or more of these apps to begin your full-time job or a side hustle to make money without a job!
1. Roadie – Android/iOS
- Pay: $13 to $650 per trip
Roadie lets you pick and choose your delivery routes.
You receive alerts about nearby or faraway gigs through its app, allowing you to make as little or as much money as you want.
Furthermore, you can opt to get your earnings instantly or weekly via direct deposit.
2. OnMyWay – Android/iOS
- Pay: $100 cash upon becoming a member; 5 cents per mile when you don’t text while driving; $2 per referral; referrals earn 2 cents per mile when they don’t text while driving
This app pays you to stay safe.
OnMyWay activates once you begin driving over ten mph.
You earn money each mile as long as you don’t text while driving. (You can still make or accept calls if your phone is connected to a Bluetooth device.)
Other rewards include gift cards, free food, crypto, and more.
You can even make more money by inviting referrals. (When they don’t text while driving, they make money, too.)
3. Draiver – Android/iOS
- Pay: $10 to $25 per hour
Draiver pays you to move cars for auto dealerships and car rental companies. (You may also transport other drivers on certain trips.)
You can drive the car you’re moving or a Chase car, a vehicle that takes you back where you started.
Work on your own schedule and get paid every week via a bank account or PayPal.
4. Alto – Android/iOS
- Pay: $14 to $24 per hour
Unlike typical driving jobs, Alto hires employees, not contractors.
This company might be a good option for you if you want:
- A predictable income
- To drive a company car rather than your own vehicle
- Health benefits
Keep in mind that you have to live in one of the seven listed cities to apply.
5. Uber – Android/iOS
- Pay: $15 to $25 per hour
Deliver food or transport passengers with Uber!
You can set your own hours and use your own vehicle or rent one for a small weekly fee.
Choose to receive payment every week to your bank account or cash out up to five times a day with Instant Pay.
6. GrubHub – Android/iOS
- Pay: $10 to $23 per hour
With GrubHub, you can deliver food to customers by car or bike.
You just need to be at least 19 years old, have a smartphone, a bicycle/vehicle, and a driver’s license or state I.D. to get started.
GrubHub even gives you warming bags to keep meals warm until you arrive at your customer’s home. (You’re welcome to use your own bags, too.)
7. Amazon Flex – Android/iOS
- Pay: $18 to $25 per hour
Amazon Flex allows you to deliver Amazon packages with your own car.
In addition, you can plan your work week by selecting days based on your availability or reserve scheduled blocks in advance.
8. Hytch Rewards – Android/iOS
- Pay: Varies
Earn cash by carpooling with Hytch Rewards!
How does it work?
Your employer has to first sign up as a Hytch sponsor for you and your co-workers to receive cash rewards while commuting.
It also works if you opt for public transportation.
9. Lyft – Android/iOS
- Pay: $16 to $20 per hour
Lyft pays you to give riders a lift to wherever they need to go.
Begin by entering your mobile number.
Consult your region’s requirements during the application process since rules vary from state to state.
10. HopSkipDrive – Android/iOS
- Pay: Up to $50 per ride
Do you love working with kids?
Consider signing up for HopSkipDrive to make money by giving children rides to school, appointments, and/or after-school activities.
You need at least five years of caregiving experience, be 23 or older, possess good driving experience, and pass a background check.
11. DoorDash – Android/iOS
- Pay: $2 to $10 per order
Get dashing with DoorDash!
As a Dasher, you’ll pick up orders from convenience stores and restaurants and deliver them to hungry customers.
You’ll also receive a warming bag to keep food hot, which you can carry by hand or on your back.
Use your scooter, car, or bicycle to make deliveries.
12. Shipt (Driver) – Android/iOS
- Pay: $5+ per order
Shipt drivers go to their local Target store to pick up groceries or other items and deliver them to a specific location.
Receive your pay via direct deposit every Friday, or get it immediately through Instant Pay.
13. Favor – Android/iOS
- Pay: $10 to $18 per hour
If you live in Texas, consider working for Favor!
You earn money by fetching customers’ dry cleaning, meals, groceries, and more.
All you need is an Android or iPhone and reliable transportation. (You also need to be at least 18 years or older.)
14. Instacart – Android/iOS
- Pay: $5 to $10 per order
When you work as a full-service shopper for Instacart, you travel to stores to shop on behalf of customers and drop off groceries at their homes.
Its app even includes a platform to communicate with your customers if you need to resolve any issues.
15. Kango – Android/iOS
- Pay: Up to $48 per hour
With Kango, you can be a driver, babysitter, or both.
As a driver, you get a $25 activation bonus for your first job, plus a $24 minimum fare during busy periods.
Need to be at least 21 and possess childcare experience to qualify.
16. ParaWorks – Android/iOS
- Pay: Varies
ParaWorks connects you to driving gigs offered by GrubHub, Uber, and other companies.
Its platform lets you read important information like pay rate, mileage, and pick-up/dropout location so you can accept or refuse a gig.
17. Bellhop – Android/iOS
- Pay: Up to $21 per hour
Work as a Bellhop mover!
Just use the app to be matched with jobs, rendezvous with the moving team, and wait until they finish packing everything up.
Then, you secure the load and drive to the specific destination.
Transport customers’ items within the town or travel from city to city.
You need insurance and a box truck to qualify as a Bellhop driver.
18. TaskRabbit – Android/iOS
- Pay: Varies
The wonderful thing about TaskRabbit is that it provides all sorts of gigs you could do, especially driving gigs.
You could deliver packages, help others move, give someone a ride, and more.
19. CitizenShipper – Android/iOS
- Pay: $6,000 to $10,000+ per month
As a CitizenShopper driver, you’ll transport:
- Apartment items
- And other items!
You submit bids for jobs, and if your bid’s accepted, you could transport animals or objects locally or across the country.
Other Ways to Make Money Driving
Check out these careers where you get paid to drive!
20. Mail/Package Delivery Driver
- Salary: $12,300 to $65,000
As a delivery driver for companies like UPS, USPS, or FedEx, you place envelopes or boxes on people’s doorsteps or in mailboxes.
You usually don’t interact with customers unless they need to sign for a package.
21. Pizza/Sandwich Delivery Driver
- Salary: $7.50 to $20.00 per hour
If you like Domino’s or Jimmy John’s, you can deliver food from these companies.
Depending on where you live, the hourly rate might be on the low side, but tips could make up for it.
22. Bus Driver
- Salary: $30,000 to $60,000
Being a bus driver allows you to travel on designated routes while you pick up and drop off riders.
It’s a good way to meet new acquaintances if you’re very social.
- Salary: $30,000 to $80,000
Chauffeurs drive automobiles for events like parties and movie premieres.
You could work for a private client as well.
24. Race Car Driver
- Salary: $10,000 to $15,000 per race
This is perfect for individuals who love a wilder driving career.
Race car drivers ride around the track, going for the gold and getting paid for it, too.
25. CDL Truck Driver
- Salary: $35,000 to $126,000
If I had the ability to drive, I would pick CDL truck driving.
I wouldn’t have to worry about carrying passengers or traveling to different private residences every day.
It’d just be me and the road (except when I need to be at truck stops or unload cargo at their destinations).
That said, truck drivers get little sleep, which is one (risky) downside to the job.
Getting Paid to Drive FAQ
Here are frequently asked questions people have about driving for cash.
Which app pays the most?
It looks like CitizenShipper pays the most since you could make five figures per month.
But, since you’ll be competing against other bidders, it’s a hit or miss.
I suggest you go with the next highest-paying app, Roadie, because you won’t fight others for jobs.
Plus, you can earn up to $650 for a road trip.
Do I need special credentials or experience to drive for a living?
The only driving jobs in this article that require a special credential are commercial truck driving and bus driving.
You’ll need to possess a high school diploma and obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license) through a driving school.
The other listed jobs obviously require some licensed driving experience.
Additionally, you need to be a certain age, depending on the company, plus, have car insurance.
What’s the easiest way I can earn money driving?
I think the simplest way to earn money with your car is to begin with pizza/sandwich delivery jobs since you have to be at least 18 but do not need previous work experience.
Then, you can work your way up to using delivery apps or pursue non-app jobs.
Make Money Driving Today
If you own a car and love being behind the steering wheel, the job opportunities are practically endless.
You could carry passengers, run errands, transport goods, compete in a race, and more.
So, have you recently bought a new vehicle (or is it a used one collecting dust)?
Put it to good use and get paid to drive!