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How much Amazon delivery drivers really make, with information about job types, benefits, and requirements

Wherever you go, there’s Amazon. It’s the country’s second-largest employer, and it’s always hiring drivers.



Amazon's delivery vans have become a frequent sight in most neighborhoods, but did you know some Amazon drivers make deliveries out of their own vehicles? 

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Love it or hate it, Amazon has grown to become America’s second-largest employer. The behemoth brainchild of polarizing billionaire Jeff Bezos began as an online bookstore but has since expanded its operations to include web services, robotics, media streaming, cloud computing, and more.

Perhaps the best-known arms of Amazon, though, are its online retail and grocery delivery businesses. And while the company has begun rolling out one-hour drone delivery in certain areas, the bulk of its deliveries still rely on real-life human drivers willing to tote packages and grocery bags from point A to point B.

Delivering for Amazon appeals to many job seekers, from those looking for immediate full-time work to the already-employed in need of a flexible side gig for extra income.

But just how much do Amazon delivery drivers make? How difficult is it to become one? And what do you have to do on the job?

The answer depends on what sort of delivery driver you become.

What are the 2 main types of Amazon delivery driver jobs?

There are actually two different types of Amazon delivery driver jobs, and they have different pay structures, benefits, scheduling norms, and requirements.

The type most consumers are probably familiar with are called Amazon Delivery Service Partner associates or DSP associates. These are the folks you see driving Amazon-branded Sprinter vans around residential neighborhoods dropping packages off on doorsteps and front porches from dawn until dusk.

The other designation is Amazon Flex driver. These are contractors who make deliveries out of their own vehicles using the Amazon Flex app during scheduling blocks they choose themselves, much like an Uber or DoorDash driver.

What is an Amazon DSP driver and how much do they make?

According to Amazon’s website, DSP associates (drivers) don’t actually work for Amazon directly — they work for individual Delivery Service Providers, which are “independent businesses that partner with Amazon to deliver packages.” Nevertheless, DSP drivers drive Amazon-branded vans and are considered employees, not contractors. Here’s what we know about the job.


Amazon’s website states that DSP associates earn at least $20 per hour “at select stations.” That last bit comes with an asterisk, and the associated footnote simply reads “rates vary” — not particularly helpful.

While $20 per hour isn’t a bad starting rate for an entry-level position, actual pay varies significantly according to, which lists self-reported DSP associate wages ranging from $9.60 to $32.20 per hour, with an average reported wage of $19.27.

As with most hourly positions, DSP drivers can expect to earn more in dense, urban areas like New York and San Francisco where the cost of living is higher than they would in, say, South Bend, Indiana, where the cost of living is well below the national average. Wages can also increase over time with experience.


Because DSP associates are employees and not contractors, they are eligible for benefits. According to Amazon, full-time associates can expect health insurance and paid time off.

Third-party sources also report that drivers may be eligible for overtime and holiday pay as well as free training and skills development, which could eventually translate into higher-paying roles like operations manager, lead driver, or DSP owner.

In some cities, signing bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 may be offered to new drivers (in order to qualify, you cannot have worked for another DSP in the last 13 weeks).

Job requirements

According to Amazon’s website, a DSP associate’s job description looks something like this:

  • Load and operate an Amazon-branded van.
  • Deliver 200+ packages (ranging in size up to 50 lbs) per shift.
  • Work 4–5 days per week, up to 10 hours per day, with shifts available in the morning, afternoon, weekday, and weekends.
  • Interact with Amazon customers and the public in a professional and positive manner.

Downsides and complaints

Actual reports from current and former DSP drivers on Reddit paint a slightly less positive picture of the position than Amazon’s website. Some users reported having to urinate in their Amazon-issued water bottles while on the job in order to keep up with their delivery schedules, and others complained about a glitchy mapping and routing system that results in drivers passing stops, going in circles, and needing to perform frequent and difficult U-turns in their oversized vans.

According to many drivers, between getting in and out of the van’s high driver’s seat countless times per day and carrying large, heavy deliveries like cat litter, the job is very physically demanding. This can be a good thing for those trying to keep fit but may pose problems for those with injuries, ailments, or physical disabilities.

Amazon Flex drivers use Amazon's Flex app to make deliveries out of their own vehicles. 

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What is an Amazon Flex driver and how much do they make?

Amazon Flex offers a very different-looking opportunity to delivery for the retail giant. Flex drivers are independent contractors rather than employees, and they pick up and drop off deliveries using their own cars during flexible scheduling blocks they can sign up for ahead of time or on the day-of.

Deliveries can include Amazon packages, Prime Now deliveries (like groceries and household essentials), Amazon locker deliveries, and deliveries from local retailers that partner with Amazon. In most ways, Flex driving is a gig role much like those offered by companies like DoorDash, Lyft, and Instacart, but according to current and past drivers, it pays better.

Here’s what we know about the job:


Flex drivers are paid a flat sum for each delivery block, assuming they complete the block successfully. Additionally, some Prime Now Flex deliveries allow customers to tip, and drivers keep 100% of the tips they receive.

Amazon’s website states that “most drivers earn $18–$25 an hour,” making the pay somewhat comparable to the starting wage of a DSP driver. In a footnote, the website also includes the following caveat: “actual earnings will depend on your location, any tips you receive, how long it takes you to complete your deliveries, and other factors.”

Flex drivers are paid twice a week — on Tuesday and Friday — via direct deposit, so a valid bank account is required.


Because Flex drivers are independent contractors and not employees, they do not receive typical workplace benefits like employer-sponsored health insurance or paid time off.

That being said, Amazon does provide all Flex drivers outside of New York a free Amazon Commercial Auto Insurance Policy. This is a supplementary policy (meaning drivers still need their own auto insurance) that includes the following:

  • Auto liability coverage
  • Uninsured motorist/under-insured motorist coverage
  • Contingent comprehensive and collision coverage

Additionally, Flex drivers earn Amazon Flex Rewards points as they complete delivery blocks, and these points can be redeemed for cash back, preferred scheduling, discounts, and other perks.

Job requirements

According to Amazon’s website, prospective flex drivers must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Possess a four-door, mid-sized sedan or larger vehicle with up-to-date registration and insurance
  • Pass a background check

Additionally, since Flex deliveries are facilitated through the Flex app, drivers must have a compatible smartphone (a relatively recent iPhone or Android) and a data plan from their service provider to run the app while making deliveries.

Drivers must also be able to physically load, unload, and deliver packages, although Flex drivers on Reddit report that deliveries rarely exceed 30 pounds.

Downsides and complaints

The most obvious cons of driving Flex include vehicular wear and tear and having to pay for your own gas. Some drivers have also reported racking up fines and tickets as a result of deliveries in inconvenient locations that lack legal parking options.

Another big downside is that, as an independent contractor, you are responsible for withholding your own tax payments as you go. Forget to do this, and it can be easy to come up short when it’s time to pay the IRS at the end of the year.

Depending on their region, some Flex drivers also complain that it can be difficult to secure delivery blocks consistently enough to provide a full-time income because there are many Flex drivers competing for a limited number of blocks. According to some, this is less of an issue in dense urban centers where delivery volume is high.

Which is better: Flex or DSP?

Amazon’s Flex and DSP driving programs both come with their pros and cons, and which is a better fit for you likely depends on your goals and priorities.

For someone seeking consistent pay, benefits, and the potential for upward mobility and increased compensation down the line, the DSP associate position might be a better fit. For someone who needs a high degree of flexibility, like a parent or an individual with another job, the Flex program is probably a more realistic option due to the ability to self-schedule. 

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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has commenced legal proceedings against an accounting firm that had provided services to cryptocurrency exchange FTX before its bankruptcy declaration.

According to a Sept. 29 statement, the SEC alleged that accounting firm Prager Metis provided auditing services to its clients without maintaining the necessary independence as it continued to offer accounting services. This practice is prohibited under the auditor independence framework.

Extract from the SEC's September 29 statement. Source: SEC

To prevent conflicts of interest, accounting and audit tasks must be kept clearly separate. However, the SEC claims that these entwined activities spanned over a period of approximately three years:

“As alleged in our complaint, over a period of nearly three years, Prager’s audits, reviews, and exams fell short of these fundamental principles. Our complaint is an important reminder that auditor independence is crucial to investor protection.”

While the statement doesn't explicitly mention FTX or any other clients, it does emphasize that there were allegedly "hundreds" of auditor independence violations throughout the three-year period.

Furthermore, a previous court filing pointed out that the FTX Group engaged Metis to audit FTX US and FTX at some point in 2021. Subsequently, FTX declared bankruptcy in November 2022. 

The filing alleged that since former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried publicly announced previous FTX audit results, Metis should have recognized that its work would be used by FTX to bolster public trust.

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Concerns were previously reported about the material presented in FTX audit reports.

On Jan. 25, current FTX CEO John J. Ray III told a bankruptcy court that he had “substantial concerns as to the information presented in these audited financial statements.”

Furthermore, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden raised concerns about Prager Metis' impartiality. They argued that it functioned as an advocate for the crypto industry.

Meanwhile, a law firm that provided services to FTX has come under scrutiny in recent times.

In a Sept. 21 court filing, plaintiffs allege that U.S. based law firm, Fenwick & West, should be held partially liable for FTX's collapse because it reportedly exceeded the norm when it came to its service offerings to the exchange.

However, Fenwick & West asserts that it cannot be held accountable for a client's misconduct as long as its actions remain within the bounds of the client's representation.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed its intention to summon former FTX clients, investors and staff as witnesses in the upcoming trial involving Sam Bankman-Fried, the former FTX CEO.

The DOJ submitted a letter motion in limine on Sept. 30 describing the witnesses it intends to call concerning FTX’s treatment of customer assets.

The testimonies intend to provide perspectives on the interactions between the accused and the witnesses. It also aims to get the witnesses’ understanding of Bankman-Fried’s remarks and conduct, particularly regarding FTX’s asset management. The DOJ intends to highlight the experiences of retail and institutional clients who entrusted substantial assets to FTX, believing that the platform would safeguard them securely.

Court filing in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Source: CourtListener

Furthermore, a situation has emerged concerning one of the DOJ’s witnesses, “FTX Customer-1,” who resides in Ukraine. Given the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, traveling to the U.S. to provide testimony is associated with difficulties. The DOJ has suggested using video conferencing as a viable alternative. However, Bankman-Fried’s defense has not yet approved this proposal.

Nonetheless, the legal team representing Bankman-Fried, led by lawyer Mark Cohen, has voiced concerns about the jury questions put forth by the DOJ. According to Bankman-Fried’s defense, these interrogations insinuate guilt on Bankman-Fried’s part, potentially undermining the principle of “innocent until proven guilty.“

Additionally, the defense contends that these inquiries may not effectively uncover the jurors’ inherent biases, especially related to their encounters with cryptocurrencies. Moreover, specific questions could inadvertently guide the jury’s perspective instead of eliciting authentic insights, possibly compromising the trial’s impartiality.

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The Ethereum co-founder proposes a solution that could lower the likelihood of any individual liquid staking provider growing to a point where it poses a systemic risk.

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, has expressed worries regarding decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) exerting a monopoly over the selection of node operators in liquidity staking pools.

In a September 30 blog post, Buterin issues a warning that as staking pools adopt the DAO approach for governance over node operators—who are ultimately responsible for the pool's funds—it can expose them to potential risks from malicious actors.

“With the DAO approach, if a single such staking token dominates, that leads to a single, potentially attackable governance gadget controlling a very large portion of all Ethereum validators.”

Buterin highlights the liquid staking provider Lido (LDO) as an example with a DAO that validates node operators. However, he emphasizes that relying on just one layer of protection may prove insufficient:

“To the credit of protocols like Lido, they have implemented safeguards against this, but one layer of defense may not be enough,” he noted.

ETH staked by category chart. Source: Vitalik Buterin

Meanwhile, he explains that Rocket Pool offers the opportunity for anyone to become a node operator by placing an 8 Ether (ETH) deposit, which, at the time of this publication, is equivalent to approximately $13,406.

However, he notes this comes with its risks. "The Rocket Pool approach allows attackers to 51% attack the network, and force users to pay most of the costs," he stated.

On the other hand, Buterin highlights that having a mechanism to ascertain who can act as the underlying node operators is an inevitable necessity:

"It can't be unrestricted, because then attackers would join and amplify their attacks with users' funds."

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Buterin further outlines that a possible approach to address this issue involves encouraging ecosystem participants to utilize a variety of liquid staking providers. 

He clarifies this would decrease the likelihood of any one provider becoming excessively large and posing a systemic risk.

“In the longer term, however, this is an unstable equilibrium, and there is peril in relying too much on moralistic pressure to solve problems," he stated.

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