Earn $20/Hr. Shopping for Groceries

By Mike Haaren – Sept. 16, 2016

Earn $20/Hr. Shopping for Groceries

Would you like to get paid $15 to $20 an hour to shop for groceries part-time at stores like Whole Foods or Costco? Or up to $25 or more if you have a car and can make deliveries? And get paid weekly, too? Here’s how.

Customer Places the Order Online, Shopper Fills It at Store

Instacart lets customers order food online from their favorite grocery stores, for delivery in an hour or two. A Shopper is then assigned to the order, and she does the shopping. An Instacart Cashier checks the order to make sure it’s complete (you can apply for this job, too). Then a Driver delivers it in his or her own car.

If the Shopper has a car, she can shop and deliver, and earn more. Pretty simple!

Hourly Base Rate Plus Tips

“Our shoppers will earn, on average, an effective rate of $15-$20/hour,” said an Instacart spokesman. Shoppers are paid a base rate of a few dollars per hour, and they split tips with Drivers. (Earlier this year, the split was put into effect. Before that, Shoppers kept 100% of the tips. This has brought down the hourly rate for Shoppers, but the money is still not bad as an extra-cash option, or a bridge gig between jobs.)

The hourly rate will also depend on the Shopper’s metro area. Shoppers in Los Angeles, CA, for example, will earn more than Shoppers in Charlotte, NC.

How Many Hours Per Week?

There’s no minimum number of hours, Instacart says. If your position doesn’t involve a car, you can work up to 29 hours per week. Positions that require a car have an unlimited number of hours weekly.


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States Where Instacart Operates

Instacart operates in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington (state) and Washington, DC. (For all the metro areas where Instacart does business, click here and scroll down.)

For more on becoming a Shopper, Cashier or Driver, click here. Scroll down on the page for details on the jobs. Click on “Select Your City” for cities where the company is accepting applications now. If your city isn’t listed, it may be in the future, so don’t forget to bookmark the page and check back. 

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