How Much Does Amazon Flex Pay, Realistically?

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Gotta love the internet and technology! Never has it been so easy to find yourself a side hustle that you can set your own schedule. You also get to work when you want to! Unlike driving for Uber or Lyft, you can transport packages by driving for Amazon Flex instead! But how much does Amazon Flex really pay?

If you’re anything like me, the idea of transporting people around and having to make conversation doesn’t sound appealing! Driving around packages instead while I listen to my own music sounds much better! That’s where Amazon Flex comes in. Let’s talk about how it works and how much Amazon Flex will pay.

What is Amazon Flex?

Amazon Flex is a delivery service from Amazon that allows you to earn money by delivering packages to Amazon customers. As an Amazon Flex driver, you get a set number of packages from one of their regional centers. These centers are usually near you and you get to deliver those packages to the customers.

What are the Amazon Flex Driver Requirements?

In order to qualify to become an Amazon Flex driver, there are a few requirements that you have to meet:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age
  2. Have a valid driver’s license
  3. Have a valid Social Security number
  4. Have a qualifying vehicle (2 door cars are not allowed)
  5. Have a valid auto insurance
  6. Have a smartphone that can download the app
  7. Pass a standard background check

The requirements aren’t hard to meet. As long as you have a car, phone, no criminal history, and want to make some money, it shouldn’t be a problem.

How much does Amazon Flex Pay?

On average, Amazon Flex drivers get paid between $18-$25 /hr. Amazon Flex guarantees that drivers will get paid at least $18 per hour, but drivers can make more including tips. Drivers also get to keep 100% of the tips.

In order to maximize how much Amazon Flex will pay, you can use a larger vehicle. This makes you eligible to deliver more packages, and as such, earn more per hour.

Another option that you might have is to claim blocks that are during the busiest hours. Of course, you would have to compete with other drivers to claim those blocks, but if you are quick enough, you can get to claim the highest paying time blocks.

Drivers get to log into the Amazon Flex App. This is where you can schedule pick up times depending on available blocks. Opportunities to drive for Flex are available 7 days a week, giving you a decent amount of choice on when you want to work.

The amount you earn is fixed, based on the city you’re in, the time block you picked, and difficulty of the route. This is great because you know, beforehand, exactly how much you will be earning for the option you pick.

How do I get paid?

Drivers get paid bi-weekly, typically on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you deliver for Amazon restaurants or prime now, you also typically get paid after your tips are processed. This is usually one or two days after the delivery has been made.

Since working for Amazon Flex makes you an independent contractor, always remember to set aside money for your taxes. Your taxes are not automatically withheld by Amazon, so when tax time comes, you will have to pay these taxes yourself.

Other expenses to consider

When you drive for Amazon Flex, you are responsible for the maintenance you have to do on your vehicle, and gas money as well.

Amazon does not reimburse you for those expenses. You have to put those into consideration when calculating you actual net income. If you have a gas-guzzling SUV or a car that constantly breaks down, then driving for Amazon Flex might end up not being very profitable. Some things to take into consideration.

How do I register?

The process of registering to become an Amazon Flex driver is pretty straightforward. You can do all of this from home using a computer or phone.

  • 1. Fill in the details on the Flex Website: Simply share your location with the website, enter your age, license information, and details about your vehicle
  • 2. Download the Flex Driver App: Once you fill in all your details, you will get a link to download the app that you will be using
  • 3. Complete the application in the App: The final steps will be completing the registration information from within the app.

Once you’ve completed the three steps above, it’s now a waiting game until Amazon completes their background check and verifies the information you entered.

Once everything looks good, you can start scheduling your deliveries.

Final thoughts

Like any other side hustle that you can do, delivering for Amazon Flex has its own perks and downsides. This article has given you an idea of how much Amazon Flex will pay. It’s equally important to figure out the advantages and disadvantages of driving for Amazon Flex.

The advantages include the ability to schedule when you want to work, not having to deal with the passengers, and the ability to make a decent income from it.

However, the drawbacks to consider artifacts that you have to pay for your own gas, maintenance, and other expenses relating to your vehicle. Other than those things to consider, it’s a fantastic way to earn some income at your own pace.

Definitely worth checking out!

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