September 19, 2021

How Much to Tip Pizza Delivery

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The triple pepperoni's coming in 40 minutes. Time to figure out how much to tip the pizza delivery person.

There's nothing more satisfying on a cold Tuesday night than pizza delivery.

This handy service saves you a trip in traffic. Plus, it lets you focus on the things that matter, like deciding which movie to watch.

So, when the pizza magically shows up at your door, how much should you tip the driver?

Let's unpack the truth in proper pizza delivery etiquette.

Pizza Delivery Tip Guide

The standard tipping rate is 15%, but this number could change based on a few factors.

Calculate How Much to Tip Pizza Delivery

Use this breakdown for your next slice of cheesy heaven:

  • 15% is the recommended baseline
  • 10% or below for inadequate service
  • 20% for excellent service
  • 18% for large $100+ orders
  • $3 minimum for small orders under $20

How much to tip on large pizza delivery orders

For large orders (think $100+), it's customary to tip 18%. This accounts for the extra effort required to transport a large amount of food and get it to your door safely.

How much to tip pizza delivery with delivery charge

Many restaurants and apps offer delivery - with a small delivery charge. In that case, you should still tip 15% for your delivery person.

The driver doesn't receive any of that delivery charge and relies on customer tips to make ends meet. Their hourly wages tend to hover around the state minimum, as well.

Should you include the delivery fee when calculating the tip?
This is completely up to you. However, keep in mind that the delivery fee usually goes to the restaurant, not the driver. It's probably best to tip the full standard amount to your driver and not shortchange them.

When should you tip more than 15%?

If you think your delivery driver did a great job, feel free to tip more than the suggested 15%. But good service isn't the only reason to increase your tip. Consider tipping more for any of the following:

  • Bad weather
  • Long distance deliveries
  • Obscure locations, such as a high-rise office building
  • Delivery during big social events (like the Superbowl)
  • Large orders that require multiple trips

How much to tip pizza delivery from Domino's

Most folks tip 15% for a pizza delivery order from Domino's. You should follow the same tipping "rules" regardless of where you're getting delivery from - whether it's a big chain like Domino's or Pizza Hut or your local mom-and-pop shop.

How much to tip for grocery delivery

Nowadays, people get just about everything delivered home. For grocery delivery services like Instacart, it's good to leave a generous 18% - 20% tip.

Wondering how much Instacart drivers make? Or how to earn some generous tips yourself? Our roundup of the best delivery driver apps has your answers.

How much do you tip for a $20, $25, etc. delivery?

How much do you tip for a $20 pizza delivery?
A 15% tip for a $20 delivery would be $3. So, in total, you'd pay $23.

How much do you tip for a $25 pizza delivery?
A 15% tip for a $25 delivery would be $3.75. So, in total, you'd pay $23.75.

How much do you tip for a $30 pizza delivery?
A 15% tip for a $30 delivery would be $4.50. So, in total, you'd pay $34.50

How much do you tip for a $35 pizza delivery?
A 15% tip for a $35 delivery would be $5.25. So, in total, you'd pay $40.25.

How much do you tip for a $40 pizza delivery?
A 15% tip for a $40 delivery would be $6.00. So, in total, you'd pay $46.00

Is $5 a good pizza tip? $5 is a fair tip, but only if your order cost less than $20 total.

Bottom line

To quote Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers, "It's a great band, it's a bad band, it's like pizza, baby. It's good no matter what."

Pizza's the ultimate comfort food and we're pretty lucky to be able to get it delivered without stepping foot outside home.

If you can afford to, try to give a 15% - 20% tip to the delivery person. This small gesture of appreciation can go a long way.

Amber Kong is a content and creative at CreditDonkey, a personal finance comparison and reviews website. Write to Amber Kong at amber.kong@creditdonkey.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest posts.

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