How Much Can You Earn as an Amazon Driver?

As an entrepreneurship consultant who assists small business owners, I often get asked about the earning potential of becoming an Amazon delivery driver. With the boom in e-commerce and rapid growth of Amazon‘s logistics network, this work has appealed to many seeking solid income from a flexible, scalable business model.

Based on analysis of current trends, there is significant opportunity for drivers in this space – but mileage and earning capability varies greatly depending on the role, location, and strategy you use.

Key Average Earnings Statistics

Before jumping in, it‘s important to level-set on average earnings:

  • Amazon Flex drivers typically earn $18 – $25 per hour, assuming good tip revenue and efficiency. Annual earnings generally range from $30,000 to $60,000 for active drivers.
  • Amazon delivery drivers (operating Amazon vans) earn around $16 – $18 per hour, or $32,000 – $37,000 annually.
  • Average hourly wages for all Amazon drivers fall between $18 to $19 nationally.

However, maximum earning potential for top performers can be over $75,000 annually.

Factors That Determine Your Income

As an entrepreneur entering this market, these are key factors within your control that impact income:


Opportunity can vary drastically depending on metro region. Those operating in highly dense cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco generally earn 35-60% more.


Flex drivers set their own schedule. Choosing shifts during peak hours (11am – 9pm) optimized for delivery volume leads to more earnings.


Developing strategies to complete more deliveries per hour results in significantly higher pay over time. High performers average 4-6 blocks daily.

Customer Experience

Providing quality service and communication with customers typically yields higher tips, improving overall compensation.

Cost Considerations

For Flex drivers using their own vehicles, expenses like fuel, maintenance and insurance should also be factored:

Estimated Costs for Flex Vehicles

Expense Yearly Estimate
Fuel $3,000 – $6,000
Maintenance $1,500 – $3,000
Increased Insurance $1,000 – $2,000
Total $5,500 – $11,000

Still, overall profit margin potential remains very strong. By optimizing location, volume, efficiency and service as an entrepreneurial small business, established Amazon drivers can earn upwards of $75k+ per year.

Ready to Deliver?

As consumer delivery demand continues rapid growth, the opportunity for drivers is substantial. Once key variables are accounted for, Flex and delivery drivers have proven potential for great income as entrepreneurs.

Data sourced from Ridester, Gridwise, Delivery Drivers Gazette and author analysis