How much a shopper earns depends on their role type and other factors, which can include—
- How many orders they complete
- Their location
Instacart pays shoppers weekly—read on to learn more about how they differ.
Full-service shopper pay
As independent contractors, full-service shoppers have the flexibility to work as little or as often as they want. This means that total earnings potential depends on the individual.
Instacart provides estimates for your earnings on every order as well as total earnings for the week. The amount you earn per batch of orders depends on the number of items, type of items, driving distance, and effort involved in shopping and delivering. You keep 100% of customer tips.
In-store shopper pay
In-store shoppers earn an hourly wage, detailed in the initial offer letter. These shoppers are scheduled for shifts based on personal availability, up to 29 hours each week.
Another way to earn with Instacart is through referrals—we offer a bonus when you refer a friend to shop with us. Referral bonus amounts vary by role and location.
To qualify for a referral bonus—
- Your referral must apply your unique code on the first page of the signup process. (Your unique code must be privately shared with your referral—any publicly shared code will not qualify for a referral bonus)
- Your referral must complete a required number of batches within a specific timeframe
- Your referral must complete their bonus requirements in the region they applied in (or contact Instacart Care to have their applicant region updated). This may affect the bonus amount you receive
- You must be an active shopper in good standing (meaning you must have shopped batches in the last 6 months of being eligible to receive the referral bonus)
- You must complete at least 40 hours of services within the last 6 months on the Instacart platform
Instacart can’t add a referral code after the signup process is complete.