How To Become a Top Dasher

Most food delivery services offer incentives to get top ratings and to be the best of the best, and Doordash is no different. Let’s take a look at how you can become a Top Dasher.

So how to become a top dasher?

Here are the requirements to become a top dasher:

  • you need to have a rating of at least 4.7
  • an acceptance rate of over 70%.
  • a completion rate of more than 95%,
  • you need to have completed at least 200 deliveries,
  • you need to have completed 100 deliveries in the last month alone.

This blog will explain how the Top Dasher program works, as well as explore if it’s even worth participating in. 

Becoming a Top Dasher – Is It Hard?

It is not hard to get Top Dasher. You just need to provide good customer service and get good ratings from customers.

Doordash is not the same as working for Postmates or UberEats, though there are some similarities.

You need a red card, which is like a prepaid credit card, to be a dasher, and you must pass a background check. 

When you work for Doordash, customers have the opportunity to leave reviews of your performance. The drivers with the highest ratings and quickest delivery turnaround are offered the chance to join the Top Dasher rewards program.

Becoming a Top Dasher isn’t difficult, though it will require a little effort. Here are the benefits offered.

Top Dasher Benefits

  • Normal contractors have to schedule their hours, or otherwise only use the Dash Now during the busy market hours such as dinner and lunch. Top Dashers, however, have the chance to work whenever they please. 
  • If two contractors are eligible to pick up an order, then priority will go to the Top Dasher. 

Top Dasher Requirements For 2022

  • A Top Dashers must have a customer rating of at least 4.7.
  • A Top Dasher’s acceptance rate must be 70 per cent or more. 
  • A Top Dasher’s completion rate must be 95 per cent or more. 
  • A Top Dasher must have made more than 100 deliveries the previous month. 
  • A Top Dasher must have completed over 200 deliveries first. 

Top Dashers are rewarded with the title on the first of every month. At the end of the month, the benefits end. 

Is Being a Top Dasher Worth It?

Reddit has become as useful for user, customer and employee reviews as traditional websites. There’s a frankness found there that can be lacking elsewhere online.

Doordash naturally has its own subreddit in which employees and contractors can openly complain about work. At the top of the list of complaints is the Top Dasher program. 

It’s hard to understand why, as having the option to work anytime you want is precisely why so many people have turned to rideshare and delivery services. There’s a freedom attached that other jobs can’t offer. 

But the Top Dasher program has some weaknesses. 

First on the list of complaints is the acceptance rating of 70 per cent or higher. Dashers are allowed to decline any order they don’t want to take, but it hurts their acceptance rating. To maintain 70 per cent means picking up a lot of low-paying orders that won’t cover the trip. Low-paying orders often don’t even have the promise of a good tip. If you are going to tip, it’s recommended that you do so in cash

The second complaint is directly tied to what one would assume is a plus. All dashers are able to dash when the market is busy in the area, which will be highlighted in red on the phone app. That’s when you’re likely to make the most money. Top Dashers can deliver whenever they want. 

This begs the question, though: Why?  There’s not really much point in working during hours that aren’t busy, as you don’t stand to pick up a lot of deliveries. 

What About Early Access Scheduling?

Still, the biggest benefit is being able to set your own schedule while Dashing. Top Dashing may not be the best way, however, to do that. Some drivers opt to use Early Access Scheduling, which can get you more delivery time without the hassle of keeping a high acceptance rate. 

With Early Access Scheduling, you can set your hours up to six days in advance of working. Qualifying for Early Access might take you a little longer, as it requires at least 500 deliveries total, a customer rating of 4.6 and a completion rate of 95 per cent. 

Is It Ever Worth Being a Top Dasher?

Yes, it is worth being Top Dasher. Top Dashers make significantly more money than regular Dashers and as a Top Dasher, you’ll be given priority for the best orders in your area.

In addition to a higher per-order rate, you also get bonuses and other incentives that can add up to hundreds of dollars per week.

You’ll have more orders and better opportunities. This means you can earn more money in less time by completing more orders that pay better rates.

Most drivers claim the best way to maximize your income is with Early Access Scheduling along with being a little selective about which orders you accept.

There are some occasions, though, when being a Top Dasher can actually pay off. 

Getting a good shift during the busy hours in major cities is difficult even with early access scheduling, so Top Dashing may be the only workaround. 

The app also locks you in your specific zone unless you’re a Top Dasher. With the freedom to move to other markets, you stand a better chance of earning.

Early Access Scheduling seems like the better deal for Doordash drivers, but knowing the market in your area will determine which is more advantageous for you.

FAQ

How Much Do Top Door Dashers Make?

Top dashers make over $30 an hour compared to regular dashers who make $25. The reason for the discrepancy is because top dashers are more efficient in getting orders and have good customer service ratings.

Additionally, they are able to work more hours since they can get more orders.

What Is An Elite Dasher?

An elite Dasher is a top-performing driver who consistently completes orders on time, drives safely, and communicates effectively. Elite Dashers typically have high customer satisfaction ratings and positive feedback from customers.

To become an elite Dasher, drivers must meet certain criteria set by Door Dash, such as completing a certain number of orders within a specified time period.

Why Didn’t I Get Top Dasher?

There could be a few reasons why you didn’t get top dasher. It could be that you didn’t have enough deliveries, or that your average delivery time was too long.

Additionally, if you’re checking on the 1st of the month, it’s typically not updated until early afternoon EST. Give it until the 2nd and check back then.