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Delivery Workers Set to Make $19.56/Hr

The mayor has been implementing pay raises for delivery workers over the past several years.
A delivery worker on an e-bike in Brooklyn.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga on Monday said that, effective immediately, the city’s minimum pay rate for app-based restaurant delivery workers is increasing to at least $19.56 per hour before tips.

The $19.56 rate reflects the 2024 phase-in rate of $18.96 and an inflation adjustment of 3.15 percent — up from an average of just $5.39 per hour before enforcement began, according to a news release. When the rate is fully phased-in on April 1, 2025, workers will earn at least $19.96 per hour with an adjustment for inflation.

“Our delivery workers have consistently delivered for us — and today the city is delivering for them,” said Adams. “I was raised by a working mother who supported my five siblings and me, and there are thousands of delivery workers doing the same to support themselves and their families."

The DCWP said it would monitor compliance from the delivery apps, which include Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Grubhub, which together make 95% of the market. 

The Adams administration said the apps have paid delivery workers $16.3 million more per week since the minimum hourly pay was established, an increase of about 165%.