New York City’s minimum wage for NYC app-based restaurant delivery workers is now $19.56/hour before tips

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga announced today that the city’s minimum pay rate for app-based restaurant delivery workers is increasing to at least $19.56 per hour before tips, effective immediately. This rate includes the 2024 phase-in rate of $18.96 plus an inflation adjustment of 3.15 percent.

Since DCWP began enforcing the minimum pay rate on December 1, 2023, app-based delivery workers have seen significant increases in their wages, totaling $16.3 million per week more in wages. Previously, these workers were paid an average rate of $5.39 per hour before tips, but now they earn at least $17.96 per hour before tips.

The enforcement of the minimum pay rate has not negatively impacted the number of deliveries performed by workers for Uber Eats, DoorDash, or Grubhub, which together average about 2.6 million deliveries a week. This shows that workers are making a more livable wage without affecting the efficiency of the delivery services.

In September 2021, the New York City Council enacted Local Law 115, requiring DCWP to study the pay and working conditions of app-based restaurant delivery workers and establish a minimum pay rate based on the study results. DCWP published its study in 2022, which contributed to the implementation of the minimum pay rate.

This minimum pay rate is part of the city’s comprehensive approach to improving working conditions for delivery workers. Mayor Adams also announced plans to create the New York City Department of Sustainable Delivery and launched initiatives such as public e-battery charging locations and Deliveristas Hubs.

Delivery workers can visit DCWP’s Third-Party Food Delivery Services page, call 311, submit questions or file complaints related to the minimum pay rate or other delivery worker laws in multiple languages online or by contacting 311.

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