San Francisco

Whether you're already a Postmate or looking to sign up, this is your go-to page for important information specific to your city.  

Getting Paid

Pickup $1.25 per completed pickup
Dropoff $1.25 per completed dropoff 
Wait Time $0.12 per minute waiting at pickup
Distance $1.61 per mile between pickup and each dropoff

You will earn a minimum base payout of $5.00 per route, excluding tips and bonuses. If you complete multiple deliveries on a route, the minimum guarantee will apply to the entire route, not each individual delivery.

Hot Spots

The busiest areas on the platform are called Hot Spots. Being near a Hot Spot while you're online may increase the number of dispatches you receive. Our top recommended Hot Spots are:

  • Financial District
  • SOMA
  • Nob Hill
  • Mission
  • Marina

Referring Postmates

Love your job? Share the love and earn more by referring your friends and family to join Postmates! The person you refer will need to complete the required tasks detailed below. Just have them go to and sign up using the email address associated with your Postmates account as the referral code.

Android Users

Go into your newsroom and click the “Invite Friends” link. This link will only be available if there is a referral offer in your city.

Offer Details

Offer Dates: October 1st, 2018 - December 31st, 2018

If the referee and referrer are in different markets, the payout will be based on the market of the referee.

Referee: Complete 80 deliveries in San Francisco in 30 days and earn a guaranteed $950 including incentives and tips.

Referrer: Receive $200 when the required tasks are complete.

Undeliverable Items

Below are items that are restricted from delivering on our platform. If you are dispatched a delivery with any of these, please use the Operator button to let our support team know right away. 

  • Gift cards
  • Illegal items
  • Live animals
  • People
  • Marijuana


  • Deliveries containing tobacco and alcohol are permitted, however, it is required that you check the customer's ID upon delivery.
  • Crickets are permitted

Business Registration

All businesses – even small ones – that operate 7 days or more in San Francisco must register with the City.

This includes independent contractors like you who use the Postmates platform to earn.

Make sure you are compliant and avoid penalty fees by registering within 15 days.You can learn more and get started here.