[quote][quote=Horace,Feb. 14 2005,11:40]
Originally Posted by nightowl6261a,Feb. 14 2005,08:17
Tokyo, be honest, when you drive, what does your hourly average out to be with tips, mileage etc figured in at the end of each shift, I bet well over $10...and honestly, how many waiters/servers out there count all of the tips at the end of a shift to be taxed by the good ole IRS.
Well see: it helps that WA State has one of the highest minimum wages in the country. So I start with a $7.35 base salary. You are correct that I earn more than $10 an hour ON A BUSY DAY. (11-16 deliveries) But remember, we musn't ignore the fact that I am going through a lot of gas and stacking up the mileage/devaluing my car and requiring more maintenance. On a slow day, I might only deliver 4 pizzas. The average tip for my product is between $3-5, so we'll assume that I made $20 in a shortened (slow day) nine hour shift. That puts me just below ten bucks an hour. But I've never made more than $57 in tips, so on the BEST DAY I've ever had, in 11 hours, I made a little more than $12.00 an hour. If I'm taking 16 deliveries in a day, I'm not the only one there. There is always anywhere from 2-5 drivers working at one time, the other people also taking 10-16 deliveries as well. In other words It's not the goldmine everyone is making it out to be. And in the long run its probably not worth it to drive pizza. I am saving up for my trip in a couple months, and after I come back I will probably quit. I make $14 an hour at Depot, which in itself is not quite enough to pay my bills and eat, so when I come back from Japan loaded with goodies to sell, I'm hoping that will take the place of (and save some wear and tear on my car) than delivering pizza. For a while I'm just REALLY getting sick of working so damn much. I think its driving me crazy.