One program that DoorDash has is its Top Dasher program. Dashers that meet the Top Dasher Requirements get certain benefits that other Dashers do not get.
If you are wondering what the Top Dasher program is and what the Top Dasher requirements are, this is the post for you.
Top Dasher Benefits
The Top Dasher program gives Dashers that meet the requirements enhanced benefits. There is one benefit that you receive as a Top Dasher – the ability to begin Dashing whenever you want.
If you’re in a market that has a lot of Dashers, having the ability to dash anytime can be helpful. In some markets, you have to schedule your dash in advance, which can be problematic if you’re not planning ahead. But if you have Top Dasher status, you can log in to the Dasher app anytime and start Dashing immediately.
DoorDash also used to give priority orders to Dashers that had Top Dasher status. That meant if it was slow, DoorDash would send orders to people with Top Dasher status first. However, DoorDash no longer explicitly lists this as a benefit in their Top Dasher FAQ, so it’s unclear whether this is still a current benefit. Some Dashers swear they get better orders. Others don’t notice a difference.
Top Dasher Requirements
To reach Top Dasher status, you have to meet certain requirements. Here are the Top Dasher requirements that you’ll need to meet if you want this status:
- Customer rating of at least 4.7
- Acceptance rate of at least 70%
- Completion rate of at least 95%
- 100 completed deliveries during the last month
- At least 200 lifetime deliveries completed
Keeping a high customer rating shouldn’t be a problem for most Dashers. In fact, it’s something you should strive for because a low customer rating means you can get deactivated.
Completion rate also isn’t usually a problem. DoorDash makes it clear that you can get deactivated if your completion rate falls below 80%, so giving yourself a high completion rate can be beneficial. At a minimum, it gives you a buffer from falling into deactivation territory and gives you more opportunities to cancel orders when they aren’t going well.
The other requirements are fairly straightforward as well. You’ll need to complete at least 200 lifetime deliveries, which you’ll eventually reach if you’re doing DoorDash for long enough. Completing 100 deliveries in the previous month can be more difficult if you’re doing DoorDash part-time, but getting to 100 deliveries in a month isn’t a very difficult feat either.
The main requirement that can be a problem is having an acceptance rate of 70% or more. As I’ve made clear in other posts, your DoorDash acceptance rate does not matter. DoorDash has made it clear that you cannot get deactivated for having a low acceptance rate. However, to incentivize Dashers to accept more orders, they’ve made it so you need to have a high acceptance rate to earn Top Dasher status.
The issue with accepting 70% of orders is that to meet that requirement, you’re likely going to have to accept orders that aren’t profitable or aren’t worth doing. So while most of the requirements are straightforward and easy to meet, the acceptance rate requirement is what holds most people back from reaching Top Dasher status.
How To Become A Top Dasher
To become a Top Dasher, you have to maintain the Top Dasher requirements for the entire month that you meet the requirements. If you do that, then you’ll be added to the Top Dasher program on the 2nd day of the next month.
If you meet the Top Dasher requirements in the middle of the month, you’ll still need to maintain those requirements until the last day of the month. So, even if you complete the required deliveries and have good ratings, you’ll need to make sure your ratings don’t drop that month. Otherwise, you won’t qualify for Top Dasher status.
Is Top Dasher Worth It? (No, For Most People)
The short answer is, no, for most people, meeting the Top Dasher requirements and getting Top Dasher status isn’t worth it. The main reason is that the main benefit of Top Dasher status – being able to Dash anytime without scheduling – is not worth meeting the high acceptance rate requirement.
In most cities, you’ll find that you can Dash anytime you want. I live in Minneapolis and have never had to schedule myself in advance. When I’ve traveled to other cities, I’ve also never had issues Dashing whenever I want. While there may be some times when you can’t Dash because there are too many people working, for the most part, you’ll find that you can usually start Dashing anytime you want.
Meanwhile, having to meet the 70% acceptance rate requirement means you’re going to have to accept low-paying or unprofitable orders. I’m able to average $30 or more per hour by multi-apping with DoorDash and other food delivery apps like Uber Eats and Grubhub. My acceptance rate for DoorDash usually hovers around 10-30%. If I had to accept more DoorDash orders to get Top Dasher status, my earnings would undoubtedly drop.
Some Dashers also claim they get better orders because they have Top Dasher status. While they very well might be getting better orders, all of this evidence is anecdotal and there’s little hard evidence to prove that Top Dashers receive better orders. Based on my experience and what I’ve been able to earn without being a Top Dasher, there’s nothing to suggest that Top Dashers actually receive better orders.
Final Thoughts On Top Dasher Requirements
The Top Dasher program is something that DoorDash uses to entice Dashers into accepting more low-paying orders. While the ability to Dash anytime can be useful, the Top Dasher requirements you have to meet generally make it not worthwhile to most people. In particular, having to maintain a high acceptance rate means you’re going to be accepting orders that likely aren’t worth doing and aren’t profitable.
Of course, you can try it out yourself and see if going for Top Dasher makes sense for you. Most of the requirements aren’t difficult to meet. It’s just whether they are worth hitting that you have to think about. And as I’ve made it clear in this post, I don’t think it’s worth it.