Do You Tip Costco Delivery? (Your Complete Guide)

Everybody gets busy sometimes, which is why grocery delivery is an absolute lifesaver at the best of times, especially if you’re running out of your favorite cereal and don’t have time for a look around the store.

Costco provides an excellent delivery service, but you may wonder if you should tip your delivery driver when they arrive. I’ve been looking into this, and here’s what I’ve found!

Should You Tip Costco Delivery?

While tipping is not necessary for Costco delivery, it is a great way to show your appreciation for their service. If you do decide to tip, the Costco delivery driver will receive 100% of the tip, whether done through Instacart or in person. Additionally, it is recommended to tip 5% of the order value, or $2.

But how much should you tip Costco Delivery? Read on to find out more, including if you can order Costco Delivery as a non-member!

How Much Should You Tip Costco Delivery?

You can tip your driver any amount you think is satisfactory; however, suggested tips are 5% or $2 for your Costco order.

Instacart calculates a 5% default tip for orders or uses the tip percentage you chose from your previous order instead if that is higher.

If you believe your driver has gone above and beyond, you can leave a higher tip after the delivery is complete through the Instacart, Shipt, or Costco online website/apps.

Do You Tip Costco Delivery In Cash Or Card?

When tipping your driver, you can choose to either tip in cash or via your order (by card).

To alter your tip on a same-day order through Instacart, follow these instructions:

  • At the top right of the website, either click “Account” or “Hi, [Your Name]”
  • Click “Your Orders”
  • Click “View order detail” on order you wish to tip
  • At the top of the order page, click “Rate order”
  • Once you have rated the order, you’ll be able to update the tip

Though you can also tip your driver in person, Instacart and Costco recommend using their online services (website or app) to ensure that the driver will receive their tip.

Can Costco Delivery Drivers See My Tip?

Can Costco Delivery Drivers See My Tip?

Instacart reports that they make sure that their drivers see the tips they receive alongside their regular pay.

As people in all forms of work rely on tips, Instacart understands the value of showing their drivers their tips.

If this makes you concerned about how much you should tip, Instacart offers a suggested 5% tip for all deliveries paid through their website/app, but you can always increase and decrease the tip depending on your service.

How Much Do Costco Delivery Drivers Receive From Tips?

Delivery drivers from Costco online, Instacart, and Shipt all receive 100% of your tip, and none of these companies take a percentage of it away.

This means you don’t have to be concerned about handing over cash tips, as the online tip (through card payment) will all go directly to your driver.

Who Delivers For Costco?

Costco delivery offers two services; same-day delivery and 2-day delivery. Same-day delivery is provided through Instacart and Shipt by using their website and selecting Costco as your retailer.

2-day delivery is provided by Costco online, which can be ordered through CostcoGrocery.

Costco members can get free delivery on orders over $75; however, online prices can be higher than warehouse prices to cover the fulfillment cost.

If you are looking to learn more, you can see our related posts on whether or not Costco delivers, if Costco deliver appliances, and if Costco deliver prescriptions.


Whether you tip your Costco delivery driver or not is entirely your choice, though delivery services like Instacart suggest it.

Instacart suggests a 5% tip on all orders as you go through the checkout for same-day delivery but you can alter this both before and after your delivery is made depending on the service you were provided.

Tipping with a credit or debit card through the website/app is preferred and all tip payments go straight to the driver as opposed to the delivery company itself.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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