If you've ever considered working as a delivery driver or bike courier for Postmates, the on-demand delivery service that started in San Francisco and, as of yesterday, has expanded to 40 major metropolitan markets
, you were probably tempted by their job listings boasting of earnings "up to $25+/hour."
Postmates, which has raised a total of
$58 million in venture capital
, plasters that $25+/hour figure everywhere. (UPDATE: a Postmates social media staffer
points out that the company has actually raised $138 million in venture capital.
) Here's the Postmates job application website:
And here's a current look at Craigslist ads for couriers in the San Francisco Bay Area:
If you open one of those Craigslist job postings, you'll find more graphics with the "up to $25/hour" promises, plus this fine print, promising that, "Wages quoted are based on actual current courier earnings in each city."
That sounds great, and as SF Weekly reported in April
, the promise of $25/hour has been a major factor in many workers deciding to sign on with the startup. Except, according to recent court filings, the actual average wage for a Postmates courier is $9.23/hour.