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How Much Do Uber Drivers Make? [2020 Update]

By: // Updated: September 17, 2020

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If you’re considering a driving gig, knowing the pay is essential. So how much do Uber drivers make? We’ll break the numbers down by hour, day, month, and more.


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Earning money just by hopping into your car is a dream that Uber has helped millions of drivers achieve. However, when you’re considering a driving gig as a path to meet your financial goals, you probably want to know exactly what you can expect before you start filling out an Uber application. So exactly how much do Uber drivers make?

New driver sign-up bonuses and a flexible schedule can be enticing, but with frequent talk about low driver pay, it can be hard to determine if an Uber gig is really worth what it advertises. After all, making sure your earnings will meet your needs in the long run is a definite must, whether you’re a part-time or full-time driver.

Keep reading to get our complete guide to how much Uber drivers make so you can decide whether to sign up or look elsewhere.

Uber Driver Earnings Trends in 2019 and 2020

How Much Do Uber Drivers Make: Line drawing of car with driver holding money driving toward a big city

Before we break down the specifics of how much Uber drivers make, we’ll consider how earning levels have changed in the past year.

At the time of this writing, COVID-19 is currently decimating driver earnings. Our team just completed a survey of 175 rideshare drivers, and found that rideshare income is down by over 80% since coronavirus lockdowns began last month. As a result, many drivers are struggling to make ends meet and are at risk of not being able to cover staple expenses like car and insurance payments.

Aside from the pandemic-related income changes, before the lockdowns went into effect, average Uber driver earnings across all platforms actually increased 31.4% from our 2018 survey.

It is evident that there are some big changes happening in a handful of major U.S. cities. Namely, Uber is responding to criticism about its classification of drivers as independent contractors.

Uber drivers have always been independent contractors in the United States. This allows you to have full control over your schedule and essentially be your own boss. At the same time, this has enabled the ridesharing company to keep driver pay fairly low while also leaving drivers responsible for all of their own rideshare expenses.

Car payments, as well as vehicle and health insurance costs, aren’t covered either. After paying for their own gas, maintenance, insurance, and more — not to mention paying self-employment taxes on top of income taxes — many drivers are left with unimpressive annual earnings. We’ll dive into more on that in the section below.

In this past year, the precedent for change has been set. New York City became the first U.S. city to set a minimum wage for rideshare drivers, boosting driver pay by over $5 per hour above the national average.

As a result of these changes, our survey found that New York City has become the best-paying city for Uber drivers, with drivers earning an average of $26.24 per hour. Some California drivers are also getting more control over their own rates, allowing for higher earnings for strategic drivers.

If this trend continues, it’s quite possible that both your earnings and independence will continue to increase in 2020 and beyond. Keep this in mind as you learn more about what Uber drivers are currently making below.


Does Uber Pay Its Drivers a Salary?

Before we go any further, let’s get the obvious question out of the way: Does Uber pay its drivers a salary? The answer is a straightforward, “No.” Uber drivers are independent contractors. This means that they are not employees of Uber. Because of this, Uber does not have to pay them a salary or hourly wage. In fact, minimum wage laws don’t apply to independent contractors.

If you think this seems unfair, you’re not alone. New York City has passed legislation to require Uber (and Lyft) to pay its drivers a minimum wage. Depending on your perspective, you may see this as either a victory for workers’ rights or excessive government regulation of private enterprise.

The arguments for paying drivers at least a minimum wage make sense. Though on the other hand, rideshare companies like Uber argue that requiring them to pay drivers a minimum hourly wage harms the platform as a whole.

The extra money that Uber has to pay drivers must come from somewhere, and that likely means fare increases for riders. From Uber’s perspective, this will decrease demand for the service and thus lower the number of rides (and earnings) that drivers can get.

Here’s how Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi put it in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times:

“‘A driver gets on Uber because they can drive whenever they want,’ Khosrowshahi, who is Uber’s CEO, told us. ‘They are their own bosses. They can drive for two hours. They can drive for 50 hours.’”

Overall, this is a complicated issue, and it’s still too early to say how the new rules in NYC will affect the industry or whether or not other cities will adopt similar rules. For now, however, the majority of Uber drivers around the United States and world continue to earn a percentage of the fares that riders pay, plus tips and bonuses.


Do Uber Drivers Have Benefits?

Uber Driver Salary: Health benefits and life insurance benefits list

Along with discussions of an hourly wage and salary, the question of benefits for Uber drivers often comes up. Once again, Uber appears to fall short in this area compared to other companies. Uber doesn’t offer retirement plans, health insurance, paid sick leave, or paid family leave for drivers.

Depending on your perspective, this may or may not make sense. If you’re driving for Uber on top of your day job, then the idea of Uber offering you benefits may seem unnecessary.

But you need to remember that some drivers use Uber (or other gig economy apps) as their sole source of income. These drivers don’t have the luxury of receiving health insurance from their day job. Uber driving is their day job.

So what is Uber doing to address this issue? The company does offer limited benefits to drivers. To help with vehicle maintenance, Uber drivers can get 15 percent off at Firestone, Maaco, Meineke, Midas, Jiffy Lube, Sears Auto Center, Valvoline, and Advance Auto Parts. Uber also states that they’re “working with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon to save you [Uber drivers] 8–22 percent on your monthly bill.”

Additionally, Uber does offer some assistance with healthcare. The company has partnered with Stride Health, an online health insurance broker that helps independent contractors find the health insurance and other insurance products they need.

While the service that Stride provides is free, we should note that Uber does nothing to help subsidize the cost of health insurance for its drivers. Drivers are still responsible for paying all their plan’s premiums in full. Therefore, while the partnership with Stride is a nice gesture, it doesn’t amount to much in the way of health insurance assistance for Uber drivers.

Uber (and some drivers) would argue that while the company may not offer traditional benefits — like retirement plans and health insurance — working as an Uber driver does come with other, intangible benefits.

To start with, Uber drivers have the flexibility to set their own hours. If you want to drive only at night, you can do that. Prefer early mornings? No problem. Want to drive for 12 hours straight? You’re welcome to, though the company will make you take a 6-hour break afterwards for safety reasons.

There’s also the nature of the work itself. When you drive for Uber, you aren’t stuck in an office, and you don’t have to deal with a boss. You get to meet a variety of people and see different parts of your city. Compared to a desk job, this can be a dream for many people.


How Much Do Uber Drivers Get Paid?

Interestingly enough, I found that to truly figure out how much Uber drivers get paid, it’s important to take into account two main points that oftentimes get overlooked by most drivers:

  1. How much does the Uber ride cost?
  2. How much are Uber driver expenses?

The different factors that affect these numbers widely vary by city, but the general idea stays the same no matter where you drive. Let’s dig a bit deeper.

**The numbers and figures listed in this article are meant to give a general representation of what some Uber drivers in the industry are currently making. I am by no means claiming that you will or will not make these amounts. What you earn depends on many factors out of my control, and I cannot be held accountable for the final number you pull in.

1. How much does an Uber ride cost?

Before we go any further we need to know how much Uber pays drivers for each ride they give.

Riders get charged via a simple formula: Fare = Time + Distance.

For every minute a passenger is in the Uber, they get charged (time). On top of that, every mile you travel also gets charged (distance).

Okay, I told a small lie there. The total fare has a few more variables. They are:

  • Base Fare
  • Rider Fee / Booking Fee
  • Surge Pricing

The Base Fare is fixed per trip. The Rider Fee or Booking Fee is also fixed and is set to cover things like driver background checks and other driver-related expenses Uber incurs on booking.

These fees vary from city to city and also on what Uber the passenger requests.

Finally, if driver supply is low and passenger requests are high, surge pricing might be enabled to encourage more drivers to come to the road, costing the riders more. This is a multiplier and its value depends on the gap between driver supply and passenger demand. The wider the gap, the higher the multiplier.

So how riders get charged is based on a formula that has two parts. First, we work out the subtotal.

Subtotal = Base Fare + Time + Distance

Then we apply the surge pricing, if any, to the subtotal. If passenger demand and rider supply are balanced then this number is just 1.0. Then add the booking fee to get the fare the passenger pays.

Passenger Fare = (Subtotal x Surge Pricing) + Booking Fee

However, this is not the payout the Uber Driver gets. Let’s illustrate with an example.

For this scenario, we’ll be using the example of a rider in Chicago traveling via UberX from The Sears Tower to the Navy Pier. The ride is 2.3 miles and takes approximately 15 minutes. In Chicago, the base fare is $1.70, the cost per minute is $0.20 and the cost per mile is $0.90, in addition to a booking fee of $1.20.

Passenger fare: 1.70 + (0.20 x 15) + (0.90 x 2.3) + 1.20 = approx $8. (However, our Uber Fare Estimator estimates this being between $12–$14)

Let’s take an optimistic outlook and say the final passenger fare will be $14.

Not bad, right?

Well, the driver doesn’t actually get to keep all that money. Uber takes a 20 percent cut of the final fare.

It’s also worth pointing out that even if the rider is on a new user promotional credit, the driver still gets paid like normal.

$14 – $1.20 Booking Fee – ($12.8 x 0.80) = $10.24

So for the 15-minute ride, the driver would only earn $10.24. That’s not net, that’s their total payout for the ride before expenses, which brings us to our next point.

2. How much are Uber driver expenses?

After a driver has given an Uber ride, they must calculate the hidden cost of the ride. Often drivers overlook these expenses, which then comes back to bite them later down the road.

These expenses include:

  • Insurance: This includes personal insurance and a rideshare or commercial insurance policy.
  • Car/lease payments: The amounts a driver pays to drive their vehicle. Drivers either own their own vehicles or lease one from Uber or a third-party provider.
  • Tolls, license, permit fees: Drivers pay for all of these fees. Passengers pay an added surcharge when drivers must incur toll fees.
  • Gas: Since drivers are considered independent contractors, they must pay for their own gas, and are not reimbursed.
  • Vehicle maintenance: Drivers are responsible for their own vehicle maintenance and upkeep. They will be reimbursed if a rider damages their vehicle, however.

These types of expenses, again, can vary widely based on a bunch of different factors, including what type of car you drive, what city you drive in, age, and driving record.

Given that fact, we’ll summarize these expenses and speak in broad generalities.

It’s a general rule of thumb for the rideshare industry to budget roughly 20 percent of the total ride fare amount for ride-related expenses.

In our example, that would mean: $10.24 x 0.8 = $8.19

At that rate – hypothetically speaking, after factoring in pick-up, drop-off, and dead time – the UberX driver could estimate to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $15–$20 an hour if they were to get two similar rides each hour they drove.

Bottom line: Uber drivers have a lot of expenses, that cut into their earnings, and drastically affect how much they pocket when it’s all said and done.


How Much Do Uber Drivers Make Per Hour?

While being an Uber driver can be great, figures on hourly income can be elusive. I personally drive in the Midwest, and I’ve made anywhere from $5 an hour during times of high driver supply and passenger demand, to more than $50 an hour during a glacial snowstorm when almost all other drivers were hibernating like bears in their beds.

So in 2019, to clear up the confusion, our team created a survey that measured driver earnings and satisfaction to finally get some answers.

Over 2,600 active drivers took our survey, which allowed us to analyze $1,027,585 in driver earnings that represent 62,583 paid driver hours.

After getting the data, we thoroughly analyzed it and compiled our final results into Ridester’s 2018 Independent Driver Earnings Survey.

We found that in late 2018, the average UberX driver made $13.70 per hour before tips, or $14.73 after tips are calculated in. UberXL and Select drivers earned just under $15 per hour before tips, while Uber Black driver wages averaged out at an impressive $24.87 per hour before tips.

2018 survey findings:

After notable news outlets like The New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, and Vice, (just to name a few) quoted our 2018 survey data, we decided to re-run the survey to see how much of a different a year would make on Uber driver pay. Shockingly, we were blown away by the results.

In our 2020 RIDES Survey, we found that Uber drivers across all service levels experienced a 31.4% increase in earnings for a total of $19.36 per hour when base rate, tips, and Uber bonuses were factored in. UberX drivers experienced the highest increase of all service levels, seeing a bump in earnings of $14.73 in 2018 to $18.97 in 2020.

2020 survey findings:

Other notable findings from the 2020 RIDES Survey:

  • The average tip for UberX drivers increased 7% between 2018 and 2020
  • 46.4% of drivers drive for less than a year
  • It seems that Uber is paying drivers more bonuses in 2020, which is key to the increase from 2018

While Uber once advertised that drivers could make as much as $25 per hour, it’s clear that this attractive payment isn’t what the majority of drivers — UberX drivers — are experiencing each day. These higher earnings are only easy if you own or invest in commercial insurance and a luxury vehicle, though doing so can also lead to greater maintenance costs over time.

Still, that’s not to say that $25 per hour isn’t possible for the average driver. Uber drivers’ hourly wages continue to be heavily influenced by a number of factors, including:

  • Location: Drivers in Honolulu and Seattle may often see earnings around the $25 per hour mark, while drivers in places like Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Houston, Texas may not even reach $10 per hour.
  • Surge pricing: During busy times (often including rush hours, storms, and big events), demand will rise higher than supply, allowing surge pricing to kick in. This multiplies fares, leading to big per-hour earnings differences.
  • Tips: Drivers earn 100% of tips, so getting even one extra dollar on a tip per hour can lead to big hourly earnings differences.

Once in a while, you may even be sent Uber driver promotions that help you earn extra money for driving in a certain location or completing a set amount of rides. With this in mind, you can see how no Uber driver is limited to the national average $19.36per hour wage.


How Much Do Uber Drivers Make Per Day?

Taking the average hourly earnings described in the previous section, we can calculate that the average Uber driver can make approximately $154 in a single day. This is assuming that rideshare driving is your full-time job and you drive a full eight-hour day. If you are in New York, you’ll of course make more, earning $209.92 per day at an hourly rate of $26.24 per hour.

However, it is admittedly hard to provide a completely accurate daily earnings estimate, as daily earnings see huge fluctuations. Part-time drivers will naturally earn less than full-time drivers, and even full-time drivers (those who drive 40 hours per week) don’t always follow consistent schedules. They may drive a couple hours in one day, but drive 10 hours the next.

The best way to estimate your expected earnings is by considering what your own driving habits will look like on any given day.


How Much Do Uber Drivers Make Per Week?

Full-time UberX drivers can expect to earn nearly $590 per week after tips when working 40 hours in a week. Beyond the aforementioned factors — location, surge, and tips — weekly earnings can also be heavily impacted by the amount of trip requests you receive throughout a seven-day period.

Some weeks, especially during the holiday season, you may notice your app lighting up with back-to-back requests as soon as you log on. On other weeks, you may be frequently idling while waiting for your next pick-up requests.

When considering the $590 per week earnings, remember that this average is calculated before your weekly gas expenses or your taxes are taken into account.


How Much Do Uber Drivers Make Per Month?

If we calculate one month as a four-week period of time, an average Uber driver makes approximately $2,360 per month when working full-time. Again, this amount can fluctuate based on where you’re located, what service you’re providing, and more, but you can expect close to $2,400 per month across the nation.

Of course, it’s important to not let it slip your mind that you have major monthly expenses to take care of on top of your gas expenses. This will typically include the cost of an oil change and car insurance payments.


How Much Do Uber Drivers Make Per Year?

According to Glassdoor, an average Uber driver will make approximately $33,000 per year, including tips and promotions. This pay may be meager in a major metropolitan area or for drivers with families to support, but it’s decent for single drivers in many U.S. cities. If you focus on strategies like increasing your tips with exceptional service (and even small amenities), you may start making money even faster.

Again, it’s important to consider the costs of being an independent contractor beyond the expenses of ridesharing and self-employment taxes. As an Uber driver, you’re responsible for your own “benefits,” like vacation days and health insurance, which means that $33,000 isn’t as high as it may sound for a standard full-time employee. Still, considering the amount of flexibility you get and the low barrier of entry to the job, becoming a full-time Uber driver may be perfectly worth it for you.

If it isn’t, driving with Uber can still be an excellent side hustle that can help you pay for anything from your vehicle insurance to your student loans.


Which Uber Car Makes the Most Money?

If you’re a new driver for Uber or Lyft, you’ve probably wondered which type of vehicle you can make the most money with.

But, the real question is, which Uber service pays the most. Because it’s the service level you wish to work for that will determine what kind of vehicle you’ll have to have.

There are several different levels of Uber rideshare that drivers can drive for. Each service level requires a different type of vehicle. And each service level pays drivers at different rates. When considering what type of vehicle you should get, you first have to consider which of Uber’s several services you might like to drive for.

The main service levels Uber offers to its passengers, ordered from lowest rates to highest:

UberX

UberX is the most popular service class of Uber’s offerings. And no doubt it is the most popular because it is the cheapest. The low price is good for riders, but for rideshare drivers, being the cheapest means low earnings.

Nationally, UberX charges passengers on average:

  • $0.40 pickup fee
  • $0.97 per mile
  • $0.14 per minute

And drivers make just 75% of that, so drives make the following on UberX

  • $0.30 pickup fee
  • $0.73 per mile
  • $0.11 per minute

To make it easy to compare earnings on the various service levels, let’s look at a typical 4-mile/15-minute trip. This is a pretty typical trip in large congested cities. We’ll use this hypothetical 4-mile/15-minute to compare vehicle options throughout this post.

With UberX rates, a 4-mile/15-minute trip would earn you:

  • $0.30 pickup fee
  • $2.92 mileage charge
  • $1.65 time charge
  • $4.87 Total

On average, drivers complete 2.1-2.5 trips per hour. If you get another trip just like this one, you’ll make around $10 for that hour (before car expenses and taxes). If however, you get a second trip in that hour that’s a longer trip – you could do better and maybe end up with around $15 for that hour.

According to the 2018 RIDES survey (Ridester’s Independent Driver Earnings Survey), UberX workers generally earn from $10-$15 per hour driving on average (before expenses). That rate barely beats minimum wage hourly rate in most states.

Although most any four-door car is acceptable for UberX, smart drivers will drive a hybrid so they can save extra money on gas. They’ll also save a lot of money on brake pads since hybrids have their own deceleration system that involves putting the brake pads into use a fraction of the time of non-hybrid cars.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is probably the most popular and practical UberX vehicle. But other low-cost hybrids such as the Prius or the Hyundai Sonata or the Honda Insight are perfect for UberX as well.

UberXL

UberXL is the next step above UberX. As the name implies, it’s an extra-large vehicle.

UberXL vehicles are required to have six passenger seats (in addition to the driver’s seat). Riders use XL when they have more than four people or when they have a lot of luggage or packages that they need to transport.

UberXL rates are roughly 75% higher than UberX rates. Nationally, XL charges Uber passengers on average:

  • $2.15 pickup fee
  • $1.68 per mile
  • $0.26 per minute

And drivers make just 75% of that, so drives make the following on UberXL

  • $1.61 pickup fee
  • $1.26 per mile
  • $0.20 per minute

With UberXL rates, a 4-mile/15-minute trip would earn you:

  • $1.61 pickup fee
  • $5.04 mileage charge
  • $3.00 time charge
  • $9.65 Total

This comes to nearly twice as much (1.98x) what a driver would have earned on an equivalent UberX trip.

According to our 2018 RIDES survey, UberXL drivers earned on average 8% more than UberX drivers.

You may wonder if UberXL rates are 75% higher why did drivers only earn 8% more? That’s because if you drive an XL vehicle, you will still take a lot of X trips. You can tell the app that you will take “all calls” meaning you’ll take calls from every service class your vehicle is eligible for. And in the case of XL vehicles, they are eligible for XL calls and X calls. Or, you can tell the app you will only take XL trips.

If you tell the app you will only accept XL trips, then you will get far fewer trips. You’ll make more on each trip, but you won’t get as many. Unless you know where and when to position yourself for the maximum opportunity to get XL trips, you’ll be missing out on earnings.

There are times and places where it’s okay to set your trip preference to XL only. Namely, the airports. The airports are the best place to use ur XL vehicle.

UberXL is a Great Choice for Better Earnings

We believe XL vehicles are the best choice if you want to earn more than you can with UberX but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on your vehicle.

The reason we believe XL is the best choice for earnings is that Uber riders are very well aware of the UberXL choice. The same can’t be said for the higher levels of service like Select and Black.

And Uber has been around long enough that airport travelers have learned that when they have a lot of baggage or a large group of people, an XL vehicle can handle all of them and their luggage.

So, if you go into the airport queue lot and set your app to accept XL calls only, you usually won’t have to wait too long and you’ll get a profitable trip.

Another top time for XL trips is the Friday and Saturday night bar scene when people tend to travel in groups of four or more.

Top XL vehicles include:

UberBLACK

UberBLACK is Uber’s high-end luxury car service. It is the luxury equivalent of UberX. Like UberX, Black cars are only required to have seating for four passengers. However, they must be black inside and out and the interior must be leather.

Black cars are also generally required to be registered as for-hire vehicles. And drivers must follow the local licensing requirements for traditional for-hire drivers.

UberBLACK is the second most expensive ride in Uber’s fleet. Unfortunately for drivers, Uber has packed the streets of most cities with more Black car drivers than the demand can keep busy. So you can easily sit for 30, 40 or even 60 minutes in between rides. But, the rates are so high that you can make more off of one 30-minute highway trip than an UberX driver can usually make in two hours.

UberBLACK vehicles can only accept trips from UberX. So, if you’re not busy with Black car calls, you can always accept X calls. However, most Black car drivers hate doing this because they earn 2-3 times less on X trips as they would earn on equivalent Black car trips.

Most Black car drivers will only accept X trips if they’re getting desperate for a trip. It’s unfortunate that they can’t accept higher-paying XL trips, but their cars don’t qualify as extra large vehicles.

Our 2018 RIDES survey showed UberBLACK drivers earned a median of $24.87 per hour. This is much higher than UberX, UberXL, and UberSELECT drivers. And it could be even higher if Black car drivers were kept busier.

Nationally, an Uber ride for a BLACK car costs a passenger:

  • $7.22 pickup fee
  • $3.33 per mile
  • $0.44 per minute

And drivers make 75% of that, so drives make the following on UberBLACK

  • $5.42 pickup fee
  • $2.50 per mile
  • $0.33 per minute

With UberX rates, a 4-mile/15-minute trip would earn you:

  • $7.22 pickup fee
  • $10.00 mileage charge
  • $4.95 time charge
  • $22.17 Total

At these rates, you can see that if you could keep busy, you could make some real money. And if you get a trip that is slightly longer than our theoretical 4-mile/15-minute trip here, you could easily make in that one brief trip more than the typical UberX driver makes in two hours.

Many Black-car drivers who do only get one or two trips are happy with it even though they know they’re not making much more than an UberX driver. However, what they do make is made a lot easier and with a lot less effort. It is also made with a lot less wear and tear put on their car.

Some Black-car drivers are happy to accept a few UberX trips in between Black-car rides. If they get one decent Black-car trip in an hour they’re more willing to take a couple of X trips afterward to add to their earnings.

With UberBLACK and UberSELECT, the trick is knowing when to mix and match trip types. It’s something you’ll learn with experience.

Top UberBLACK vehicles are:

  • BMW 5- & 7-Series
  • Mercedes S/G/GL/GLC-Class +
  • Volvo XC90
  • Infiniti Q70
  • Lexus ES and LS
  • Audi A6, A7, A8 & more
  • Hyundai Genesis

UberSUV

UberSUV is Uber’s most expensive service class, with the exception of UberLUX. However, UberLUX is only available in a limited number of markets, so for most cities, UberSUV is the top of the line.

UberSUV vehicles are top-of-the-line luxury SUVs. Like UberBLACK, they must be black inside and out and they’re required to have leather seats. Also, like UberBLACK UberSUV drivers must be licensed according to local rules for for-hire drivers. And their vehicles must be commercially licensed as for-hire transportation vehicles. This also means that most drivers must possess commercial insurance as well.

One big advantage UberSUVs have is that they can drive for all the service classes below them. They can accept calls for UberBLACK, UberSELECT, UberXL, and UberX. This gives SUVs the ultimate in flexibility.

SUV drivers can use a myriad of different mix and match strategies to maximize their income.

As we said before, the more expensive the ride, the fewer people that will use it. And that holds true for UberSUV. SUV drivers will receive fewer SUV calls than any other call type. They will generally accept Black and Select (where available) calls as well. And sometimes they’ll accept XL calls.

When an UberSUV driver drops someone off at the airport, one strategy they use effectively is to switch over to XL to get a quick trip out. If they accept SUV calls only, they could wait literally hours before getting a trip. So, it’s much smarter to switch to XL and get a quick trip – but a trip at higher rates than X.

By mixing and matching service classes in this way, SUV drivers can maximize their earnings.

The downside to driving for UberSUV is the vehicles are super expensive to attain and very expensive to maintain. They guzzle gas like there’s no tomorrow so drivers don’t like to cruise around looking for a ride. Drivers who purchase or rent an SUV for the sole purpose of driving for Uber and Lyft, usually end up working full-time to meet all the expenses. And full-time usually means at least 50-60 hours a week.

Nationally, charges on UberSUV average:

  • $14.00 pickup fee
  • $4.00 per mile
  • $0.49 per minute

And drivers make 75% of that, so drives make the following on UberSUV

  • $10.50 pickup fee
  • $3.00 per mile
  • $0.37 per minute

With a 4-mile/15-minute trip you would earn:

  • $10.50 pickup fee
  • $12.00 mileage charge
  • $5.55 time charge
  • $28.05 Total

If SUV drivers could get one of these typical trips once per hour, they would make far more than any other Uber driver. However, they may only get an SUV trip once or twice a day. The rest of the day they’ll spend doing XL, Select or Black trips, in that order. But those one or two SUV trips a day can easily add $100 or more to their daily earnings.

If they were lucky enough to get a 60-mile/60-minute trip they’d earn $213 in that hour! But an SUV trip that long is quite unlikely.

Top UberSUV vehicles include:

  • Chevy Suburban (most common, but not the most luxurious and will not lead to the highest ratings)
  • Cadillac Escalate
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Ford Expedition
  • Infinity QX

UberSELECT

UberSELECT is the next service level up from UberX and UberXL. Like UberX, UberSELECT is a four-door sedan that carries four passengers. It is an in-between car between the low-end UberX and the high-end luxury cars of UberBLACK.

Ultimately,  UberSELECT is a lower-end version of UberBLACK, and it is less expensive for riders and pays less to drivers. It’s also not available everywhere. It’s only available in select markets! So, you should check with your local Uber team to see if it’s available where you live.

Select rates are higher than XL rates but lower than Black rates. Because of this, in the markets where Select is available, drivers generally get more trips with it than they do with UberBLACK.

The one inviolable rule-of-thumb in this business is that the more a service class costs, the fewer people there are who will use it. So, the better each service class pays, the fewer trips you will get.

In the case of UberSELECT however, it’s still cheap enough that you can get more trips with it than you could with UberBLACK.

UberSELECT is the first service class in Uber’s lineup that breaks $2.00 per mile mark.

Nationally, charges on UberSELECT average:

  • $4.02 pickup fee
  • $2.17 per mile
  • $0.33 per minute

And drivers make 75% of that, so drives make the following on UberSELECT

  • $3.02 pickup fee
  • $1.62 per mile
  • $0.25 per minute

Going back to our 4-mile/15-minute trip, you would earn the following with UberSELECT:

  • $3.02 pickup fee
  • $6.48 mileage charge
  • $3.75 time charge
  • $13.25 Total

Now we’re talking! These are rates at which drivers can make some decent money. We believe UberSELECT rates should be the minimum rates charged. UberX should start at these prices and they should go up from there.

You can see at these rates that an UberSELECT driver could potentially make more in one trip than an X or XL driver could make in an entire hour.

However, our 2018 RIDES survey shows that Select drivers don’t make that much more than X drivers. In fact, they make almost the same as XL drivers.

We believe the reason for that is that Select, being a newer product to the market, is not as well known and therefore not widely used. So Select drivers end up doing mostly X trips with a Select trip thrown in here and there.

We believe that over time, Select will become more widely known and more popular.

Top Select vehicles are generally lower-end cars from luxury automakers. They include:

  • Audi RDX/A3
  • BMW X3
  • Infinity EX

UberLUXUberPOOL, and UberWAV

We’re going to skip UberLUX since it is rarely available and rarely utilized by passengers. Just remember, the common sense rule remains true: The more expensive a ride, the more the driver will earn. But driver will also receive fewer ride requests.

As a recap, here is how much a driver would earn on an average 4-mile, 15-minute trip:

  • UberX: $4.87 Total
  • UberXL: $9.65 Total When you
  • UberSELECT: $13.25 Total
  • UberBLACK: $22.17 Total
  • UberSUV: $28.05 Total

From these numbers, you can tell that Uber drivers make good money driving with SELECT and other high-end vehicle options. The great part about these cars is you can still make extra cash by picking up lower level rides like UberX. If you’re just driving as a side-hustle, remember that your take-home pay isn’t purely profit. Since you are considered an independent contractor, you still need to factor in expenses like oil changes and gas, which will decrease your average earnings.


Frequently Asked Questions

The average Uber driver may not be making thousands per week, but that’s not to say that earning through ridesharing doesn’t have its perks. Here are our answers to three frequently asked questions to give you more insight into driving with Uber:

1. How do Uber driver earnings compare to Lyft driver earnings?

Uber drivers are known to make slightly less than Lyft drivers. We’ve found that a standard Lyft driver makes about $17.50 per hour, which is nearly $3 more than what Uber drivers make. Of course, your average Lyft wage (just like your average Uber wage) will vary based on location, how much you take advantage of promotions on Lyft, and how much you earn in tips.

2. How much money should I budget for expenses as an Uber driver?

It’s hard to estimate how many business expenses you’ll accrue as an Uber driver, as this can vary based on your car model, local gas prices, and the amount of repairs your car needs in a given year.

However, it’s estimated that drivers spend as much as $4.87 per hour on gas and maintenance after tax deductions are considered. Make sure to save your receipts for job-related expenses for tax season, so you successfully get your deductions and don’t spend more than this estimate.

Still, you can drastically reduce your costs over time by choosing a car with great gas mileage and sticking with a car maintenance schedule that prevents expensive repair needs.

3. How much commission does Uber take?

Uber has advertised that they take 25% commission from each ride, but we’ve found that Uber fees can be significantly higher. In some locations, it may even take over 40% of a total ride cost. Luckily, Uber commission is already taken into account when calculating how much Uber drivers make.

4. Do Lyft drivers earn a salary?

No, they do not. Like Uber drivers, Lyft drivers are independent contractors who do not draw a salary or receive any kind of set hourly wage.

5. Do Uber Eats drivers earn a salary?

Uber Eats drivers earn a fee for each delivery they complete. Like Uber drivers, they don’t get paid a salary.

6. Does Uber offer salaried jobs?

Absolutely. Uber has a variety of salaried, full-time jobs with competitive benefits. You can learn more on the Uber Careers page. The key thing to understand is that these are not driving jobs. They’re generally corporate office jobs that require a college degree, relevant experience, and a traditional job application and interview process.


Stay on Top of Your Earnings

Driving with Uber isn’t the highest paying job around, but it does grant you total control over your own hours. If you drive wisely, taking advantage of surge pricing and promotions, you can exceed $20 per hour with a standard UberX car. It’s a great side hustle or full-time gig for anyone who loves being behind the wheel and starting conversations, especially if you put some effort into your work.

If you’re ready to enter the gig economy as a rideshare driver, sign up at our invite link or with the code “prgey” to claim your local driver bonus today.

218 thoughts on “How Much Do Uber Drivers Make? [2020 Update]”

  1. The biggest mistake drivers make is calculating the mileage they drive. If you take a $.50 per mile deduction under IRS rules you need to count ALL of the miles you Uber. Uber reports the fare miles but the deduction is for travel to and during the fare. I often have to drive 12 miles to get a 3 mile fare, nature of the city actually town, I live in. I take an odometer reading at the beginning and end of each shift. The two main calculations you need to do Are: How much am I making per mile of driving (effective) and How much do I make for the time spent driving (earnings). Its part time contract labor for a company that has an asshole executive. You decide if this is right for you. I’ve done it and made a few bucks. Good place to get extra cash or use as a short term safety net. The one kudo I will give the company is that the app works better than most and they pay you in less than a week. Most people will tip if you post a sign in the car saying that you appreciate tips.

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  2. I don’t see a lot of these as costs. My car is used for personal use and I’d use it no matter what. So there is no expense for the car. License and permit fees? Gotta pay that too no matter what. Same with insurance….repairs? Our cars are leased and right now my 1 car is under miles by 5000 miles and that’s just in year 1….so I have lots of excess miles to spare. In addition—my car has a bumper to bumper warranty for the life of the lease….so no repair costs other than tires and possibly break pads. Even oil changes are covered with our lease. Gas is really the only expense that we would incur.

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    • once you mention to your insurance that you are driving for uber, they will increase the cost. license and permits are for full timers. The more you drive for uber the more wear and tear there are, and the faster the maintenance and repairs occurs. 5k is one month driving for uber. companies will not let you lease a car if you are driving for uber. The article did not mention that gas and mileage on the car to drive to the passenger. drivers dont get paid for that. There’s the time to spend on cleaning the car, and the tickets you will get. The more you are out there with the car, the more likely you will be ticketed.

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  3. @Dan You think you are living in a free society? Man you must be smoking something good. You are given liberties, not freedoms. Please learn the difference. Also, where did you go to school? I have never heard anyone think (well educated that is) that the U.S. is not a PRIME example of what being Capitalist is 100% about. My God you must live under a rock, or are part of the society that I mentioned. I clearly know the intent of the article, as I am well versed in rhetoric and sales; the sad truth is that these comments are not about the information presented…they defend the stupidity of people saying that Uber is “monstrously” ripping off poor ‘ole American’s and it’s just not fair. Please understand to read comments deeper than just being “offended”. How can you and I not be considered capitalist? Do you work for the state? Is your gains meant to be shared with the masses? No, you work for YOURSELF, to increase YOUR OWN wealth…let’s look up what “capitalism” means shall we?

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  4. when I activate my uber I usually just choose the option of picking up someone on my way toward where I’m going. I don’t end up losing money. I end up making money. Today, I picked up someone on my way to work and the passenger works 3 blocks from me. So I didn’t end up losing anything.

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  5. @Rick. The article used numbers to educate people on how Uber/Lyft is not as great a deal as their marketing department makes it sound. It argues that after expenses, we are better off working at McDonalds and advertised “average pay” is disingenuous.

    Now let me correct your logic error regarding this society.

    You can say we are a society of capitalists, you could even say we are society which uses capitalism for its people, but you can’t say we are a capitalist society. In so you arguing that you and I are the property of and serve capitalism. Which is just not true. The truth is we are a free society, a society of people serving its people and capitalism is only there to serve us.

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  6. I like how a lot of the people here are saying Uber is the “bad one” in the equation. This is a Capitalist society and this company is doing uneducated, lazy, and untalented (not a sum of all people, but still a large sum) people a favor by supplying a means to earing income. Why would you sign up for an Agency, such as Lyft or Uber, and then COMPLAIN about pay? Sit at home and do nothing, and earn nothing then! Yet, besides having no other answer then simple baby math followed by the comments “it’s not fair, they are so evil, they rip off poor us” blah blah blah. Besides them “ripping off” stupid people who don’t know that to make money a company HAS to be smarter then the employees that work for them, what is the problem?

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  7. Seriously, how much does Uber pay per mile?? I was getting .90 a mile and now its .667. I just get generic text messages when I text with questions. Whats best… Uber or Lyft??

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  8. Lyft is a joke. Nobody tips. You can’t even tell this as a driver or how you are being rated each time. It is just a summary rating. Nothing about tips. When they pay you, it is fee after fee. My first two days I made $80 driving stupid $5 trips wasting gas and idling in traffic. I spent $30 in gas. My pay from Lyft was $59 using express pay because I needed more has money. FOr two days of driving and just subtracting gas and what I had left was $29. That was about 11hrs work. You can drive to more profitable areas but then you now have a 1 hr ride in traffic to each way. The worst is when you just drop one passenger off and are headed a particular direction because that’s the lane you’re in an you suddenly get a pick-up and need to be 3 lanes over. This happens 1/3 trips. You then do a u-turn. The rider is now calling wondering why you are heading the wrong way.

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  9. the cost per mile driving my car is .54 cents uber pay me .90 minus 20% I get .72 cents per mile uber is taken advantage of drivers … in a 5 to 10 minute ride uber make more than drivers they increase the buking fee to 2.30 in Orange county the rider paid 6.00 and driver takes 2.56 ..not good!!!!!!!

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  10. If you are making $2,500 BEFORE expenses for driving 6,000 miles, you are LOSING money. There’s a REASON the IRS lets you deduct over $3,200 for the expense of driving that far: that’s about what it COSTS YOU, everything considered.

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  11. That’s absolutely fantastic if you can pick up a fare on the way to going somewhere you were headed for anyway. That truly would lower a driver’s operating expenses enormously (entirely, if they get in and out of the car at the precise points at which the driver does). That is NOT how most Uber rides happen — not by a long shot. If that were how ALL Uber rides went, most riders would be calling cabs for lack of available Uber drivers when and where they actually NEEDED rides. Oh, and Uber would have been such a flop that we would never have heard of it and this very web page wouldn’t even exist.

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  12. As a former software developer who has worked on very large projects, I can assure you that a solid Uber app can be done for less than the amount sated here — nonetheless, I’m sure that Uber spends far MORE on it. (The greater the profit potential, the more money is plowed into it, whether it makes sense or not. It usually boils down to office politics.) Uber is drunk with income and keeps getting drivers to sign up (largely based on reputation earned when they let drivers keep MORE money than they do now), so they spend like drunken sailors on expansion, fattening their cash cow. As long as drivers are satisfied with ever-dwindling returns on their OWN investments (of time AND money), Uber will continue to get Uber-huge off a very simple concept and a lot of DRIVERS’ work and investments. Of course, Uber is taking a bunch of money provided by drivers to develop driverless cars! Driving for Uber must feel like sleeping with the Devil. In fairness, Lyft doesn’t seem any better.

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  13. I think what bothers me the most about all the complaints by Uber drivers is not only that they HAVE been squeezed by Uber’s lowering of prices and commissions, but that the whole Uber application basically can be run and monitored 24/7 by a handful of programmers on a few servers, along with a bit of customer support staff. (Btw, DRIVERS should be treated by Uber as customers, too.) Obviously, the company has grown to much more than that, but most of that growth does NOT benefit the drivers who provided much of the RISK and capital needed for that expansion. Thousands upon thousands of drivers are being drawn in pie-in-the-sky promises while only a small percentage seem to be satisfied with their earnings — and I seriously doubt that many of those have actually taken everything into consideration. In the final analysis, it seems that a VERY LOW percentage of drivers are really making what they thought they would — while the owners of Uber rake in BILLION$$$.

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  14. drive in Phoenix. The reality is almost no one tips. The average is only 5%. The facts are I earn an average of 7.50 per call before expenses. The average is 3 calls every 2 hours. to complete the required 85 calls a week you must drive 57 hours a week. You will earn $677 before gas and spend 20% on gas or about $130.00 a week leaving you $547 a week if you calculate 57 hours at 40 hours regular time and 17 hours at overtime that is 65.5 hours or  $8.35 an hour is what I actually get paid and that is without benefits.

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  15. I see so much negativity about driving for Uber. Some people make money at it and some people do not, simple as that. It is like any other job, if you aren’t good at it, you wont do well. I also see lots of people talking about how after expenses, you are left with nothing; are you guys not deducting your mileage or expenses at the end of the year?

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    • @Patrick Reilly, in deducting expenses, you simply don’t have to pay *taxes* on the amount of income equal to those expenses. Of *course*, everyone should be sure to claim these deductions — otherwise, you’re paying taxes on money you’re not really making! You’re still out the expenses.

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  16. after seeing how the uber owner talked to that driver, I won’t ever turn the app on again. Its just his scheme to make joe schmoe all his money. At first when they only took 20% it was ok, but when they lowered the fairs and then raised the commision (obviously to compensate) I was making like $5 an hour some days. Its just a trashy scam so one guy can make a billion a year. I’d understand if he made like 50 million a year, but why do you have to slash everything down to nothing so you can be “uber” rich? Oh well doesn’t matter, your company will flat line. From what I’m reading about the IPO that still hasn’t released, its already starting to. Too many damn drivers too, if you can’t drive then don’t do this. I’ve been in so many uber rides where the driver didn’t have a clue what was going on. For you noob drivers, watch out for all the idiot riders that think they can be picked up literally anywhere. I’ve had people stand in the middle street thinking I can just stop.

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  17. uber will eventually be a crap shoot job that most people won’t consider. At first, 2015, I did alright, between 10 and 20 an hour. But that was NET not including cost of gas, business taxes (which are very high, look them up it will scare you out of considering driving for uber) and mostly the cost of the car. If you’re car has less than 20,000 miles on it, DO NOT drive for uber, it will be destroyed within a few months. I just bought a new car because uber and lyft drivers basically trashed the rear of my crown vic. I was burning gas like I was trying to consume all the oil in the world, and I’d go through a set of brake pads every 6 months. Not to mention, tell your insurance company you drive for uber or lyft and they’ll jack your rate even though technically if something happens on a ride your under uber or lyfts policy. I put like 20,000 miles on my crown vic in like 6 months. It was at 78,000 when I got it, and the engine needed everything at 100,000.

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  18. cont. from below Did I ever make $35 an hour in Antioch? If I made $35 an hour it never made it to my pocket! I had to drive into the city S.F. to make any kind of money and I had to pay a toll every time I went there up to $6.00. Hey don’t take a strangers word for it. Find out for your self keep all your receipts and what you have read in the back of your head with an open eye what to watch out for. Oh yeah if your your own boss then they shouldn’t be able to take you off plate form! only you can fire you! Their insurance have you and your passengers covered while on their platform? LOL Sure after you pay their $1000 deductible even if you weren’t at fault! If you are rear ended in CA your not at fault!

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  19. Don’t drive for uber they are dishonest and deceiving! If you have gas card keep all your receipts! I went from 6 cyc car that took 91 oct. gas to a 4 cycl that took regular gas, I am not showing the savings. I leased the 4cyl $173 a week for 5 weeks straight on the 6th week they took $310.00. They are screwing their drivers in every way they can. Don’t use there gas card they want to reward you with and don’t lease a car through them. Last Aug. I made a little over $2000 in fares shows on my 1099 after I deducted their share, the amount they took for my car and the gas. I made $414. I kid you not. You are not your own boss in order to make money you have to drive the hours they want to give bonuses. You wont make money any other time so they are making a schedule by setting 3x bonus from 4am to 6am in S.F. Financial district. Right there they have already scheduled you a time and place to drive. I signed up to add stating now hiring in Antioch $35 hr driving, set your own sched

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  20. I tried this for about a week, on and off. Granted I could still improve in a lot of ways and that would maximize my income considerably but presently I have lost interest as I am basically paying Uber to work. I’m not 18 anymore. I’m 50 years old and I have an older car with a 4 cylinder all paid for. My insurance is minimum liability and I have a perfect driving record, all in all things should be profitable from that end but it’s not. 11 hours online, $45 revenue (that’s after Uber take but before all expenses). I think I’ll go fill up the gas tank and call it a good learning experience.

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  21. I saw your website before I signed up and I gave a try. If you have a C-Max or those electric cars you can save money on Gas, I have a Ford Focus SE Full Loaded Hatchback 2013 and sometimes my poor car suffer with those bad riders and they dont even care if I have leather seats and then they slams the door. I am still doing Uber and I know I can hit those amount like you but lets face the true. Post everything on your website…. like… How many hours are you driving per week and how much money comes from Promotions to hit those $2,000.00 listed in your web. (i.e I made $2,400.00 in 82 hrs approx.) and that’s including those $765 in promo, after taxes and gas expense, was about $1,600.00 to $1,800.00. I didn’t count depreciation on this. I am saving good money because I already have full time job but at the same time I am killing my car doing Uber. Now I am waiting for good promos, 35 trips for $90 it doesnt compensate my time. I am still new but I got in less than 30 days 66 – 5 Star

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  22. If you think your going to make a lot of money driving for Uber you are in for a big shock, I tried it and gave it a good try, found I was averaging $.6.62 cents per trip, and that was before I took out for gas.The discounted fares and the no tip policy make it almost impossible to make a decent profit. If anyone tells you that they are making a lot of money are delusional, lying or in a very unique situation. If you were a bartender or waiter or waitress would you work in a place that paid you a few dollars more an hour but told you you can’t make any or very little tips? The answer is no unless you were totally desperate. Do yourself a big favor and forget it.

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  23. It costs $0.50 to $0.80 per mile to run your own vehicle, nice article but would be better if the writer spoke English better

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  24. i can’t wait pay off my car and I’m out , I’m out so far way i don’t whanna member ever this days
    . you wake up morning and all you can think how much you can make today , its call ( UBER GAMBELING )so you can pay end week all you bill. i fell sorry for driver how own bank like 50-60K for car payment. i still own like 16k , i push my self to pay off end summer .

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  25. I drive only XL , in Miami. Anyway mostly you make $10 per hour. if you don’t put online hour in system , app not give u trip. if you have lot off hour online ,you don’t need stand in hotel door beacos you get trip ! Try !

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  26. i drive in Miami last week i push my self to 100hour online and i made $1247 if you not put hour online u not making money!

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  27. I don’t currently itemize my deductions. Uber is only for part time work Would I still be able to claim mileage deduction?

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  28. also consider hacking from law enforcement which they have their own rates or $25 to $50 aday if lucky or $100 a week regardless of how much you gross.make $ 700 and your take would $1 a mile overall. uber and lyft dont care since they get their share.

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  29. Problems with wages could be solved by Uber allowing post trip tipping online like Lyft does. There are two times Uber is profitable for drivers in College Station, Texas. 9:00 pm until 3:00 am Friday and Saturday nights.

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  30. You’re going to drive for Uber to gain clients for your financial advisory business? Do you really think anyone with real money is going to trust an Uber driver to dispense meaningful investment advice? It’s very unlikely, as many rich people didn’t get that way by being stupid. I’m not saying your advice would be stupid, but generally speaking, people with money are not going to take financial advice from people of mediocre means.

    Smart people only take financial advice from rich people (with a grain of salt, of course, since there is always the prospect of being swindled).

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  31. [Uncle Ran Teamsters Union under Jimmy Hoffa Jr. UBER = Abuse to Labor Force]

    I’ve tried UBER for 2-3 months, I did the math. An UBER driver like me makes about $10 or less in Las Vegas per hour. I’m not even factoring in additional expenses.

    I was brought up in a family (My Uncle was one of the top union leaders in the USA w Jimmy Hoffa Jr.) I see abuse here towards drivers & working conditions. All UBER drivers should go on strike for this terrible pay and treatment.

    UBER makes a ton sitting on their asses. There is no way to reach them simply (by the drivers/partners lol), I keep hearing about women getting abused by drivers, etc. (Attempted home invasions, assault), the women tell me they get no proper attention at UBER/LYFT when complaining.

    I wish I had time to organize a proper response by all you drivers out there to stick it to UBER & LYFT. I know how unions work, you all need to organize, wake up one day, turn off the UBER app & strike! What is the USA coming to

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  32. The writer might be correct about the analyses of Uber and Lyft, but this is a poor comparison:

    “Airbnb only takes 3% in fees. That sounds a lot more reasonable when you consider Uber and Lyft drivers are providing all the equipment needed for the job and taking on enormous personal risk.”

    When you consider the expensive equipment provided by and enormous personal risk taken on by an AirBnB host, the risk to a rideshare driver pales in comparison.

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  33. Once few early earning incentives ended (2016), My earnings dropped to under $10 hr in Seattle. I must drive 25 miles to get to the “designated target” areas of Seattle meaning I I pay ALL that-car payment/maintenance/insurance/gas/ taxes fees for my Acura which essentially means Uber REQUIRES me to “bring MY OWN expen$ive equipment so I gain the privilege of working for them! Ultimately I use my car to act as a shuttle for the thousands of Amazon (for example) employees going to their many downtown buildings! I offer a warm clean car with leather seats in winter, bottled water, chargers for their phones, even heated seats plus warm cheerful conversation. Additionally as a woman/
    retired college graduate , I’m risking a lot but even though I offer so much , I get no tips what does Uber do? Lower fares! DON’T FALL FOR THEIR HYPE ADVERTISING GREAT EARNINGS. Ultimately, it’s not worth it at all. YOU provide an expensive car, take all the risks, and Uber drops your wages. TOTAL RIPOFF

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  34. This is why I control whom I pick up: if a ride is more than 10 minutes out of my comfort zone, I may bag him at the risk of a ding on my acceptance. I have to consider the cost to my business of driving 20 minutes to make 3.20 cents. On the other hand, If the ride is going my direction, I may go 12 minutes as one never knows that may also be a 35 dollar fare!
    Yesterday, for example, 3 rides earned me 80 bucks: I could have made more, but I dinged 3 rides for being out of my range….I do not chase money: I allow the technology to chase me.
    Plus, I do Lyft and Uber simutaneously. As a result, I keep busy more and may the best rider win!

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  35. Yoyo. What the other fella meant was, to make better than average money, you need to go to where the demand for rides are, the best times to go. One may earn way more in 4 hours from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily, than working 8 hours a day, M-F.

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  36. I have been with Lyft for almost a year, Uber just signed up and i double dip about 4 hours a day.
    True: unless you run your car like a business, one will never make any money. And what you get paid the following week? Oh my. 25 percent goes to the company right away: then the gas has to be paid, then the taxes. I squirrel away 10 bucks from every check and the rest, if any, goes into my general fund. But, you need a full-time job to have the part-time one.

    Also: risk factor increases 150 percent. Insurance? I am paying 50 a month more because no one will insure me unless I do commercial at 400 a month or more like a limo…

    But, it can be cash flow if you control your time and mileage. Do not chase the cash: let the technology chase you. Keep mileage low, and don’t pick up outside of the 10 minute rule.

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  37. I gave it up. Last weekend on Ocean City Maryland… a beach resort town about 7 miles in length had 14 Uber drivers. That is one for every 2500 feet. Uber just focuses on signing up new drivers… not the one they already have. Considering my commute to OC Saturday I drove 108 miles round trip and made $12.57. Didn’t even pay for the gas let alone wear and tear. Find something else to do… or try Lyft if it in in your city.

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  38. I drove for Uber for 3 weeks than I quit, too much stress for the money, Uber was taking 20% now they take 25%, because of a lot of demand, they always try to impress the driver about how much they make an hour !! who care about hourly wage ? we are doing business here we are not employees, how much Uber make an hour ? in the future if the business become more beneficial, they will take 50% and tell the driver “you still make 25$/hour don’t worry!!”. that mean the driver will never benefit of the grow of the business, exactly like any employee in any company.

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  39. Haha I work as an actual cabbie and lease 24/7 so I also have flexibility. I don’t have to risk any of my assets and yet I make 3 1/2 times what Uber drivers make in my town (according to what they say). That’s OK though, the world never runs out of desperate suckers that just happen to have a car they can burn out.

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