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Your earnings, explained

There are plenty of ways to get paid with Uber. Keep scrolling to learn how your earnings are calculated and what factors impact how much you make.

How much can you make with Uber?

The money you earn through the Driver app is based on what, where, when, and how often you drive.

What you offer

Depending on your city, you can offer rides, make deliveries, and shop. This lets you switch back and forth, depending on demand, to have as little idle time as possible.

Where you drive and deliver

The map on your Driver app tells you which areas have shorter wait times (shown as gray zones) and where surge pricing is available (visible in our heatmap).

When you’re driving

Choosing the best days and times to go online can make a huge difference—and it varies by city. For example, you might consider going online during commute times for rides and mealtimes for delivery.

How much time

The amount of time you spend online is entirely up to you.

How are earnings calculated?

There are 3 key factors that impact your payouts: fares from the trips themselves, promotions that offer extra cash, and tips from people you pick up or deliver to.

It all starts with fares

Fares are the amount you earn for completing a ride, delivery, or shopping order. These differ depending on your region or city.¹

Per-minute and per-mile

  • In some cities, you’ll earn a base fare, plus additional money for the time and distance you travel (these rates vary by city)

  • Your earnings will be determined at the end of every trip, based on how long and how far you travel

Upfront Fares

  • In some cities, you can see how much you’ll make and where you’ll go before you accept a trip
  • Upfront Fares are calculated based on current driving conditions, like destination and demand
  • If there’s unexpected traffic and the trip gets a lot longer, your fare will increase

More factors that impact fares

Regardless of your city or region, a few additional factors will determine how much you’ll earn for each ride, delivery, or shopping order.

  • Reservations

    Make extra money by accepting rides and deliveries that people book in advance.

  • Tolls

    When your vehicle is charged a qualifying toll or surcharge during a trip, the toll amount is charged to the rider and refunded to you.

  • Cancellations

    When a rider cancels after you’ve started driving toward them, they're charged a cancellation fee and you're refunded for the inconvenience.


Next, add in promotions

Promotions are easy ways to earn more. Go to your Driver app and stay in the know about what promotions are available.²

Surge pricing

  • When demand increases, earnings for rides and deliveries go up

  • Keep an eye out for surge pricing to earn extra money


  • Get paid extra for completing a certain number of trips


  • Boost+ offers extra money for every trip initiated in a promotional zone and successfully completed

Finally, add your tips

Customers always have the option to tip in the app. Tips are 100% yours and paid directly to you. Go to your Driver app to see your tips.

More ways to increase your earnings

From your mode of transportation to tax deductions, there are even more ways to increase your earnings and cut costs.

  • Spending less on gas and other driving expenses is a great way to increase your take-home pay. Check out exclusive offers and deals available to you through Uber Pro.

  • Fuel, insurance, and vehicle maintenance may be tax-deductible. Uber Pro has partnerships to help you seek out and claim these write-offs so you take home more of what’s yours.

  • Uber Pro is our rewards program that’s inspired by you and designed to give you cash, savings, earnings, and more.

Earn like a pro

Uber Pro is our rewards program that's inspired by you and designed to give more cash, savings, and earnings.

How much can drivers make with Uber?

The money you make with Uber depends on when, where, and how often you drive. Find out how your fares are calculated and learn about promotions, which can help increase your earnings.

How earnings are calculated

You might be wondering how much you can make driving with Uber. The following factors help determine the amount you earn for each trip.

  • Standard fare

    You earn a fare for every completed trip.

  • Surge

    Check the heat map in your app to find out when and where rider demand is high, so you can earn more on top of your standard fare.

  • Minimum trip earnings

    Each city has a minimum amount that you’ll earn for any trip. This makes sure your earnings reflect the effort you put in, even on short trips.

  • Service fee

    This fee helps fund things like app development and customer support.

    Note: Sales tax is charged on this fee

  • Booking fee

    Riders pay a booking fee to help cover safety, regulatory, and operational costs such as insurance.

    Note: Sales tax is charged on this fee

  • Cancellations

    In most instances, you’ll receive a cancellation fee if a rider cancels a request.


Promotions and how they work

In-app promotions based on where the Driver app expects the most ride requests in your area help you plan ahead and set goals to maximize earnings. Not all promotions are available to all drivers. See terms below.²

Reach a set number of trips

Earn extra money if you complete a set number of trips in a certain amount of time when the offer is available.

Drive during busy times

Get paid extra for trips in certain areas at busy times.

Some ways to earn

Getting ahead with the app

The app has powerful features to help you make the most of your time on the road. From tracking trends to informing you of earning opportunities nearby, the app is your resource on the road.

Planning around meals and commutes

You can increase your chances of getting more delivery requests by signing in to both Uber and Uber Eats during rush hour and mealtimes.

Getting tipped for your service

After every trip, riders can easily tip you directly in the app. You always keep 100% of your tips.

Cash out fast

It’s easy to get paid. All you need is a bank account. Your earnings are transferred every week.

Saving on driving expenses

Running your own business comes with flexibility and also overhead. Fuel, insurance, and vehicle maintenance might be tax-deductible, and Uber has partnerships to offer discounts that support you.

Take a quick tour of the Driver app

Interested in learning more? You have a go-to resource filled with tips from other drivers and informative videos to support you while driving with Uber.

Top questions from drivers

  • During busy times, surge will appear on the map as red, orange, and yellow. To earn surge, drive to the colored areas, stay online, and accept your next trip.

    Surge amounts will be applied once you complete your surge trip.

  • You can see your earning summaries in the app. Tap the fare icon on your map screen, then swipe right and left to see your earnings.

  • Yes. You decide when and how you want to drive. If you’re looking for a flexible way to earn, driving with Uber may be perfect for you.

  • When on a trip, the toll amount is charged to riders and automatically added to your fare. You can see your toll reimbursement in the earnings section or trip details inside the app.

¹Material provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee earnings. Earnings structures may differ by city. Always check your city-specific website for the most accurate details on delivery fares in your city.

²Uber will inform you when you are eligible for a promotion. Restrictions to promotions apply. Any restrictions and terms will be shared with you in the specific promotion or tool. Uber reserves the right to change or cancel any promotion, including but not limited to the requirements necessary to get such a promotion.