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
- 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.
Make extra money by accepting rides and deliveries that people book in advance.
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.
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
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.
- By foot or bike
In most cities where Uber Eats is available, you can deliver by bike or foot. However, your earning opportunities will be limited to delivery and to the area where you choose to go online.
- On a motorcycle
If you drive a motorcycle, you can earn more by delivering to a broader area. In some cities, you can also offer Uber Moto rides.
- In a car
If you have access to a car, you can unlock a wider range of opportunities to earn.
- Depending on the type of car, you can take delivery or shopping requests from any merchant (restaurants, grocery stores, and more) or offer rides with UberX
- In most cities, special car features can also unlock ride categories, like UberXL and Uber Black, that earn higher fares
- In the US, drivers of fully electric vehicles are eligible for an extra $1 on every Uber Green trip (up to $4,000 annually)
Keep in mind, you don't have to be the owner of any vehicle you choose to drive (be it a motorcycle or a car). If you want, you can choose a rental, including electric vehicles.
- Save at the pump
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.
- Save on taxes
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.
- Earn like a Pro
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 driving with the Uber app 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.¹
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.
You earn a fare for every completed trip.
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.
This fee helps fund things like app development and customer support.
Riders pay a booking fee to help cover safety, regulatory, and operational costs such as insurance.
In most instances, you’ll receive a cancellation fee if a rider cancels a request.
Standard delivery fare
Before you accept a trip, you’ll be provided with upfront trip information. This includes the minimum earnings you’ll receive, your pickup and drop-off locations, the name and location of the restaurants, and the total estimated time and distance from when you accept a delivery request to when you drop off the order.
Once you complete a trip, the trip details screen will give you a comprehensive breakdown of all your trip components. Any tips or tolls will be added or reimbursed after your trip and shown on the trip details screen.
For multiple orders
In addition to receiving the standard amounts for pickup and distance, you earn for every dropoff.
Earn more at busy times in places where more people order food.
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.
When and how you get paid
Cash out fast
It’s easy to get paid. All you need is a bank account. Your earnings are transferred every week.
If your customer pays cash
With cash, you get paid immediately after you complete a trip. The app will show the amount to collect from your customer and calculate fees that you owe to Uber.
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.
Top questions from drivers
- How do I earn with surge?
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.
- Where can I see my trip earnings?
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.
- Can I drive with the Uber app only on weekends?
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.
- Are drivers paid for tolls?
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.