How earnings are calculated
Standard trip fare
Earn a base fare plus amounts for how long and how far you drive. Per-minute and per-mile rates vary by city.*
Other types of earnings
Make money on additional passenger pickups on Pool, while waiting for riders, and on minimums for 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
For each delivery, you earn flat amounts for pickup and dropoff and how far you travel. Time and traffic delays are factored into your fare.
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.
*Uber is currently piloting a new driver earnings structure in several cities that differs from the way the driver earnings experience is described on this site. In this pilot, drivers earn based on an upfront fare that is based on several factors, including base fare, estimated trip length and duration, pickup distance and destination. See more details about this pilot here.
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.
Example: earn $30 extra for completing 20 trips this week.
Drive during busy times
Get paid extra for trips in certain areas at busy times.
Example: earn an extra $6 for completing 3 trips in a row with the first trip starting downtown between 4pm and 6pm.
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.
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. For non-California drivers: to earn surge, drive to the colored areas, stay online, and accept your next trip. Surge amounts will be applied once you complete your trip.
For California drivers: to earn surge, accept trips with pickups in the colored areas on the map. Surge multipliers will be applied to your base, time, and distance rates once you complete your trip.
- Where can I see my trip 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.
Some of the features described on this page do not apply or are not available in all US markets, including California, and in markets outside of the US. As we work US to improve the marketplace, we may test functionality and pricing in ways not described on this page.
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.
²Not available in California. Uber 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.
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