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 in Cape Town, Johannesburg and other cities in South Africa.
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.
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.
When and how you get paid
Get paid fast
It’s easy to get paid. All you need is a bank account. Your earnings are deposited 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?
- 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.