How Much Money Can You Make with Uber?

Elizabeth Macauley

As you search for jobs, you may find yourself trying to determine what skill set you have that will make you money fast. If this is you, then look no further. The driving skills that you’ve perfected since your teen years can be used to make money as an Uber driver.

Uber drivers on average make $19 an hour. However, this may vary based on location, how much you drive, and other expenses you need to pay. Even so, driving for Uber can offer you a fast money making opportunity that can fit your busiest schedule.

How Much Money Can You Earn Driving Uber?

As an Uber driver you can make as much money as you want. The amount you make all depends on the hours you choose. For example, 35% of Uber drivers work 12 to 19 hours a week. On top of this, Uber drivers make an average of $19 per hour. Therefore, say you worked 12 hours at $19 an hour. You’d take home $228 in just one week.

If you’re looking for part time work, this may be a satisfying income for you. However, if you’re looking for full time work, you can always up your total hours. In fact, if you work more hours, Uber will eventually pay you more money per hour.

Your hourly pay is based off of the fares customers pay you. Each passenger you pick up pays a fare for the ride. However, these fares are not the amount you are paid directly. Uber does take a small portion out of each fare’s total.

The elements included in Uber’s fares are:

  • A trip fare. This covers the length of the trip and how long it took to complete.
  • A booking fee. These are different depending on your geographical location and city. Booking fees are used to help cover Uber’s safety, insurance, and other operational costs.
  • Tolls. The total amount paid in tolls is included into the fare for each trip.
  • Uber fees. This fee helps pay for technology and app development for Uber’s drivers. These fees are not applied to toll costs. You will be paid fully for each toll you encounter.

As an Uber driver, you will also charge surge pricing during certain time periods. Surge pricing occurs when there is a high demand at a certain time period. This high demand causes prices to go up and customers either wait longer for a ride or give in and pay the surged price. To determine a surge price, you multiply a trip’s fare by the surge multiplier.

However, don’t stop there when calculating your profits. Your money making opportunity with Uber doesn’t end with fares. You will also receive tips. Passengers can use the app to send you a tip directly.

Your overall net income from driving for Uber is up to you. Some Uber drivers have made up to $90,000 or more a year after working for many hours. Your annual salary is based on how many hours you drive, when you drive, where you drive, what you receive for tips, and what expenses you have to pay.

How Much Are Uber Driver Expenses?

We all know that maintaining, insuring, and gassing up a car can be expensive. So, when you work for Uber, you may wonder how expenses like these are covered. To answer this question, they’re covered by you. Uber drivers are expected to cover their own car expenses fully. These expenses commonly include:

  • Car lease payments. You can lease a car from Uber but are responsible for the fees. You can also drive your own car and are responsible for any fees that come with that ownership.
  • Insurance. Age, location, vehicle type, coupled with a variety of other factors determine what you pay for insurance. Uber does offer drivers a commercial insurance policy. This policy is $1 million of coverage per incident.
  • Tolls, license, and permit fees. These are all paid by you. However, your passengers will find themselves paying a surcharge when you encounter tolls on the road.
  • Maintenance. All maintenance fees are your responsibility. The one exception is when a customer damages your car. Uber will reimburse you in this situation.
  • Gasoline. You will need to pay for your own gas as an Uber driver. Don’t expect to be reimbursed.

These expenses all vary depending on the age of your car, mileage, amount of driving, and destinations you travel to. Also keep in mind that as an Uber driver you can deduct the mileage you drive from your taxes. To do this, you can deduct standard mileage or you can use the actual expense method. This method includes the actual cost of gas, repairs, depreciation or lease payments. You can also deduct business related smartphone use as well as water or snacks given to passengers. In addition, car insurance, parking, and tolls can be deducted.

Recently, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has allowed Uber drivers that are considered sole proprietors, to deduct 20% of their net income from the business.

How Much Do You Make Working for Uber?

A national average of $19 an hour may sound promising but you might want it broken down further. The amount you make depends on the city you’re driving in, how often you drive, and your expenses. For example, drivers in Denver, Detroit, and Houston were found to earn less than $13.25 an hour. In addition to lower than expected wages, there are taxes and extra expenses that can cut into your pay further. For example, say you’re making $13.17 per hour while driving for Uber in Denver. After taxes and expenses are deducted this will be around $11.21 per hour.

In another example, say you are an Uber driver in Seattle. Uber drivers in this city make between $19 and $21 an hour. Expenses for maintenance, gas, or other car needs can range from $2.94 and $6.46 an hour. So, if you made $19 an hour and spend $2.94 on expenses, you’d receive $16.06 an hour. This is without factoring in tips or surge prices.

How Often Does Uber Pay You?

As an Uber driver, you may have irregular hours but don’t let that keep you from viewing the job as a stable income. Uber will provide you with a regular paycheck. As an Uber driver, you’re paid weekly on a regular schedule.

Fares are deposited directly into your bank account. Uber’s pay periods begin on Monday at 4 a.m. and end the following Monday at 3:59 a.m. Emails will be sent to you that link to your pay statement. Pay statements are also visible in your “partner dashboard,'” which you can google to find. Every Thursday, Uber will direct deposit your pay into your bank account. However, be sure to enter your bank information at vault.uber.com.

If this doesn’t sound fast enough to you, there’s another option. Uber offers instant pay to their drivers. This lets you transfer your pay whenever you need to. Instant pay can be used up to five times per day. However, you will need a debit card in order to access it. You can use your personal debit card for $.50 per cash out. Or you can also use an Uber debit card from GoBank for $0 per cash out. Each time you transfer money your weekly pay statement will say “instant payouts.”

However, when considering instant pay, you will need to look into your bank’s procedures. Certain banks will take a few business days to transfer your money. Some of these banks include:

  • H&R Block
  • First Citizens Bank
  • Amegy Bank of Texas
  • California Bank and Trust
  • First National Bank of Omaha
  • Webster Bank
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Northern Trust
  • Bank of New York Mellon

How Much Do Uber Eats Drivers Get Paid?

Driving for this Uber Eats allows you to deliver food to customers from hundreds of different restaurants around the world while receiving around $6 to $7 for each delivery. These restaurants are aiming to provide even easier access to their products for customers.

Uber Eats pays you every time you drop off an order and will send you payments directly to your bank account every Thursday or Friday.

Trip fares for Uber Eats include:

  • A fee for pickup at a restaurant.
  • A drop off fee for each location.
  • The total distance traveled. This rate is calculated at a per-mile rate. This factor’s in the total distance traveled from pickup to finish.

According to Uber’s website, a $2.50 pickup plus $.20 per 5.2 miles traveled plus a $3 drop off would equal a $6.54 delivery fare.

Uber Eats also has boost zones. These zones allow you to earn more than the total fare when you deliver during specific times and locations. The app shows an earnings boost on the live map when they are available. You then need to deliver in that area which will have a boost multiplier assigned.

To calculate the boost, you take your total delivery fare rate and multiply it by the boost multiplier.

The profits keep on flowing, when you then add on your tips to your delivery fare and boost. Customers can use in-app tipping for Uber Eats. This gets the money directly to you. Additionally, you may receive cash tips when dropping off your delivery.

You’ve been driving for years. Why not drive for other people and make some money in the process? All you have to do is download the Uber app to get started. From there you’ll enjoy a flexible schedule, being your own boss, meeting new people, discovering new areas, regular paychecks, surge pricing and company discounts like reduced cell phone bills.

Possible drawbacks to consider as an Uber driver are slow work periods, being deactivated based on bad reviews, increased car expenses due to maintenance, and people not tipping you. However, despite these drawbacks, driving for Uber can be an easy way to make money fast, use skills you already have, and work around your hectic schedule.

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