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Driver Payout & Take-home

What is RideGuru's Driver Payout & Take-Home feature?

At RideGuru, we believe in transparency between riders and drivers.  In the new sharing economy, users have a right to know where their money is going.

Our Driver Payout & Take-Home feature breaks down how much of the total goes directly to the drivers and how much goes to the rideshare companies. The fees and commissions can vary greatly, and this is why we have incorporated this information into our RideGuru Comparison Calculator.  The figures are displayed on each fare card.

Many benefits come from this feature, including:

How is it calculated?

RideGuru calculates, for each rideshare company and each service option, different fees and commissions that are taken from the total fare paid by the customer.  This includes booking fees (taken out directly upfront), commissions (that drivers must pay), other adjustments and special fees, and discrepancies applied due to surge pricing and upfront pricing.  

We research the structure for each rideshare/ridehail company and apply them to our fare estimates.  See the section below for rules and breakdowns for each rideshare/ridehail company.

Harry the RideShareGuy has excellent articles explaining the actual take-home of rideshare drivers.  While the rideshare companies do not always share publicly the logic and reasoning behind some of the fees and how they are applied, Harry has done research while looking at real-world prices. Uber’s Upfront Pricing is Secretly Overcharging Passengers Without Paying Drivers

Upfront Fares

What else do drivers pay? How is "take-home" calculated?

It isn't just fees and commissions that are taken out of drivers' pockets. Drivers incur other expenses such as:

List of Rideshare/Ridehail Companies - Fees/Commissions for Drivers


 Uber

Uber has two different commission structures based on when drivers signed up to drive for Uber. For drivers who applied before the summer of 2014, Uber takes 20% Commission and for drivers who applied after the summer of 2014, Uber takes 25% Commission. We calculate our payout based on the after summer of 2014 structure (Uber takes 25% Commission). Keep in mind that some Uber drivers might be keeping 5% more than we are projecting on RideGuru if they signed up before the summer of 2014. Uber also takes their booking fee which varies from city to city.

Overall, we calculate Uber drivers to make about 75% of each fare minus the booking fee.

Note: Uber is also trying out a new tiered system in San Francisco and San Diego which works like this – First 20 trips they take 30%, trips 21-40 they take 25%, and on trips after 40 they take 20%. This is to encourage drivers to drive on a more full-time schedule.



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 Lyft

Lyft has two different commission structures based on when drivers signed up to drive for Lyft. For drivers who applied before midnight, January 1, 2016, Lyft takes 20% Commission and for drivers who applied after midnight, January 1, 2016, Lyft takes 25% Commission. We calculate our payout based on the after midnight, January 1, 2016, structure (Lyft takes 25% Commission). Keep in mind that some Lyft drivers might be keeping 5% more than we are projecting on RideGuru if they signed up in 2015 or earlier. Lyft also takes their Trust and Service fee which varies from city to city.

Overall, we calculate Lyft drivers to make about 75% of each fare minus the Trust and Service fee.

Note: Lyft's Commission in New York City is 36.4%, the drivers take home 63.6% in this area.



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 Ola

Ola takes 15% of every fare from the driver. The driver makes 85% of each fare.



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 Didi Chuxing

Didi takes 20% of every fare from the driver. The driver makes 80% of each fare.



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 Sitbaq

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Grab

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Curb

As Curb drivers are traditional taxi drivers that are hailed through the Curb app, their payout is based on the standard average taxi cab driver payout. On average Taxi drivers keep about 67% of their fares and give around 33% to the parent taxi company for leasing the cab. Curb (the app) then takes their $2 for using the app. Overall, Curb drivers make around 67% of their fares minus the $2 Curb fee.



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 Taxify

Taxify's commission structure depends on location but on average the company takes 15% commission from each ride.



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 Jozi Bear 24/7

JoziBear takes 10% of every fare from the driver. The driver makes 90% of each fare.



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 Cabify

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Hailo

As Hailo drivers are traditional taxi drivers that are hailed through the Hailo app, their payout is based on the standard average taxi cab driver payout. On average Taxi drivers keep about 67% of their fares and give around 33% to the parent taxi company for leasing the cab. Hailo (the app) then takes their $0.99 for using the app. Overall, Hailo drivers make around 67% of their fares minus the $0.99 Hailo fee.



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 MyTaxi

As MyTaxi drivers are traditional taxi drivers that are hailed through the MyTaxi app, their payout is based on the standard average taxi cab driver payout. On average Taxi drivers keep about 67% of their fares and give around 33% to the parent taxi company for leasing the cab. MyTaxi does not have any further fees that they take for using the app.



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 Fare

Fare takes 20% of every fare from the driver plus their Fare $2 app charge. The driver makes 80% of each fare minus the $2 Fare charge.



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 InstaRyde

InstaRyde takes 12.5% of every fare from the driver plus their InstaRyde $1 app charge. The driver makes 87.5% of each fare minus the $1 InstaRyde charge.



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 Flywheel

Flywheel's driver payout is based on two different commission structures. As Flywheel drivers are traditional taxi drivers that are hailed through the Flywheel app, we have to first take out the average amount that a taxi driver must pay back to their parent company for leasing the taxicab. This amount averages around 33%. Then Flywheel (the app) takes an additional cut on top of that, Flywheel's cut is 13.2%. This totals 46.2% that is getting taken out of the drivers pocket and going to either Flywheel or the taxi corporation they work under. In other words, the driver makes about 53.8% of each fare.



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 Go-Jek

Go-Jek takes 20% of every fare from the driver. The driver makes 80% of each fare.



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 RideYellow

As RideYellow drivers are traditional taxi drivers that are hailed through the RideYellow app, their payout is based on the standard average taxi cab driver payout. On average Taxi drivers keep about 67% of their fares and give around 33% to the parent taxi company for leasing the cab.



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 TappCar

TappCar takes 20% of every fare from the driver. The driver makes 80% of each fare.

For Standard Car drivers TappCar also takes a $2.15 Tech Fee.



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 Arro

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Fasten

Fasten only takes $1 per ride from each driver plus their $2 ride fee. The rest goes to the drivers!



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 RideAustin

RideAustin takes a $1.5 Safe Rides fee from the all fares. For their SUV and Premium services they also take a 20% commission. Drivers of their regular service take home the entire fare minus the $1.5 Safe Rides Fee and drivers of their SUV and Premium service take home 80% of the fare minus the $1.5 Safe Rides Fee.



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 Cab Hound

As Cab Hound drivers are traditional taxi drivers that are hailed through the Cab Hound app, their payout is based on the standard average taxi cab driver payout. On average Taxi drivers keep about 67% of their fares and give around 33% to the parent taxi company for leasing the cab.



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 Juno

Juno takes a 10 percent commission from their drivers. As a benefit, they also give drivers the option to own a small stake in the company.



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 See Jane Go

No driver payout details for this company.

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 SocialDrv

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Blacklane

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Bridj

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Gett

Gett takes a 10% commission from all fares their drivers complete.



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 HopSkipDrive

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Limos.com

No driver payout details for this company.

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 RipeRides

RipeRides drivers are paid employees who make a salary plus a small commission from each ride they give. It is unclear what the commission structure or salary range is for these drivers.



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 Stroll Guam

Stroll Guam takes 30% of every fare from the driver plus a $1.15 Service Fee. The driver makes 70% of each fare minus the $1.15 Service Fee.



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 SuperShuttle

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Taxicode

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Via

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Wingz

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Zemcar

No driver payout details for this company.

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 Zum

No driver payout details for this company.

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