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How Much Do Uber And Lyft Drivers ACTUALLY Make? We Finally Know [Ridester.com]

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ippei
1201 Driver Rider Guru
 Posted 1 year ago

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RideGuru's friend, Brett from Ridester.com, has a big announcement.  He ran a successful survey with thousands of rideshare drivers participating (RideGuru helped too!) and he has come up with his findings and have published them on the site.  See below for his announcement.

"Good morning! Brett here again for Ridester.com.

Here at Ridester, our team lives and breathes rideshare driving by creating and discovering strategies to help drivers just like you become more efficient, improve ratings, and overall, increase income.

But to continue our mission, we realized that we first needed to figure out how much drivers are actually earning. So, our team put together a quick survey that measured both driver earnings and satisfaction.

We asked the driver community to participate, and the response was astonishing.

Over 2,600 active drivers took our survey, which allowed us to analyze $1,027,585 in driver earnings that represent 62,583 paid driver hours.

After getting the data, we thoroughly analyzed it and compiled our final results into our newest article, Ridester’s 2018 Independent Driver Earnings Survey.

Our final results are interesting, to say the least. While some parts fall in line with what has been previously reported about driver earnings, many of our findings are unique.

I don't want to give away any surprises though, so take a look at the article and see for yourself. Here's a link to each section:

So what are you waiting for? Give the article a look, and if you like it, make sure to share it with your friends!"

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    RedANT
    1062 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Now that upfront pricing has spread nationwide and surge/prime time have pretty much been eliminated, I'd be curious to see how many drivers still think positively of the rideshare companies.  It's sad that so many people are willfully ignorant to how things really are run. 

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      Ridester
      96 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      We actually also measured driver satisfaction in our survey, and the results are grim: https://www.ridester.com/2018-survey/#satisfaction

       Over 70% of drivers that we polled gave Uber less than 3 stars in that regard. The majority of drivers aren't happy with what they're earning

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        igetaround
        57
         1 year ago

        Doesn't surprise me, I have never actually heard of a driver who likes Uber as a company.

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    outlandish
    188 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    "Even as we walked drivers so carefully through this series of questions, their self-reported average earnings came in 37.01% higher than their screenshots showed."

    Wow. We suck at math I guess. But seriously, that is a really big discrepancy.

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      Ridester
      96 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      It is a big discrepancy. However, it's easily avoidable by simply looking at hard data like screenshots.

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      JonYork
      34 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      It's a well-known phenomenon with income surveys that people will over-report or under-report for a variety of reasons.  A common reason for over-reporting is that people want to make themselves feel good about the decisions they've made about their work.  Probably for a lot of drivers it's just really hard to admit they only made $13 or $14 an hour when they just put in so much hard work... so they put down $17 an hour!  

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        outlandish
        188 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        Yeah. I can definitely understand this.

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        donbon
        85
         1 year ago

        Interesting, makes sense!

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    dracomalfoy
    179 Driver
     1 year ago

    Sad that when you factor in tips our hourly wage only rises by $1. Uber pax are the WORST tippers!!

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      Ridester
      96 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      Overall, yes I agree. Uber passengers are bad at tipping, especially when compared to Lyft passengers. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that Uber actually encouraged riders not to tip, up until they changed their tipping policy recently. Unfortunate, but drivers are still feeling the effect.

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    breakingbread
    223 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Wow, interesting that they took actual earnings. Who knew we were so bad at reporting our own income. lol

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      Ridester
      96 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      When we did the survey, we wanted to avoid drivers answering the questions with any bias. By collecting screenshots, we were able to avoid confusion and deal in facts.

      By doing it this way, we avoided answers that reflected...

      • their opinion of what they made;
      • their best recollection of what they made;
      • what they wish they had made;
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    sand_hanitizer
    16 Driver
     1 year ago

    "88% of our respondents reported being American citizens while just 12% reported being foreign-born."

    K I'm gonna nitpick here. American citizens can be foreign-born. Just sayin.

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      JonYork
      34 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      Haha!  Yes, that's true... American citizens can be foreign-born but non-citizens cannot have been born in the US!

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        sand_hanitizer
        16 Driver
         1 year ago

        Well, unless they were US born but then somehow denaturalized... like if they went and fought with ISIS or somethin.... lol

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          sand_hanitizer
          16 Driver
           1 year ago

          But then I guess they wouldn't probalby be driving for Uber huh.

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            JonYork
            34 Rider Driver
             1 year ago

            Yeah... probably not!!  Hopefully not!

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    jeffrey1987
    64 Driver
     1 year ago

    Interesting, I love how it is broken down by top earning and lowest earning cities. Also, does anyone on here drive for Lux, is it really profitable?!

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    amcbeth
    339 Rider Driver
     1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

    This is a great step in the right direction. I work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

    Mondays are bad, Wednesday is average and Fridays are the very good. So depending on the day the survey was taken, income would probably be better or worst than the results you reported.

    If a weekly summary was used instead of a daily, the results would probably change. Of course a monthy summary would even be better, but there is none avaiiable on the phone app.

    Thank you for your survey.

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      Ridester
      96 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      This was our first survey attempt, so we've learned a lot from the response collection and findings. I'll make a not to get weekly summaries next time, which I think will help improve accuracy.  Thanks for the feedback! 

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    cheesehead
    512 Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    So they report that after expenses, drivers earn < $10/hr. Sounds about right.