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What is the least amount of money you made driving for Uber or Lyft on a single shift? (say a full shift over 8 hours)

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DaveJMatthews
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 Posted 4 weeks ago

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    Uberserge
    916 Rider Driver
     4 weeks ago  (edited 4 weeks ago)

    😆 I don't think you're going to get many responses for this one, no one likes to remember the failures. I honestly don't, however I remember in the good old days a split shift of 10 hours would bring in easy $400. Ahh, the good old days!

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      sharknado
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       3 weeks ago

      Daaamn. When would you say that started to tail off?

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        916 Rider Driver
         3 weeks ago
        Every six to eight months they cut prices, last one in Los Angeles was March of 2019 when they lowered our rates to 60/21. Unconscionable!
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    jttech
    5 Rider Driver
     3 weeks ago

    Chicago - I calculate every day and drive for Uber/Lyft both on when slow. The lowest I can recall is $13/hour. Typical is around $20/hr, usually over than under. This summer (tourist season) it's an average of $22-$28 hr over an 8-10 hour shift. Worst possible week is Christmas to New Years Eve - take it off except for the holidays themselves. Also, low income when the weather is nice and 65-75 degrees here. Best income hours are 10pm-1am any day. Not looking forward to this years Fall slowdown, if consistently under $20/hour then I'm probably out.

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      916 Rider Driver
       3 weeks ago

      What are your uber x and regular Lyft rates in Chicago, I'm assuming you have the flat rate surge?

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    T-RabitDriven
    219 Driver
     4 weeks ago

    So, here's the truth. Most drivers do track how much money they make and divide that by the hours worked. It's a scary math but we do it.

    So to answer your question, yes, I have had many bad pay days. Over the slow summer months (kids out of college), I have made $50 after driving for almost 10 hours. Yep, that's guessed it. That's $5.00/hour, way less than minimum wage.

    and that doesn't even include the gas.

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      916 Rider Driver
       4 weeks ago

      There are different metrics but if you're going per hour way, the truest measure is gross earnings divided by door to door hours. App on hours is very misleading.

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    RedANT
    1058 Rider Driver
     4 weeks ago

    Approx $125

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      jttech
      5 Rider Driver
       3 weeks ago  (edited 3 weeks ago)

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    justincases
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     3 weeks ago

    OP, are you a driver? Just curious why you are asking.

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      DaveJMatthews
      OP 59
       3 weeks ago

      Nope. I just like hearing horrific stories. 

      Plus I considered driving myself. 

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        justincases
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         3 weeks ago

        haha plenty of horrific stories to go around

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    dracomalfoy
    178 Driver
     3 weeks ago

    Not sure the exact amount but I can tell you is has only gotten worse and worse over the years. Most people earn more money the longer they are in a job but with Uber it is the opposite.

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      916 Rider Driver
       3 weeks ago

      Imagine if they did that with their code writing engineers, without warning cut their salaries by 25%. This gig is dying if not dead already.

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    Wes
    1571 Rider Driver
     3 weeks ago

    $10 an hour is the worst.  $20 an hour is typical for a non-surge evening.  $25 plus per hour is above average and only possible during busy times..  These numbers obviously raw data before expenses etc...

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    johnblotter
    93 Rider Driver
     3 weeks ago

    I think my worst shift ever netted me only around $140 for a full day.

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      RedANT
      1058 Rider Driver
       3 weeks ago

      This whole thread is loaded.  People here don't want to hear positive answers, just negative ones to reinforce their blind hatred of the rideshare companies.  One need only look at the posts with responses vs. those without to see that.  

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      916 Rider Driver
       3 weeks ago

      Netted? Or grossed? $140 net would be $200 gross.

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    outlandish
    181 Rider Driver
     3 weeks ago

    Couldn't tell ya, I block all those memories out... 😁 😎

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    StevenL-NYU
    141 Driver Driver
     4 weeks ago

    This isn’t a full shift but I once had my first customer of the day throw up in my car. It didn’t take me that long to clean it but after such an incident, I usually wrap up and go home. (Also for the smell.)

    Yes, first one of the shift. It usually happens towards the end of the night, but not this one.  

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    CWalcutt75
    249 Driver
     4 weeks ago

    This s a good question, because we do have our ups and downs.  Sorta depends on which shift this is.  When you've been on the gig for a while, you will know about how much you make for each shift and you have a pretty good expectation.  However, the income definitely varies when you drive. Wednesday mid-afternoon? Nope.  Saturday late night? Good.  That sorta thing.

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      916 Rider Driver
       4 weeks ago

      You'll have the best strategy, all the tricks in the book, still, you don't have total control of what you'll end up earning as an IC. You're not in charge of setting your prices, you don't know what the job is and those dreaded deadmiles. 

      They had a great idea, they managed to muck it up for everyone.

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    JonHogan
    83 Driver
     4 weeks ago

    I am sad to report that I have had shifts where I made $0 net after paying for the fuel.

    Always always always do math on how much fuel costs.

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      916 Rider Driver
       4 weeks ago

      It's not what Uber and Lyft make it sound like, they don't tell you everything the job entails. Be safe out there.

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    ShadyPeteMD
    179 Driver
     4 weeks ago

    I know what you are getting at. You wanna hear the disastrous stories of Uber driving. Ha!

    We have our ups and downs, but I make $20 plus on a bad shift. So if I drove an eight hour period, that should be about $160 even on a slow day. 

    Of course we have our good days and that comes with bad days. All of us has had those shifts where we tried something different from the norm (day different area or different time/day) and totally struck out. Even then I feel like I’ve made at least $100. 

    I’m in Baltimore. 

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      916 Rider Driver
       4 weeks ago

      Don't know how long you've been driving but I miss the old days where you could drive without a strategy amd make 300 in 8 hours.