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How much can you really make as an Uber driver?

Find out if signing up as an UberX driver is worth it.

How much you can make as an Uber driver is a contentious issue. Try to find an answer and you’ll get a few estimated average incomes. You’ll also find some debate over how much drivers actually earn. This is largely due to all the other costs that need to be factored in when you become an Uber partner driver.

The guide below can help you find out how much you can expect to make as an Uber driver in New Zealand before expenses, what expenses you need to deduct, and what your take-home pay could be each month. You can also use the calculator on this page to calculate your yearly income as an UberX driver. If you want to know more, check out our Uber driver guide.

How much can I expect to earn?

In New Zealand, Uber drivers make 75% of their weekly fare total. Average income for Uber drivers will vary on the circumstances of each driver, but an average income of $25 to $35 per hour after Uber takes its cut is about average.

In the US, Uber claimed driver partners could make between $70,000 and $90,000 p.a., but the average income appears to be closer to $15 to $25 per hour. In India, $26,000 p.a. was an average salary.

Keep in mind this is before you take into account any additional expenses you incur as a driver.

Uber driver income calculator

Use the calculator below to work out how much you can earn as an UberX driver. Simply enter in all your expenses as well as the hours you’re willing to work and the calculator will do the rest.

Disclaimer: Many of the comments in this article are general in nature and anyone intending to apply the information to practical circumstances should seek professional advice to verify the applicability to their own circumstances. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculator, the results should be used as indication only. It doesn’t take into account your financial circumstances and they are neither a quote or guarantee of your income as an Uber partner driver.

What factors affect how much you can make as an Uber driver?

Wondering how much you could earn from Uber driving? Take these factors into account.

What expenses do I need to take into account?

Becoming an Uber driver has its fair share of expenses that can eat into your weekly pay:

  • Car loan repayments. Is your car under finance? You’ll need to take your car loan repayments into account.
  • Insurance. Uber requires you to have at least third party property damage car insurance. You also need to be listed on the car’s insurance policy, even if you are not its owner or the main policyholder. You also need to bear in mind that many standard car insurance companies won’t cover you for Uber driving so you’ll need a policy that covers you for rideshare services. You’ll need to factor in the cost of this cover.
  • Petrol. This will be relative to how many hours you work and how much you use your car outside of Uber-driving.
  • KiwiSaver contributions. As these won’t be made by Uber you will have to make these voluntarily (if you choose to do so).
  • Phone plan. While you can claim this on your income tax as a work expense, you still need to have a plan that gives you fair amount of data and calls and GPS use each month.
  • Car maintenance. This can include car repairs, tyre replacement and repairs and the general upkeep of the car such as getting your oil changed. This will differ depending on how old your car is, what type of car it is, how often you drive it and how you drive it.
  • Parking. Do you pay for parking during your daily Uber driving? Factor this into your expense.
  • Extras. If you’ve ever ridden in an Uber you’ll note that they’re generally quite clean. You might even notice a few extras such as gum, water or even magazines. If you want to keep your Uber partner rating up (drivers with a rating of less than 4.5 can’t work) you might want to consider offering your passengers a few extras. At the very least, cleaning regularly is a must.

Taking all of your expenses into account can help you manage your budget and even reduce what you’re spending. Remember, any of the above is tax-deductible.

Other benefits to driving with Uber

Aside from how much you can make as an Uber driver, there are a number of other benefits to driving with Uber. These include:

  • Safety for drivers

    Safety is a key advantage to driving with Uber as opposed to other forms of taxi-driving. Transactions are cashless so drivers don’t risk unpaid fares and don’t need to carry large amounts of cash, thus deterring potential robbers. Drivers also rate their passengers, meaning that aggressive or disruptive passengers can be blocked from using the platform.

  • Safety for society

    There’s evidence to suggest that the accessibility and affordability of the Uber platform may go towards helping keep drunk drivers off the road.

  • Flexibility

    As mentioned previously, Uber drivers pick their own hours and are not subject to shift-work. This means that drivers can work with Uber alongside another part-time, or even a full-time job. This can be useful for people saving for a substantial life purchase such as a house, holiday or wedding. As well as those striving to start their own business.

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