You’ve likely heard about that anecdotal Uber driver who’s pulling in serious cash by picking up passengers in his or her spare time. However, how much you can bring in as an Uber driver ultimately depends on where you’re driving in the United States.
Use our Uber calculator to see a rough estimate of your monthly and annual income potential. When calculating earnings, also consider how much you’ll spend on gas, insurance, maintenance, payments and extras.
How much can I expect to earn?
Finder.com crunched data from Uber to find out how much income a driver in six key US cities can make. We focused on Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco and Washington, DC.
According to data from Uber.com, Uber drivers in New York City can make the most among the other five cities. With so many people looking to hail a ride, the Big Apple’s Uber drivers have the potential to make up to $30.35 an hour. Doing the math for a 40-hour work week, that’s $1,214 a week and $63,128 a year for picking up and dropping off passengers.
Driving for Uber in 6 key US cities
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How does driving for Uber compare to a minimum-wage job?
In the best-case scenario, an Uber driver will make on average $20,453.33 more annually when compared with a minimum-wage job in the six states we analyzed. In terms of additional weekly income, Uber drivers can make close to $400.
Working a minimum-wage job
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How much more can you make driving for Uber vs. a minimum-wage job?
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Who is most likely to consider driving for Uber for extra income?
According to a recent finder.com survey, millennials make up 52% of those who say they’d consider driving for Uber to earn additional income. They’re followed by Gen Xers at 39% and baby boomers at 8%.