- You should tip Uber and Lyft drivers between 10 and 20 percent based on quality of service.
- You should use a set tip of $4-$6 for rideshare delivery.
- According to HyreCar, Uber and Lyft drivers make less than $15 an hour when driver costs are considered.
Whether you’re trying to get home after a long night out or exploring a new city, it’s likely you’re using Uber or Lyft. But, the rideshare market is relatively new, and the social customs associated with these services are not always clear.
At restaurants, tipping norms are well-established, but in situations like these, it’s easy to feel unsure how much you’re supposed to pay in gratuity.
Do you tip Uber drivers?
According to Uber, “Tips are neither expected nor required.” Nevertheless, international etiquette consultant Julia Boyd recommends tipping between 10 and 20%, according to The New York Times.
Although Uber does not require tipping, the median income of an Uber driver falls below the average living wage for a family of four, so many drivers, especially those with families, depend on tips to supplement their income, according to Gigworker.
According to Ridester, an online resource for the rideshare industry created by former Uber driver Brett Helling, Uber drivers also rely on tips for gas, car maintenance and other costs not covered by Uber.
According to HyreCar, Uber and Lyft drivers make less than $15 an hour when driver costs are considered.
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Do you tip Uber Eats, DoorDash and Postmates delivery drivers?
Just as you tip a pizza delivery driver, Uber Eats, DoorDash and Postmates workers should be tipped.
Ridester says a set tip amount of $4-$6 should be the standard, as a $3 coffee delivery could require the same driving or biking distance as a more expensive meal. Business Insider also reports customers and drivers generally believe $4 is a reasonable amount to tip.
You should also consider the weather your delivery driver has to endure. If you’re staying in and ordering food because it’s pouring rain, your rideshare driver should be compensated for working in adverse weather conditions, according to Ridester.
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How much are Uber and Lyft drivers paid?
As of January 2021, Uber drivers reported an average income of $15.68 per hour, according to Doughroller, while Lyft drivers reported a slightly higher $17.50 per hour.
Both these averages are before expenses like car maintenance and gas. HyreCar estimates Uber and Lyft drivers make less than $15 an hour when costs like these are considered.
Earnings, though, largely depend on where a driver is working. In New York City, for example, USA TODAY reported drivers earned an average of $37.44 per hour. USA TODAY also said drivers in Chicago and Philadelphia earned $30.49 and $32.60, respectively.
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