It’s tough comparing one Uber driver’s income to another because there are so many factors that go into it. In my mind though, when and where you drive are what matter most.
I recently wrote about how I made almost $200 after expenses in 8 hours of driving ($25 per hour) on a Saturday night but, based off my analysis, the reason why I made so much was because I stayed busy the whole night.
Uber and Lyft are typically busiest on Friday and Saturday nights and earnings are always at their highest during that time, so that’s why when you drive matters. But where you drive is just as important. I think the earnings potential on a Saturday night is actually pretty similar between big and small markets, but the thing that differentiates a big profitable market like San Francisco from a smaller market in the middle of the country is really how busy drivers are during the rest of the week.