What: Uber, a ride-sharing platform, urges anyone with a drivers license, late model car and insurance to sign up and deliver people and food to their respective destinations.

Expected pay: $5 to $20 an hour

Husl $core: $$

Where: Nationwide


  • 21 years or older
  • Smart phone
  • valid driver’s license
  • Auto insurance
  • 4-door car, model years 2001 and after. (In some cities they require a car that’s 2006 model year or later)
  • pass a background check.


When we first reviewed Uber less than two years ago, it was among the higher-paying driving jobs, with drivers earning as much as $25 per hour (before expenses). However, the site is relentless about updating its terms. And those updates are never driver-friendly.

The site says its pay formula varies by market. However, the formula in Los Angeles should provide a reasonable proxy. That was recently changed to 21 cents per minute + 60 cents per mile, with a minimum fare of $2.62. And drivers have to pay all of the costs of the drive, including gas, maintenance and insurance.

Just to give you a sense of perspective, the IRS (which is not overly generous) allows you to deduct 58 cents per mile when you drive for business. The agency figures that’s the all-in cost of repairs, maintenance, gas and upkeep. So, the 60 cents that Uber provides is a scant 2 cents above what the government estimates as your costs. In other words, your real pay is 21 cents per minute, plus 2 cents per mile. That puts the hourly pay at $13.60 in a best-case scenario — you drive one passenger for a full hour on a 50-mile trip. But, of course, you may not have a fare every minute; you also have to pay to get to wherever your passenger is waiting, generally without any remuneration. In the end, making minimum wage as an Uber driver begins to sound like a long-shot.

We’ve estimated hourly earnings at between $5 and $20, because you can sometimes earn more during surge periods and through bonuses. Still, our average rating of Uber has now dropped to substandard. We would encourage drivers to consider better options.

If you don’t mind picking up packages, we’d suggest that you check out  Amazon Flex.  You can find airport gigs with Wingz. If you have a clean background and experience with kids, you may also be able to drive kids around after school with Kango, Ride Zum and HopSkipDrive. If you like animals, you may also be able to get animal-driving gigs with Citizen Shipper. If you want to deliver food, we believe GrubHub and Caviar are your best bets.

What their drivers say: (from Facebook)

There are times when you can make good money but the majority of times no! And remember, if they take you 50 miles in One Direction you need to drive 50 to get back to where you were.. when I started doing this it was whatever the passenger paid we got 80% it hasn’t been like this in a couple years now

(from Glassdoor)

“No consistency in pay, cheap fares, customers always right even when they’re wrong. Not much incentives, no health care. Expensive insurance.”

“Too much BS and not enough benefit. Wear and tear on your vehicle, and too many THREATS over the most trivial of things. Some riders love to lie, and they will rat you out over anything – naturally Uber sides with its riders. You lose money when having to transport groups of 3 or more in one trip. The pay we get is disgusting.”

“No schedules, no boss, money can be good. But there are app issues, drivers are the least importance of the company. Ride fares keep getting lowered so you’ll have to drive much longer to make decent money.”

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