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 Australia before expenses, what expenses you need to deduct, and what your take-home pay will be each month. You can also use the calculator on this page to calculate your UberX yearly income.

How much can I expect to earn?

In Australia and the US, Uber drivers make 75% of their weekly fare total. Drivers in Australia have an average income of $35 to $40 per hour before Uber takes its 25% cut. 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. If you want to start earing money by driving for Uber, click here to find out how you can get started today.

UberX 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.

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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 loan repayments into account.
  • Insurance. Uber require you to have compulsory third party (CTP) and third-party property damage cover. However, you might want a higher level of cover. 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.
  • Super contributions. As these won't be made by UBER Driver, you have to make the decision whether you want to make these voluntarily.
  • Phone plan. While you can claim this on 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.

Compare your options for renting an Uber-ready vehicle

Even if you don't own your own car, you can rent one to be a Uber Driver.

Rates last updated January 23rd, 2018
Name Product From Price Per Week Insurance included Membership Fee Excess km cost Product Description
Splend Car Rentals
Rent an Uber-ready vehicle from Splend and get access to fuel discounts, referral bonuses and member only benefits. Rent-to-Drive and Rent-to-Buy options available.
DriveMyCar Uber Rentals
A peer-to-peer ride-share platform that includes insurance, maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance. You'll get access to discounts if you rent longer than six months.
Driverlend is a finance broker. You can lease or buy a car with Driverlend and you could get up to 20% discount on dealership prices for a new vehicle.
Europcar Uber Rental
Kickstart your Uber career with a Europcar rental car. You get 24/7 roadside assistance, a wide range of vehicles and no sign up fee. A minimum four-week rental period applies.
Hertz Uber Rental
You can Rent a car from Hertz get access to 24/7 roadside assistance, no lock-in contracts and no joining fees. Limited areas.

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32 Responses

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    MelNovember 10, 2017

    What does excess km mean $0.20
    and how often is membership fee charged

    • Staff
      MariaNovember 10, 2017Staff

      Hi Mel,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      The Excess Km Cost means the charge per kilometer in excess of the free kilometer allowance that is provided to you by the provider.

      The membership may vary in terms of how it is charged. It may be charged as a one-time fee or as an annual fee.

      This would be best confirmed by the provider directly.

      I hope this helps.


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    wasiOctober 29, 2017

    Hi I am Indian citizens I hold a valid four wheeler Indian licence from last 4 years I would like to know that can I eligible to work for Uber company in Australia as I don’t have Australian Visa an Australian licence.

    • Staff
      RenchOctober 29, 2017Staff

      Hi Wasi,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Please note that we are not affiliated with Uber or any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      I’m afraid an Australian driver’s licence is one of the requirements to become an Uber driver. You can have a look on this page for more information.

      You may contact Uber directly to further inquire if you are eligible to be an Uber driver.

      Best regards,

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    KylieSeptember 22, 2017

    How do I become a uber driver and rent a car through uber

    • Staff
      JoanneSeptember 22, 2017Staff

      Hi Kylie,

      Thanks for reaching out.
      To become an Uber driver you will need to check if you meet the eligibility criteria, make an online account and visit an uber centre. This page will fully discuss the details on how you can become one as well as the option of rent a car through uber.


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    paulaSeptember 18, 2017

    with having a uber licence can i drive anywhere in australia?

    • Staff
      LouSeptember 18, 2017Staff

      Hi Paula,

      Thanks for your question.

      With UBER, you can only drive where you are accredited. For instance, as an Uber driver with NSW-accreditation, you can drive 24/7 anywhere in NSW that Uber operates.

      I hope this helps.


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    TraceyAugust 17, 2017

    Would I need to get permission from my local council in NSW to become an Uber driver?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Staff
      RenchAugust 17, 2017Staff

      Hi Tracey,

      Thanks for reaching out to us.

      Please refer to this page to check on the criteria on how to become an Uber Driver in the specific state that you are located in. On this page, you may fill out the form for inquiry and you will be contacted through email to inform you on which Uber Centre to visit for further clarifications on your applications.
      Please note that we are not affiliated with any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      I hope this helps.

      Best regards,

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    HarwinderJuly 18, 2017

    Can I drive Uber in Australia with an Indian driving license?

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      JonathanJuly 18, 2017

      Hello Harwinder,

      Thank you for writing us an inquiry. :)

      These are the minimum requirements to drive with Uber:

      - Be at least 21 years of age
      - Have access to a vehicle that meets Uber’s vehicle requirements
      - Hold a valid full driver’s license in your state or territory
      - Have held a full driver’s license in any Australian state or territory for at least 12 months
      - Provide all the necessary documents required in your state or territory
      - Be listed as an insured driver for the vehicle you plan to drive

      Hope this helps.


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    PLABONApril 29, 2017

    Is there any work limit for international students as a uber driver in Australia?

    • Staff
      LiezlMay 1, 2017Staff

      Hi Plabon,

      Thank you for your question.

      Working conditions for student visa holders include a maximum working of 40 hours per fortnight when the course is in session and unlimited hours when it’s not in session. The same work limit applies if you’re a part-time Uber driver. However, you have to make sure your visa does not have any further restrictions regarding work, as it can vary on a case by case basis.

      Please note that if you are driving Uber, the number of hours you work can be calculated from the time you first log on until the time you log off – even if you have no fares during that period.

      I hope this has helped.

      Kind regards,

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    evdokimosApril 10, 2017

    can I still be a driver with a uk driving license

    • Staff
      ArnoldApril 10, 2017Staff

      Hi Evdokimos,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      You can drive in Australia using your UK driving licence as long as you remain a temporary overseas visitor; your UK licence is valid; you haven’t been disqualified from driving anywhere; and your licence is not suspended or cancelled, or your visiting driving privileges withdrawn.

      If you intend to stay in Australia and you hold a permanent visa, you can drive using your UK licence for a maximum of 3 months. To continue driving, you must get a local licence within this 3 month period.

      You must carry your driving licence and passport when driving. Make sure you have sufficient insurance, including if you borrow a car from a friend or relative. Hire car insurance often doesn’t cover driving on unsealed roads; check your policy before you set off.

      I hope this helps.


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    UberMarch 23, 2017

    How does the calculator take into account the depreciation of the vehicle due to the km driven?

    • Staff
      LouMarch 23, 2017Staff

      Hi Alles,

      Thanks for your question.

      Our Uber calculator does not take into account non-cash expenses such as the depreciation of your car.

      Kindly note that 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.


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    TrevorMarch 22, 2017

    Gst what do u pay gst on what u earn for uber or what u get paid

    • Staff
      HaroldMarch 24, 2017Staff

      Hello Trevor,

      Typically, drivers in Australia have an average income of $35 to $40 per hour before Uber takes its 25% cut. You can always use the “UberX income calculator” on this page to see what would the estimated earnings based on your circumstances.

      I hope this has helped.


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