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. 

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.

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24 Responses

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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?

    • Staff
      JonathanJuly 18, 2017Staff

      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
      AnndyMarch 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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    rodneyFebruary 22, 2017

    So an Uber driver is a contractor & needs an ABN. so the costs of running a vehicle to earn the income driving, will be tax deductable?

    • Staff
      AnndyFebruary 24, 2017Staff

      Hi Rodney,

      Thanks for your question.

      Certain expenses associated to Uber driving such as insurance, petrol and others as listed above may be considered as tax deductible.

      However, as we are not tax experts, we can’t give you a definite answer on which expenses are tax deductible and which are not.

      You may want to consider getting the services of a tax agent to help you on this.


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    WadeJanuary 8, 2017

    How do riders pay? Cash, Card? How is this recorded? On the app?? So does the driver handle all payments etc How do you get paid

    • Staff
      AnndyJanuary 11, 2017Staff

      Hi Wade,

      Thanks for your question.

      When Uber riders register, they need to first download the app and create an account. To complete the process, it is required to provide a debit or credit card information so they are charged through the app. The app will handle payments from riders.

      For Uber drivers, when you register, you will be required to provide your bank account details. Depending on where you are located, the funds are generally transferred to the nominated bank account on a weekly basis.

      Please do check our ultimate Uber guide here.


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    GregOctober 30, 2016

    In Adelaide, I have a 6 yr old white Range Rover sport, does that qualify for a higher rate ?

    • Staff
      StephanieOctober 31, 2016Staff

      Hi Greg,

      Thanks for your question.

      Uber drivers are generally paid by the hour. Higher rates may apply for luxury cars such as uberBLACK and limousine vehicles.

      For more information, click on the sign up link to contact Uber direct.

      Hope that helps,


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    RobynOctober 7, 2016

    Do you need to have an ABN?

    I guess Tax needs to be paid but how?

    Can the car insurance be in someone else name but you are a nominated driver?

    • Staff
      ElizabethOctober 10, 2016Staff

      Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for your questions. You do need to have an ABN to drive with Uber. In terms of tax, you simply need to state how much you earned driving with Uber over the last financial year on your tax return.I am unsure on the insurance aspect, you may need to confirm this with Uber. According to its site, you just need to have a current policy of compulsory third party (CTP) and third party property insurance.

      Hope this helps,


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      TomNovember 21, 2016

      I found your Uber information calculator interesting, however, I can’t see any reference to GST.
      By ATO law Uber drivers must Provide a BAS and pay GST.
      Would this not reduce the drivers projected income?

    • Staff
      MayNovember 25, 2016Staff

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your question.

      Just to confirm though that the calculator above is used for indication and general advice only.

      As for the GST, whilst there are tax issues surrounding Uber driver’s GST, it is inevitable and important that your income is declared in your Tax Return. Uber drivers are considered as independent contractors, so ATO does not withhold any taxes and you must use a tax agent and seek for personalised advice on your tax. This is also the reason why the GST was not referenced in the calculator above. As for your projected income after tax, whether it decreases or not, that would entirely depend on when all your financial circumstances will be taken into account.


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