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 27.5% 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.

*Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculator, the results should only be used as an indication. They are neither a recommendation nor an eligibility test for any product and should not be construed as financial advice, investment advice or any other sort of advice.
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 factors affect your income in the end?

Wondering how much you could earn from Uber driving? Take these factors into account.

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 car 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.

Updated October 21st, 2019
Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
$275 (26 week rental period)
$0.10 per km
Get access to fuel discounts, referral bonuses and member only benefits when you rent a rideshare car with Splend. Rent-to-Drive and Rent-to-Buy options available.
$0.10 per km
Get insurance, maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance in the all-inclusive price. Discounts available for longer rental periods.
$0.25 per km
Benefit from 24/7 roadside assistance, a wide range of vehicles and no signup fee to start driving with Uber. A minimum four-week rental period applies.
$275 (26 week rental period)
$0.10 per km

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    LeonApril 9, 2019

    I am a registered Uber driver based in Adelaide. Currently, I only do roughly 10 or 20 hours a month. I have been thinking about doing Uber as a full time job. It’s less stress than my current job. Wondering if it’s too big risk to leave my current job for Uber.

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      JeniApril 10, 2019Staff

      Hi Leon,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      This is really tough to answer. I suggest that you speak to a family member or close friends on this matter to help you decide which way would be more beneficial to you. You may also go through Uber drivers forums online to find out more on the pros and cons of being a full-time Uber driver. It is also essential to analyse the benefits or privileges you have or possible growth in your current job. Take your time to consider which way suits you more since you may drive full time or not with Uber while still employed.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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    SrdjanMarch 6, 2019

    I have a license for a motorcycle supply of food.
    I’m waiting for a uber taxi license.
    Can i use both occasionally a taxi and sometimes a motorcycle food delivery? I am living in Brisbane Australia.
    Thank you very much for your response

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      NikkiMarch 7, 2019Staff

      Hi Srdjan,

      Thanks for your question! You can have both licences active but you have to use the specific licence for the designated purpose and not for the other. Hope this clarifies.Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.


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    ViviFebruary 16, 2019

    How much does UberSelect drivers makes in Sydney weekly?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaFebruary 18, 2019Staff

      Hi Vivi,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      The answer to your question would depend on different factors, Vivi. For example, UberSelect drivers can earn depending on how many hours they are willing to work, hourly rate, and expenditures such as car loan repayments, insurance, petrol, car servicing, and parking, to name a few.

      You can use the free calculator above this page to get an idea of how much an UberSelect driver can make in Sydney.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!


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    JulianJanuary 2, 2019

    i was uber driver in other country at least 1 year, now I’m in Sydney but I’ve already had full driver license, Can I drive uber here?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnJanuary 2, 2019Staff

      Hi Julian,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Please note on the Uber driver requirements below:

      Be at least 21 years old
      Have access to an Uber-approved vehicle
      Hold a full NSW driver’s licence: No Provisional (P) or Learners (L) licences are permitted
      Have held a full driver’s licence in any state or territory for at least 12 months
      Hold comprehensive or third party property insurance for the vehicle you’ll be driving, and consider specialized rideshare insurance for extra protection. Your name, vehicle make and registration, policy expiration and type of cover must be visible on the document.
      Hold a Private Hire Vehicle Authority issued by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Uber helps all new drivers apply for their Driver Authority Card as part of the sign-up process.
      Complete a free vehicle inspection at a registered Uber inspection site
      Pass a background check.

      So this would mean that you need to hold a full Australian driver’s license for 12 months prior to driving with Uber. Hope this helps!


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    AlexJanuary 2, 2019

    1.Is the driver get paid for the traffic time?
    2. If the customer ask to go to the other destination, before the nominated one
    Will the driver got paid for the extra kilometers or time?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnJanuary 2, 2019Staff

      Hi Alex,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Uber drivers are paid according to time and distance. If an Uber Driver makes multiple stops, the rider pays more and the driver makes more. However, it should be noted Uber drivers will frequently balk when those stops include wait times. The price per minute is minuscule and those waits can cost the drivers money. The Uber app can now add multiple stops when hailing for a ride. This should be available to the driver once the ride has been accepted. Hope this helps!


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    ORVILLENovember 27, 2018

    Can I deliver parcels only for Uber.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 27, 2018Staff

      Hi Orville,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Currently, Uber has services to food delivery and ride sharing. Uber does not currently handle delivering parcels for customers. Hope this helps!


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    RickNovember 6, 2018

    how do i get my car checked to be uber ready?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 6, 2018Staff

      Hi Rick,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Once you have completed the driver requirements for Uber, they will provide you the next steps to complete the vehicle requirements. Please ensure that the following are preset to speed the process in completing the vehicle requirements.

      Be in excellent working condition with no cosmetic damage
      Have at least 4 doors
      Have no more than 8 seats, including the driver’s seat
      Pass a vehicle inspection
      Have current registration and insurance for the area you plan to register
      Have working windows and air conditioning
      Feature no commercial branding

      Hope this helps!


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    RyanOctober 2, 2018

    How do I become a Uber Lux driver?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnOctober 2, 2018Staff

      Hi Ryan,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Apart from the driver requirements below, there are also vehicle requirements that needs to be met to become an Uber Lux driver. Please see requirements below:

      Driver requirements:
      Meet the minimum age to drive in your city.
      Have at least one year of licensed driving experience in the US (3 years if you are under 23 years old)
      Have a valid US driver’s license.
      Use an eligible 4-door vehicle.

      Vehicle requirements:
      Be a 2010 model or later
      Have current NSW registration
      Have official, registered Hire Car (HC) number plates
      Have no cosmetic damage, missing pieces and no commercial branding/decals
      Be an approved make and model.

      Currently, Uber Lux is only available in NSW. Hope this helps!


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    DragosSeptember 22, 2018

    Hello there! I am an International student, living in Brisbane, 24 years old with a 5 years driving experience (I got my driving licence in 2019 back in my country from European Union). Do I need to have any experience of driving in Australia, or there are any extra requirements for foreign people? I want to know if I am eligible for Uber drive. Thank you!

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      JoelSeptember 22, 2018

      Hi Dragos,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      To be eligible as an Uber driver in AU, You need to have held a full driver’s licence in your Australian state or territory for at least 12 months. You also need to be listed as an insured driver for the vehicle you plan to drive. For further clarification, you can speak with Uber directly.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)


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    johnMay 17, 2018

    how much gst does uber take from the rider fares

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      JoelMay 17, 2018

      Hi John,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Under Australian tax law, Uber drivers are required to be registered for GST. As a GST-registered business owner, you are required to pay 1/11th of your gross income to the ATO as GST. This means you must pay GST on all amounts you receive from your passenger or from Uber.


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