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How much can you really make as an Uber driver?

Information verified correct on December 8th, 2016

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 80% of their weekly fare total. Drivers in Australia have an average income of $35 to $40 per hour before Uber takes its 20% 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, 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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Elizabeth Barry

Elizabeth is a senior writer for finder.com.au specialising in personal finance. She enjoys reading PDSs so you don’t have to.

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8 Responses to How much can you really make as an Uber driver?

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    Greg | October 30, 2016

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

    • Staff
      Stephanie | October 31, 2016

      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,

      Stephanie

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    Robyn | October 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
      Elizabeth | October 10, 2016

      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,

      Elizabeth

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      Tom | November 21, 2016

      Hi,
      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?
      ThanksTom

    • Staff
      May | November 25, 2016

      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.

      Cheers,
      May

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    Petre | October 4, 2016

    We live in a country town that has a Rail station, Airport, Bus terminal, Several hotels, Motels, Caravan parks, Etc Etc, There is no Taxi,No bus, No way to get from point A to point B except Ask a friend or Walk, We have tried to use your calculator to see if it is worth the effort but it does not compute, Do you think it would be worth a try or is it not for the country areas Thank you Petre

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | October 5, 2016

      Hi,

      Uber has only officially launched in a few regional areas (it has now launched in Newcastle and the Central Coast) but not every regional area has officially been launched. So far it has launched in the following areas:
      Adelaide
      Brisbane
      Canberra
      Geelong
      Gold Coast
      Melbourne
      Newcastle
      Perth
      Sunshine Coast
      Sydney
      Toowoomba

      As well as some regional areas near those cities. It would be best to confirm whether Uber is available in your town on Uber’s site before you sign up.

      Hope this helps,

      Elizabeth

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