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 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.

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

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    RyanOctober 2, 2018

    How do I become a Uber Lux driver?

    • finder 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!

    • finder Customer Care
      JoelSeptember 22, 2018Staff

      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

    • finder Customer Care
      JoelMay 17, 2018Staff

      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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    JacobFebruary 14, 2018

    Hello, i am just wondering i previously had a Zimbabwean licence and was driving for 3 years in Australia, so recently i converted it in january to full Australian licence.So is it possible for me to start Uber,thanks your help will be much appreciated.

    • finder Customer Care
      JonathanMarch 7, 2018Staff

      Hi Jacob, thanks for your inquiry.

      Here are the minimum requirements that Uber asks for:

      Minimum requirements

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

      Based on these criteria, you should be eligible to start Uber.



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    MarkFebruary 4, 2018

    How does the pay scale increase, if you’re driving during the peak surcharge times?

    • finder Customer Care
      MayFebruary 23, 2018Staff

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      The increase in pay typically depends. According to Uber’s site, they calculate Uber pay based on rider’s fare and on other factors:

      – base fare: the price for pickup
      – time: rate per minute from the beginning to the end of a trip
      – distance: rate per kilometre of the route from the beginning to the end of a trip

      This is then multiplied by:
      – dynamic (surge) pricing if applicable to that trip

      Any other applicable taxes, tolls, booking fees, charges or adjustments are then made to give the final fare charged to the rider.

      Hope this has helped.


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    MelNovember 10, 2017

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

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      MariaNovember 10, 2017

      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.

    • finder Customer Care
      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

    • finder Customer Care
      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?

    • finder Customer Care
      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.

    • finder Customer Care
      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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