Last updated on June 21st, 2018 at 11:31 am
Uber Sign Up Bonus for Drivers – 2018
Sign up to become an Uber driver today! The Uber Sign up Bonus now offers guaranteed earnings from $300 – $2000 (depends on your city).
In 2018, the Uber sign up bonus offers guaranteed earnings of up to $2,000 for new drivers. This is an earnings guarantee, not an Uber sign up bonus that pays you extra cash on top of your earnings from driving. Only Lyft still offers a cash sign up bonus of that kind. You must sign up using an Uber driver invite or Uber referral code (our is i9tz1 if you would like to use it) to be eligible for your guaranteed earnings.
Instead of a cash bonus, Uber guarantees that if you sign up with an Uber referral code and do a certain number of rides, you’ll make a certain amount for those rides (before Uber takes their cut). For example, Uber may guarantee that you’ll make $500 for giving 60 rides. If you don’t, Uber will pay you the difference. Uber has not offered actual cash sign up bonuses of any kind since early 2017. While this makes the Uber sign up program a bit weaker than Lyft’s, Uber is still busier than Lyft in most markets. And you can still earn up to $25 per hour (sometimes more) if you sign up to drive for Uber. To see what the possible Uber guarantee is in your city, click HERE or on the button below to see a list of Uber guarantees by city.
In any case, all the sites you’ve probably seen promising an Uber referral code that will get you $3,000 or $5,000 are totally wrong, outdated or just plain lying. $2,000 is currently the highest available Uber sign up bonus guarantee, available in select cities. New Uber drivers usually must complete 200 or more rides in their first 90 days to qualify for the $2000 in guaranteed earnings. Unfortunately, if you do more than 200 rides, you’ll likely beat the guarantee amount anyway, which brings us to the following question.
Should I Sign Up With A Higher Or Lower Uber Sign Up Guarantee?
Most of the time, the Uber sign up bonus guarantee is in the $300 – $800 range. However, much of the time, the Uber driver bonus guarantee in those cities tops out at $600. Even so, drivers have recently received $1,000 Uber guarantees in all of those cities. That being said, it’s often a better idea to sign up with a lower Uber sign up guarantee ($300 – $600). The reason comes down to experience.
Pretty much all Uber drivers earn more after their first 100 rides, because the experience of those first 100 rides makes you a much better and more efficient driver. After 100 rides, a new Uber driver tends to complete more rides, and earn more, per hour. A new Uber driver is also far more likely to need the guarantee during those first 50 to 100 rides. Most of the smaller Uber guarantees are for 40 to 75 rides, so there’s a much greater chance of missing the guarantee amount during your first 100 rides.
The larger guarantees are usually for 200 or more rides. By that time, a new Uber driver is probably efficient enough to earn more than the guarantee amount. If the new Uber driver does that, they get nothing. On the higher guarantee amounts ($1000 or more), the driver almost always gets nothing because the number of rides required almost always means they’ll gross more than the guarantee amount. This is not the case with the lower Uber sign up guarantee amount. Many new drivers miss the smaller guarantee amounts and Uber makes up the difference. So, while the large $1300 Uber guarantee may be tempting, it’s often useless, and the $400 to $600 Uber guarantee is usually the better choice.
In terms of the best cities to drive, Atlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco are some of the best and highest earning places to drive for Uber.
To see what the current top Uber driver sign up bonus earnings guarantee is in your city, simply click HERE. Or, you can also click the button below to start your application and see your guarantee. Please note: The amount shown on the first screen is only an example Uber bonus guarantee. To see your guaranteed earnings bonus amount, fill in your information, especially your driving city (how Uber helps determine bonus amounts), and click submit.
- Uber Sign Up Bonus for Drivers – 2018
- Should I Sign Up With A Higher Or Lower Uber Sign Up Guarantee?
- How The Uber Invite Code Used To Work
- How Does The Current Uber Sign Up Bonus And Uber Invite Codes Work?
- Uber Sign Up Bonus By City
- The Uber Invite Code
- How do I sign up for Uber using an Uber invite code?
- Should i still sign up even though the Uber sign up bonus is gone?
- Uber has made a number of changes recently that benefit drivers
- Should i sign up for Uber if i already drive for Lyft?
- If You Want To Sign Up For Lyft, Visit Our Lyft Sign Up Bonus Page
- Uber Sign Up Bonus – New Uber Drivers Cash Incentives and Guarantees
- HOW MUCH CAN I MAKE DRIVING FOR UBER?
- Top Cities For Uber Drivers
- What is Uber?
How The Uber Invite Code Used To Work
For a number of years, the Uber sign up bonus or Uber invite code worked like this.
To become a driver in San Francisco, you would sign up using an Uber referral code. Uber might offer the new driver a $1000 bonus if they completed 150 rides in their first 60 days. This sign up bonus was on top of anything the Uber driver earned giving those 150 rides.
The Uber driver promo bonus amounts could range from $500 all the way up to $2,000. Los Angeles and San Francisco even had a $5000 Uber sign up bonus for a short while.
The ride requirements also varied. Some of the Uber driver promotions only required 50 or 100 rides, while others (like the L.A. and S.F. bonus above) required over 1,000 rides.
If the San Francisco Uber driver in the example above was full time, they could finish those 150 rides in a couple of weeks and go home with $3000 or more.
While those Uber sign up bonuses are long gone, Uber still offers a sign up guarantee of up to $2,000 in earnings.
If you’d like to see what your Uber sign up bonus guarantee is, simply click on the image below. Or, read on to learn why the Uber new driver bonus changed, and how the current Uber driver promotion works.
Why The Uber Sign Up Bonus Changed
As it turns out, those generous Uber driver promos were costing Uber a lot of money, so they decided to switch to guaranteed earnings. The guaranteed earnings usually range from $300 to $2000. However, on rare occasions, Uber raises the sign up referral code amount. In 2017, the Uber new driver promo for certain cities reached $2,500.
How Does The Current Uber Sign Up Bonus And Uber Invite Codes Work?
Instead of a cash bonus, Uber is now offering a guaranteed payout if you use an Uber invite code. For example, Uber may offer a new driver guaranteed earnings of $500 if a new driver completes 40 rides in their first 30 days.
If the new driver gives 40 rides and only makes $400, Uber will pay the driver $100.
The number of rides and the bonus amount varies by city. The higher the ride requirement, the higher the guarantee.
Recently, the most popular guarantee and ride amounts have been around $550 for completing 75 rides, or $1025 for completing 140 rides. Again, the number of Uber rides you must complete, and the time you have to complete the rides, varies by city
Recently, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Dallas, and upstate New York have had some of the higher Uber sign up bonus guarantees. But keep in mind, the Uber sign up bonus amounts change very frequently.
Beware False Claims About Uber Invite Code and Uber Driver Promo Amounts
Please be aware that if you see an Uber invite code that promises you $3000 or $5000, it’s fake, or will not be for that amount.
Many drivers are posting their Uber referral codes along with false claims about the amount of money new drivers can get from those referral codes. This leaves many new drivers feeling disappointed or ripped off when the actual sign up bonus/guarantee from Uber is much less.
We won’t make false claims about our Uber driver promos, sign up bonuses or guarantees. Instead, we’ll just tell you the truth about how the Uber
The Uber sign up bonus, which is now a guarantee, is based primarily on the city you drive in. Also, the guarantee amounts change frequently.
If you use our code (i9tz1) to sign up, not only do you get a sign up guarantee, Rideshare Central also gets a referral bonus if you complete the number of rides designated by Uber within a set period of time. Usually, our bonus is around the $50-$100 range.
If you sign up for Uber, but do not complete the set number of rides (usually within 30 days), we do not receive a referral bonus.
Any driver who tells you differently, or is promising that you’ll receive a $5000 Uber sign up bonus if you complete 200 rides, is frankly, full of it.
Is The Uber Sign Up Bonus Really Gone?
Yes, the uber sign up bonus is gone. Here’s an example of the page you’ll see if you go to sign up for Uber with a driver referral code.
Nothing about an Uber sign up bonus there. Instead, it says you’re “guaranteed $1,025 in total payout for your first 100 trips.” However, even though the page says you’re guaranteed $1,025, right afterwards it says, “Guarantee amounts vary and are determined by city.” Basically, the page could say you’re guaranteed $10,000, but until you fill in your information and start your application, you won’t know what you’re bonus is.
How much will your Uber sign up bonus guarantee be?
The amount of your Uber driver sign up bonus guarantee is determined by your city. The amount of the guarantees change frequently which is why it’s difficult to post an accurate and up to date list. We’ve posted a list of Uber sign up bonus guarantees by city below and we try and keep it updated. However, some cities have had their Uber sign up bonus change multiple times in a week. The only guaranteed way to find out what your Uber sign up guaranteed earnings amount will be is to sign up with a driver referral code.
Uber Sign Up Bonus By City
Below is a list of the top current Uber sign up bonus guarantees and Uber driver promotions available in each city. The city you will be driving in is a main factor in determining the amount of your Uber sign up bonus guarantee. Also, the higher the guarantee amount, the more rides you have to give to fulfill the guarantee requirements. Click on any city name to start your Uber application.
Please note, when you click on a city name below, the guarantee amount shown on the first screen of the Uber application is an example guarantee – it is not your bonus amount. After you fill in your name, email, phone, AND DRIVING CITY, and click submit, you should receive an email (sometimes it takes a few hours) with your Uber driver earnings guarantee amount. It should be an amount anywhere up to the amount shown below.
The Uber Invite Code
How to Use Our Uber Driver Invite Code
The quickest way to start earning money as an Uber driver is by using our Uber invite code. Once you sign up and get approved, you will be eligible to receive a guaranteed payout when you hit the required number of rides in your city. Generally, the Uber guaranteed payout will be more than you would normally earn doing those number of rides.
As noted before, the best Uber driver promotions are offered either in large cities like Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, or San Francisco, or in markets where Uber needs to recruit more drivers. These are generally where you see the guarantee amounts around $1000. In order to be eligible for the Uber driver promo guarantee, you must sign up with an Uber driver promo code. If you do not enter the code when you apply, you will not be eligible for the Uber sign up bonus guaranteed earnings.
Using our Uber invite code is pretty easy. Simply click here to begin an application with our promo code (i9tz1).
Additional Information – The Uber Invite Code
Please keep the following in mind when applying for Uber:
- You can only use one Uber driver promo code when signing up. No stacking of promo codes to increase your Uber sign up bonus is allowed.
- After you are approved, you will receive your Uber sign up bonus guarantee once you have reached the required number of rides. If you earn less than the guarantee amount while completing your rides, Uber will credit your account the difference. So, if you’re guarantee is $1025 for 100 rides, but you only earn $900 for those rides, Uber will credit your account $125.
- The Uber bonus terms are subject to change and not guaranteed.
- If you do not enter an Uber driver invite code when applying, you will not earn a bonus.
- As an Uber driver, you are subject to Uber’s Terms of Service.
- Being approved for Uber takes anywhere from 1 day to a couple of weeks, sometimes longer.
- Uber can deny an application for any reason.
- When you are completing rides towards your guarantee, the ride only counts if it’s a different passenger. You can’t give 10 short rides to a friend to hit your guarantee.
Does it matter which Uber invite code I use?
No, it really doesn’t. It matters which city you’re driving in.
I would like to be able to tell you, “Yes, if you use our code i9tz1, you will get a $2,000 guarantee for doing 10 rides. Unfortunately, this is not the case. No matter what the Uber driver invite page says, the only surefire way to know what your guarantee will be is to sign up to drive.
How do I sign up for Uber using an Uber invite code?
The Uber Application Form
- You will need to fill out the application form. Uber will need your Name, Email, Cell Phone Number, and a password. Click here to get started.
- After you click submit, Uber will ask if you will use your own car, or be renting, leasing, or purchasing a car through them.
- Once you decide, Uber will ask for your social security number to verify your identity.
- Once you type in your social security number, you will be able to finish your application by uploading the required documents. If you are using your own vehicle you will need to upload:
- Driver’s License
- Vehicle Registration
- Vehicle Insurance
- If you decide on renting, leasing, or purchasing a vehicle from Uber, you only need to upload your driver’s license to get started.
- The last step is to consent to a background check. This part usually takes a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
- Once you pass your background check, you will need to take your car to get an inspection. The inspection can be done at an Uber Greenlight Hub, or a number of stores suchs as Pep Boys, Jiffy Lube, or Auto Zone. The inspection cost is about $20.
If you’re ready to get started, click here or on the image below.
Should i still sign up even though the Uber sign up bonus is gone?
If you’re looking for a way to make money and you think this job may be for you, then yes.
While you can’t get an Uber sign up bonus for $500 or $1500 anymore, you can still make $500 or $1500 per week by driving Uber. During busy hours, you actually can make $25 to $35 per hour in larger markets. There are usually about 20-25 busy hours a week. During the other hours, the range is more like $15 to $18 per hour.
Besides the money, it’s a pretty good gig. If you work in an office, surrounded by walls all day, driving for Uber gets you out in the world. You meet people from all walks of life, have interesting conversations, and see parts of your city you wouldn’t get to otherwise.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s a job, but it’s a job where you have most of the control. You decide when you work, who you pick up, and with the destination setting ( feature allows you to only take rides towards a specific destination), where you work. You also decide when you clock in and clock out.
Uber has made a number of changes recently that benefit drivers
I’ve been pretty critical of Uber in the past, but I believe in giving credit where it’s due. As part of their “180 Days of Change”, Uber has instituted a number of changes recently that have improved the lives of drivers. They still have more work to do, but the following changes are a good start.
- Uber no longer deactivates you for not accepting rides. They may send you emails about it, and if you don’t take 2 or 3 rides in a row, you’re generally put in a time out (no ride requests will come in) for 5-10 minutes, sometimes up to 30 minutes. But they won’t deactivate you. This means you don’t have to take UberPool rides (shared rides, lower fares) if you don’t want to. Most drivers tend to have an acceptance rate above 85-90%, but I’ve seen some drivers with acceptance rates around 50 or 60%, and they’ve been driving for months. They will still deactivate you if you have a high cancellation rate.
- Uber now allows tipping in the app. Lyft has had this for a while, and Uber has finally caught up. Drivers keep 100% of all tips. How much can tips add to your pay? It varies. I’ve seen some drivers take home an extra 15% in tips and others who only take home an extra 5%. So far, it’s been all over the place, but it’s better than it used to be, which was 0%.
- Uber drivers can now call in for help. Before, you had to send messages to support in the app, and wait hours, or longer, for them to get back to you. Now, if a driver needs to get in contact with Uber, they can call and talk to a human being.
- Uber now allows drivers six destination settings per day. Say you want only want rides towards a specific destination, like the airport, or your home. You can set that address in the Uber driver app, and it will only give you rides in that direction. You can even set the time you want to arrive at your destination. Until a couple of months ago, drivers were only allowed to use this feature twice a day. Six times is more like it.
- Lyft allowed their drivers to use a similar feature three times a day. After Uber upped their limit to six, Lyft followed suit. So, if you drive for both Uber and Lyft, you can now set your destination twelve times a day. This is very helpful if you want to do a lot of lucrative airport rides.
Should i sign up for Uber if i already drive for Lyft?
Yes. While most drivers prefer Lyft, it’s always good to have a backup in case you get deactivated from the Lyft system, even temporarily. This happened to a driver I knew. A passenger claimed she was driving under the influence (she doesn’t drink). When something like this happens, both Uber and Lyft will temporarily deactivate the driver for 48 hours while they investigate. She was reactivated 48 hours later, but that deactivation cost her a Power Driver Bonus that week. She’s now signed up for both Uber and Lyft.
Another reason to sign up for both is that every now and then, the Uber or Lyft systems may go out for a little bit. It doesn’t happen often, but when Lyft goes down, demand tends to go way up on Uber. Likewise, in the rare occasion of an Uber system crash, demand on Lyft skyrockets.
If You Want To Sign Up For Lyft, Visit Our Lyft Sign Up Bonus Page
Uber Sign Up Bonus – New Uber Drivers Cash Incentives and Guarantees
Uber offers cash incentives during the week if a driver completes a certain number of rides. Generally, they offer a weekday incentive (Monday – Thursday) and weekend incentive. For example, Uber may offer a driver an extra $150 for completing 40 rides between Monday and Thursday, and an extra $180 for completing 55 rides between Friday and Sunday. They usually offer smaller incentives as well (20 rides for an extra $75) so part-time drivers are not left out.
HOW MUCH CAN I MAKE DRIVING FOR UBER?
Driver Pay on Uber
While the average is about $15-$20 per hour, there is a lot of variation from driver to driver and city to city. Experienced, full-time drivers can make around $25 per hour in the larger markets. Experienced part-time drivers can make $25-$30 per hour if they only drive during busy hours. If they’re on Uber Select, or Uber XL, they can make even more. If you’re just starting out though, a more realistic expectation is around $15-$18 per hour. If you’re only looking to drive ten busy (rush hour or weekend nights) hours a week, you can probably make a bit more.
Here’s what some drivers have been able to take home recently in one day and one week. Keep in mind, some of these drivers pulled long hours to reach these numbers, but they did it.
Top Cities For Uber Drivers
Los Angeles – The city of angels is one of the largest Uber markets in the world. Whether you’re driving someone to Disneyland or Dodger Stadium, you can count on doing a lot of rides in a city of 18 million people. It’s also home to LAX, a very busy airport. One Uber ride from LAX to Beverly Hills can net a driver $25 on UberX, or $50 on Uber Select. Recently, the Los Angeles Uber sign up bonus was $1,200 per week guaranteed if you drive for 50 hours.
Philadelphia – The city of brotherly love is home to the Liberty Bell, the Sixers and a couple million people who love to Uber. Even better, the Philadelphia Uber guarantee was recently $500 for 40 rides. An Uber ride from PHL to the University of Pennsylvania can net a driver $20-$24, or more with surge.
Chicago – The windy city is home to the World Champion Chicago Cubs and was one of the earliest Uber markets. Popular destinations for Uber passengers in Chicago include Navy Pier, The Lincoln Park Zoo, and The Magnificent Mile. Don’t forget, Chicago has two large airports. So if you sign up to drive for Uber in Chicago, expect to be doing lucrative airport runs from the loop to Midway and O’Hare.
Dallas – Whether you’re taking riders to AT&T Stadium to see the Cowboys, to the world class Dallas Arboretum, or to DFW, you can be sure you’ll learn your way around. And with plenty of business and tourism traffic, you can be sure you’ll be kept busy on your way to an Uber sign up bonus guarantee, which was recently $700 for 80 rides.
San Diego – If you drive for Uber in San Diego, you’ll definitely learn the shortcuts to the world famous San Diego Zoo. Also, people walk around El Prado, but the often take an Uber to get there. Same goes for Balboa Park. The last Uber sign up bonus I heard about in San Diego was $400 guaranteed for 45 rides.
Atlanta – Expect to be taking a few passengers to the new Mercedes-Benz stadium to see the Falcons if you drive for Uber in Atlanta. You may also wind up taking passengers to an amazing aquarium or the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Don’t forget, Atlanta has terrible public transportation, so also expect a number of lucrative trips to and from the Atlanta suburbs like Alpharetta.
San Francisco – San Francisco is the city where Uber started. If you drive for Uber in San Francisco, expect to be busy as you take riders to Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, or to a Giants game. You can also expect some lucrative trips to Sonoma, Napa, and Silicon Valley.
Uber Vehicle Requirements for 2018
Uber is very flexible in terms of the vehicle they allow, but there are a few Uber requirements that all vehicles must adhere to. If your vehicle does not meet these requirements, you may be approved to drive for Uber, but your vehicle will not.
You do not need to own a vehicle to drive with for Uber. However, if you do, these are the requirements.
- The vehicle must have a valid registration and a clean title. However, the vehicle does not have to be in your name.
- The vehicle must have four doors and a minimum of five seatbelts.
- The vehicle must be in good working order. Uber requires an annual vehicle inspection.
- The vehicle must be model year 2002 or newer for Uber. However, in some cities, the requirements are more strict. For Uber Select, Uber XL, and Uber Black, the requirements are also more strict, and vary by city.
If your vehicle does not meet these requirements, but you still want to drive for Uber, check out our Vehicle Financing page for ways to rent or purchase a vehicle for Uber, Lyft, or both.
Uber Driver Requirements for 2018
Make sure you meet these requirements in order to get your Uber driver sign up bonus.
There aren’t many requirements a driver must meet to driver for Uber, but there are a few. The Uber driver requirements help insure rider safety by adhering to rideshare industry standards in order to provide a safe experience.
These are the current Uber driver requirements as of 2018.
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You must have at least one year of driving experience, or 3 years if you are under the age of 23.
- You must have a valid U.S. driver’s license.
- You must use an eligible 4 door vehicle.
- You must consent to a background check
In addition to these requirements, you will also need a smartphone with an adequate data plan. Generally, a full time Uber or Lyft driver (40-50 hours per week) will use around three gigabytes of data per month. Part time drivers should be sure they have around one gigabyte of data available for rideshare use.
The Different Uber Platforms
Learn about UberX, UberXL, UberSelect, UberBlack, and UberSUV
Uber X – From the Uber site:
Most newer cars qualify to drive with uberX, the most popular vehicle option for riders.
- Model year 2002 or newer
- 4-door car in good condition
- Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
- No full-sized vans or trucks
- No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
- No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
Uber XL – From the Uber site:
Seat extra passengers—and earn higher fares—with your high-capacity vehicle.
- Model year 2002 or newer
- 4-door SUV or minivan with independently opening doors
- Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
- No full-sized vans or trucks
- No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
- No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
UberSELECT – From the Uber site:
Mid-tier luxury sedans command higher fares. See our list of eligible vehicle models, but in rare circumstances other models may qualify.
- Model year 2008 or newer
- Leather or vinyl interior with no tears
- Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
- Working windows and air conditioning
- No full-sized vans or trucks
- No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
- No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
Here is a typical list of vehicles that qualify for UberSELECT. The UberSELECT vehicle list may vary slightly from city to city.
|Acura||MDX, RDX, RL, RLX, TL, TLX|
|Audi||A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, S3, S4, S6, S7, S8. Q3, Q5, Q7|
|BMW||3-series, 4-series, 5-series, 7-series, M5, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6|
|Buick||Enclave, LaCrosse, Regal|
|Cadillac ATS, CTS, DTS, SRX, STS, XTS, Escalade, Escalade EXT||ATS, CTS, DTS, SRX, STS, XTS, Escalade, Escalade EXT|
|Infiniti||EX, FX, JX, G Sedan, M, Q40, Q45, Q50, Q50L, Q60, Q70, QX4, QX50, QX56, QX60, QX70, QX80|
|Jaguar||X-Type, XF, XJ, XJR|
|Land Rover||Discovery, Range Rover, LR2, LR3, LR4|
|Lexus||ES, GS, GX, IS, LS, LX, NX, RX|
|Lincoln||Continental, MKC, MKS, MKT, MKX, MKZ, Town Car, Navigator|
|Maserati||Ghibli, Levante, Quattroporte|
|Mercedes-Benz||C-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, G-Class, GL-Class, GLA-Class, GLK-Class, GLS-Class, M-Class, ML Class, R-Class, S-Class|
|Porsche||Macan, Cayenne, Panamera|
|Tesla||Model S, Model X|
UberBLACK and UberSUV
Uber Black and UberSUV require the driver to have a chauffeur’s license. Additionally, the model year must be 2015 or newer. The color of the car must be black and the driver must carry commercial insurance.
What is Uber?
Why Should I Drive For Uber?
Uber, and it’s competitor Lyft, have become the future of transportation. In the cities where Uber and Lyft operate, people who used to take cabs now use Uber or Lyft. People who used to take public transportation will often use UberPool or Lyft Line instead. Because both services partner with drivers who use their own cars, the service is friendlier and the cars are in better condition than most taxis.
Uber was founded in 2009 to provide this type of alternative transportation and now operates in over 700 cities in 84 countries across the world. Pretty impressive. Over 200,000 people now drive for Uber and with their driver sign up bonus guarantees, and their weekly driver incentives, this number is sure to keep growing.
While Uber has had its share of public relations troubles over the past year, the job itself is usually pretty great. For one thing, it is the most flexible job in the world. You can work as many, or as few, hours per week as you want. About 80% of Uber drivers are part time and many people have found that driving for Uber is a great way to bring in a couple extra hundred bucks a week. While drivers used to have to give 1 ride every 30 days to stay active, that is no longer the case.
Besides a great way to earn some extra cash, Uber is also a great way to learn your city, talk with interesting people, and even network. While not every rider wants to have a conversation, many do, and sometimes you wind up having a wonderful talk. If you have another business, in most cities, you can advertise that business in your vehicle. I’ve wound up picking up a number of web development jobs over the past three years while driving for Uber.
Sure, on occasion, you may have an unpleasant rider. But those occasions are pretty rare. In general, driving for Uber is a great way to make extra money, see your city, and have an occasional great conversation. If you’re full time, Uber is a great way to make about $1,000 per week, sometimes more.
Am I covered when I’m driving for Uber?
Uber’s insurance policy provides liability and contingent collision coverage. When you turn the app on, you have liability coverage through Uber in the amount of $25k/$50k and $25k for property damage. Once you accept a rider request, or have a rider in the car, Uber provides $1,000,000 liability and uninsured driver coverage, with a $1,000 deductible. For more on information on insurance coverage, please visit our Rideshare Insurance page.
Rideshare Central recommends purchasing a rideshare insurance policy for additional coverage and peace of mind while driving for Uber or Lyft.
Uber Driver Pay
How much are drivers paid and when are the best times to driver?
When considering whether you should sign up for Uber, don’t just consider the sign up bonuses or guarantees. You should also consider how much you can make during the busy hours. In many cities, the drivers who work during evening and morning rush hours and on the weekends can make up to $35 per hour. In general, the top times to drive for Uber during the week are between 6am and 9am, and 5pm and 8pm. During weekends, the best times to drive are between 6pm and 8pm, and between 10pm and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Uber drivers are paid on time and distance. Each ride has a base fare. Beyond that, drivers are paid a certain amount per mile, and per minute wait time. If a rider does not show up, a driver may cancel after five minutes and receive a $5 cancellation fee ($1.60 cancellation on Pool rides).
The Uber pay period begins at 4am on Mondays and ends at 4am the following Monday. Drivers receive a pay statement on Tuesday that includes driving activity from the prior week.
Uber also offers driver incentives weekday and weekend incentives. Drivers can use these incentives to increase their earnings by between $100 and $400. The weekday incentive may offer a driver an extra $150 if they complete 40 rides between Monday and Thursday. The weekend incentive may offer a driver and extra $200 if they complete 50 rides between Friday and Sunday.
Frequently Asked Uber Questions
When is the best time to drive?
Overall, weekends are the most lucrative. Not just weekend nights, the whole weekend. Also, traffic is lighter overall on weekends, so you get better mileage. Besides that, the morning and evening rush hours are where the most money is.
Do I have to give a minimum number of rides to stay active?
You used to have to give one ride every thirty days to stay active, but that is no longer the case.
Is one Uber sign up bonus code better than another?
Not really. The bonus tends to be based on the city you want to drive in more than the code.
How do Uber drivers get paid?
Uber drivers are paid weekly via direct deposit. Drivers can also cash out instantly during the week (multiple times).
When will I receive my Uber driver bonus?
Your Uber sign up bonus guarantee will be credited to your account after you complete the required number of rides.
Can I drive a vehicle with a salvage title for Uber?
No, all vehicles on the Uber platform must have a clean title.
Can I use another Uber driver promo code once I’ve completed the ride requirements?
No, but you will be able to use your own Uber invite code to refer other drivers.
Do I have to accept every ride?
No, Uber does not require a specific acceptance rate. However, Uber may deactivate you if you cancel too many rides. It’s better to not accept a ride, than to accept and then cancel.
How long do I have to wait for an Uber rider before cancelling?
If you wait five minutes and then cancel, you will receive a $5 cancellation fee. On UberPool, you only have to wait 2 minutes but the cancellation fee is only $1.60.
What is the difference between an Uber invite code, an Uber driver promo code, and an Uber sign up bonus code?
There is no difference. They’re the same thing.
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