How to earn money as a Lyft driver

Last updated: May 29, 2024
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Lyft drivers are paid for the time and distance of a passenger trip. Plus, drivers keep all of your tips! Learn how pay works, see when and where to drive, and get additional tips on how to make more money each time you drive.

Facts about earning as a Lyft driver

  • All payments are made through the Lyft Driver app weekly, so you need to add your banking info in the app to get paid
  • You can earn $15 to $20 or more an hour, minus expenses like gas and routine maintenance on their cars
  • Some drivers earn more than $1,000 a week. This amount depends on many different factors, including:
    • How many hours the driver works per week. More hours = more money
    • Bonuses earned during peak times
    • gratuities given to the driver by passenger(s)
    • Location: different cities have different base fees and pay ranges
    • Gas for your car is your own expense

Personal Power Zone to boost earnings

  • Personal Power Zones are a way to earn more as a driver by finding high demand areas and earning a bonus on the ride
  • Once a Personal Power Zone bonus starts accruing, a driver is guaranteed that amount after their next ride as long as they complete it before leaving driver mode
  • Personal Power Zones are available based on passenger demand

Ride Challenge

  • Ride Challenges allow you to earn more by completing a certain amount of rides in a set amount of time
  • Ride Challenges appear in the Driver app at the beginning of the week, and can help you plan when to drive. On the weeks when they’re available, they’ll be added to the app on Monday at 5 am

Example Ride Challenge: Complete 10 rides between Monday 5 AM and Friday 6 AM to earn an extra $25.

Driving for premier services: Lyft Lux

Do you drive a luxury vehicle? Drive for one of Lyft’s premier services like Lyft XL, Lux, Lux Black, or Lux Black XL and earn more money for every ride.

Types of Lyft Lux services

  • Lyft Lux: Drivers have high-end sedans or SUVs that seat 4. Vehicles have leather or leather-like seats. Examples include BMW X3, GMC Yukon Denali, and Lexus ES. Click here for a full list of Lyft Lux vehicles.
  • Lux Black: Premium black car service. Drivers have ultra high-end sedans or SUVs that seat 4. Vehicles have a black exterior and leather or leather-like seats. Examples include BMW 5-series, Cadillac Escalade, and Lexus LS. Click here fo a full list of Lyft Black vehicles.
  • Lux Black XL: Premium black SUV service . Drivers have spacious, ultra high-end SUVs that seat 6. The vehicle will have a black exterior and leather or leather-like seats. Examples include Cadillac Escalade, BMW X5, and Lincoln Navigator. Click here for a full list of Lux Black XL vehicles.

Additional tips about Lyft Lux earnings

  • Lyft Lux is no longer available in New York City. Drivers in New York City whose vehicles were Lyft Lux-approved before May 25, 2017, can still give Lux Black rides.
  • In Houston, Texas, the Lyft Lux vehicle model requirement is 2016 and newer. Houston drivers whose vehicles were Lyft Lux-approved before June 14, 2019, can still give Lux rides.
  • Driver must drive an approved Lux vehicle model 2014 or newer.
  • To be eligible to drive Lyft Lux, drivers need to maintain a 4.85 or higher rating. Losing this rating will result in the driver losing Lux status until their rating is again 4.85 or higher. Once this rating threshold is met, the driver's Lux status will be reinstated. New drivers must give standard Lyft or Shared rides until they achieve a 4.85 rating or higher.

Additional tips to earn more as a Lyft driver

Drive in a city if you can

Drivers in big cities are typically busier than in suburban or rural areas — a larger volume of rides means more pickups and dropoffs as well as more tips. In the city, a driver can move rather quickly from one job to another and it’s easy to find another one nearby

Make the most of peak hours

Peak hours and rates vary from city to city, but in most cities, they tend to be the same hours from day to day and coincide with commuter times. (Roughly 5–9 am and 3–7 pm)

Keep your driver rating high

  • Maintaining a high driver rating results in good customer reviews and bigger tips
  • The best way to earn more money is to keep your customers happy with prompt service
  • Show up on time — if you’re going to be late for whatever reason, let the rider know up front
  • Know the fastest and most direct routes
  • Be polite — being courteous and considerate earns more tips

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