The Driver’s Guide to Pay

We want to help you stay busy on the road with our driver resources, designed to give you all of the information you need to maximize earnings.

How to earn smarter on the road

Stay busy and keep earning by finding the right times and places to drive.

How to easily understand pay

Understand driver pay and how to track your weekly earnings.

How you can get more with Lyft

Get Lyft Rewards perks and find more opportunities to earn and save cash.

How to earn smarter on the road

Planning and adapting how you drive can help you stay busier — and help maximize your earnings. Learn more about why it's important to stay busy if you want to earn more, where and when to drive, and how to find the busiest places and times to drive in your app.

Stay busy

Stay busy, maximize earnings

Learn about how staying busy when you are on the road can maximize your earnings.

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Drive with a plan to earn more

Drive with a plan to earn more

Hear tips from other drivers on when and where to drive in this new normal and how to find the busiest times and areas to drive in the app.

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Tools to predict

Tools to find and predict rider demand

Use in-app tools like real-time demand maps to view what areas have lots of passengers who need rides, and demand forecasts which let you see when people are most likely to need rides in your city.

How to easily understand pay

Understanding driver pay can actually be simple — just remember that your pay is made up of four things: time, distance, tips, and bonuses. Learn more about how driver pay works and how to track your weekly earnings in the Lyft Driver app.

Driver Pay > Pay, Time, Distance, Tips, Bonuses

Time:

Get paid for each minute of every trip, based on your city’s per-minute rate.

Distance:

Get paid for each mile of every trip, based on your city’s per-mile rate.

Tips:

When passengers tip you for superior service or a clean car, you keep 100% of those earnings. Always.

Bonuses:

Earn bonuses during busy times and in busy locations. Learn more about driver bonuses.

How your pay works

How your pay works

See how time, distance, tips, and bonuses all add up to what you’re paid.

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Your earnings breakdown

Your earnings breakdown

You can always track a breakdown of how much you made by ride in your Driver app.

How you can get more with Lyft

We’re here to help you get the most of your time driving with Lyft. From exclusive driver rewards, to additional opportunities to earn, and cost-saving vehicle service options, we’ve got your back when it comes to earning (and saving) on the road.

Get more from your drive with Lyft Rewards

Get more from your drive with Lyft Rewards

Drive during busy times to earn more points and access exclusive features like extra daily uses of Destination Mode, and see trip details before accepting rides.

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Drive and access earnings instantly with Lyft Direct

Drive and access earnings instantly with Lyft Direct

Get paid instantly after every ride and get cash back on gas, groceries, and select dining. Keep all of your earnings and cash back right in your wallet — no transfer fees, no waiting periods.

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Deliveries

Stay busy and keep earning with Essential Deliveries

Earn more while supporting your community by using your time on the road to deliver essential items like groceries, prescriptions, auto-parts, and more.

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Save time and money on vehicle services

Save time and money on vehicle services

Lyft Driver Centers, Lyft Mobile Service, and our Openbay partnership were all built to keep you on the road with quality, low-cost vehicle services — so you can stay busy and keep earning.

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Get affordable health safety supplies in one place

Get affordable health safety supplies in one place

On Lyft’s online store, you can order affordable items you need to protect yourself and others, and to meet our health safety requirements — like face coverings, sanitizing spray, and more.

Questions? We’ve got answers.

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*Lyft Rewards, Lyft Driver Centers, and Lyft Direct debit card are not available everywhere.