How Your Pay Is Calculated

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There shouldn’t be any surprises about what you’re making with Lyft, so we’re here to help you understand exactly what you’re earning and why. Your pay is based off the time and distance of your ride — not necessarily the amount your passenger pays.


Base rate: Your payment for starting the ride.

Time rate: What you earn per minute in the region where your ride starts. Learn more about when pay starts.

Distance rate: What you earn per mile in the region where your ride starts. These rates differ and are determined by the location where a ride begins. You can review your rates for each ride in your driver Dashboard. View rate by city.


Tips: We built tipping into the Lyft app to make it easy for passengers to say thanks, and because we know it’s important to our drivers. Passengers can tip during and after the ride, or set an automatic tip so they never forget. You keep 100% of the tips passengers choose to give you.

Bonuses: Lyft offers a variety of bonuses to help boost your earnings. Bonuses are typically offered during peak hours, when you'll earn more and are likely to get more ride requests. You can see what’s available in your Lyft Driver app.



Fares: Your pay is based off the time and distance of your ride — not necessarily the amount your passenger pays. This is necessary to maximize the number of ride requests and ensure you’re consistently earning. For example, we may increase the passenger’s fare when demand is high, or discount the fare when demand is low. 

Any additional fees: Certain airports charge a pickup or drop-off fee. Passengers also cover other applicable fees or taxes that Lyft is required to collect. 

Applicable tolls: While you pay tolls up front, we’ll charge passengers on your behalf for tolls incurred during the ride and add it to your earnings. These will show up in your driver summaries and Earnings Breakdown. Get the details.

Any cancellation fees: We may charge passengers a cancellation fee on your behalf if they cancel a ride in violation of our policy. The amounts you can earn for these cancellations are listed on the ‘Rate Card’ section in your Driver Dashboard, and will appear on your weekly driver summaries. For Lyft Shared, you’re only eligible to receive a cancellation fee if your first passenger cancels. If any additional passengers cancel, you'll still be paid for the time and distance of your Line route, but Lyft will retain any additional cancellation charges. All cancellation charges are subject to the Lyft Platform Fee.

The Service Fee: This helps finance a range of operational costs, including safeguards that help keep Lyft passengers and drivers protected, like insurance and background checks. The Service Fee does not impact the amount you receive for each ride.


The Lyft Platform Fee: This reflects the difference between what the passenger paid and your earnings, tips, tolls, and other charges like the Service Fee and airport fees. Your Gross Earnings as reported in your end-of-year tax documents are now calculated based on what passengers pay plus the Lyft platform fees and service fees on every ride. See tax information for US drivers and tax information for Canadian drivers.

We’re always here if you need us

We want to protect your long-term earnings and make sure things are as clear as possible for you. If we ever have to change rates, we’ll be sure to give you advance notice. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.