The 32 places Uber and Lyft drivers earn the most, according to the data

  • Gridwise – a smartphone app designed for rideshare drivers to increase earnings – has released a report detailing which cities Uber and Lyft drivers make the most money.
  • The Bay Area in California takes first place, with drivers earning on average $23.28 per hour in December 2019.
  • On average, rideshare drivers in the US made about $17.21 per hour in 2019, or about $0.88 cents per mile, according to Gridwise.
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Gridwise – a smartphone app designed for rideshare drivers to increase earnings – has released a report detailing which cities Uber and Lyft drivers make the most money.

On average, rideshare drivers in the US made about $17.21 hourly in 2019, or about $0.88 cents per mile, according to Gridwise. In comparison, Bay Area drivers, which tops the list, earned on average $23.28 per hour in December 2019. This is followed by two more West Coast cities: Seattle and San Jose. And overall, California cities dot the list more frequently than any other state.

The study also revealed a dip in earnings from 2018. Last year, drivers earned $18.50 hourly, which is about $1.29 more than the 2019 average hourly earnings.

Gridwise compiled the data based on 100,000 rideshares over 20 million miles. The hourly earnings reflect the amount each driver had after Uber and Lyft took their share, but before any expenses, such as taxes, were deducted.

Keep scrolling to see which cities were the most profitable for Uber and Lyft drivers in December.


32. Tampa, Florida — $12.71

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31. San Antonio, Texas — $13.27


30. Jacksonville, Florida — $13.63

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29. New Orleans, Louisiana — $13.72

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28. Atlanta, Georgia — $14.31

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27. Columbus, Ohio — $14.45

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26. Nashville, Tennessee — $14.47

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25. Indianapolis, Indiana — $14.70

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24. Miami, Florida — $14.81

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23. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — $14.93

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22. Houston, Texas — $14.93

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21. Charlotte, North Carolina — $15.53


20. Las Vegas, Nevada — $15.77

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19. Dallas, Texas — $15.84

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18. San Diego, California — $16.75

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17. Los Angeles, California — $17.07

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16. Kansas City, Missouri — $17.24

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15. Austin, Texas — $17.37

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14. Phoenix, Arizona — $17.38

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13. Chicago, Illinois — $17.52

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12. Detroit, Michigan — $17.69

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11. Baltimore, Maryland — $17.79

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10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — $17.82


9. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — $18.17


8. Washington, DC — $18.28

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7. Denver, Colorado — $18.41

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6. New Jersey — $20.58

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5. Boston, Massachusetts — $21.39

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4. New York, New York — $21.68

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3. San Jose, California — $22.27

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2. Seattle, Washington — $22.67

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1. Bay Area, California — $23.28

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