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How and when driver pay is calculated

When driving for Lyft, you should always know how your pay is calculated and be able to keep track of your earnings. Learn more at Lyft Driver Pay.

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When do I get paid?

Lyft starts the weekly payment process on Tuesdays around 5 AM. It may take a few hours (or even days) before your deposit shows in your account. This can happen because:

  • Different banks may take longer depending on their deposit processes
  • Your bank info is outdated or incorrect. Update payment info in the 'Payouts Information' tab of the Driver Dashboard.

If we’re unable to deposit your earnings, we’ll try again after you update your bank account information (or on the following Tuesday if you don't update your information). If you need your cash sooner, try using Express Pay.

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Fare calculations

Lyft passengers pay drivers ride fare through the app, though riders may also tip with cash.

Driver pay calculation begins when the passenger is in your car and you’ve tapped to pick up in the app. Driver pay includes time spent waiting, starting one minute after you’ve confirmed your arrival (read our step-by-step guide on how to give Lyft rides).

Lyft ride fare includes:

  • Base Fare: The amount passengers pay to start the ride
  • Cost per mile: The amount you earn per mile in the city where your ride starts
  • Cost per minute: The amount you earn per minute in the region where your ride starts

We determine the applicable local rate card depending on which city and region in which a ride was requested. See local pricing on your region's Rate Card and the relevant rates for each ride in the Earnings Breakdown.

Passengers see a confirmed, upfront price for each ride. When your passenger receives the upfront price, you'll be paid for time and distance that’s based on your approved region’s Rate Card. If the destination is changed or a new stop is added, the upfront price is voided and a new price is provided based on route time and distance.

Need help? Tap 'Call Me' to contact our driver support team.

 

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Additional charges

In addition to the Lyft ride fare, passengers pay:

Passengers’ Service Fees, airport fees, and other applicable fees or taxes aren’t reflected in the Driver Dashboard's 'Driving History' tab.

Under certain circumstances, you may receive a cancellation fee when your passenger cancels. Lyft's fees don't apply to cancellation payments at this time — you keep the entire amount.

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Minimum & maximum fares

All rides are subject to minimum and maximum fares for passenger and earnings for you.

  • Minimum driver fare: The lowest amount you’ll earn on a ride, even for very short rides and regardless of what the passengers pay. Trips ended before you reach the minimum fare are rounded to this amount.
  • Maximum driver fare: The highest amount you’ll receive for a ride. If a passenger’s request takes you past the maximum fare amount, you may want to recommend a different transportation method. Heads up: Unusually high ride amounts are subject to review. Exceedingly long rides (for example, two hours without traffic) may come close to the max fare.

See your local pricing on your region’s Rate Card.

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Tips

100% of tips from passengers go to drivers. We built tipping into the Lyft app to make it easy for passengers to say thanks, but passengers may also tip with cash.

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Lyft Platform Fee

Rather than charge a flat commission, Lyft's portion of ride payments is shown in the app and Driver Dashboard as the Lyft Platform Fee.

Lyft Platform Fees are variable, meaning they can change. The amount includes the difference between what the passenger paid and your driver earnings, tips, tolls, and other charges (like airport fees and taxes). Unless we break it out separately, fees include Lyft’s Service Fee, which we use to offset costs like liability insurance on your rides.

Drivers earn the per-mile, per-minute rates identified on their region’s Rate Card regardless what the passenger pays. Lyft takes no commission or fees from tips.

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Subregion pricing

Some cities that Lyft operates in use specialized subregion pricing as a way to balance driver earnings with passengers’ wallets. Subregion pricing may be specialized for distinct areas in a given city. 

Check your Rate Card for subregion rates in your city.

Drivers who pick up passengers in a subregion receive the subregion’s rate in their earnings. Subregion pricing applies to all modes available in a region.

Heads up: subregions don’t have distinct incentives.

Any incentive (such as Prime Time) offered to a broader city also applies to rides taken in the subregion. Power Driver Bonus is calculated based on the number of completed rides in a region, so rides to, from, or within a subregion count toward that total.

Check out our in-depth driver pay breakdown for more.

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