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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. You can also 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  • Your bank info is outdated or incorrect.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 all costs per mile or per minute depending on which city and region in which a ride was requested. See your local pricing on our Cities page (or skip to subregions).

We’re testing a new feature where passengers see a confirmed, upfront price for each ride. Even if your passenger receives their price up front, you'll still get paid for time and distance, plus Prime Time. If a ride takes longer than we quoted the passenger or they added a stop, we’ll make sure you receive the new, changed amount for any additional 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

Sometimes drivers and passengers may have different trip needs, so we use minimum and maximum fares to ensure fairness for all trips.

  • Minimum fare: The lowest amount passengers pay, even for very short rides. Trips ended before you reach the minimum fare are rounded up to this amount and include the base fare.
  • Maximum fare: The most passengers pay, even for longer-than-average rides. 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, which may delay earnings eligible for Express Pay. Exceedingly long rides (for example, two hours without traffic) may come close to the max fare.

Lyft takes fees out of minimum and maximum fares. All minimum and maximum fares are based on the city and region you drive in. See your local pricing on our Cities page (or skip to subregions).

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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’s fees

To provide a great platform and keep the community growing, Lyft takes fees from total ride earnings, including Prime Time rides. This is shown in your earnings as Lyft Fees.

Lyft takes no fees from tips. See more about Lyft's fees.

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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. 

To see subregions:

  1. Head to our Cities page and choose your city
  2. Look below normal rates and active ride types
  3. If your city has subregion pricing, you’ll see a link to the subregion’s blog page below the region's normal rates

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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