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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 begins the weekly payment process on Tuesdays around 5 am. It may take a few hours or even days before you see the deposit in your account. This may happen because:

  • Different banks may take longer depending on their deposit processes
  • Your bank info is outdated or incorrect (learn how to update it)

If we’re unable to deposit your earnings, we’ll try again next week. If you need your cash sooner, use 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 a 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 city where your ride starts Prime Time

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.

 

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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 Driving History or Driver Console 'Earnings' tab.

Under certain circumstances, you may receive a cancellation fee when your passenger cancels. Cancellation fees aren’t subject to Lyft's commission 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 a commission 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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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’s commission

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

Lyft takes no commission from tips.

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Subregion pricing

Some cities that Lyft operates in use subregion pricing as a way to balance driver earnings with passengers’ wallets.

Subregion pricing is specialized pricing for distinct areas in a given city. To see subregions:

  1. Head to our Cities page and choose your city
  2. Look below the normal rates and available Lyft modes
  3. If there is subregion pricing in your city, you’ll see a link to the subregion’s blog page directly below the normal rates

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

Subregions don’t have distinct incentives.

Any incentive (such as Average Hourly Guarantees or Prime Time) offered to a broader city also applies to rides taken in the subregion. One exception is when subregions are also guarantee zones for Average Hourly Guarantees. 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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