Lyft tries to dazzle potential new Lyft drivers with statements like “Make $35 per hour driving your own car!” $35 per hour on a flexible schedule sounded pretty sweet to me, so I figured I’d give it a shot and apply to become a driver. How did the reality measure up to the promise?
After three months of driving, my hourly wage driving for Lyft works out to roughly $15-$20/hour. That’s not bad for an easy and flexible part-time job, but it hasn’t quite reached the $35 per hour that I’ve been dreaming about.
That was only true until New Years Eve. Lyft blasted all of the drivers in the days before NYE telling us that it was going to be a busy night, so I shelved any plans I was trying to put together and decided to stick the pink mustache to my car and drive for Lyft. Lyft was right…I had tons of rides and made a really high hourly wage.
I Made $180 in 5.5 Hours Driving For Lyft
$180 in 5.5 hours comes out to around $32/hour! I’m finally pulling down the big numbers that I signed on for.
Here was the other cool bonus: Lyft kicked on surge pricing that doubled one of my fares! Although the price was a bit higher for the customer, the price increase wasn’t nearly as insane as Uber surge pricing.
Want to Drive For Lyft?
Apply to become a driver for Lyft here. It’s an easy online application, and you could begin driving within 2 weeks!