Uber and Lyft driver pay revealed: which app offers more in NYC, LA, Chicago, and 13 other major American cities

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Uber Lyft Uber drivers earn slightly more than their counterparts on Lyft in New York City and Chicago.

  • Business Insider compared the earnings of Uber and Lyft drivers in 16 of the biggest American cities.
  • The data came from Gridwise, which makes an app that tracks earnings and passenger demand for ride-hail drivers.
  • The hourly rates for Uber and Lyft were similar, though hourly earnings were higher for Uber drivers in 12 of the 16 cities Business Insider analyzed.
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Ride-hail demand is slowly returning in some parts of the US, and with it, the question of whether Uber or Lyft is more lucrative for drivers.

Using 2020 data from Gridwise, which makes an app that tracks pay and passenger demand for ride-hail drivers, Business Insider compared the average hourly earnings for Uber and Lyft drivers in 16 of the biggest cities in the US. 

Though the gap between the apps is rarely more than $1 per hour, Uber offered drivers a slight edge, with higher earnings in 12 of the cities.

See how driver hourly earnings for each app stack up in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and 13 other cities below.

New York City New York City skyline



Uber: $23.36

Lyft: $21.16

Los Angeles Los Angeles



Uber: $16.91

Lyft: $17.22

Chicago Chicago is known for its freezing winter temperatures. Chicago is known for its freezing winter temperatures.



Uber: $17.06

Lyft: $16.61

Houston Houston, Texas on August 25, 2018. Houston, Texas on August 25, 2018.



Uber: $14.63

Lyft: $12.33

Philadelphia Philadelphia Pennsylvania



Uber: $18.94

Lyft: $20.03

Phoenix phoenix arizona quarantine air pollution Downtown Phoenix.



Uber: $18.94

Lyft: $18.52

San Antonio san antonio texas



Uber: $14.58

Lyft: $14.22

San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego



Uber: $16.37

Lyft: $17.86

Dallas-Fort Worth Dallas Texas



Uber: $16.99

Lyft: $15.73

San Jose san jose california



Uber: $19.25

Lyft: $17.70

San Francisco Bay Area San Francisco



Uber: $19.38

Lyft: $18.36

Pittsburgh downtown Pittsburgh Pennsylvania



Uber: $19.09

Lyft: $19.05

Seattle Seattle Washington



Uber: $19.12

Lyft: $18.49

Boston Boston



Uber: $18.42

Lyft: $17.50

Atlanta Atlanta



Uber: $14.99

Lyft: $15.03

Miami Miami skyline Miami skyline.



Uber: $13.63

Lyft: $12.89

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