How Much Do Lyft Drivers Make in Chicago?

How much money do Lyft drivers make in Chicago?

Lyft Pay Chicago – Chicago Lyft driver Salary 

How much do Lyft drivers make in Chicago?

This post looks into the question of Lyft driver income in Chicago, Illinois, and estimates that a Chicago Lyft driver’s salary is approximately $43,024 (per year).

Lyft Driver Hours & Expenses in Chicago

It is possible to estimate the earnings of a Chicago Lyft driver, as follows:

  • An average trip for a Lyft driver pays out approximately $13.79 in the Chicago area.
  • Lyft drivers are able to complete about two full trips per hour (i.e., equating to a total hourly rate of $27.58).

Assuming an average Chicago-based Lyft driver works about 30 hours per week, their total earnings amount to approximately $827.40 per week.

This equates to a yearly salary of $43,024 for a Chicago-based Lyft driver.

Driver Expenses & Lyft Commission

A Lyft driver’s revenue in Chicago is a gross salary estimate. As such, it does not factor in Lyft’s commission (25%), or other operating costs, including fuel, car insurance, or other expenses.

For drivers who target high-demand areas of Chicago, income will likely be higher. Driving a fuel-efficient or hybrid vehicle will almost certainly lower a driver’s operating expenses.

Best Late-Night (9.00pm – 1.00am) Locations for Lyft Drivers in Chicago:
  • Belgravia Terrace
  • Downtown Chicago
  • Evanston
  • Gold Coast
  • Lincoln Park
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Near North Side
  • Near West Side
  • Pine Grove
  • The Loop
  • Uptown Chicago
  • West Town
  • Wicker Park
  • Wrighleyville
Best Times for Lyft Drivers in Chicago:

Weekend/Friday & Saturday Nights:

  • 9:00pm – 1:00am


  • Morning: 6:00am – 8:30am
  • Evening: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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