How Much Do Uber Drivers Make in Los Angeles?

How much money do Uber drivers make in Los Angeles?

Uber Pay Los Angeles / Uber Driver Earnings in LA.

The subject of Uber Driver Salaries is controversial — everyone has competing ideas of what the ‘average’ Uber driver really makes per year.

But who is an ‘average’ driver? And what kind of variables are being taken into account when tabulating pay estimates?

How much is an Uber driver’s salary in Los Angeles?

At IDWU, we’ve estimated that Uber drivers in Los Angeles make approximately $36,316 per year (check out our list of Uber pay estimates by city for more projected earnings).

An ‘Average Driver’

An average Uber driver works between 20 – 30 hours per week.

The average trip for an Uber driver pays out $11.64, and drivers reportedly complete about 2 full trips per hour (i.e., a total of $23.28).

Since an average Uber driver works about 30 hours per week, the total amount for Los Angeles comes out to $698 per week — meaning that a full year’s salary for an Uber driver in LA is $36,316.


It’s important to note that this number includes the 20% fee taken by Uber, and also includes a rough projection of operating cost (fuel, maintenance, taxes, fares and tolls). However, these variables differ greatly by vehicle & driver, so our final number is obviously an estimate — not an exact amount.

For drivers operating a hybrid or electric vehicle, maintenance and operating costs could be significantly lower.

Make More Money as an Uber Driver by driving during Surge Hours & in ‘Hot Spot’ Locations

If you want to make even more money as an Uber driver in LA, it’s worth taking note of the city’s numerous ‘Hot Spot’ locations and high-demand hours — knowledge which will help you optimize your revenue intake.

Los Angeles High-Demand Hours:
Daily: 6am – 5pm
Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – Midnight

Los Angeles Peak Demand Hours:
Friday: 5pm – 3am
Saturday: 5pm – 3am

Los Angeles Uber Hot Spot Map:

LA Morning Demand Hours:

LA Standard Demand Hours;

LA Late Night Demand Hours:

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