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.

Check out the Learning Center tab in your Lyft Driver app for more on understanding your pay.

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When do I get paid?

Weekly deposits

Lyft starts the weekly payment process on Tuesdays around 5 AM. It may take 1 - 3 business days before your deposit shows in your account, depending on your bank's processing time.

If we’re unable to deposit your earnings, we’ll try again after you update your bank account information (or on the following Tuesday if you don't update your information).

Express Pay

To skip the wait, you can cash out your earnings instantly using Express Pay. Earnings can appear within a few hours or days, depending on your bank’s processing time.

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Failed transfers

Your deposit may fail if your bank info is outdated or incorrect. We’ll send you a text to let you know if this happens.

If we’re unable to deposit your earnings, we’ll try again after you update your bank information (or on the following Tuesday if you don't update your information). You can update your bank info in the 'Payout Information' tab in your Driver Dashboard.

If you need your cash sooner, try using Express Pay or Lyft Direct.

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Fare calculations

Lyft passengers pay for rides through the app.

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 our 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 region where your ride starts

We determine the applicable local rate card depending on which city and region in which a ride was requested. See local pricing on your region’s Rate Card.

Passengers see a confirmed, upfront price for each ride. When your passenger receives the upfront price, you'll be paid for time and distance that’s based on your approved region’s Rate Card. If the destination is changed or a new stop is added, the upfront price is voided and a new price is provided based on route 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 'Driving History' tab in your Driver Dashboard.

You’ll receive cancellation fees according to our Cancellation and no-show fee policy for drivers.

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Minimum & maximum fares

All rides are subject to minimum and maximum fares.

Minimum fare: The lowest amount you’ll earn on a ride, even for very short rides and regardless of what the passengers pay. Trips ended before you reach the minimum fare are rounded to this amount.

Maximum fare: The highest amount you’ll receive for a ride. 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.

See your local pricing on your region’s Rate Card.

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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 Platform Fee

Rather than charge a flat commission, Lyft's portion of ride payments is shown in the app and Driver Dashboard as the Lyft’s Platform Fees.

Lyft Platform Fees are variable, meaning they can change. The amount includes the difference between what the passenger paid and your driver earnings, tips, tolls, and other charges (like airport fees and taxes). Unless we break it out separately, fees include Lyft’s Service Fee, which we use to offset costs like liability insurance on your rides.

Drivers earn the per-mile and per-minute rates identified on their region’s Rate Card, regardless of what the passenger pays. Lyft takes no commission or fees from tips.

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Subregion pricing

Some cities that Lyft operates in use specialized subregion pricing, which may be specialized for distinct areas in a given city. 

Check your rate card for subregion rates in your city.

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

Heads up: Subregions don’t have distinct incentives.

Any incentive offered to a broader city also applies to rides taken in the subregion. Some special driving modes have their own rate card.

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