San Francisco Uber and Lyft drivers earn more than most of their fellow drivers nationwide, according to a recent study released by tech company SherpaShare.
In San Francisco, UberX drivers earn $14.65 per trip, and Lyft drivers earn $13.42 per trip on average, according to data gathered from “rideshare” drivers who log their earning data into the SherpaShare service.
On the lower end of the scale, drivers in Nashville, Tenn., make on average $10 per trip.
Bay Area-based SherpaShare is a website and toolkit with tens of thousands of tech-on-demand drivers from companies like Uber, Lyft, Postmates and Sidecar in 150 cities nationwide, according to the company. Drivers track their business mileage and tax deductions, and use Web dashboards to understand their business expenses.
In a study released last week, SherpaShare compiled data from drivers across the country to compare and contrast earning data. Drivers in few cities earned as much as in San Francisco, with New York City drivers leading the pack by far with trips averaging nearly $30 per ride.
SherpaShare co-founder Ryder Pearce said the findings echo sentiments the company heard from drivers.
“We had heard anecdotally from hundreds of our drivers that San Francisco had a high earnings per trip compared with even other cities in California, and our report confirmed this,” Pearce said. “For example, we’ve talked [to] drivers coming into San Francisco from Stockton and Southern California to earn more driving in San Francisco.”
Uber did not respond to requests for comment, and Lyft declined to speak on the record for this story.
The study was spurred by a desire to analyze recent rate cuts by Uber and Lyft, the study wrote. But SherpaShare issued a stern warning about the data.
“It’s important not to make too many conclusive statements about the trends we see, because there are so many variables, all interacting dynamically,” the company wrote. “Many drivers think lower rates automatically means lower pay, and Uber et. al. understandably claim the opposite.”
The earnings per trip were gross, and did not take into account gas, maintenance and other costs of driving for Uber or Lyft. Those costs can be 30 to 50 percent of a fare, Pearce said. In general, however, fares per trip have increased for drivers nationwide by a dollar from January to May of this year.
Uber has previously said it has as many as 20,000 active drivers in the Bay Area, and Lyft has not released its number of drivers. SherpaShare has thousands of San Francisco drivers using its service, Pearce said.
Another “major trend” Ryder saw in the data from SherpaShare users is “double dipping.” Two-thirds of SherpaShare’s tens of thousands of drivers work for two or more services, Ryder said.
“Since San Francisco has the most options for this type of work in the U.S.,” he said, so “it’s even higher here.”
Pearce said some drivers in San Francisco work for as many as five services at a time. For example, one person drives for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and delivers for Postmates and DoorDash, he said. Another drives for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Wingz and Summon.
The “quintuple dipping” is significantly higher in San Francisco, he said.