Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Tipping Your Uber Driver

For most people, it’s a no-brainer that you should tip your taxi driver after a successful journey. But what about your Uber driver?

Uber has recently added the ability to tack on a tip to your ride fare, a move which goes against their earlier insistence that tipping creates uncertainty about how much drivers can expect to earn and how much passengers should be prepared to pay.

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If you’re wondering whether or not drivers actually depend on those tips, the answer is actually pretty unclear. A survey of more than 2,600 Uber drivers found that the average hourly income for an UberX driver is about $13.70 without tips. Half of all drivers said they averaged about $5 per tip, and a third said they never earned any tips.

This data suggests that tipping your Uber driver would certainly be appreciated, but that it’s still not as common of a practice as tipping cab drivers. As drivers are typically using their own vehicle and might provide extras like water or snacks, tipping a driver makes sense for the conscientious passenger.