I stumbled across this article on one of my feeds and thought, wow $19 an hour to drive for uber is a pretty good deal. Until I read the details. https://www.businessinsider.com/uber-lyft-driver-how-much-money-2019-10 The headline is total click bait. First the guy got a flat while driving that cost him $400 to fix for some reason, so really he was negative for the week. Second he grossed $257 for 13-14 hours of work. But it's 1099 pay so he has to pay a higher tax rate for fica which is about 9% higher. So right off the bat you can reduce that gross pay to $233 to offset the higher tax rate. Then he listed his gas expenses, drove 291 miles, 5.75 gallons of gas (it's a prius) and spent about $13. Which he didn't deduct. But going beyond that, a prius is a very efficient car and he's not depreciating or calculating car maintenance rates for for the almost 300 miles. Every car is different, but to me the best way to get an all in one number is use the car milege reimbursement rate. This is the rate set my the government that employers must pay employers when they use their personal vehicles for work. It includes fuel costs, car depreciation and maintenance all rolled into once nice average number. It's current 58 cents per mile. So applying that rate the 291 miles costs the average driver $168 in car costs. Overall if you subtract the higher taxes and car reimbursement rate you end up at $65 for 13.75 hours of driving, or about $4.75 an hour. Way lower than minimum wage and way lower than contractor minimum wage. Add back in the tax money and the wage is $6.42 still far under contractor minimum wage. There's no way I would ever drive for them considering you have to bring your own vehicle. It's a total racket and I'll bet most drivers don't calc in the car cost. In fact looking at these numbers they might even have a potential lawsuit to file for getting paid less than minimum wage on average.