Are you supposed to tip an Uber driver?

Are you supposed to tip an Uber driver?

Why is ride-hail tipping so confusing?

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If you’ve ever felt unsure about how much to tip your driver on apps like Uber or Lyft, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of confusion around tipping etiquette on app-based rides, and much of it can be traced back to Uber’s beginnings. As the app that made ride-hailing a thing in the first place, Uber established many of the standards around how we use those services, including the forgoing of tips. But as the ride-hail market has changed, that’s become less of a good deal for drivers.

To learn more about the average pay and tips of an Uber driver, check out this survey by Ridester:

…and this study by the Economic Policy Institute:

For more information about the app-based drivers versus other workers in the gig economy, check out this study from JPMorgan Chase:

The National Bureau of Economic Research has also done its own study on tipping on app-based rides, which you can find here (paywall): is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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23 thoughts on “Are you supposed to tip an Uber driver?

  1. Not Uber But I used to work as a food courier and whenever the customer tipped the base pay always dropped. There all thieves

  2. I don’t know how it is for most people but if I were to tip anyone anywhere that comes out of my food money I’d rather eat then give you money

  3. Raising Uber prices and tip pressure.

    At this moment it’s almost if not the same as a cab. Might as well take a cab if it’s available at that moment.

  4. Ok, I am an Uber driver, I make anywhere between $800 and $1,200 a week. Not with tips, now tips are welcomed and you should if you feel that you enjoyed your ride. It dose help me make more. If someone is not making decent money driving it means their not working at least 6 to 8 hours ,5-6 days aweek. You know like a real job would have you work. So In short if your happy with your ride tip the person. It's a good thing. Most the ppl on this thread have no clue what there talking about and especially the people from other countries. Instead of assumed in what you think you know about America , why don't you come and visit our country and see what actually goes on and how great our country is. Thank you and good day to you all.

  5. i thought that uber wasn't a "full time job" meaning that people have other jobs and do this for extra cash, so i feel tipping wouldn't be necessary but cab drivers have their job as a cab driver

  6. Your Government should just enforce reasonable minimum wages to ensure tipping is no longer required like the rest of the civilized world.

  7. Cabbies have healthcare and pensions. Uber drivers have none of this plus have to pay all maintenance and gas for the car. Yes, APP DRIVERS NEED TIPS!

  8. You're not supposed to tip anyone you're supposed to give them a donation for good service and add mandatory donations to food.

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