Uber or Lyft: Which pays better?

Posted at 6:13 AM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 09:51:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diegans looking to combat the area's increasing cost of living are signing up to drive for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft -- but which one pays better?

According to one company's research, Uber pays better, but Lyft lets passengers tip through the app. Uber says it's adding a tip feature soon.

The website Nerdwallet says in San Diego, a driver would have to provide 62 Uber rides per week, or 84 Lyft rides a week, to earn $50,000 a year.

"I start anywhere between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., and try to get home by 5 p.m.," said Linda Baker, who drives full time for both services in San Diego.

Baker also adds to her income through a streaming ad and content player in her backseat called RIDEPLAY.

Drivers can also add to their income by delivering food. Uber drivers can do that through the app's Uber Eats service.

Both Uber and Lyft allow drivers to lease cars instead of using their own. It cracks down on mileage but also eats away earnings.

Drivers can both boost their incomes by picking people up at peak times, like Friday and Saturday nights in the Gaslamp Quarter.