In 2021, Uber Technologies, Inc. retained Anderson Economic Group (AEG) to analyze the average hourly earnings for the company’s Chicago drivers during select reporting periods between 2018 and 2021. We define earnings as the total compensation drivers receive, less the total costs they incur in driving their own vehicles.
- Collected data from Uber regarding Chicago driver earnings, including trip pay, tips, and incentive payments;
- Constructed a customized cost model to estimate costs incurred by Chicago Uber drivers in providing rideshare services;
- Identified Chicago Uber drivers’ vehicle characteristics, distance traveled, and time spent driving for Uber; and
- Subtracted driver costs from driver earnings to arrive at drivers’ net total compensation for the reporting periods studied.