Gail and I sat down at the Sushi bar to have a drink and a happy hour snack. Gail and I are both pre-retirement age and sitting two stools away from us at the “a” position at any bar: The Corner, was a carefully groomed man with a smile and a plate of sashimi.
“How’s it Going?”, he quizzed
Gail and I stared small talk with our new acquaintance “Ben” and quickly found out he was an Uber Driver. If you ever have taken an Uber you know that talking about Uber s is something that all drivers love to do. But this was the first time we got a chance to talk to an Uber driver that was not working.
Turns out Ben was a recent Widower. His wife of 40 years a passed about six months ago.
“I got lonely and needed something to do’” offered Ben. “And I love to get out and meet people, I could always use the extra money, and I absolutely love it! It keeps me busy. I work when I want to and I turn the Uber app off , like now, while I am grabbing a snack. (Ben was not drinking) .
What a perfect thing for a single retired person to do! I loved the idea.
How much do Uber Drivers earn? According to Uber, the average Uber driver salary is around $90,000 per year. Now that’s including the maintenance cost of the car, insurance, toll fees, fuel, and other driver expenses. Once all that is accounted for, $90,000 doesn’t sound like a lot. However, this is how much Uber drivers make in the United States. According to a reporter for BuzzFeed, Johana Bhuiyan, who did a survey on what the drivers earn: “drivers netted hourly wages of $15.22, $21.17, $27.54, $32.90, $36.88, $37.12, and $38.25 — not including one-time referral or sign-up bonuses or one-time deductions. They worked between 5.78 and 42.65 hours per week. Overall, their combined hourly wage during this time was $31.61 ( Her full article is here).
Are there Rules for becoming an Uber Driver? To become an Uber-X driver you must:
- Have a four door Sedan that seats 4 or more passengers excluding the driver
- The car must be 2001 or newer
- In state license tags
- No marked, taxi, or salvaged cars
- Pass an Uber Inspection
- The automobile must be currently registered, but does not have to be in your name
- You must be 21 or older
- With three years driving experience minimum in your state
- In state car insurance in your name
- In state drivers license
- Clean Driving record and pass a background check (no Dui, no criminal, etc.)
Apart from the money, as a retiree, being an Uber Driver gets you out, you get to meet and socialize with people, and get a feeling of belonging and worth.
Interested GO TO UBER!