Want to make money driving? Take a look at our list of different driving jobs that are available on the market. From working for a boss for an hourly rate, to driving your own car on your own terms, we’ll break down the different options for you.
The choice is yours!
Are you looking to drive with Uber? Our guides to becoming an Uber driver cover everything from the requirements to drive with Uber and how to sign up, to getting on the road, picking up your first passenger and start making money on your own schedule. Signing up is very easy, plus you can earn a cash bonus. With Uber, you can drive as much or as little as you want, depending on your availability and how much you want to make. There is no set schedule and no boss in charge of your day. Get paid weekly by direct deposit.
Sign up here to become an Uber driver and earn a cash bonus!
Lyft, the “friendly alternative”, is the other ridesharing giant and Uber’s biggest competitor in the U.S. With Lyft as well, you choose how much you drive and when. It is not uncommon for people to drive just during the weekends to make up to $800 per month extra. Lyft pays you conveniently by weekly direct deposit. In addition to that, Lyft offers a feature called ‘Express Pay’ that let’s you cash out your earnings immediately for a $0.50 transfer fee for each transaction.
While similar to Uber in many respects, there are a few differences you’ll want to check out in our guide to becoming a Lyft driver.
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Check out our real-life examples of how much Uber drivers make. Take a look at our explanation of how Uber fares are calculated and paid to drivers.
An extensive comment thread and poll reveals real information collected from rideshare drivers about how much money they’re making driving for Uber and Lyft.
Also check out this list of rideshare driver incomes across the U.S.
Welcome to our guide and FAQ on filing taxes for rideshare drivers.
When you drive for Uber or other rideshare companies, you are regarded as an independent contractor, not an employee.
What does that mean for your taxes? Social security, medicare, and federal income taxes are not withheld from your earnings like in a traditional job. Instead, you are responsible for paying your income and self- employment taxes. You are also required to pay estimated taxes during a tax year.
Sounds complicated and overwhelming? We created a comprehensive and completely free tax guide for rideshare drivers that explains the process step by step.
Taxi Driver Jobs
Taxi drivers are generally required to obtain a special driver license (not a Commercial Driver License). Often you have to be at least 23 – 25 years old, have a clean driving record and pass a background check. Taxi drivers must obtain taxi permits for the cities or areas they intend to operate in. Some companies and insurances require medical exams for drivers. You can work both as employee or an independent contractor in this industry, depending on the taxi company.
How much do Taxi Drivers make? The median annual income of a taxi driver in the US is $33,495. The income ranges between about $27,822 to $40,880. 50% of all people with the job title “Taxi Driver” in the US make more than $33,495 per year, 50% make less.
Truck Driving Jobs
Truck driving is known to be one of the job areas with an above-average job security. It can offer good pay and benefits, especially for certain specific driving jobs (such as difficult driving circumstances or hazardous freight). There are certain entrance barriers to this line of work. For most of these jobs a commercial driver’s license is required (CDL). In order to obtain a CDL, you have to attend Trucking School.
What are the costs of truck driving school? In general, private trucking schools cost somewhere in the range of $3500 – $6000, depending on the level of training and the type of school. There are two basic kinds of trucking schools: privately owned schools, and schools sponsored by companies. The company sponsored ones typically pay for the training. In return, the company usually requires its drivers to sign a long term contract.
How much do truck drivers make? After obtaining a CDL, these driving jobs make somewhere between $36,000 to over $45,000, with years of experience, up to $75,000 per year. The pay depends on a number of factors: experience, the type of freight transported, the company you work for, where you are located, etc. There is an increasing demand for truck drivers in today’s market and an estimated shortage of about 20,000 truck drivers in the US.
Delivery Driver Jobs
From delivering food to driving a UPS truck, there are numerous driving jobs in the delivery service industry. These driving jobs do typically not require a commercial driver’s license. Depending on the level of experience, skill and commitment needed, the pay for these jobs has a fairly wide range. Food delivery drivers generally get the lowest pay.
How much do delivery drivers make? Based on anonymous submission of pay information, the average delivery driver salary in 2016 is around $24,000 annually in the US. Depending on the field, the pay can vary substantially. Food delivery drivers that are part of a tipping system often earn relatively low base salaries. Drivers for Domino’s Pizza for example earn around $7.72 per hour. A UPS delivery driver earn an average of $25.33 per hour. A Lowe’s driver can earn an hourly average of $14.66.
This amounts to an approximate annual income of $16,000 for the Domino’s Pizza delivery driver, $71,000 for the UPS driver and $30,000 for the Lowe’s employee.
Ambulance Driver Jobs
Ambulance driver requirements vary, depending on employer and location. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or ambulance technicians (under the British system) typically work for private ambulance companies, hospitals, as well as fire departments and community first aid squads. They are trained to respond quickly to emergency situations, transport ill, injured as well as non-ambulatory patients and have to load and unload patients from ambulance vehicles. Part of their job might be to administer first aid and assist with other duties at the medical facility they’re assigned to.
What are the requirements to become an ambulance driver?
Being frequently the first to reach people needing medical assistance, ambulance drivers have to be well-trained and able to handle high-pressure situations. Driving jobs in the EMT field are highly specialized. Though employer requirements vary, ambulance drivers are generally educated at the basic EMT level. Depending on the state, this training typically is comprised of 80-120 hours of classroom education and about 24 hours of field training. In addition to a standard state driver’s license, an Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) is required in some states.
How much do ambulance drivers make?
In 2016, the median income of an ambulance driver in the US is approximately $30,000. The salary varies depending on location, level of training, years of experience, etc. The income ranges from around $28,000 to $35,000.