How Much to Tip Lyft Driver? (This is how much)

By John Goldsmith •  Updated: 03/09/22 •  4 min read

When you’re finished with your ride, it’s customary to tip your Lyft driver.

But how much should you give?

Here are a few guidelines to help you decide.

First, it’s important to note that there is no standard tipping amount.

How much should you tip the Lyft driver?

It really depends on how your ride went and what you think the driver deserves.

A good rule of thumb is to tip between 15 and 20 percent of the cost of your ride. So if your fare was $10, you would tip between $1, if it was $20, you would tip $3.

But is a dollar going to be enough? Probably not.

If the driver went above and beyond- like helping you with your bags- a bigger tip is definitely in order.

And if the ride was particularly uncomfortable or unpleasant, you can always tip less (or not at all).

In the end, it’s up to you. Just make sure you’re being fair and generous, whatever you decide.

How much money does a Lyft driver make?

The amount a Lyft driver makes really depends on how long they’ve been driving for the company, and how many trips they’ve completed.

But, on average, drivers make between $12 and $17 per hour.

So if you tip between 15 and 20 percent of your fare, your driver is likely to make an extra $2 to $4 per ride.

And that’s not including the bonuses and incentives Lyft sometimes offers drivers.

So, whether you’re a first-time tipper or you’re looking for a few more ideas, these tips should help you out.

How many rides does a Lyft driver do per day?

Again, this really depends on how long the driver has been with Lyft, and how many trips they’ve completed.

But, on average, drivers do between 20 and 30 rides per day.

This means that, if the driver is getting an average $3 dollars per trip, then they could bring home $60-80 dollars per day in tips.

Not bad!

How to tip a Lyft driver?

There are a few different ways to tip your Lyft driver.

The most common way is to use cash. After your ride is over, you can give the driver the cash directly.

Another option is to use the Lyft app. Tips added through the app are charged to the card on file.

Lyft credit cannot be used to tip drivers.

You can also add a tip later, up to 72 hours after your ride.

Just go to the ‘History’ tab in the app and select ‘Add tip.’

Enter the amount you want to tip, and choose whether you want to use cash or your card on file.

Do Lyft drivers see your tip before rating?

No, your driver will not see whether or not you’ve tipped until after they rate you.

This is because, in both the Uber and Lyft driver apps, the driver either swipes or taps to complete the ride and is immediately taken to a rating screen.

The driver cannot see your rating until after they’ve given you theirs.

This is also true for both the ‘Rating’ and ‘Thank you’ screens in the Lyft app.

Wrap up

Tips are an important part of society. Whether you’re a Lyft driver, customer or waiter, tipping is what makes the service industry work.

It’s not just about money- it’s also about showing appreciation for good service and making sure people get paid fairly for their hard work.

When in doubt, remember that 15% to 20% is considered standard

In the end, it’s up to you to decide how much to tip your Lyft driver.

But following these guidelines should help make the process a little easier.

Thanks for reading!

John Goldsmith