Lyft Driver Statistics

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Lyft Driver Statistics

Lyft made a public announcement in 2017, committing to be a highly inclusive and diverse company. In 2019, Louisiana became the state with the highest percentage (47%) of female Lyft drivers. While most demographic statistics for the drivers of Lyft could not be identified, we were able to determine that rideshare drivers have a lower percentage of married people, a higher percentage of people with children, and a higher education level than workers in other industries.

Lyft Drivers Demographic Statistics

INCOME/EARNINGS:

  • Lyft drivers earn an average of $17.37 per hour.
  • Lyft drivers earn between $100-$499 per month.

GENDER:

  • Lyft has more active female drivers than any other ridesharing company in the US.
  • However, male drivers are being hired at a faster rate than women despite the company's efforts to attract more female drivers.
  • Female drivers work fewer hours per week than male drivers.
  • In 2019, 27% of the drivers are female.
  • 47% of Lyft's drivers in Louisiana are women, making it the state with the most balanced gender incorporation.

RACE

  • Lyft announced its plans to become a diverse and inclusive company across all their segments in 2017.
  • This effort includes all areas: administration, leadership, technicians, employees, drivers, etc.
    • Their ethnicity/race proportions in the company are: 22.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 10.2% Black or African American, 9% Latino or Hispanic, 4.7% identifies with more than two, 0.5% Native Hawaiian or pacific islander, and 52.4% white.

Drivers' Demographic Statistics in the Rideshare Industry

  • The Institute of Transportation Studies of UC Davis created a report in 2018 about the characteristics of Uber and Lyft's drivers in the United States.
  • The report surveyed people in the industry and people showing interest in becoming a driver to see what motivated them.

ETHNICITY/RACE:

  • 40% of all rideshare drivers, Lyft and Uber, are white males.
  • 18% of all rideshare drivers in the US are Black/African American.
  • 16% of all rideshare drivers in the US are Hispanic/Latino.
  • 63% of all rideshare drivers are not white.

AGE AND GENDER:

  • 26.2% of the surveyed drivers were between 18 and 24 years old; 26.5% between 25 and 34 years old; 11% between 35 and 41 years; 13.3% between 42 and 50 years old; and 23% between 51 and 64 years old.
  • Most drivers are men between the ages of 30 and 49 years old.
  • Most drivers are younger than the average US worker in other industries.
  • 20% of all rideshare drivers in the industry are women.
  • 12% of chauffeurs and taxi drivers in the US are women.
  • 30% of the drivers surveyed are aged 30 to 39.
  • The median age when people is willing to work as drivers is 31 years old.

DRIVING EARNINGS:

  • Female drivers earn an average of $14.26 per hour.
  • White male drivers earn an average of $16.61 per hour.
  • Drivers above 62 years old earn $3 per hour less than drivers between 18 to 30 years old.
  • The average number of cars owned is 1.18.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:

  • Based on the report by UC Davis the statistics of employment across the surveyed drivers are:
    • 43.6% are full-time employees.
    • 15.1% are part-time employees.
    • 10.3% are students.
    • 11.4% are homemakers.
    • 10.6% are unemployed.

HOUSEHOLD INCOME:

  • Based on the report by UC Davis the household income of the surveyed drivers is:
    • Less than 18.6% earn has an income of $25,000.
    • 7.05% have a household income between $25,000 and $30,000.
    • 19.8% of the drivers have a household income of $30,000 and $50,000.
    • 18.7% of the drivers have a household income of $50,000 and $75,000.
    • 14% have an income between $75,000 and $100,000.
    • 6.14% have an income between $100,000 and $125,000.
    • 3.76% have an income between $125,000 and $150,000.
    • 3.55% have an income between $150,000 and $200,000.
    • 2.19% have a household income above $200,000.
    • 6.11% of the surveyed drivers decided not to disclose their income.
    • The median income of people willing to drive is $62,500.

EDUCATION

  • Uber and Lyft drivers have a higher level of education than chauffeurs and taxi drivers.
  • 53.3% of the rideshare drivers have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 28% of the drivers don't have a college degree or didn't finish school.
  • 7% of the drivers are currently studying.

FAMILY:

  • In comparison with workers in other industries of the US, rideshare drivers have a lower percentage of married people.
  • Also, a higher percentage of rideshare drivers have children, when compared to other workers from different industries. 
  • The average number of children that drivers and potential drivers have is one.

Research Strategy

To identify 5-7 additional demographic statistics for Lyft drivers in the US, including data about their age, education, income, race, and family. Our first strategy was looking for official demographic and driver's reports in the company's website and official communications issued by Lyft leadership team. Our objective was to find readily available statistics about their drivers. This search gave us more demographic statistics about the company.

The first was an updated statistic about the number of female drivers in Lyft. We had previously presented 2017's percentage (30%) and now we added 2019's information (27%). The second statistic was a breakdown of gender demographics per state. We were able to determine that Louisiana is the state where Lyft has more female drivers operating. Finally, we found information on the company's focus to create a diverse and inclusive environment and plan for their workers, partners, etc. They presented their first diversity report in 2018, where they broke down the percentage of workers by race and gender. Although these percentages reflect on the entire company, they don't indicate if they apply to administrative workers or also to their drivers. We included it as we considered it valuable data about the company's demographics. However, we were unable to find information about the age of the drivers, their income, family, education or their ethnicity.

As our second strategy, we decided to search for news and publications in industry magazines, news and experts' blogs in the US. Our objective was to find any mention of Lyft's demographics or driver's distribution through an expert's analysis of the company. We searched through Business of Apps and Rideshare Guide and found information about Lyft's demographics, the average payment per hour that Lyft drivers have and the range of earnings per month. However, this search gave little information about their drivers' race, age, education, income, or family. We found that 67% of the rideshare drivers work for both Uber and Lyft, so their demographics are very similar. We also found that Lyft has 30% of the share in the rideshare market of the US, and Uber has almost 70%.

As our third strategy, we tried looking for segmentation charts of the rideshare industry market by companies, age, and ethnicities. Our purpose was finding the percentage that Lyft drivers represent in the rideshare market and compare them with these charts to triangulate and calculate their proportions per demography. However, this search brought no information about the segmentation of the drivers per company in the rideshare industry market, and it only gave us the general rideshare industry data. It also provided a differentiation of their hourly rate per company, but not enough data to calculate the demographics of their income.

Finally, we considered the fact that 67% of the drivers work for both companies, Lyft and Uber, and that these companies represent almost 100% of the rideshare market. So, as requested, our fourth strategy was shifting our focus from Lyft to the entire rideshare industry in the US. We found a report created by the Institute of Transportation Studies of UC Davis about Lyft and Uber's drivers. It included multiple statistics about their income, educational level, race, family, marital status, children, earnings, car ownership, etc. We have included them in our research.

While we were unable to find five additional demographic statistics for Lyft drivers in the US, we were able to expand and add more information on three that were already presented about the drivers' gender, earnings, and race. We were also able to provide the demographic breakdown of the rideshare industry in the US. We believe the reason why there was little information regarding Lyft's demographics was that the company only went public in March 2019, so they started releasing public statements until Q2 of this year. Another reason could be because multiple rideshare drivers share Uber and Lyft access and work for both companies, and as Lyft has a smaller share, most reports focus on the entire industry.
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