Detailed Analysis Shows California App-Based Driver Preferences, Earnings, and Satisfaction Under Prop 22

Bakersfield, CA – A comprehensive new study of app-based rideshare and food delivery drivers in California, published by the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development, shows that Bakersfield drivers earned, on average, $30.22 per active hour including tips, and $21.76 per active hour excluding tips in the third quarter of 2021. 
The study provides an in-depth look into California rideshare and delivery drivers’ earnings, driving preferences, and satisfaction with app-based work since the implementation of Proposition 22.
Statewide, the study’s key findings on app-based drivers in California include:

  • In the third quarter of 2021, there were approximately 800,000 driver registrations across the DoorDash, Instacart, Lyft, and Uber platforms in California. This represents a 41% increase compared to the number of drivers registered across the platforms in the third quarter of 2020.  
  • Including tips, average driver earnings increased 26%, from $27.34/hour in the third quarter of 2019 to $34.46/hour in the third quarter of 2021. 
    • Excluding tips, earnings increased from $23.45 to $25.17 in the same period.
  • From the fourth quarter of 2020 to the third quarter of 2021, driver earnings totaled $4.3 billion across the platforms in California.   
  • 82 percent of app-based drivers report being satisfied with their work for these platforms.  
  • 75 percent of app-based drivers prefer their status as independent contractors. 
  • 89 percent of drivers said they were interested in app-based work because it affords great flexibility, allowing drivers to work at their convenience, with 79% indicating that being their own boss was very important too. 

The study was conducted independently by UC Riverside economists using anonymized data provided by the four major app-based rideshare and delivery platforms in California — Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash. The study also analyzed a survey of more than 1,500 California app-based drivers conducted by EMC Research, a public opinion research firm.

The report also details driver earnings across each of the state’s metropolitan statistical areas.

About Protect App-Based Drivers & Services (PADS) Coalition
The Protect App-Based Drivers & Services (PADS) coalition, formerly the Yes on Prop 22 Coalition, is continuing to engage with and inform the public to ensure that the will of California voters is upheld; to protect access to independent, app-based jobs; and to preserve the availability, affordability, and reliability of on-demand app-based rideshare and delivery services that are essential to Californians and our economy. 
Proposition 22 was supported by 59% of California voters, 120,000 app-based drivers, and a diverse coalition of more than 140 groups including social justice, senior, community, business, veterans, and many others.