Are you supposed to tip an Uber driver?

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Why is ride-hail tipping so confusing?

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If you've ever felt unsure about how much to tip your driver on apps like Uber or Lyft, you're not alone. There's a lot of confusion around tipping etiquette on app-based rides, and much of it can be traced back to Uber's beginnings. As the app that made ride-hailing a thing in the first place, Uber established many of the standards around how we use those services, including the forgoing of tips. But as the ride-hail market has changed, that's become less of a good deal for drivers.

To learn more about the average pay and tips of an Uber driver, check out this survey by Ridester:

...and this study by the Economic Policy Institute:

For more information about the app-based drivers versus other workers in the gig economy, check out this study from JPMorgan Chase:

The National Bureau of Economic Research has also done its own study on tipping on app-based rides, which you can find here (paywall): is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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