Female Uber drivers make 7% less than male Uber drivers do. Uber sampled more than one million divers in the U.S and studied its own data for two years. And it found there is a 7% discrepancy in pay, when comparing men to women.
Uber says three major factors are at play: experience, speed and location. Drivers with more experience tend to dive more and make more money — and drivers with more experience tend to be men. Uber says this accounts for 1/3 of the gender wage gap. Male Uber drivers also drive 2.2% faster than female Uber drivers, which means they can pick up more riders — that accounts for ½ of the earnings in the gap.
Location also matters — 1/6 of the gap can be explained by the areas where rides are hailed. On average, man drive in areas with high surge rates and lower wait times. Uber says this study found no evidence of discrimination in gender, because both average rider rating and cancellation rates are the same between genders. Uber also uses a gender-blind algorithm in its app. Since the study is the company’s own, it’s hard to tell how sound the metrics are — but since there seems to be a gender-related pay gap in almost every industry, it does seem a bit suspect.