They work six 12 hour shifts per week, never complain, and are very compliant. And so they are rich.
I’m not one of the ultra talented drivers that makes $600 per shift, i’m far from it. Uber just likes these drivers so much that they constantly send them from one surging area to the next. Or keep them in a surging area for the duration of the surge. Remember no matter where you are or what time of day it is there are requests going off all around you for trips going in all directions. Now what happens when you fully optimize all trips over the course of one shift according to price and direction? That’s what Uber does when they like you. They optimize your trips. When they don’t like you they send you far from a surge center moments before it hits which is generally the case with me despite my 4.97 rating and 5,400 trip count. I can’t really figure it out.
Let's just do some calculations here:
Assuming Dallas is lit up +5$ the entire day for 12 hours and every ride you get is a sweet unicorn 20+ mile ride which you make minumum 20$. That ride obviously will take 25-30 minutes. Lets assume that minute you finish the ride you get another one....Soo u can do 2 25$ rides per hour giving you 50$, which in turn gives you 600$ in 12 hour period.
To sum it all up you have to manage two 20 mile plus trips back to back per hour, with minimum 10$ surge per hour. All that times 12....hahahah..
Whoever is telling you they're making $600 in 12 hours, every day, in DFW, only doing UberX, is simply lying. $50/hr for a couple of hours after a huge event, sure. $50/hr for general anting around for 12 hours, I call BS. Bigly.