Male Uber drivers earn more than women, but it's nothing to do with discrimination

The study has found a surprising 7 percent pay gap in Uber payouts to drivers.

With a "gender-blind" pay-scale, Uber is one of the professions where men and women workers are on a level playing field – so why are men still getting paid more?

The answer isn't discrimination, according to a study just released by Stanford University, the University of Chicago and Uber itself, but differing driving and work habits between men and women.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 1.8 million Uber trips and found that male drivers earn roughly 7 percent more per hour than women on average, which is actually in line with gender pay gaps seen within other industries.

Despite this, the study's authors wrote: "We find no evidence that outright discrimination, either by the app or by riders, is driving the gender earnings gap."

The gap is instead down to three reasons:

Men drive in more lucrative locations

The study found that men are typically more likely to operate in congested urban areas, where they're more likely to get higher rates and can take advantage of "surge pricing."

Part of the reason they do this is because of experience, which brings us to reason two...

Men spend more time driving for Uber than women 

According to the study, the more time you spend driving for Uber the more you're likely to earn.

That's because you gain experience knowing when the best times to drive are, where the most lucrative locations are, and "how to strategically cancel and accept trips."

A driver with more than 2,500 lifetime trips earns 14 percent more an hour than someone who's completed fewer than 100.

Men tend to work longer for Uber than women, and as a result increase their earnings.

Men drive faster than women

Not something to be celebrated really, but the final factor in determining why men get paid more than women driving for Uber is because they complete their trips faster.

While shorter trips tend to equal lower payouts, the study found the money lost as a result of this "is outweighed by the value of completing a trip quickly to start the next trip sooner and accumulate more per-mile pay."

Because male drivers had higher average speeds on their trips, they earned more as a result.

While they earn less, women are also likely to pay less for their car insurance than men, who according to the DMV are deemed riskier by insurers.

You can read the report here.

Next Up

Matt Shoemaker

Matt Shoemaker removed from rotation, fits in with Twins bullpen

The right-hander allowed two ninth-inning runs in a 6-4 loss to Houston.

1200 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 2019

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside funeral in Minneapolis

The funeral was for one of two people killed in the shooting outside a Minneapolis nightclub in May.

Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 1.51.13 PM

Darnella Frazier awarded Pulitzer Prize special citation for George Floyd video

She was just 17 when she filmed George Floyd's murder at 38th and Chicago.

MN Food Truck Festival 3 jpg

MN Food Truck Festival returns with events in St. Paul, Anoka

Organizers promise 50-plus food trucks at each festival - including some newcomers.

Brian Mock body cam screengrab from charges - 2021.06.11

Charges: MN man bragged he 'beat the s**t' out of cops in Capitol riot

He was one of two suspects arrested in Minnesota and charged Friday.

Screen Shot 2021-04-01 at 3.30.32 PM

$23 a month for Bally Sports North? It could happen, per report

There is a way to circumnavigate the system already ... but it's kind of naughty.

Keisa Lange

4th suspect arrested in death of woman found along St. Cloud road; 3 others charged

Keisa Lange was found dead on the side of a quiet cul de sac from a gunshot.

Minnesota State Fair

It's official: Minnesota State Fair is on, with no COVID restrictions

Proof of vaccination won't be required, and face masks won't be mandatory.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Boy, 12, killed in ATV crash near Monticello

The boy was driving the ATV on private property.

Go Fund Me - Jupiter Paulsen

Suspect in random attack on girl, 14, in Fargo now charged with murder

The victim died from her injuries earlier this week.


Why St. Paul is one of the top U.S. cities for women in tech jobs

The gender gap isn't nearly as wide as other cities and industries.

Rochester requests an Uber for pickup

You'll be able to Uber wherever you please.

It could take 170 years for women and men to get the same salary

The gender pay gap in the United States is getting worse.

Leaving your phone in an Uber will now cost you

Drivers weren't happy with the previous policy.

Do you know when Uber is tracking your location?

We know apps collect data about us. But how much, and how is it being used?

Uber will stop tracking you after you've been dropped off

The ride-sharing service had a change of heart about the controversial feature.

Feds probe possible Polaris defect after driver dies in crash

The driver was found "partially ejected" from the vehicle despite wearing a seatbelt.