All drivers are Independent Contractors and will be paid as a 1099. 

Payment is done through Stripe - an integration you set up when onboarding to the Onward Driver App. The first Stripe payment can take up to 10 business days and all subsequent payments can take up to 3 business days.

All payout amounts listed in the Onward Driver App reflect all bonuses and represent the total amount you will get paid for a drive, barring any additional changes while conducting the driver (ie, tolls, extended time or distance with rider). 

Payout Financial Breakdown

  • For rides to or from San Francisco, Marin or the South Bay, the base payout rate is $24/hour, for all other rides the base rate is $20/hour.  We charge our riders for at least one hour so you will always be paid at least $20-$24 per ride, even if it is only 15 minutes  
  • After the initial hour, the payout is prorated by the minute -- so if your ride is 1.5 hours, your payout will be $30-$38 total

We include increased payouts or bonuses in the following scenarios:

  • Long one-way trips
  • Early morning and late evening trips
  • Rides to and from the airport
  • Rides on major holidays*
  • Same day bookings

All increased payouts are subject to market responses and can fluctuate based on driver availability as well as ride region/location, time of day, traffic and more. We use a sophisticated algorithm to determine the optimized payout for every ride. 

Other payment details:

  • Trips that require a toll or parking will be reimbursed - please notify Onward Rides immediately after completing your ride to notify about extra expenses. 
  • Drivers are paid only for their time with the rider - we do not reimburse or pay for time getting to and from a ride unless specified by Onward Rides over phone or text message.

*These are the holidays Onward observes: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

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