When you’re looking to find a good ride to a new destination, the best way to figure out what your cost will be is to ask the driver.
A new study by the National Taxi Drivers Association found that many cab drivers are underpaid.
“There is little regulation and there are few incentives for drivers to work longer hours to earn enough to pay the bills,” said James Lipschultz, a senior vice president at the association.
“In most cases, the drivers are overpaid.”
The study, which looked at more than 7,500 drivers across the country, found that drivers made a median of $14,000 last year, which is below the national average of $17,000.
The research also found that of those drivers who made more than $100,000, 41 percent were overpaid.
The study, based on data from the Federal Trade Commission, found drivers made an average of just $24 per hour.
Cab drivers are paid more than drivers of private cars and taxis in many states, and some states are more aggressive about enforcing minimum wages and other rules to prevent the underpayment of drivers.
But many cities have higher minimum wage and tipped minimum wage rates, and it’s hard to determine whether the drivers making less are actually overpaid or underpaid in other ways.
For example, in New York City, a driver makes $10 an hour and gets tipped $2 an hour.
But in San Francisco, the driver makes the same amount but gets tipped at least $2.50 an hour, according to the study.
New York, however, has a higher minimum hourly wage than San Francisco.
Lipsichultz said drivers need to be more careful with what they pay drivers who earn less than the minimum.
In New York the drivers were asked to pay less than $3 per hour, but the driver who was underpaid $4.40 an hour was overpaid, he said.
In San Francisco drivers were told to pay drivers $6.40 per hour but the average driver made $6 per hour last year.
Lipperschultz said the drivers should be careful when it comes to what they give their drivers, because drivers who are underqualified can end up paying more.
“It’s a question of whether you’re paying them enough to get the driver’s work,” he said of tips.
“We want to make sure that the drivers get the work they’re paid.”
Some cities, such as Los Angeles, are offering drivers incentives to drive to certain destinations, such an airport or sports stadiums, Lipschtultz said.
The industry is paying for that, so drivers can earn more than the required wage.
When you find a cab service that you like, pay attention to how much it charges, said Chris Kocurek, a transportation consultant in Washington, D.C., who has been researching tips and tips-driven services.
Some taxi companies are charging a base fare of $25 per ride, so it’s a reasonable amount for most passengers, but it’s not a big percentage of the total fare, Kocuek said.
“If you are not making any more than that, you’re underpaying,” he added.
“That’s not to say that the tip isn’t important, but tip alone is not enough to cover your costs.”
Lipsches says that the most common tip practices are: Offer more than you’re entitled to and tip only when you are driving