Dulles Taxi Driver Income

Hopping of my United Airlines Swiss express from Zurich, I had hopes for a quick Dulles exit. Looking at this line, I will have no such luck.

Easily 20 people long, I will be in line for 20 minutes easy, which makes me wonder: how much do Washington Flyer taxi drivers make in a day?

How many round trips are possible? What is the car rental cost. And what would the per hour take be?

A short conversation with my driver later and now we know. He averages 4-5 trips per 12-16 hour shift and after his $100 car rental plus gas costs, expects $100 a shift in take home pay.

Or around $7 an hour to fight suburban traffic and Dulles Toll Road boredom.

2 Comments so far

  1. joann Landers (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    Yes, it is hard work but I do have some fun.

  2. Ingen Angiven (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    I had a similar conversation with a driver out of BWI. They claim to work about 12 hours and drive about four fares.

    Of course, they may just be saying this make you feel bad and give them a larger tip. There’s no way to verify it by talking to cabbies alone.

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