You already know that New York is a bonafide ant farm, and we are but ants boroughing through the streets and busting our asses every day so that we can buy things like cheese and reclaimed wood furniture. So there’s no doubt that while working your 9-5, or 10-6, or odd hours on the weekends, you’ve thought about how much others in New York make -- especially those New Yorkers doing quintessential New York jobs -- like cab drivers, subway conductors, and hot dog vendors. Really, how many hot dogs does that dude have to sell to pay his rent?
Well, we found out. And guess what? A lot of them make more money than you. Now please excuse me while I update my LinkedIn profile.
Horse carriage driver
Yes, that’s a major gap. But it’s from the horse's mouth! It can even be more, depending on whether or not you own it (and are thus able to avoid fees). And of course, how many trips around the park your noble steed makes, weather, and time of day all play pretty enormous factors. Ideal scenario for most tips: sunny day + engagement in the carriage is a success + 15 trips minimum.
Now obviously, if you really bust your ass like this guy did, working 12-hour shifts five days a week, it can be closer to $85,000. But for the most part, shifts tend to be about half of that. Either way, given some of the terrible riders these guys have to endure, this could arguably be the worst deal in the city.
Uber claims its drivers in NYC make an average salary of $90,000, but that was apparently total bullhonkey. For one, that doesn’t factor in the expenses -- and there are a lot of them. From the rental price of the car (if they don’t own it) and insurance to gas, tolls, and the occasional maintenance (those cars DO always smell nice), we’re talking thousands per month. Now do the math now you know why that 90K is basically cut in half.