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The City of Portland Revenue Bureau, acting under the direction of Mayor Sam Adams, has completed a comprehensive review of the economic and working conditions of Portland’s taxicab drivers. The review found that the effective average hourly income of Portland taxi drivers is $6.22. The review also found that many drivers work 12-14 hours per day, six or seven days per week.
Taxi drivers work as independent contractors and are therefore not subject to Oregon wage laws. Driver wages are not supplemented with health care or retirement benefits, paid vacation or sick leave. Low hourly wages are consistent with those found in recent studies in other U.S. cities.
The Taxi Driver Labor Market Review also found that a major contributing factor of the driver’s low income was the size of weekly “kitty” payments to companies for services like dispatch, insurance, credit card payment processing, advertising, and vehicle equipment. Lower “kitty” payments and better working conditions were found at the one driver-owned company.
Preliminary Findings Taxi Driver Labor Market Study: Long Hours, Low Wages