As you advance to higher levels your reporting permissions grow, as your reports get greater influence on real-time routing. This is tracked in the Waze client application as can be seen in the Waze client application Scoreboard.
Waze Levels (Waze Points Levels)
Welcome to the world, Wazer! You're a baby now, but not for long... Drive 100 miles to become a Grown up.
You've matured and can now pick a new Waze mood. To become a Waze Warrior you'll need to seriously ramp up on points...
Behold the shield! You've reached the top 10% of high scorers in your region. Maintaining it won't be easy...
The sword is yours! You've reached the top 4% of high scorers in your region. You're almost Royalty... Keep on looking for point opportunities
You've arrived! You're in the top 1% of high scorers in your region. Drive around knowing you're as VIP as they come...
To reach the Royalty level (crown icon), you need to be in the top percentage of all Wazers in your locality (in the US, this is determined by state).
The top percentage is calculated once a month, and if more and more Wazers get points, it's possible that the total amount needed to reach shield / sword / crown will actually go up.
While it could be frustrating, it helps guarantee that no one gets the 'Waze Royalty' level for good. It always gives a chance for new Wazers to come along and get it.
Waze Rank (Waze Points Rank)
The Waze client application Scoreboard displays your points and points rank compared to Everyone or your Facebook Friends for your country, your state (in the US) for Weekly or All Time, time frames.
These Ranks are different than Editing Ranks (as also indicated by Cones).
Waze Point Rank
Your total points collected from all types of activities are compared to others in your Country or State depending upon what server you are located. You are also compared to everyone on both servers around the world. This rank is displayed in various locations on the app and in the My Dashboard through the web interface. The highest rank is 1.