Freelance API Development jobs for world-class engineers

At Toptal, you get to work on freelance API Development jobs and projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a former lead engineer, manager, or specialist, you gain the opportunity to design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.

Hiring API development specialists? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top developers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.

Grow your career by working with top companies

Grow your career by working with top companies

At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and NetApp and learn cutting-edge technologies and skills.

Never worry about payments

Never worry about payments

At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced developers.

Design your own lifestyle

Design your own lifestyle

No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Have a bug? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top engineers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly gain professional expertise in a new technology.

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of advanced technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Engineering Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.

Speak at conferences and attend events

Speak at conferences and attend events

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal API Development community:

Davor Lovrić

Zagreb, Croatia

Davor is an advocate of Agile methods, and he is typically involved in every project stage from planning and architecture to coding/test... Read More

John-Paul May

Madison, AL, United States

JP is a leader in the most complex iOS, technical 3D, realtime, and product engineering. With broad and deep experience in social, finan... Read More

BV Satyaram

Hyderabad, Telangana, India

BV is a man who embodies many roles: entrepreneur, educator, and full-stack developer. For the past eleven years, he has been working as... Read More

Marko Mišura

Zagreb, Croatia

Marko is a full-stack software engineer with over five years of professional experience working in various positions. He is a responsibl... Read More

Filipe Waitman

São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil

Since 2010, Filipe has been developing with Python​ and Django/Pyramid frameworks. He is also an Agile methodologies enthusiast. In addi... Read More

Timothy Sherratt

London, United Kingdom

Timothy has been a startup co-founder, web agency director, and engineering team lead. His interests lie in solving business problems wi... Read More

Faaz Iqbal

Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Faaz is a senior web developer with over 6 years of in-depth experience working with high-growth companies and clients from diverse indu... Read More

Jurgens du Toit

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

As an expert full-stack developer with a deep knowledge of the internet and web applications, Jurgens prides himself on his ability to u... Read More

Mario J. Wunderlich

Guatemala City, Guatemala Department, Guatemala

Mario is a software engineer with over 20 years of experience and an entrepreneurial spark. He is a generalist more than a specialist wi... Read More

See 3 typical API Development jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite API development specialists for their mission-critical jobs.

Senior Django Engineer
Python, APIs, Django

We are an enterprise industrial company with operations all over the world. One of our sites has a large sensor-covered area collecting data from the area. We are looking to hire a seasoned Django engineer for a large data project, involving 5TB of data collection every day. The ideal hire will work with our team to build APIs and microservices.

Microsoft Developer
C#, Node.js, ASP.NET, jQuery, Azure

We are an independent healthcare company working to reimagine management software used by healthcare practitioners. We are looking to hire a developer familiar with the Microsoft stack to work directly with the CEO on rewriting an application, creating an API, and developing new app features. As a member of an existing team of developers, the ideal hire will be collaborative and a self-starter.

Platform Developer
Go, SQL, JavaScript, Node.js

We are a fast-growing Silicon Valley startup revolutionizing and personalizing the way people consume digital content. We are looking to bring on a strong Platform Developer to join our team of data scientists and developers and building APIs and applications on a large scale. The ideal hire is comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative way with a cross-functional team to improve our existing platform into a stable, reliable, and high-performance Go application with broad reach on the AWS stack.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.

Trusted by:
HP Enterprises worked with Toptal to add freelance developers to their team in Israel.
Airbnb trusted Toptal to help hire programmers to support their Berlin office.
Zendesk trusted Toptal contractors to develop their key software applications.
Thumbtack hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.
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NetApp hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.

Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join tech conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but if you join the Toptal Speakers Network, we'll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Publish technical papers alongside API development specialists on the Toptal Engineering Blog.

The Toptal Engineering Blog features hundreds of thousands of subscribers, daily in-depth technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from leading publications across the tech industry. By joining, you’ll be able to publish on the Toptal Engineering Blog and show your top work off to a global audience of API development specialists.

Why do top API Development experts join Toptal?

Dmitry Duka

Senior Solutions Developer
Viciebsk, Belarus

Dmitry has over eight years of experience developing enterprise applications on the .NET platform, including having been part of the development team at SocialWellth, Inc. (WorldDoc, Inc.), Synerion, Inc., and Nexum IT companies. He has over two years of successful full-time remote job experience with excellent customer satisfaction.

The greatest benefit of Toptal is that there are tons of great projects to apply to with a full breadth of flexible schedule options: from hourly to full-time work. You can promptly find a project with the tech stack you like best, or have projects come to you via Toptal recruiters. It's simply the easiest way to gain work experience with the best clients out there and prove (and improve) all of your skills!

Emir Meholjić

Multithreading Developer
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Emir is an enthusiastic software engineer who is dedicated to delivering high quality solutions for a variety of problems, alone or in a team. His main area of expertise is the .NET platform, JavaScript, jQuery, and MS SQL, along with many others. He is always eager to learn and master other technologies as well.

Working as a software engineer with Toptal gives me multiple opportunities to work with top-tier clients who request cutting-edge software with the latest technologies available, which presents an exciting environment in which to work. Toptal keeps me on my toes, improving my knowledge, while I can simultaneously enjoy the freedom of freelancing and managing my time my own way.

Luca Cipriani

Software Developer
Turin, Italy

Luca is a DevOps manager and engineer. He's also an Amazon AWS expert and system architect for high traffic and scalable web applications. He's a pro at getting the most out of REST API and Linux systems. Currently, Luca is working as a manager of a team of five developers at Arduino.

There are many reasons why I work with Toptal but the biggest one is that I am free to work with clients who are open to new technologies, want to embrace the cloud paradigm, and want to massively scale. Every AWS expert should join Toptal because there are so many clients out there who need our help to grow, optimize, and scale their applications. Joining Toptal is a great opportunity to challenge your skills every day and learn from top clients.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.

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