Freelance Data Engineer jobs for world-class engineers

At Toptal, you’ll work on freelance Data Engineer jobs and projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a former Data Scientist or Machine Learning Engineer, 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 data engineers? 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 Data Engineer community:

Christopher Karvetski

Charlotte, NC, United States

Dr. Karvetski has ten years of experience as a data and decision scientist. He has worked across academia and industry in a variety of t... Read More

Katia Hayati

Sunnyvale, CA, United States

Katia has worked for twelve years as an engineer, hands-on engineering manager, and consultant. She has worked at companies of all sizes... Read More

Pedro Alves Nogueira

Porto, Portugal

Pedro is a senior researcher and prototype developer with a PhD in AI, human-computer interaction, and affective computing. His backgrou... Read More

Renee Ahel

Zagreb, Croatia

Renee is a data scientist with over ten years of experience, and five years as a full-stack software engineer. For over ten years, he ha... Read More

Eva Bojorges Rodriguez

Texcoco, Mexico

Eva is a skilled back-end developer and machine learning engineer with experience in scalability issues, system administration, and more... Read More

Aljosa Bilic

Zürich, Switzerland

Aljosa is a data scientist and developer who has more than eight years of experience building statistical/predictive machine learning mo... Read More

Radek Ostrowski

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Radek is a certified Toptal Blockchain Engineer particularly interested in Ethereum and smart contracts. In the fiat world, he is experi... Read More

Oliver Holloway

London, United Kingdom

Oliver is a versatile data scientist and software engineer combining several years of experience and a postgraduate mathematics degree f... Read More

Benjamin Wilson, Ph.D.

Berlin, Germany

Ben is a Ph.D. mathematician and computer scientist with exceptional practical skills and extensive experience with machine learning sys... Read More

Pavel Vydra

Prague, Czech Republic

Pavel has over a decade of experience in data science and product development, especially focusing on product, project, and process mana... Read More

Charles Bordet

Lyon, France

Charles is an experienced data scientist with a strong background in programming, machine learning, and statistics. He has helped a vari... Read More

See 3 typical Data Engineer jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

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

R Algorithm Developer
Python, R

We are a digital marketing agency utilizing social media data to bring our clients data-backed insights for marketing campaigns. We are looking for an R developer to create an algorithm for an automated customer segmentation platform. The ideal hire will have experience with Python and is a self-starter as the only programmer within our small team.

Chief Automation Engineer
Python, Data Science, Kubernetes

We are a healthcare startup using big data and machine learning to automate healthcare news. We are looking to hire an automation engineer to work directly with our CEO to optimize our automation platform using Kubernetes. The output of this project will be a platform that enables the company to scale across many users and allow for the automation of their work.

Data Warehouse Architect
AWS, Big Data, Redshift, SQL

We are a worldwide events company sponsoring athletic competitions in 30 countries. We are looking for a database developer to architect a data warehouse to facilitate daily reports, weekly metrics, and yearly reconciliations. The ideal hire can obtain the necessary domain knowledge and build up our documentation.

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.

Why do top Data Engineer experts join Toptal?

Nikola Tanković

Lecturer in Computer Science
Croatia

Nikola is a distributed applications architect, researcher, and software engineer. As a university lecturer and post-doctoral researcher with a PhD in computer science, he has a strong analytical approach to problem solving. His communication and coordination skills were developed throughout a six-year CTO and consultancy stint in various software engineering projects from diverse business domains.

Evolving software right is tough work, but doing it with Python makes it fun. It comes with batteries included so you can experiment and gain insights fast. With Python you feel like a superhero, and with Toptal you get to be one. Finally you'll get to choose the projects and technologies that make your heart vibrate. You'll enjoy your work with respected clients while having full confidence that Toptal will handle all the rest.

Rogério Araújo

Senior Software Engineer
Goiânia, Brazil

Rogério is a full-stack developer with 15 years of experience with software development and architecture. He has worked on several projects for customers in Brazil and globally. The range of projects include mobile, applications, desktop, and enterprise search applications.

Toptal has created an amazing community of developers who are all extremely passionate about helping each other solve any problem. For me, the best part has been that after learning a new language and starting to engage with other Toptal developers about the technology, I quickly landed two jobs in less than one month, and both were great experiences.

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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