AI Engineer Hourly Rate

AI Engineer Hourly Rate

Benchmark your hourly rate with data from Toptal's global network of top freelance talent.

AI Engineer Hourly Rate Distribution

  • <$39
  • $40-59
  • $60-79
  • $80-99
  • $100+
% of freelancers

The average hourly rate for an AI engineer is $55/hr.

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Freelancing as an AI Engineer

Artificial Intelligence is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that function and react like humans, correctly interpreting external data and learning from this data to achieve a specific goal through adaptation. Artificial Intelligence has many applications, from computing and speech recognition, to bio-informatics and robotics. Popular examples of AI applications include autonomous vehicles (drones and self-driving cars), medical diagnosis, art creation, proving mathematical theorems, playing games (such as Chess or Go), search engines, voice assistants, image recognition, spam filtering, and targeted online advertisements. In the modern computing era, AI techniques have experienced a resurgence following advances in computer power, large amounts of data, and theoretical understanding, and have become an essential part of the tech industry. Artificial intelligence developers often hold advanced degrees in the field of AI or mathematics, and are responsible for creating predictive models and building algorithms to automate or produce a desired outcome for a business.

Freelancers who are skilled in artificial intelligence can make a salary of $100,100 per year, or an hourly wage of $55. While the freelance AI developer hourly rate can vary based on where they live, remote AI developers can also command different AI contractor rates based on their years or quality of experience.

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Toptal is the largest network of high-skilled freelancers in the world. We created this tool using our database of nearly ten thousand vetted freelancers. Data is updated daily, and excludes hourly rates that fall 2 standard deviations above or below the mean in order to remove outliers.

The Freelance Calculator lets you see how much you can earn as a freelancer, including what your hourly rate would need to be to match your current or desired salary based on the number of hours you work per week.

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