Java Developer Hourly Rate

Java Developer Hourly Rate

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

Java Developer Hourly Rate Distribution

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

The average hourly rate for a Java developer is $50/hr.

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Freelancing as a Java Developer

Java is one of the most portable languages available. First released in 1995 by Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), Java is a general-purpose programming language that is class-based and object-oriented, with the goal of “write once, run anywhere” (WORA). Similar in many ways to C++, Java is one of the most popular programming languages for client-server web applications, with a 9 million developer base implementing the language. With the power of the Java Virtual Machine behind the platform, applications created using Java are robust, secure, and efficient. Java developers build highly distributed web applications, sophisticated desktop applications, and even powerful mobile applications.

With Java developers being some of the most sought-after talent in the industry, freelancers who are skilled in Java can make a salary of $91,000 per year, or an hourly wage of $50. While the freelance Java developer hourly rate can vary based on where they live, remote Java developers can also command different Java contractor rates based on their years or quality of experience.

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How the Calculator Works

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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