<strong>Java</strong> Developer Hourly Rate

Java Developer Hourly Rate

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

The average hourly rate for a Java developer is $35-60 per hour.

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Our Range

The hourly rate range reflected in this tool is based on the amounts most freelancers with this skill might earn in the 25th to 75th percentile. This tool also reflects expected rates in the top 10% and bottom 10% as starting and ending values. Several factors can influence your expected rate, including location, experience and competency in the particular skill, track record of success, and complimentary soft skills such as clear communication and leadership ability.

Our Data

The calculator sources information from our large database of vetted freelancers. Data is regularly updated and excludes hourly rates that deviate substantially from the norm.

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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, freelance Java developers in the top 10th percentile globally can earn a salary of up to $166,400 per year, or an hourly rate of up to $80. 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 fully remote network of high-skilled freelancers in the world. We created this tool using our large, comprehensive database of vetted freelancers. Data is regularly updated and excludes hourly rates that fall in the 1-10th percentile and in the 90-100th percentile to remove outliers.

The Freelance Calculator empowers you to see how much you could 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.

Calculations of weekly, monthly, and yearly salaries are determined by a one week unit of measure: hours per week multiplied by hourly rate. By default, values are 40 hours per week and the 25th percentile hourly rate. Monthly salaries are calculated as the summation of 4 weekly salaries, and yearly salaries are calculated as the summation of 52 weekly salaries.

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