Kubernetes Expert Hourly Rate

Kubernetes Expert Hourly Rate

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

Kubernetes Expert Hourly Rate Distribution

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

The average hourly rate for a Kubernetes expert is $55/hr.

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Freelancing as a Kubernetes Expert

Kubernetes is an open-source system originally designed by Google that enables developers to run containers, or “package” applications with all of the parts that the application needs to run, such as libraries and other dependencies, all in one place. Kubernetes also enables developers to manage containers, automate deploys, scale deployments, create and configure ingresses, deploy stateless or stateful applications, and many other functions. With Kubernetes, a system can be more stable and easily manageable, making it a great technology to scale, without vendor lock-ins or added costs. Kubernetes developers are often also cloud architects, DevOps engineers, or automation engineers, with a skill set spanning all these fields. They are often responsible for scaling or optimizing the technology stack of a business.

Freelancers who are skilled in Kubernetes typically earn a salary of $100,100 per year, or an hourly rate of $55. While the freelance Kubernetes developer hourly rate can vary based on where they live, remote Kubernetes developers can also command different Kubernetes 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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