<strong>Kubernetes</strong> Developer Hourly Rate

Kubernetes Developer Hourly Rate

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

The average hourly rate for a Kubernetes developer is $40-75 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 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 around the world who are skilled in Kubernetes and are within the interquartile range (25th-75th percentile) can make a salary of $83,200 per year, or an hourly wage of $40. 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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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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