PHP Developer Hourly Rate Calculator

At Toptal, the average hourly rate for a PHP developer is $35-60 per hour.

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  • Per week:

    $1,400
  • Per month:

    $5,600
  • Per year:

    $72,800
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Why PHP Developers Choose Toptal

Jobs Come to You

Jobs Come to You

Jobs Come to You

Jobs Come to You

Unlock access to a wide range of freelancing opportunities, from part-time to full-time positions, with top companies from the Fortune 500 to Silicon Valley startups. We vet each client opportunity and match you with the job postings that suit your preferences and skills, but you’ll always have the freedom to choose.

Get Paid On Time, Every Time

Get Paid On Time, Every Time

Get Paid On Time, Every Time

Get Paid On Time, Every Time

Set the rate you want and enjoy a steady stream of income without the overhead. We handle all billing and invoicing directly with clients, so you can focus on your remote work engagements.

Work from Anywhere

Work from Anywhere

Work from Anywhere

Work from Anywhere

With Toptal, you set your own hours, and as long as you have a laptop and some wifi, you’ll enjoy the flexibility to work remotely wherever, and on your own terms.

Set your own rate with Toptal.

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KDDI
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Frequently Asked Questions

Calculator

How does it work?

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.

What is the range and where do we get our data?

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.

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.

What is it like to freelance as a PHP Developer?

PHP is a server-side scripting language first developed in 1994, and powers over 80% of today’s websites, including Facebook and Wikipedia. Sites using PHP experience sizeable reductions in latency and CPU load. A PHP developer is responsible for writing server-side web application logic. PHP developers usually develop back-end components, connect the application with the other (often third-party) web services, and support the front-end developers by integrating their work with the application. They are also often required to develop and integrate plugins for certain popular frameworks.

Freelancers around the world who are skilled in PHP and are within the interquartile range (25th-75th percentile) can make a salary of $72,800 per year, or an hourly wage of $35. While the freelance PHP developer hourly rate can vary based on where they live, remote PHP developers can also command different PHP contractor rates based on their years or quality of experience.

Payments

How does Toptal make money?

Toptal generates revenue through direct contracts with clients.

How much can I earn?

At Toptal, you are free to choose your own rate and find clients that are willing to pay that rate. You don’t need to worry about negotiating or haggling anymore!

Does Toptal take a cut from the hourly rate I set?

No, Toptal does not take a cut from your hourly rate. The rate that you set is the rate that you will receive for every engagement with a client.

Projects

How many projects can I take on at one time?

At Toptal, we give you the flexibility to work on as many projects and with as many clients as you want, as long as you’re still able to deliver quality work. We give you the freedom to increase or decrease the amount of work at any point.

I am interested in more than projects that are just for PHP.

Great! We have many projects across a wide array of skills. You can check out our list of skills.

I’m interested in a new project but I don’t have the exact skill required.

At Toptal, we encourage growth for each and every member of our talent network. We have dedicated tools and processes set up to help you build new skills, so that you can take on projects that are of interest to you. Whether you use our community Slack channel to chat with experts or attend Toptal Academies, you’ll have the tools necessary to improve your existing skills and gain new ones.