Ruby Developer Hourly Rate

Ruby Developer Hourly Rate

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

Ruby Developer Hourly Rate Distribution

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

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

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Freelancing as a Ruby Developer

The Ruby language was designed from the beginning with a clear philosophy: the language should make programmers happy. David Heinemeier Hansson used Ruby as his language of choice when he wrote the first version of Basecamp and extracted Ruby on Rails from the project. Since the language became popular due to the success of Rails, it’s common to hear people misusing “Ruby” and “Rails” synonymously, or to miscategorize Ruby as a “web language”. While Ruby is often overshadowed by a certain web-development framework built on top of it, the language itself is versatile and well-suited to a wide variety of applications. Ruby can be used for almost anything: writing native smartphone apps, data-processing scripts, or as a tool to teach people to program. Additional complexity lies in the multiple faces of Ruby—while it is primarily an object-oriented language, it also allows writing programs in the functional programming style, which can be leveraged for improved expressiveness and code readability. This means that Ruby provides many ways to do a single thing, and thus great Ruby developers understand all of the different challenges and opportunities of the language. Ruby developers can use Ruby to build anything from the back-end of a web application to command line utilities on your computer.

Freelancers who are skilled in Ruby can make a salary of $91,000 per year, or an hourly wage of $50. While the freelance Ruby developer hourly rate can vary based on where they live, remote Ruby developers can also command different Ruby 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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