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.
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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 around the world who are skilled in Ruby 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 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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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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