SQL Developer Hourly Rate

SQL Developer Hourly Rate

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

SQL Developer Hourly Rate Distribution

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

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

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Freelancing as a SQL Developer

SQL (or Structured Query Language) is a declarative, domain-specific programming language initially released in 1986 that is used in many relational databases. SQL helps manage data in relational database management systems, and is useful in handling structured data that reflects relations between entities and variables. SQL developers can use the language to access many records with a single command and without an index, or a specification of how the records should be reached. SQL developers are responsible for designing databases and ensuring their stability, reliability, and performance. They usually work with a wider team of developers, solving database usage issues, optimizing in-application SQL statements, and establishing best practices.

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