Freelance Java jobs for world-class engineers

At Toptal, you’ll work on freelance Java jobs and projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a former Back-end Developer or Java Engineer, you gain the opportunity to design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.

Hiring Java Developers? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top developers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.

Grow your career by working with top companies

Grow your career by working with top companies

At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and NetApp and learn cutting-edge technologies and skills.

Never worry about payments

Never worry about payments

At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced developers.

Design your own lifestyle

Design your own lifestyle

No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Have a bug? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top engineers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly gain professional expertise in a new technology.

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of advanced technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Engineering Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.

Speak at conferences and attend events

Speak at conferences and attend events

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal Java community:

Radek Ostrowski

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Radek is a certified Toptal blockchain engineer particularly interested in Ethereum and smart contracts. In the fiat world, he is experi... Read More

Rizwan Rizvi

Seattle, WA, United States

Rizwan has a reputation for overcoming complex challenges through clear thinking, innovative approaches, and enhancing the communication... Read More

Claudio Aldana

Seattle, WA, United States

Claudio is a data scientist who focuses on business outcomes along with having a solid engineering background. He's applied the principa... Read More

Dan Kozlowski

Arlington Heights, IL, United States

Dan is has been working in technology for 20 years and has worked with many large firms such as Oracle and Accenture, with startups and ... Read More

Keith Ewen

Davenport, FL, United States

Keith has nearly 40 years of experience in the IT industry with the last 20+, designing and developing using Oracle database and Oracle ... Read More

Alex Gonzalez

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Alex has over ten years of experience developing software, especially web and mobile apps. He’s led the development of interactive proje... Read More

Ken Hoffman

Chandler, AZ, United States

Ken has over 20 years of experience as an independent contractor providing application development services to his customers. For the la... Read More

Joseph McNulty

Clinton, MD, United States

Joseph is a man with strong leadership skills and who is also extremely experienced in software engineering—specializing in mission-crit... Read More

Fabian Ponce

New York, NY, United States

Fabian is a DevOps professional with a proven track record as a hands-on individual contributor—from early-stage startups to established... Read More

Joshua Ballanco

Miami, FL, United States

Joshua is an architect, engineer, and scientist with experience building large-scale systems dealing with everything from massive amount... Read More

Abdelhamid Attaby

New Cairo City, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Abdelhamid is a professional software engineer with 10+ years of experience. A former team leader and CTO of Coligo Technologies. He hol... Read More

See 3 typical Java jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite Java developers for their mission-critical jobs.

Enterprise Java Engineer
Java, MySQL, Spring

We are one of the largest airline companies worldwide and are looking to scale our operations even further with the addition of a seasoned Java Engineer. Core responsibilities will include the implementation of strategic product initiatives for our core lines of business, and the ideal hire will be highly collaborative and able to lead by example. The outcome of this project will be stable and high-performance applications, designed utilizing cutting-edge development tools and the best software development practices.

Back-end Engineer
Node.js, Java, SQL, Docker, .NET

We are a venture-backed SaaS startup building cloud-based software for the next innovative industrial manufacturers. We’re looking to hire a Backend Engineer to lead our client-side services, which are a source of truth for resource allocation and activity scheduling. This is a great opportunity for a backend architect who is comfortable with large datasets and data analysis, and is looking to get machine learning experience.

Android Developer
Java, Android

We are a digital health agency with an integrated health advertising solution that uses AI to generate optimal ad placements and formats for our clients. We’re working on a personalized advertising tool that will be unique for the health market, and are looking to hire an Android developer with cross-platform experience to bring our core technology to mobile. The ideal hire will be responsible for the deployment of several Android apps, including all features, code cleaning, and performance optimizations.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.

Trusted by:
Airbnb trusted Toptal to help hire programmers to support their Berlin office.
Bridgestone has worked with Toptal to add freelance developers to their global team.
Duolingo trusted Toptal contractors to develop their key software applications.
USC hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.
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Cleveland Cavaliers hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.

Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join tech conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but if you join the Toptal Speakers Network, we'll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Why do top Java experts join Toptal?

Konrad Gadzinowski

JavaScript Developer
Łódź, Poland

Konrad is a highly skilled software developer who has delivered numerous web and mobile applications. He has created software for multiple small and larger companies, helping them to generate combined revenue of millions of dollars. He's a great team player and a proactive self-starter. He has the skills of a full-stack JavaScript developer, which enables him to see the whole picture and deliver projects faster and with higher quality.

After working with Toptal for few years, I can say that being a part of this network is a pleasure for me! I don't have to worry about finding new clients and the companies I'm connected to are always a joy to work with. The experience that I've earned through Toptal and the ability to hone my skills has made me a much better Java developer. Furthermore, the possibility to write for the Toptal Engineering Blog empowered me to spread my ideas to the wider community of developers.

Daniel Yinanc

DevOps Developer
Toronto, Canada

Daniel is a secure cloud and software development professional who takes real pride and joy in his work. Spending the last two decades in secure software development from hybrid native to the back-end, data science to DevSecOps and cybersecurity to the cloud, his rare combination of well-rounded expertise is his industry known ace in the deck. Customer satisfaction is his core value, and he can't wait to discuss your project needs.

Toptal takes the hassle out of freelancing - I never worry about client discovery, engagement, and workplace integration issues. Instead, I get to work on the most engaging projects with top-notch clients from around the world. For example, I am currently designing and building a DevSecOps system for a Silicon Valley AI firm, and I'm also in charge of application security reviews.

Tomasz Czura

Software Developer
Kraków, Poland

Tomasz is an Android developer who specializes in creating user-friendly and useful applications with the newest technologies. He enjoys experimenting with different languages and technologies, extending his skill set beyond Android to tasks leveraging React or iOS. Tomasz makes it a personal goal to ensure the client is fully satisfied, and often likens the process of software development to writing a good, interesting novel.

Toptal gives me the opportunity to not only work with the best clients, but also to continuously improve my skills and learn new technologies. I can find jobs in any technology - Java or ReactNative, mobile or web - there is always something interesting to work on, with clients who will treat me as a professional developer. I really can't imagine working as a freelancer without Toptal.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.