Average hour rate for a Junior Rails developer.

Hi guys.

I would like to ask what would be the average hour rate for a junior rails dev in the US and then in Europe like UK & Germany.

Basically, where is considered the best country to work in as a Rails developer? Where are the most rewarding job opportunities?

And how is “Junior” defined in the Rails ecosystem?

Thanks in advance.

Funny.. the same discussion is going on in #rubyonrails now

Hourly rate? Hourly rates are for consultants and the phrase "junior
consultant" has little cachet.

Everyone else has salary.

From the numbers of opportunities I've seen, definitely the USA, but
that's partly because we have so many big cities.

Getting more granular and asking about cities, it seems San Francisco
is the mecca, so to speak, followed (distantly) by New York, Chicago,
and Washington DC. Outside the USA I've seen a large number of
postings for London, probably somewhere between the numbers for NY and
DC. Other than that, the only ones I can recall seeing any
significant numbers for are Berlin, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam.

Hop on the major job boards, search for Ruby on Rails, and see what
areas pop up most often....

-Dave

Basically, where is considered the best country to work in as a Rails
developer? Where are the most rewarding job opportunities?

From the numbers of opportunities I've seen, definitely the USA, but
that's partly because we have so many big cities.

Getting more granular and asking about cities, it seems San Francisco
is the mecca, so to speak, followed (distantly) by New York, Chicago,
and Washington DC.

Portland, OR and Austin, TX come up a lot as well...

-philip

It's nowhere near the same scale as cities in the US and Europe, but Wellington, New Zealand definitely has a lot of demand for Rails developers right now.

I also know of recent jobs openings in Christchurch (if you can't take the shake), Nelson, and Auckland.

I would suspect the market in Australia is hot. Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane probably best bets, though supposedly there is a big shortage of IT workers (haven't heard Rails specifically) out west to support the mining industry.

Australian pay is better than NZ pay due to exchange rates.

Personally, I'm looking for at least one junior level developer to work with me on projects as a freelancer. Remote from anywhere is fine as long as you have excellent English language communication skills. If you can't write and speak in English well, it's a non-starter. I expect some sort of code on github to look at too. Contact me at wm -at- waltermcginnis dot com.

Cheers,
Walter
Twitter: wtem

CAN take the shake, I mean.

Oh of course, how could I forget -- last year, Puppet Labs was trying
to convince me to consider moving to Portland! Very nice city
(visited there last summer), but I don't want to move. :slight_smile: New
Relic's also there, and a fair assortment of startups. Still fewer
than DC-land, what with all the federal (and federal contracting)
jobs, tho. I've seen some for Austin too, but not enough to make an
impression.

-Dave