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Here are just a few of our great Ruby on Rails developers available to hire:

Inanc G., freelance Ruby on Rails developer
Inanc G.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
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Go Expert. God level patient mentor.

Hey there! I've been creating applications for 25+ years, and I love teaching. Your skill level is not important to me. You're a beginner, intermediate or expert developer. No problem. We all are junior developers for a lifetime, ...

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Juan F., Ruby on Rails developer for hire
Juan F.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
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Senior Backend Engineer

I'm a full stack developer I like to apply the agile culture in my life and work, love coffee and traveling, looking forward to change the world one step at a time. Senior developer with 10+ years of experience Worked in IBM with ...

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Monica O., freelance Ruby on Rails programmer
Monica O.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
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Senior Software Developer & Teacher

A web developer with a passion for teaching. Senior Instructor at Lighthouse Labs. You can see my past projects here: [http://mochromatic.com](http://mochromatic.com/). I studied Computer Science at the University of Toronto and...

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Justin S., freelance Ruby on Rails programmer
Justin S.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
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Mobile Developer

I am an extremely experienced mobile developer that has worked on more than 100 mobile applications. Less experienced but still incredibly capable Rails and Javascript developer.

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Daniel H., freelance Ruby on Rails programmer
Daniel H.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
United States
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Staff Software Engineer

I have a passion for solving problems. As long as I can remember I have always strived to better my understanding of the things around me and tried to grasp knowledge that would enable me to create bigger and better things. Since ...

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Seva R., Ruby on Rails developer for hire
Seva R.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
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Ruby and Javascript Expert Mentor

I am an expert, full-stack web engineer. I develop clean and well-tested backends in Ruby on Rails and Nodejs. That being said, I really enjoy writing React.js front-ends. Ping me and we can discuss how I can help you!

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Nick O., Ruby on Rails developer for hire
Nick O.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
United States
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Senior Software Engineer at Tesla, Backend focused, Bachelor's in C.S.

Senior software engineer with 5+ years of experience in backend web technologies including Ruby on Rails, Python, Go, and MySQL. Currently at Tesla, previously EasyPost. Bachelor's in Computer Science. Main strengths include archi...

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Richard M., Ruby on Rails freelance developer
Richard M.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
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Lead Software Engineer

I have designed and built complex software platforms and applications, from mobile to blockchain to enterprise systems spanning the globe. For example: 2022-23 I'm the interim CTO of a social media startup with 10m MAU (monthly ...

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Richardson D., top Ruby on Rails developer
Richardson D.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
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Senior Full-stack Developer & Coding Instructor

Senior Full-stack Developer ( Front-end & Back-end ) Specializing in Ruby on Rails. (Ruby, Rails, Javascript, ReactJS) AWS Experience: \- AWS SAM (Serverless Application Model) AWS Lambda, AWS RDS, AWS Cloud Formation, AWS ...

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Samed D., freelance Ruby on Rails developer
Samed D.
Freelance Ruby on Rails Developer
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10 years, Full-Stack. Ex-Google Employee. Co-founder @Infoset.

A confident, self-motivated software engineer and entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in full-stack application development.

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Ruby on Rails Developer Hiring Guide

Introduced in 2005, Ruby on Rails (also known just as RoR or Rails) is a versatile computer framework that encourages rapid development. Ruby on Rails is used widely, due to its very complete ecosystem and strong community.

Ruby on Rails: Languages and Tools

Rapid development is the premier capability of Ruby on Rails. Developers who use Ruby on Rails can build web apps in about 40% less time than teams that use other stacks. When you hire Ruby programmers, you can build powerful web applications—which previously might have required weeks or months to develop—in a matter of days. With that said, Ruby on Rails app development has a drawback. As RoR has a relatively slow runtime performance, wise Ruby on Rails developers for hire avoid using Ruby on Rails in gaming and streaming use cases, as well as anything that requires optimized runtime.

Programming and scripting languages

Successful Ruby on Rails developers are usually comfortable with, and experienced in, popular programming and scripting languages, frameworks, and tools. Ruby on Rails is a server-side web application framework written in Ruby. Ruby on Rails is a good solution for standard use cases such as building an e-commerce website or platform.

However, Ruby on Rails is not a single language. Instead, it’s a powerful hybrid, which includes:

  • Ruby, a general-purpose programming language, which is incredibly quick to code, and easy to learn.
  • Rails, a full-stack framework and a software library that enhances the Ruby programming language. A RoR developer’s job includes creating a framework that reduces the amount of code written, promotes fast development, and enables the creation of intelligent applications with minimal effort and fewer components.

Ruby on Rails developers can use other web development frameworks to build web applications and services, which require lightweight construction and rapid development times. These frameworks include:

  • Sinatra. Some developers argue that Sinatra is not a framework but a domain-specific language used to build websites, web services, and web applications in Ruby. Although Sinatra is a relatively large app as Ruby frameworks go, it emphasizes a minimalistic approach to development. It offers only what is required to process HTTP requests and handoff responses to clients.

  • Hanami is a full-stack, Ruby web framework that consists of small, single-purpose Ruby libraries. Hanami is optimized for speed. It builds lightweight applications and is notable for consuming less memory than other Ruby web frameworks.
  • Grape (generalized rapid API erector) is a REST-like API micro-framework. It complements existing frameworks by providing a simple DSL. It also replaces the API functionality of larger frameworks such as Rails or Sinatra.

Ruby on Rails development tools

There are many lists of popular Ruby on Rails tools. Here is one of them:

  • Traceroute: This route-cleaning tool is designed for use in Rails applications. It supports simple rake tasks, which check for routes that are mapped to non-existent controller actions.
  • Rack-mini-profiler: Use this tool to find bottlenecks in Ruby on Rails applications.
  • Bullet: This gem helps you kill N+1 queries and unnecessarily eager-loaded relations.
  • Brakeman: Use this tool to check the security status of Rails applications. Brakeman scans your application and produces a neatly formatted list of potential vulnerabilities. Then, it lists warnings in order of their severity.

But what do Ruby on Rails engineers need to know to make the cut in your development environment?

Hiring the Best Ruby on Rails Developers

Ruby on Rails is not in the top group of most-popular development apps. But demand for its practitioners is still quite strong, so get ready for at least a moderate effort in finding experienced and capable professionals. Here are a few tips for hiring managers in the hunt.

Define Ruby Developer Job Description

There are several things to consider after you’ve decided to hire Ruby on Rails developers. The first step is to define the job title, develop candidate profiles that outline what the developers should know, and write a job description of what the developers will be responsible for. Additionally, you’d benefit from concretely outlining the technical and soft skills in your hiring process.

Technical abilities

Experienced Ruby on Rails developer needs to possess the knowledge and skills to write robust code. While not all good developers have an official degree in computer science, if you’re new to hiring RoR developers, you may want to start by focusing on developers with a relevant educational background. Additionally, you’d benefit from asking these types of application-specific knowledge and capabilities when you’re evaluating whether to invite a candidate to join your team:

  • Current use trends in Ruby on Rails programming. Ruby on Rails is maintained actively. A new version of Ruby on Rails was launched earlier in 2019. What does your candidate know about these changes?
  • The Big Picture of Ruby on Rails website development. Developers can use Ruby on Rails to build entire websites. However, most developers tend to use Ruby on Rails to write only the API and build the front end with another framework such as Next.js. How might your candidates use Ruby on Rails to build a website?
  • Following Ruby on Rails conventions. The “convention over configuration” principle underpins the Ruby on Rails framework and makes it easier to write maintainable code. How well do your candidates know — and follow — these rules?
  • Supporting your highest-priority use cases. Your unique development environment requires a one-of-a-kind mix of knowledge, skills, and experience. Make sure that your candidate can support your high-value projects.

You know your operations best, so you probably have a set of Ruby interview questions that pertain to your organization’s requirements. But what about general questions related to high-level background knowledge? Look for examples of good Ruby on Rails interview questions in online articles and videos.

Ruby on Rails soft skills

Your candidates might be technical wizards, but they’ll make a more balanced contribution to your team if they also possess exceptional soft skills. It always pays to vet your candidates for clear communications skills, a solid sense of teamwork, and the ability to work in distributed or local workgroup environments. (Because Ruby on Rails development projects are ideal for remote work, remember to explore candidates’ experience and skills working in offsite projects!)

Finding Ruby on Rails Developers for Your Project or Staff

The market for Ruby on Rails developers is cooler than in past years. However, it still pays to take an active stance in finding great Ruby on Rails developers. That means looking for the best candidates, wherever they congregate. There are some great Ruby communities and forums you can leverage to hire Ruby developers.


For those who want to indulge in the social and tech sides to coding, conferences are the places to be. If you’re looking to hire Ruby developers, you’d benefit from attending some of these conferences as they present wonderful networking and hiring opportunities. Here are several example events in the U.S. and overseas:

After you discover candidates for your developer positions, it’s time to discuss pay.

Ruby on Rails Developer Salary

Levels of development talent, supply and demand, and geographical location are just a few variables that are part of the paycheck equation. Here’s the latest look at Ruby on Rails salaries and hourly rates offered throughout the United States.

Salaries and freelance rates

In the United States, the annual salary of Ruby on Rails developers averages $130,177 and ranges from $41,000 to $179,000. Globally speaking, the average RoR developer salary sits at $78,642. For junior Ruby on Rails developers, the average is $69,413, and for senior RoR developers, the average salary is $94,894. Shifting back to the US, here are some Ruby on Rails programmers' salaries in different states:

  • California: $146,250
  • Massachusetts: $135,000
  • New Hampshire: $105,000
  • New York: $132,600
  • Washington: $150,000

Salaried developers aren’t the only ones benefiting from the enduring popularity of Ruby on Rails. Freelance Ruby programmers are doing well, too.

Hourly rates for independent Ruby on Rails coders reflect the same highly variable factors that affect salaried workers. The median hourly rate of Ruby on Rails developers is $61-80. Expressed as a national median annual salary, that’s $145,000 FTE.

Next Steps

Hiring developers often requires lots of time and effort. To maximize the returns on your time and effort, consider these suggestions:

  • Customize job descriptions carefully for each position. Technologies and IT practices change. So, make sure that each job post reflects the up-to-the-minute value and priorities your company assigns to each position’s skills and experience.
  • Don’t forget remote, global candidates. As the manager of distributed workers, you can find a smorgasbord of development talent beyond your locale or region. These are the folks you might not find locally — or must pay local rates.
  • Attend face-to-face and virtual events nearby to find the top local and regional talent.
  • Stay in tune with changes in pay rates for Ruby on Rails pros to avoid losing good talent and paying too little.


What kinds of Ruby on Rails programmers are available for hire through Arc?

You can find a variety of Ruby on Rails developers for hire on Arc! At Arc, you can hire on a freelance, full-time, part-time, or contract-to-hire basis. For freelance Ruby on Rails programmers, Arc matches you with the right senior developer in roughly 72 hours. As for full-time remote Ruby on Rails developers for hire, you can expect to make a successful hire in 14 days. To extend a freelance engagement to a full-time hire, a contract-to-hire fee will apply.

In addition to a variety of engagement types, Arc also offers a wide range of developers located in different geographical locations, such as Latin America and Eastern Europe. Depending on your needs, Arc offers a global network of skilled software engineers in various different time zones and countries for you to choose from.

Lastly, our remote-ready Ruby on Rails developers for hire are all mid-level and senior-level professionals. They are ready to start coding straight away, anytime, anywhere.

Why is Arc the best choice for hiring Ruby on Rails developers?

Arc is trusted by hundreds of startups and tech companies around the world, and we’ve matched thousands of skilled Ruby on Rails developers with both freelance and full-time jobs. We’ve successfully helped Silicon Valley startups and larger tech companies like Spotify and Automattic hire Ruby on Rails developers.

Every Ruby on Rails developer for hire in our network goes through a vetting process to verify their communication abilities, remote work readiness, and technical skills (both for depth in Ruby on Rails and breadth across the greater domain). Additionally, HireAI, our GPT-4-powered AI recruiter, enables you to get instant candidate matches without searching and screening.

Not only can you expect to find the most qualified Ruby on Rails engineer on Arc, but you can also count on your account manager and the support team to make each hire a success. Enjoy a streamlined hiring experience with Arc, where we provide you with the developer you need, and take care of the logistics so you don’t need to.

How does Arc vet a developer’s Ruby on Rails skills?

Arc has a rigorous and transparent vetting process for all types of developers. To become a vetted Ruby on Rails developer for hire on Arc, developers must pass a profile screening, complete a behavioral interview, and pass a technical interview or pair programming.

While Arc has a strict vetting process for its verified Ruby on Rails developers, if you’re using Arc’s free job posting plan, you will only have access to non-vetted developers. If you’re using Arc to hire Ruby on Rails developers, you can rest assured that all remote Ruby on Rails developers have been thoroughly vetted for the high-caliber communication and technical skills you need in a successful hire.

How long does it take to find Ruby on Rails developers on Arc?

Arc pre-screens all of our remote Ruby on Rails developers before we present them to you. As such, all the remote Ruby on Rails developers you see on your Arc dashboard are interview-ready candidates who make up the top 2% of applicants who pass our technical and communication assessment. You can expect the interview process to happen within days of posting your jobs to 300,000 candidates. You can also expect to hire a freelance Ruby on Rails programmer in 72 hours, or find a full-time Ruby on Rails programmer that fits your company’s needs in 14 days.

Here’s a quote from Philip, the Director of Engineering at Chegg:

“The biggest advantage and benefit of working with Arc is the tremendous reduction in time spent sourcing quality candidates. We’re able to identify the talent in a matter of days.”

Find out more about how Arc successfully helped our partners in hiring remote Ruby on Rails developers.

How much does a freelance Ruby on Rails developer charge per hour?

Depending on the freelance developer job board you use, freelance remote Ruby on Rails developers' hourly rates can vary drastically. For instance, if you're looking on general marketplaces like Upwork and Fiverr, you can find Ruby on Rails developers for hire at as low as $10 per hour. However, high-quality freelance developers often avoid general freelance platforms like Fiverr to avoid the bidding wars.

When you hire Ruby on Rails developers through Arc, they typically charge between $60-100+/hour (USD). To get a better understanding of contract costs, check out our freelance developer rate explorer.

How much does it cost to hire a full time Ruby on Rails developer?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medium annual wage for software developers in the U.S. was $120,730 in May 2021. What this amounts to is around $70-100 per hour. Note that this does not include the direct cost of hiring, which totals to about $4000 per new recruit, according to Glassdoor.

Your remote Ruby on Rails developer’s annual salary may differ dramatically depending on their years of experience, related technical skills, education, and country of residence. For instance, if the developer is located in Eastern Europe or Latin America, the hourly rate for developers will be around $75-95 per hour.

Data collected from over 64,000 Arc Developers suggests that remote Ruby on Rails developers earn an average of $78,642 USD per year globally. In the U.S., remote Ruby on Rails developers can expect to earn between $93,863 and $129,872 or more annually, which is one of the highest pay rates for software developers worldwide.

How much do remote Ruby on Rails developers earn in other countries?

Arc's Remote Ruby on Rails Developer Salary Overview shows that junior developers who work remotely with Ruby on Rails can expect to earn an average salary of $69,413, while senior developers typically earn $94,894.

For more frequently asked questions on hiring Ruby on Rails developers, check out our FAQs page.

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