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Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most

By ZDNet

September 4, 2020

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A survey by freelance hiring platform Upwork said freelance software developers who work with old, relatively unpopular coding languages command the highest salaries.

Those skilled in Objective-C, which Apple wants developers to replace with Swift, earn the highest rates, averaging $66 per hour.

Although hourly rates among the top 15 languages show little variance, three stand out for year-over-year growth in contract volume: SQL topped the list with 152% growth, while Ruby and Java each grew 127% over the same term.

Upwork's Mike Paylor said, "There is demand for a broad range of programming skills, including mobile experts using Objective-C or Kotlin, data analysts and engineers using SQL, and developers using Java and Go."

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