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Guide on Hiring Java Developers and Java Developer Salary [Updated]

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World-famous companies hire Java developers for building outstanding apps and websites. As of the middle of 2020, Java comes 2nd in the number of job openings* globally. Here are some more interesting facts about Java:

  1. 90% of all Fortune 500 companies use Java
  2. 3,209,542 live websites** are currently developed on Java EE 
  3. 40.2%*** of developers in the world use Java
  4. Java was originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems.
  5. In 2019, there were 7.6 million Java developers in the world 

Percentages of websites using Java broken down by ranking, according to W3Techs report, 30 June 2020.

Inside the article you'll find: 

  1. Java Developer Salary in the US
  2. Average Java Developer Salary by Country
  3. Java Developer Salary Depending on Experience 
  4. Java Developer Salaries in Top Tech Cities Worldwide
  5. Costs to Hire Java Developers
  6. Number of Java Developers in the World
  7. Java Popularity By Country
  8. Recruiters' Perspective on Hiring Java Developers
  9. Why Hire Java Developers in Ukraine

What Is the Average Java Developer Salary in the US?

The average Java developer salary in the US stands at $74,190 per year according to PayScale. The average pay of junior Java developers with 1–4 years of experience in the USA is $70,724. Middle software developers (5–9 years of experience) are paid $83,689 annually, while senior Java developers (10–19 years of experience) get $97,946 per year.

The Average Salary of Java Developers in the USA

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Average Java Developer Salary in the US

Average Java Developer Salary by Country 

Java developer salary in Switzerland is the highest and reaches $93,925 per year. Israel comes second with Java developer salary totaling $69,007. Java developer salary in Denmark is $68,906 per year, and the average Java developer salary in Norway is $58,221.

The average salary of a Java developer in Germany is $55,176 per year or $16 per hour.

In Australia, Java developers earn $54,988 on average, while their counterparts in Sweden have an average salary of $51,425 per year. In the Netherlands, Java developers are paid $52,710 annually. 

Java developers in Canada earn $49,796 annually. In Ireland and the UK, Java developers are paid approximately $45,000.

The average Java developer salary in New Zealand and Belgium is around $40,000 per year.

Java developer salary in Ireland lies at €34,419 per year with senior Java developers making $49,453.

Java Developer Salaries in Countries Across the World

CountryNational Average Java Salary 2020
The USA$74,190
The Netherlands$52,710
The UK$44,768
New Zealand$40,450



Java Developer Salary Around the World

Java Developer Salary Depending on Experience 

According to PayScale:

  • Most entry-level Java developer salaries range between $37,382 and $89,618
  • Most mid-level Java salaries in the world range from $48,642 to $102,304
  • Most senior Java developer salaries range between $125,000 and $119,424

Average Pay of Java Developers Depending on Seniority

CountryJunior DevelopersMiddle DevelopersSenior Developers
The Netherlands$38,833$59,871$59,636
The UK$42,386$51,730$50,882
New Zealand$38,177$48,642$55,704

Java Developer Salaries in Top Tech Cities Worldwide

The highest Java developer salary is earned in San Francisco — it reaches $92,522. In Washington DC, the average salary of Java developers is $80,408. In Chicago and Los Angeles, Java developer salaries stand at $70,943 and $75,666 respectively. Amsterdam follows with the average Java developer salary at $55,399, while in London, Java salaries reach $54,942.

Java Developer Salaries in Top Cities Globally

City nameJava Developer Salary
Washington DC$80,408
San Francisco$92,522
Los Angeles$75,666

How Much Does It Cost to Hire Java Developers?

Hiring a Java software developer in the USA will cost you $96,223 per year including taxes. If you hire software engineers in the UK, you'll have to pay around $60,436, taxes included. In Germany, the costs of hiring a software developer reach $79,893 including taxes, and the Netherlands are coming right up with $79,248.

If you hire a developer in Ukraine with Daxx, the costs will drop to approximately $40,000–$45,000 a year on average for a middle developer. Note: you won't have to get to know the employment tax system in Ukraine as Daxx takes care of all the administrative issues. 

Number of Java Developers in the World

As of 2019, there were 7.6 million Java developers in the world. According to a fresher report made by Daxx in 2020, the number of Java developers is the following:

  • The number of Java developers in the USA is 63,000
  • The number of Java developers in the UK is 14,000
  • The number of Java developers in Ukraine is 8,000
  • The number of Java developers in Germany is 6,000
  • The number of Java developers in the Netherlands is 6,000

*The numbers provided above may be incomplete and only represent a general tech talent distribution across the world.  


The Number of Java Developers

Java’s Popularity

During the last 5 years, Java’s popularity has only grown by 8%. In comparison, its competitor Python has shown a 20.3% growth. According to PYPL PopularitY, in 2020 Java has moved to 2nd place among the most popular programming languages.

In the TIOBE Index for June 2020, Java takes 2nd place too.


java-developer-experienceJava is the 3rd most searched programming language, according to Hackerrank Research 2020, and the 2nd most popular programming language in the world.

According to the 2020 Java Developer Productivity Report, the majority of Java developers have 2–5 years of experience.


Java Popularity By Country

According to Google Trends, Ukraine has the highest index of interest in Java development — 88. The Netherlands comes next with a score of 77. Germany, Belgium, and the USA follow with 73, 72, and 71 points.

Top countries to hire Java developers

CountryJava Development Interest Score
The Netherlands77
The USA71

Top countries to hire Java developers

How to Hire Java Developers? A Recruiter’s Perspective

Consider the following tips if you need to hire Java developers for your project:

  • Before you interview a candidate:

  1. Choose the model that works best for you.

If you already have the technical skills and experience in managing software development processes, you can hire Java developers directly and manage them yourself. 

However, if you need professional assistance with the management side of things, it’s better to engage a software outsourcing company to help you manage and hire Java developers.

For short-term projects, like adding a feature or two to existing software or making simple updates, hiring a freelancer might be a reasonable option. 

However, if you prefer hiring Java developers to be your full-time employees but don’t want to restrict your search to the local IT talent market or have a limited budget, consider hiring a full-time remote Java developer. 

  1. Get your requirements straight.

Most job descriptions are rather generic and provide little valuable information on the project. This makes it difficult for candidates to understand the project requirements and see if they meet your expectations.

Our advice is to specify the technical requirements as well as the soft skills/qualities you’re looking for. For example, good knowledge of the key technologies in your stack, experience in a domain, a degree in a field relevant to your project. Include project specifics as well as your personal preferences (but only well-grounded ones).

  1. Make your candidate interested in a position.

Before interviewing candidates, provide them with as much information on your project as possible (taking into account confidentiality, of course). The more you explain your project specifics, the higher are your chances of getting the developer interested in your job opportunity.

Before expecting candidates to prove themselves worthy of your company, think about what you can offer them in return. Is it a unique tech stack they’ll be able to get experience in or an innovative product they have a chance to contribute to? Do you offer a particularly competitive salary or some other benefits? 

  • Evaluating the candidates:

  1. Check CVs carefully.

A CV is a great source for the initial screening of your candidates, yet information given in a CV can be limited. For example, some of the candidate’s projects may fall under the protection of NDAs, while pet projects, personal experiments, or something that is not directly related to the developer’s job might not be included at all.

Moreover, you shouldn’t reject the candidate only because you think 2 years of experience isn’t enough for your project. Some developers can gain vast hands-on experience in various technologies and domains in just a year, while others can spend 5 years working on a single project with a limited tech stack.

  1. Ask for additional information.

While giving a test task prior to the interview might not always be a good idea (remember, a developer’s time comes at a price), you should encourage your candidates to support their CVs with any information or assets they consider suitable.

For example, a link to the candidate’s GitHub profile, relevant code samples, a list of diplomas or awards, published articles, etc., can be valuable additions even to a less than perfect CV.

  • At the interview

  1. Establish and follow a solid interview process.

To start with, write down a list of the most important questions and topics you want to cover. In addition, you can draft possible answers to those questions to get prepared for follow-ups. 

  1. Make each interview a dialogue rather than an interrogation.

Instead of simply asking questions, prepare to answer some too. If a candidate doesn’t have any questions about the project or your company, chances are that they simply aren’t that interested in working with you.

If you don’t agree with some of the points the candidates make, ask them to explain their views and voice your own opinions on the matter. Remember, the truth can spark when opposing ideas collide.

If you like the candidate, don’t think too long before making an offer. The majority of skilled Ukrainian developers interview for 3–4 jobs simultaneously, so make the call before your competitors do.

Why Hire Java Developers in Ukraine

With a pool of 200,000 software developers, Ukraine is considered to be one of the leading global outsourcing destinations

  • The salary of a middle Java developer in Ukraine lies within $1,900–$2,900, which will cost you $28,800 per year‬. The salaries for Java developers in the USA, Germany, and the Netherlands are significantly higher and range from $74,190 to $52,710.
  • There are 8,000 Java developers in Ukraine — more than in the Netherlands and Germany. 
  • 34% of Ukrainian developers have an intermediate level of English, 34% speak upper-intermediate English, 13% are advanced English speakers.
  • 52% of programmers in Ukraine work 40–60 hours per week.
  • World-famous companies such as Vive, Carerix, IGM, Pricena, Euretos have already recognized the benefits of hiring Java developers, especially their hard-working and diligent approach to work. 
  • The local Java talent pool is growing steadily, as developers rush to join one of the most dynamic and highest-paying industries in the country. 29% of Ukrainian developers have 3–5 years of experience, 25% 1–2 years, and 17% of Ukrainian developers have 6 to 10 years of experience.

Work with Daxx

When working with Daxx, you can hire the best Java developers in Ukraine. You'll take an active part in every stage of the selection process and interview the candidates in person.

Other benefits of our model are:

  • Fast recruitment process. With Daxx, you get a dedicated Java development team ready to work in just one month. 
  • A large pool of pre-qualified candidates. We have access to hundreds of experienced developers with various tech skills. 
  • Work with your developers directly. No need for third-party project managers. The dedicated team model results in higher levels of productivity and engagement. 
  • We take care of all the operational aspects of the cooperation with your developers. This includes fully equipped workplaces, taxes, sick leaves, developer retention, and team building events.
  • Constant support from a personal HR/Client Manager. Should any communication issues arise, they’ll be resolved in no time. 
  • Predictable costs. You’ll always know exactly how much you’ll pay at the end of each month.


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Juliya Mankovskaya

Juliya Mankovskaya is an avid Outreach Specialist at Daxx. She is passionate about Digital Marketing, IT and modern technologies. Juliya is responsible for Daxx social media promotion and external publications.

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