React is the brainchild of Jordan Walker, a Meta company software engineer. It was created in 2011 and has become the go-to developer tool because it is easier to learn and use for new developers than many other frameworks. In addition, it allows you to reuse components to develop complex Uls.
However, because of its constantly evolving nature, some developers struggle to keep up to date with React. Nonetheless, large companies like Coursera, Snapchat and Tinder make use of this framework.
3. jQuery JS
There is much debate on the current popularity of this JS framework; it is helpful for simple applications but can lead to a vast code base that is difficult to maintain if used in application development. However, it still ranks high among coding solutions for developers.
Note that company websites using jQuery include Yahoo, WordPress, Spotify, Microsoft Outlook, IMDb, and Zoom.
Express.js ranks fourth in popularity and demand. It is recognized for its remarkable speed in the web app development process, performance, and minimalist design for backend development.
Express is actually a Node.js-based web application framework that delivers comprehensive web and mobile application features. It offers an effortless approach to plugin integration, routing management, and setting up middleware packages in your server-side code.
Interestingly, Express can also be used alongside Node.js for building RESTful APIs to integrate other apps. Companies like PayPal, Twitter, Accenture, IBM, GoDaddy, and Intuit use it.
Lastly, we want to cover Angular, which is specifically preferred by developers who want to create Single Page Applications (SPAs). In addition, you could use it on the front end for building Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) with speedy page loads. However, it might be challenging to fully grasp the framework if you are a beginner.
Companies that use it include PayPal, again IBM, and Freelancer.
The average rate for a Node.js freelancer
Obviously though, your own rate depends on your level of seniority and experience. Some developers who are just starting as freelancers may want to quickly get their first contract, and start with a rate of about $50. However, if you’re well-versed in Node.js, you can probably increase your rate rather quickly.
Hourly rates for React developers
For React, we don’t actually see big differences compared to Node.js. Both frameworks are pretty much equally in demand, and for both we see similar hourly rate ranges.
So again, $70-$90 per hour would be a good average to consider as a freelance React developer in the US. Should you be from other parts of the world such as India, your rate is likely to be significantly lower. Freelance React developers in India will on average earn between $30-$40 per hour, though you will also find lower and higher rates depending on where you look.
What about jQuery rates?
The average Express.js freelance rate
The rate range for AngularJS experts
Lastly, let’s discuss AngularJS. On average, an AngularJS developers’ hourly rate in the US is $85, based on our own insights. With the increasing rate of job postings, Angularjs developers will find tremendous opportunities particularly in areas such as Chicago, IL, and its surroundings.
In Europe, we see ranges from €70 to €85 per hour on average – while in India this is quite a bit lower. So let’s discuss the rates between those three areas!
However, the figures are way higher if you check out pay rates available on top-ranking freelance platforms. For example, if you secure a job through a ‘premium’ freelance website like TopTal, you could earn up to $150 hourly.
Sure, figures like this may look promosing; however, to secure them, you’ll require a very high skill level in the field.
Freelance developer hourly rates in Western Europe actually look quite similar to those in the United States — but then with a Euro-sign in front.
We see that the rates here are usually a bit lower than in Eastern Europe. As mentioned before, there are developers who ask just $15 per hour, but we wouldn’t recommend that! In India, a starting rate of $20 or $25 would work, and depending on your level of expertise and communication, that may go up to $50 or more.
Let’s wrap it up
Do you want to know more about rates? Check out our article on how to set your rate as a freelance software developer, or continue on our blog.