You’re an owner, founder, CEO, assistant researching the market for Python developers and Python development companies. But you’re not sure. Where should you start looking? Is it better to in-house or outsource? Do you use freelancers, or find a good development agency? And, of course, how much will it all cost?

You’re not alone. Companies of all sizes and industries are also looking to hire Python programmers, and uncertain which direction to go. Let’s take a closer look at the market, put some numbers on the costs involved, and see what makes the most sense for you.

How much does a Python developer cost? And where should you look for one?

Well, it depends. There are probably four key determinants of Python developer salaries:

  • Region
  • Experience level
  • Position type
  • Outsourced vs. in-house employment

Region

Python developer salaries vary significantly depending on where developers are located. We collected and compared Glassdoor’s Python Developer salaries (including only “high” or “very high confidence” figures, based on recency and volume).

average python developer salary

US and West > East

Based on Glassdoor “high confidence” data, the US ($76,526) and UK ($62,062) stand out as the most costly places to hire a Python dev, while the least expensive countries are Romania ($14,946), Argentina ($14,462) and India ($5,745). Globally, the United States has the highest average Python developer salaries ($76,526), while Canada’s average ($49,910) is closer to France’s ($45,764) and in the same range as the rest of Western Europe generally.

average annual salaries of python programmers

Western > Central & Eastern Europe

Regionally, Western Europe has higher Python developer salaries than Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe. Though Glassdoor was less certain about their average salary figures for Holland ($78,876), Norway ($66,813), Sweden ($56,467), and Ukraine ($17,786), these numbers conform to the general pattern (corroborated by Stack Overflow data, to which we turn next). Python developers cost more in the West than the East.

Below is the averaged Stack Overflow and Glassdoor data on European Python salaries in 2020.

Python developer average annual salaries 2020: Europe

East costs less at all experience levels

Stack Overflow’s February 2020 Developer Survey corroborates Glassdoor’s “high” (and “low”) confidence data, though Stack Overflow’s 65,000 global respondents were on average more senior Python developers with correspondingly higher salaries. Our analysis of Stack Overflow’s raw data (excluding countries with <50 respondents to reduce possible small sample bias) maps as follows.

global python developer salaries 2020
European python developer salaries 202

Below, we plotted the same European Stack Overflow data in a column chart. Moving west to east, Python developer salaries tend to become more affordable (the same way Glassdoor salaries do).

average python developer salary per region

Experience level: Senior Developers cost 1.5 – 2.3 times more

European Stack Overflow 2020 Python developer respondents average 8.7 years Python developer experience, and, therefore, probably represent more Senior Python Developer positions than Glassdoor Python Developer salaries. Stack Overflow salaries are 2.3 times Glassdoor salaries. Glassdoor Senior Python Developer salaries are also 1.5 times higher than general Python developer salaries.

Junior vs Senior (US data)

Glassdoor average Junior Python Developer salaries are $64,056, and Senior $91,727 (Dec 14, 2020 data). Our analysis of Payscale validated US salaries (Dec 16, 2020) found on average $57,588 for Junior Python Developer positions, and $106,553 for Senior Python Developers.

Source (Dec 2020)Junior Python DeveloperSenior Python Developer
Glassdoor (US data)$64,056$91,727
Payscale (US data)$57,588$106,553

Position: skills and titles

Region and experience level aren’t the only determinants of Python developer salaries. What kind of developer you need is also a significant determinant of what you’ll pay. (Note: “Python Developer” average salary figures from Indeed, Payscale, and Glassdoor are virtually identical to their salary figures for “Django Developers”.)

According to Indeed (US data from roughly 1500 salaries), certain skills are associated with substantially increased Python Developer salaries.

skills that affect python developer salaries

Though job titles are often based on relevant skills, the overlap is only approximate, so it’s informative to look at specific position titles as predictors of salary. Our analysis of Payscale “skill in Python” data revealed an association between the following job terms and average Python Developer salaries.

skills that affect python developer salaries

In-housing a developer is not cheap

Finally, whether you in-house or outsource your Python Developers also makes a big cost difference. According to a recent US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ sample of approximate 6,300 private sector organizations, in 2020, employers spent 30% of employee compensation on benefits expenses (including paid leave, life, health, and disability insurance, supplemental pay, retirement and savings, social security and medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers compensation).

employer cost in total compensation

Employer medical care costs, according to the same source, have trended upwards over the last decade (2010-2020) from appr. $330 to $460 per month.

In-housing is cost-prohibitive

And these benefits expenses are just the static costs of in-house employees. Add to this the cost of hiring, onboarding, training, office equipment and space, accounting, and HR overhead, and in-housing a developer becomes a very expensive proposition. Cutting costs alone is enough to make hiring freelancers an attractive option.

But in-housing has obvious benefits

There are, however, many upsides to in-house developers. They generally permit full control of the development process, faster development, less disappearance, more predictability, fewer security breach issues, real-time fixes, access to in-house developer resources, and full legal protection. Hiring freelance developers confers none of these advantages.

python developers comparison: in-house, freelance, outsource

Employees prefer in-house work

In-house development also appears to be preferred by developers. JetBrains data (2019) indicates 67% of Python developer respondents reported they were full-time employed. Only 5% identified as freelancers.

Outstaffing

So, if in-housing your Python developers is too expensive, and trusting your development to freelancers is too risky, where do you find reliable, affordable Python Developers who fulfill your Python programming needs?

Outsource to the East

Market data and logic suggest outstaffing. Outsourcing your Python developer needs to a software development company provides you the benefits of in-house development while relieving you of its burdens — time and money.

The outsourcing market, already well developed in the US, is expanding globally.

revenue in the IT outsourcing market

Outstaffing is projected to continue growing, and it stands to expand most where it is less developed but well resourced.

revenue in the It outsourcing market: global comparison

Where should you outstaff?

As for a location with affordable salaries, both Glassdoor and Stack Overflow 2020 salary data indicate Central and, especially, Eastern Europe as low cost opportunities for organizations who need Python developers.

Who should you outstaff to?

Outstaff your Python developer needs to a software development company with depth of experience in your need area. It will take some additional looking to find a software development company that’s a good match for your Python Development needs.

And, yes — full disclosure — we at Beetroot are in this market too. But we set up here for the same reason Python developers and client companies are: it makes good financial and business sense.

  • We established Beetroot in Ukraine, and can therefore offer cost-efficient, highly talented Python developers, handpicked from the deep pool of Ukrainian Python developers. We have a lot of completed and in-progress Python-powered projects, including reforestation AI, sustainability, travel tech, online course admin, healthcare, genomics, and more.
  • We make sure our Python developers enjoy a vast array of in-house resources, in a collaborative environment that frees us to leverage our expertise fully, develop efficiently, and enthusiastically tailor a sustainable solution to your Python programming needs. Plus, we like people and we’re a pleasure to work with. Don’t be a stranger. Get in touch.

Find out how we can help extend your team to Ukraine.

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