At Devslopes, we’re often asked this question by iOS developers-to-be who are weighing their options and trying to decide if studying iOS development will be worth it. Before we dive into the dolla bills, let me begin by saying that no salary will make you happy or content forever.
There will always be someone who makes more than you. You should go into iOS development because you love programming, iOS, the Apple Ecosystem, and have a blast building apps for iOS. Ok, quick side-bar done. 😬
Now, let’s get down to brass tacks.
iOS Developer & Mobile Developer Salaries
Before we get to freelance work, I’d recommend considering if remote work like that is a good fit for you. It doesn’t work for everyone, but some people really thrive in a remote work environment. Let’s quickly look at what non-freelance iOS developers make yearly (on average).
According to Indeed.com, the average iOS Developer makes a salary of $115,359 yearly. The average Mobile Developer makes an average yearly salary of $106,716.
Freelance iOS Developers
The average yearly salary for a freelance iOS developer is really subjective and honestly more reflective of the developer’s ability and willingness to hustle and market him or herself. While it is a highly sought-after skill, “if you learn it, they will come” is a dangerous mindset. It takes hustle, networking, and creative thinking to get clients at a consistent, high paying rate.
For consultants (or freelancers), the average yearly salary is $104,000 with a range of between $79,000 — $130,000 per year. This, as I mentioned, might not be your experience but it also could be less than you could possibly make. It depends on how you close deals. We’re not going to discuss how to avoid taking on too many projects at once, but that is a surefire way to underdeliver and not make good money. We’ll have to dive into project management in another article.
Why is Freelance Work Awesome?
As a freelance iOS developer, you have a lot of freedom and are able to work from really wherever you desire. We love remote work and the freedom it provides and one of our developers wrote an article sharing some amazing resources for those hoping to be freelancers: 5 Resources For Remote Workers That Will Change Your Life
If you want to learn iOS development and build a ton of amazing apps you could show prospective clients, I’d recommend that you check out our Apple Slope at Devslopes. 170+ hours of video content going from beginner to advanced.