Top 5 websites to find Ruby on Rails jobs

Posted by Jordan on 06/09/2011 in Rails Jobs.

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of Ruby on Rails job offers out there. Just do a quick search on google or a search onTwitter and you'll see what I mean. There are seemingly more jobs offered than Rails developers available to fill them. Wondering why so many jobs? I won't bore you with the details. If you're reading this chances are you already know why Ruby on Rails is popular and why so many websites are using it to create great web experiences. What I can tell you is a few statistics about what you should expect as a Rails developer. First, the nation-wide (United States, sorry friends from elsewhere) average salary for a Rails developer is $92,000 per year. That's roughly 25% higher than the average salary for all jobs nationwide. Additionally, here are the stats from major cities in the United States:

  • Austin, TX: $81,000
  • Chicago, IL: $96,000
  • Denver, CO: $82,000
  • Los Angeles, CA: $95,000
  • New York, NY: $106,000
  • Phoenix, AZ: $76,000
  • San Francisco, CA: $111,000
  • Seattle, WA: $81,000 per year.

Earlier in 2011 Ruby on Rails jobs took a bit of a dive in overall salary. However, since March the overall salary for a Rails developer has been climbing and likely isn't going to decline any time soon. Additiionally, Rails developers make more money than almost all other programmers and web developers of any kind. By nearly 10%. If you've been on the fence about learning Rails and jumping into a career, now's the time to get off the fence. Some of the most common job titles to search for are: Ruby on Rails Engineer, Ruby on Rails developer, and Senior Lead Software Engineer.

In order to help fellow Rails developers out there, we thought we'd put as many places to find Ruby on Rails jobs out there as possible. Don't waste your time following "#rails" on twitter looking for potential jobs. While there are some on there from reputable companies you will likely run into more spam and dead ends than anything. We haven't collected all the potential Rails jobs on the web, but the best places to start your job hunt. Whether you're looking for something permanent, something in your city, or some remote free-lance work, there are plenty of options to go around.

  1. Ruby Inside - In addition to being a provider of Ruby and Rails news, views, links and opinions they have developed a pretty good job posting forum.
  2. Ruby Now - Simply stated they are the ruby developers job board. Of course they don't just have Ruby specific jobs. Over 50% of the jobs currently published are looking for Rails developers.
  3. Rails Job - Is a simple and free to use job board for Ruby and Rails developers. Job postings are free for 30 days.
  4. Simply Hired - Simply hired is a huge database for job listings. They aim to make your search for a job as simple as possible. See this search for their Ruby on Rails job postings.
  5. Ruby on Rails Jobs - Is the leading Ruby on Rails job board. The site is maintained by fellow Ruby on Rails developers and is a great place to begin your job hunt. It is easily searchable by city, state, full-time, part-time and by company.