Remote Software Developer
salaries in Costa Rica
The median annual salary for a remote Software Developer is in Costa Rica. This is the base salary, not including benefits. Because they are part of a worldwide job market, remote software engineers in Costa Rica typically have higher average salaries than those of non-remote, local engineers there.
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Hiring international employees
When hiring internationally, you widen your pool of candidates, enabling your company to find team members with the skills you need in other parts of the world. International hiring brings its own challenges, though, as you need to learn about the local laws in the countries where you want to hire. For Costa Rica, in addition to providing salary data by job roles, we've gathered resources to help you learn what to expect when it comes to employment laws, compliance, and more.
Employment laws in Costa Rica
As with other countries, Costa Rica has its own sets of laws for hiring employees, contractors, and other kinds of workers. We’ve written a guide for US employers hiring in Costa Rica, covering employment laws, benefits, and more. Learn what you should keep an eye on before you embark on your hiring journey. Read our guide here.
Worker classification: Contractors or employees?
When hiring abroad, some employers may assume that it’s easier to hire contractors, because they typically cost less and don't require as much onboarding as employees do. However, every country has its own worker classification laws, and penalties for misclassifying team members can be costly. It's important to make sure that you're hiring for the right type of worker, so that you do not inadvertently hire your remote software engineer as a contractor when their local laws actually require you to hire them as an employee. Learn when you might want to hire contractors or employees.
Paying international contractors
If you do decide that hiring an international contractor is the best fit for your business and falls within the right type of worker classification, you'll need to find a way to send payments to them. Pilot can help you pay contractors in 240+ countries, at optimal exchange rates and with no transaction fees. Payments go directly to contractors' bank accounts, without the hassle or withdrawal fees of an e-wallet. Explore how you can hire and pay contractors through Pilot.
Frequently asked questions.
How to use Pilot for remote hiring
Yes! Pilot takes care of payroll, benefits, and compliance for US companies hiring employees in 160+ countries and hiring contractors in 240+ countries.
Hiring employees starts at $299/mo/employee for our base Employees plan and $459/mo/employee for our Employees Plus plan. Our Contractors plan is just $29/mo/contractor. We believe in simple, transparent pricing. There are no setup fees or hidden costs, and you can cancel at any time.
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