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Budget Estimation For Flutter App Development

Flutter in no time became the king of frameworks. The obvious reasons behind its popularity are cross-platform functioning, speedy development, code reusability, open source, and optimized UI/UX performance. However, new entrepreneurs still struggle to decide the framework for their application. The cost of Flutter development and other hidden cost keeps continuously bugging them for making the final selection, which is why we decided to write this blog and make them aware of the Flutter development cost distribution.

Here we go…

Flutter is an open-source framework backed by Google. The cross-platform community is discussing nothing but Flutter. You will not believe it, but nearly 42% of developers want to opt for Flutter. 

Developers can use a single code base and develop awesome applications for iOS and Android both. 

Flutter was released in the year 2015, gained popularity in 2017 and became a strong competitor to React Native in no time.

Flutter offerings gained immense popularity and were chosen for building MVPs in a minimum span. One can make use of Flutter widgets to make the application experience more customized than ever. 

Here is the highlight of why you should choose Flutter for app development. 

You can connect us to know more about the implementation and offerings. 

  • Cost-effectiveness;
  • Compatibility;
  • Time-friendly development;
  • Widget fabrication;
  • Optimized performance;
  • Extensive testing support;
  • Single codebase;
  • HotReload function;
  • The global community and Google Support;

Here is a snippet of Flutter app development:

Simple Flutter app $15,000 to $50,000
Less complex flutter app $60,000 to $1,10,000
Highly complex flutter app $1,10,000 to $2,00,000

However, this is just an overview, but the rest of the details about costing is what we will discuss in the next section. 

Cost to Hire Flutter Developers, Let’s Split the Cost

Just like hiring flutter developers is a step-by-step process, costing also has its various stages defined. The first stage/category is to decide on the hiring models. You have various options like part-time hiring, hourly-charging team or remotely working dedicated team of developers. All of these engagement models have their pros and cons which we will scrutinize next.

Model 1: Part-time developers:

This model is usually chosen when you need a few extra persons to work on your ongoing project. You can hire developers who willingly work on your project and offer support as and when required.

The part-time developers model is cost-effective if the project duration is less. You should  raise a work contract and decide on milestone submission  to get your work completed in the decided timeframe. 

Model 2: Hourly charging team:

This model is suitable when you want to hire developers with specific expertise. You may select a team of expert developers for accomplishing tasks like new feature addition, application migration, or a few tasks, less urgent, but needs expertise. 

In this model, the developers raise the bill based on the total number of hours spent on the project. 

If you opt for this model, you should be clear with your requirements and discuss the same with the team. 

Model 3: Hiring a remote/outsourcing working team:

More often than ever, project owners prefer this model to work with. In this model, you will hire an entire team of project development including a project manager, developers, designers, testers, etc.

This team will work as your extended team solely on your project. The outsourced team will know all your project dynamics and deadlines and help you achieve the same. This model is suitable for long, complex,  and expensive projects.

Factors affecting the cost of flutter development:

Well, there are levels of hiring flutter developers for your project. You can either hire a junior developer having 0-2 years of experience or an intermediate developer with more than 2 years of experience or an expert having more than 2.5 years of experience.

All of these levels charge differently. However, the average salary of a Flutter developer is $84000 per year.  Now that you know whom to hire for what, let us look at the other factors that might affect the rate.

Developers’ geographical location:

Developers’ rates for Flutter app development vary from one location to another. You need to consider the location during the estimation of flutter development. Be it freelancers or  a remote working dedicated team, the rates of development based on location goes like this,

Hourly rates of developers from north America:

  • Junior developer charges between $110-150
  • Senior developer charges between $150-$200

Hourly rates of developers from Latin America:

  • Hourly rate is near to $50 per hour. 

Hourly rates of developers from Europe:

  • Junior developer charges between $60-80
  • Senior developer charges between $100-150

Hourly rates of developers from Africa:

  • Junior developer charges between $20-60
  • Senior developer charges between $60-100

Hourly rates of developers from Asia:

  • Junior developer charges between $20-60
  • Senior developer charges between $50-100

Based on your project demands and budget, you can make the final selection of developers.

The development time for Native app vs. Flutter app:

Flutter uses a single code base system, which makes it quite easy for developers to develop hybrid applications. The lesser the development time, the lesser the cost of development. 

Application’s complexity:

An application can have three categories of complexities, low, medium, and high. The level of complexity directly affects the development time. A low-level complexity will cost less than a medium and a medium will be lesser than a high.

The factors that will affect the complexity are:

  • Third-party integration;
  • Features integration;
  • Integration with hardware devices;
  • Data migration from one platform to another;
  • Integration of magic technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things, etc. 

Also, the list view app type will be very cost-effective, however, a dynamic app will require more time and money. On the other hand, gaming apps that need high resolutions & graphics, AI, etc. will cost a fortune.

Application category:

Feature integration varies from one app type to another. As mentioned above, game apps would have the highest number of features and functions than anything else. Likewise, a banking solution will need security enhancement features and multi-factor authentication, etc. 

  • 50,000 – Basic apps like a calculator or clock.
  • $50,000 to $100,000 – Apps that use data consumption like a weather app.
  • $300,000 – User authentication (basic personal profile) is required to use the app.
  • $500,000 – Social media and dating apps like Facebook or Tinder.
  • $200,000 to $1 million – eCommerce apps.
  • $1.5 million – On-demand apps like Uber.

All of these will add to the final cost of app development.

Hardware cost:

The number of hardware you attach to the application, will add to the cost of application development.

Tools and licensing cost:

Flutter is free, but integrations are not. If you wish to integrate third-party APIs into the application for better functioning application, you would have to spend an extra buck. 

In the end:

Firstly, congratulations on selecting Flutter for your app development. Flutter has made app development an easy task, however, it is difficult to expect a straightforward cost of Flutter app development. There are all these factors that come into the picture while calculating the final cost  of application development. 

Flutter is growing, and those who use this fantastic cross-platform SDK are growing alongside it. So it’s now up to you to decide when to start delegating your success to Flutter. As a technology expert, I would advise you to start looking for a reputable Flutter app development company right away.

Because, with the Flutter SDK, something else is improving, namely the cost of developing a Flutter app. The rest is up to you, but keep in mind that our inbox is always open for all dreamers!

If you have any further questions regarding your project or costing, feel free to contact us! All the best!


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