Editorial Freelancers Association



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Editorial Rates

Updated: June 2012

Common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words.

Type of WorkEstimated PaceRange of Fees
EDITING
Editing, basic copyediting5-10 ms pgs/hr$30-40/hr
Editing, heavy copyediting2–5 ms pgs/hr$40–50/hr
Editing, website copyediting$40-50/hr
Editing, developmental1–5 pgs/hr$45–55/hr
Editing, substantive or line1–6 ms pgs/hr$40–60/hr
FACT CHECKING$30-40/hr
INDEXING8-20 pr pg/hr$35-65/hr
$5.50-12/pr ind pg
LAYOUT
Layout, books6-10 pgs/hr$45-85/hr
Layout, newsletters1-4 pgs/hr$40-100/hr
Layout, websites$16-20/pg
MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION$45-55/hr
PERMISSIONS$40-50/hr
PROJECT MANAGEMENT$9-30/pr pg
$40-90/hr
PROOFREADING9-13 ms pgs/hr$30-35/hr
RESEARCHING$40-75/hr
TRANSCRIBINGvariable$3-5/pg
TRANSLATING300-500 wds/hr$40-50/hr
WEB DESIGN$50-75/hr
WRITING1-3 ms pgs/hr
Writing, fiction$40-50/hr
20¢-25¢/wd
Writing, ghostwriting$50-60/hr
26¢-50¢/wd
Writing, grants/proposals/sales/PR$50-60/hr
30¢-95¢/wd
Writing, journalism$40-50/hr
26¢-50¢/wd
Writing, medical$60-70/hr
80¢-95¢/wd
Writing, nonspecified$40-100/hr
20¢-$2/wd
Writing, technical/trade$50-60/hr
45¢-55¢/wd
NOTE   ind = indexable page, ms = manuscript, pr = printed, pg = page, hr = hour, wd = word

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