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 Work Estimated Pace Range of Fees
Editing
Basic copyediting 5–10 ms pgs/hr $30–40/hr
Heavy copyediting 2–5 ms pgs/hr $40–50/hr
Website copyediting $40–50/hr
Developmental editing 1–5 pgs/hr $45–55/hr
Substantive or line editing 1–6 ms pgs/hr $40–60/hr
Fact checking $30–40/hr
Indexing 8–20 pr pgs/hr $35–65/hr
$5.50–$12/pr ind pg
Layout
Books 6–10 pgs/hr $45–85/hr
Newsletters 1–4 pgs/hr $40–100/hr
Websites $16–20/pg
Manuscript evaluation $45–55/hr
Permissions $40–50/hr
Project management $9–30/pr pg
$40–90/hr
Proofreading 9–13 ms pgs/hr $30–35/hr
Researching $40-75/hr
Transcribing variable $2.50–$4/audio minute
Translating 300–500 wds/hr $40–50/hr
Web Design $50–75/hr
Writing 1–3 ms pgs/hr
Fiction $40–50/hr
20¢–25¢/wd
Ghostwriting $50–60/hr
26¢–50¢/wd
Grants/Proposals/Sales/PR $50–60/hr
30¢–95¢/wd
Journalism $40–50/hr
26¢–50¢/wd
Medical $60–70/hr
80¢–95¢/wd
Nonspecified $40–100/hr
20¢-$2/wd
Technical/Trade $50–60/hr
45¢–55¢/wd

NOTE: ind pg = indexable page, ms = manuscript, pr = printed, pg = page, hr = hour, wd = word