Editoral Rates


Editorial Rates

Most editing projects tend to fall within the ranges shown here. Rates depend on several variables including the nature of the work, time frames, expertise required and other factors so consider these as a rough guide only.

Industry standard for a manuscript page is 250 words.

Work Type  Estimated Pace  Range of Fees
EDITING
Editing, basic copyediting 5-10 ms pgs/hr $30-40/hr
Editing, heavy copyediting 2–5 ms pgs/hr $40–50/hr
Editing, website copyediting $40-50/hr
Editing, developmental 1–5 pgs/hr $45–55/hr
Editing, substantive or line 1–6 ms pgs/hr $40–60/hr
 FACT CHECKING  $30-40/hr
 LAYOUT
 Layout, books  6-10 pgs/hr   $45-85/hr
 Layout, newsletters  1-4 pgs/hr  $40-100/hr
 Layout, websites $16-20/pg
 MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION  $45-55/hr
 PERMISSIONS  $40-50/hr
 PROOFREADING  9-13 ms pgs/hr  $30-35/hr
 RESEARCHING  $40-75/hr
 WEB DESIGN  $50-75/hr
 WRITING  1-3 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, 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