Official Industry Standard Fee Scale as of 2017 

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
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
INDEXING 8-20 pr pg/hr $35-65/hr
$5.50-12/pr ind pg
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
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/
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TRANSLATING 300-500 wds/hr $40-50/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, 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