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Freelance Writing Rates List

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Following is a summary of freelance writing rates that I've collected and distilled over my past 6 years as a freelance writer and editor. This is the list I first refer to when clients contact me. The range is for beginning writers/editors (no experience) who are in a low Cost of Living area, all the way to experienced writer/editors, and those who may adjust their rates based on living in a high cost-of-living area.


Freelance Writing Rates- By Project

  • Advertising/Copywriting Mail Pieces (no graphics): $300 to $3000+
  • Advertising/Copywriting Sales Letter: $150 to $2000
  • Articles (news, or with significant research, web-based): $15-50 per page
  • Articles (magazines): $150 to $5000+
  • Articles (content/keyword): $15 to $50
  • Articles (newspapers): $75 to $1000
  • Books (ghostwriting): $25-$80 per page, $5000 to $20,000+
  • Book Reviews: $2 to $100
  • Book Summaries: $250 to $500 per book
  • Brochures (no graphics work): $300-$2500
  • Business Plans: $500 to $5000+
  • Editorial Management (magazine/per issue): $500 to $5000
  • Grant Writing: $200-$5000+
  • Newsletters: $200 to $1000
  • Press releases: $200 to $500
  • Resumes: $200 to $500
  • Scripts: $1000 to $20,000+

Freelance Writing Rates By Hour

  • Advertising Copywriting: $45-$100/hr
  • Copyediting: $30-$70/hr
  • Developmental Editing: $50-$80/hr
  • Editorial on Call: $20-$150/hr
  • Fact Checking: $15-$50/hr
  • Ghostwriting: $40-$100/hr
  • Indexing: $30-$70/hr
  • Line Editing: $40-$70/hr
  • Proofreading: $25-$60/hr
  • Proposals Grants: $40-$80/hr
  • Tech Editing: $30-$90/hr
  • Technical Writing: $40-$100/hr
  • Web Content :$10-$90/hr
  • White Papers: $100-$200/hr

Freelance Writing Rates By Word or Page

  • E-books: $10-$35 per page
  • Indexing: $3 to $6 per page
  • Lesson Plans: $10-$20 per page

Miscellaneous Charges for Freelance Writing

  • Upcharge for rush: +10%-25%
  • Upcharge for keyword stuffing +10%
  • Down payment: 10% for companies, publishers, 25% for individuals/authors
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