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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Writing rates and hours

I know this topic comes up now and again...I did come across two charts that respectively list typical hours for select writing gigs and typical rates. I can't seem to attach here, so log onto the link:

Scroll to the bottom of the page, first section on the left where it says downloads and look for the Estimating Guide and the Rate Chart.

Happy writing.


Anonymous said...

I don't know about anyone else, but nobody has ever offered me the hourly rates quoted at this web site. I wish! If I quote $25/hr for substantive editing, I get a response like, "We're looking for someone who will take $15/hr!"

Has anyone here ever received these high compensations?

Krista said...

I agree, Anonymous. I have almost 5 years of experience and a typical hourly rate works out to $20-$35. I've hit the ranges in the document on a few projects, but it's definitely the exception and not the rule!

Definitely interested to hear what others say, though...

Michele said...

For some of the training curricula I develop, I have received within the ranges noted. But that is when there is no flat rate or set budget, which allows me negotiation room.

But, I don't do any editing, so I can't comment on that end.

I suppose it might also depend on NYC, those rates are totally possible.

Anonymous said...

I have received some of the rates listed on the site, but a few of the companies who have offered the higher rates are based out of the NY area (I'm based in the northeast). Generally, most of my other projects range anywhere from $35-$50/hour. I am patiently waiting for the day that I get a $80/hour offer! :)

With over ten years experience, I have been offered $15/hour for projects before (I've had to accept some of them because I was desperate for work). I think $15/hour for substantive writing/editing is insulting. But, I've even had companies offer $12/hour, which is almost criminal. Ha!

I guess it all depends on your history with the company and the ability of both parties to negotiate a fair rate for services. But, if anyone knows any companies that are paying those prices, please inbox me the information! LOL

mel said...

Based on my experience, a lot of K-12 is still pretty low and is about $20-$25, regardless of region.

For Instructional Design and Higher Ed I can garner $40-$50 per hour and that is mostly for editing work.

My clients are either on the East Coast or in Austin and I now live in San Francisco after working in Austin for many years.