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Professional Writing

Average industry wide rates for issue orientated articles, press releases,

speeches and presentations are as follows:

While these are standard to the industry - we negotiate fees on a per job basis.

 
I. Business: 
1. Corporate Newsletter. Range: $40-$100/hour; Avg.: $70/hour 
2. Corporate Reports: Range: $40-$100/hour; Avg.: $77/hour 
3. White Papers: Range: $40-$90; Avg.: $64/hour 
4. Online Publishing: Range: $35-$100/hour; Avg.: $70/hour 
5. Direct Response (direct mail): Range: $35-$100; Avg.: $75/hour 
6. Marketing Communications: Range: $35-$100; Avg.: $76/hour 
7. Copy Editing: 
     a) General: Range: $30-$100; Avg.: $55/hour 
     b) Business-to-Business: Range: $45-$65; Avg.: $55/hour 
     c) Corporate: Range: $35-$100; Avg.: $60/hour 
8. Proofreading: 
     a) General: Range: $25-$50; Avg.: $38/hour 
     b) Corporate: Range: $25-$60; Avg.: $38/hour
II. Instructional: 
1. General: Range: $35-$75; Avg.: $50/hour
III. Technical: 
1. Web Authoring and Design: Range: $40-$100; Avg.: $65/hour 
2. Senior Technical Writer (computer h/w, s/w): Range $50-$85; Avg.: $65/hour 
3. Technical Writer (computer h/w, s/w): Range: $40-$75; Avg.: $51/hour 
4. Technical Copy Editing: Range: $35-$55; Avg.: $46
IV. Book 
1. Ghost Writing/Collaborating for a Firm: 
    a) No research required: 
         i) Per project: Range: $5K-$30K; Avg.: $12K 
    b) Research IS required: 
         i) Per project: Range: $10K-$30K; Avg.: $15K 
         ii) Per hour: Range: $35- $70/hour; Avg.: $56/hour 
2. Ghost Writing/Collaborating for an Individual: 
     a) NO research required: 
         i) Per project: Range: $5K-$25K; Avg.: $10K-$15K 
         ii) Per hour: Range: $25- $75/hour; Avg.: $55/hour 
     b) Research IS required: 
         i) Per project: Range: $7.5K-$30K; Avg.: $15K 
        ii) Per hour: Range: $35- $75/hour; Avg.: $66/hour 
3. Copy Editing: Range: $15-$55 Avg.: $35/hour 
4. Proofreading: Range $12-$40; Avg.: $23/hour
V. Journalism 
Please note: Per story rates do not give the length of the story. 
1. Large circulation magazine: Range: .75-$2.00; Avg.: $1.50/word 
2. Medium circulation magazine: Range: .40-$2.00; Avg.: $1.00/word 
3. Small circulation magazine: 
     a) Per word: Range: .10-$2.00; Avg.: .60/word 
     b) Per story: Range: $25-$500; Avg.: $220/story 
4. Small circulation, neighborhood News: 
     a) Per word: Range: .04-.30; Avg.: .11/word 
     b) Per story: TWO GROUPS (those charging less than $100 per story, and those charging more than $100 per story): 
         i) Less than $100: Range: $10-$75; Avg.: $41/story 
         ii) More than $100: Range: $100-$500; Avg.: $340/story 
5. Metropolitan News: 
     a) Daily: 
         i) Per word: Range: .10- $1.20; Avg.: .46/word 
         ii) Per story: Range: $100-$600; Avg.: $265/story 
     b) Weekly: 
         i) Per word: Range: .08-.46; Avg.: .25 
         ii) Per story: Range: $50-$600; Avg.: $215/story 
6. Online: 
     a) Per word: Range: .10-$1.00; Avg.: .55/word 
         b) Per story: TWO RATES (those charging less than $500 per story, 
             and those charging more than $500 per story): 
         i)  Group one: Range: $40 - $300; Avg.: $165/story 
         ii) Group two: Range: $500 - $5,000; Avg.: $1,400/story 
7. Trade Publications: 
     a) Large circulation: 
         i) Per word: Range: .25 - $2.00; Avg.: .90 
         ii) Per story: Range: $250 - $3,500; Avg.: $1,145 
     b) Small circulation: 
         i) Per word: Range: .17- $1.00; Avg.: .50 
         ii) Per story: Range: $100-$1,500; Avg.: $600
VI. Other 
1. Grant Writer: 
     a) Large, non-profit: Range: $40-$75; Avg.: $51/hour or as noted  
     b) Small, non-profit: Range: $20-$75; Avg.: $45/hour or as noted
2. Desktop Publishing: Range: $35-$85/hour; Avg.: $50/hour

 

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