Rates

These common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— have been reproduced directly from the Editorial Freelancers Association & 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, & other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a specific 250 words. You may contact AlchemyMCG directly for a personal consultation. Please follow this link to contact us.  
Type of Work Estimated Pace Range of Fees
Copyediting, basic 5-10 ms pgs/hr $30-40/hr
Copyediting, heavy 2–5 ms pgs/hr $40–50/hr
Developmental editing 1–5 pgs/hr $60–80/hr
Indexing 8-20 pr pg/hr $35-65/hr $3.50-12 ind pr pg
Layout | books 6-10 pgs/hr $45-85/hr
Layout | newsletters 1-4 pgs/hr $40-100/pr pg
Project Management NA $9-30/pr pg $40-90/hr
Proofreading 9-13 ms pgs/hr $30-35/hr
Researching NA $40-75/hr
Substantive | line editing 1–6 ms pgs/hr $50–60/hr
Transcribing variable $3-5/pg
Translating 300-500 wds/hr 20-50¢/wd
Writing 1-3 ms pgs/r $50-100/hr 5¢-$2/wd
NOTE ind = indexable page, ms = manuscript, pr = printed, pg = page, hr = hour, wd = word