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Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 12/31/18 If you're wondering how to price your services as a freelance writer, you'll find that rates vary quite a bit and involve several variables, such as your depth and length of experience, your chosen clientele, and the types of writing assignments you choose. Some projects pay by the hour and some pay a flat fee per project. You can compare different writing jobs by calculating the payment on a per-word basis. This doesn't factor in the depth of research and other factors, but it at least provides a basis for comparison Consider developing a personal rate sheet for yourself (don't share this with clients) that dictates the range of prices you want to charge. You might, for example, add on a premium for fast-turnaround work. Calculate the maximum discount you're willing to give clients and have this also available on your rate sheet to remind you so that clients won't be able to negotiate below what you're willing to accept. Pay Examples The following examples will give you an idea of how payment can range. At the time of publication, Politico pays $500 flat for articles in the 2,000-word range. This works out to 25 cents per word. Bridal Guide pays $1,000 for a 2,000-word article, for $1 per word. On the other hand, Axe Wellness, which publishes on both digital and print, only pays 8 cents per word. Pay Rate Ranges The following summary of freelance writing rates has been collected and distilled over many years of working as a freelance writer and editor. The ranges below begin with writers and editors starting out with little or no experience, who reside in a low-cost-of-living area. Top-of-the-range prices would be reserved for experienced writers and editors living in high-cost-of-living areas—or those who have clients in high-cost-of-living areas—and who adjust their rates accordingly. All assignments and situations are different, so proceed with caution when considering any freelance rate scale and take into account all the factors when determining your rates and what you can expect to be paid. If you want additional guidance beyond this list, refer to the Editorial Freelancers Association, which keeps a similar list on its website. Additionally, writers can check out bid sites, such as Upwork.com. These sites show you what employers have been paying in the recent past for various writing projects. Keep in mind, however, that bid sites often, though not always, pay on the low end of the scale. Freelance Writing Rates by Project Advertising/copywriting mail pieces (no graphics): $300 to $3,000+Advertising/copywriting sales letter: $150 to $2,000Articles (news, or with significant research, web-based): $15 to $50 per pageArticles (magazines): $100 to $5,000+Articles (content/keyword): $5 to $50Articles (newspapers): $75 to $1,000Books (ghostwriting): $25 to $80 per page, $5,000 to $20,000+Book reviews: $2 to $100Book summaries: $250 to $500 per bookBrochures (no graphics work): $300 to $2,500Business plans: $500 to $5,000+Editorial management (magazine/per issue): $500 to $5,000Grant writing: $200 to $5,000+Newsletters: $200 to $1,000Press releases: $200 to $500Resumes: $200 to $500Scripts: $1,000 to $20,000+ Freelance Writing Rates by the Hour Advertising copywriting: $45-$100/hrCopyediting: $30-$70/hrDevelopmental editing: $50-$80/hrEditorial on call: $20-$150/hrFact checking: $15-$50/hrGhostwriting: $40-$100/hrIndexing: $30-$70/hrLine editing: $40-$70/hrProofreading: $25-$60/hrProposals and grants: $40-$80/hrTech editing: $30-$90/hrTechnical writing: $40-$100/hrWeb content :$10-$90/hrWhite papers: $100-$200/hr Freelance Writing Rates by the Page E-books: $10-$35 per pageIndexing: $3 to $6 per pageLesson plans: $10-$20 per page Freelance Writing Upcharges and Down Payments Upcharge for rush: +10 percent to +25 percentUpcharge for keyword stuffing: +10 percentDown payment: 10 percent for companies and publishers, 25 percent for individuals/authors A Word About Content Mills Many people get their start as a new writer by writing articles for various websites, through companies known as content mills. These companies hire hundreds of writers, asking them to create one-page articles for various clients. These articles pay notoriously low rates and the work quality often reflects the low payment. Content mill payment for articles can range from less than 1 cent per word to 10 cents per word, with articles averaging 500 to 600 words.