View Full Version : Proofreading rates

11-18-2006, 03:25 AM
Hi everyone :)

Though my primary skill is writing articles, I also do some proofreading. So far, I've done smaller things like proofing press releases and posters for friends, but I have the possibility of a healthy-sized job with a new craft publication. My question is: what do I charge? I've been searching all over the internet and have found a number of different ideas. It seems the most basic choice is to choose between charging per word, per page, or per hour.

What has your experience been in the proofreading sector?

11-18-2006, 04:37 AM
I've seen it from 1 to 3 dollars per page in my area. I'm in the Twin Cities. I can't tell you what other areas demand.

John Serra

11-18-2006, 08:20 PM
My understanding is that where I live (Great Lakes region) it costs right about the same as typing/keyboarding a submission copy--but goes much faster.

I've done it for $2 a page, but that was some time ago, and neither of us knew what the going rate was. We just agreed it seemed fair.

Maryn, curious, too, now that you mention it

11-18-2006, 09:01 PM
The Editorial Freelancers Association has a page of common rates for editorial services (http://www.the-efa.org/InfoResources/Rates.htm), including proofreading.

- Victoria

11-18-2006, 10:00 PM
Oh, good, so long as I proofread the maximum number of pages per hour at the lowest rate, I didn't undervalue my services. Whew!

Maryn, glad to have this information

11-22-2006, 12:33 AM
I have a small proof reading job for this lady I met online. English isn't her first language, so when she needs to send e-mails to her co-workers, she IM's them to me to look over, fix up and return to her. She pays $0.50/e-mail (which are very short, normally 3-4 sentences). For longer things she'll pay more. So I make a bit of extra money each month. I'm also happy to be able to help her out, she tells me how her co-workers respond to her differently now. I guess proper grammar and spelling really do make a huge difference.