Quoting and rates

Note: this page will be updated in the near future. Please contact the president of Editors WA for information about where to find current rates for editing services, and see the IPEd website for more information.

While IPEd and its Western Australian branch, Editors WA, do not prescribe rates for professional editing services, they do encourage editors to quote within national averages. The rates charged by individual editors reflect the complexities and requirements of the particular project (which might require a combination of editorial services), the level of responsibility involved, and the experience and expertise of the editor.

In October 2009, the national average freelance rate for editors was $66 per hour and ranged from $45–112 per hour (current at 2011). The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance industry award in 2011 was $215 per hour.

Editors may work for an hourly rate or a negotiated project fee. It’s a good idea to obtain more than one quote when seeking editorial services and ask to see examples of work. Make sure that quotes itemise exactly what is included and that both parties understand the budget and expectations.

Editors might provide a ‘ballpark’ quote for a particular job before they have a detailed look at the project. A more accurate costing can only be provided, however, once they have a brief and have seen and assessed the document.

Confirm with the editor whether the quote is firm or an estimate only. Extra charges may be incurred by late changes to the brief.

Find out how experienced the editor is, and whether the editor is an Accredited Editor (AE) with the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). An experienced editor is justified in charging a higher rate and this will ensure that the work is of a high standard.

NEWS

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