Last updated: March 2017
Pricing and rates
How much does editing cost? The answer to that question – as with everything to do with editing – is ‘it depends’.
There is no standard fee or pricing for editing, proofreading or indexing, and AFEPI Ireland members are free to set their own fees for each individual project.
To facilitate fair negotiations on pricing for our members and clients, AFEPI Ireland have calculated suggested minimum rates for the different types of work carried out by an editor or indexer with professional training and experience in the core skills of copy-editing, proofreading and indexing.
These suggested minimum rates are offered as guidelines and are provided for information purposes only.
Suggested minimum rates for proofreading and editing
- Proofreading or light copy-editing: €25–€35 per hour
- Standard copy-editing: €40 per hour
- Substantive/developmental editing and fact-checking: €40+ per hour
- Project management: €45+ per hour
- Readers’ reports/manuscript assessments: €500 for 75k–100k words
Calculating fees for editing and proofreading is based on a number of criteria, including (but not limited to) the type and complexity of the editing or proof-reading work required, the length or word count of the project, and the skills, expertise and experience of the editor or proofreader carrying out the work. Rates will be higher for specialist editing services in areas requiring professional knowledge of technical concepts, terminology or methodologies.
See our FAQs page for information on the distinction between proofreading, copy-editing, substantive editing, etc.
Although work speeds vary, the following guidelines may be useful:
- Complex: 2,000 words per hour
- Simple: 4,000 words per hour
- Complex: 800 words per hour
- Simple: 1,600 words per hour
Suggested minimum rates for indexing
With indexing, it is more usual to refer to a rate per page.
- Complex: from €4.50 or more per page
- Basic: from €3 per page
Costing an index involves consideration of a number of factors: nature of text, number of pages, level and depth of index needed, any special requirements such as multiple indexes, cumulative indexes, etc.
Clients buying indexing services should ask for an initial estimate based on a representative sample chapter.
Please note: These suggested minimum rates are exclusive of VAT. Not all freelance editors, proofreaders or indexers charge VAT. Please clarify this with the individual freelancer when you obtain a quotation.