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Freelance Technical Editing Rates and Information

The following information was obtained through research for my EH 603 Technical Editing class; my professor suggested sharing it on the blog, so here it is!

Because of the global nature of business these days and the ability of editors to work remotely, it was difficult to find prices for freelance editors specifically for the Huntsville area. I did find a website (Editorial Freelancers Association, 2015) that listed a range of prices for various freelance editing jobs. The rates for a basic copyediting job ranged from $30-$40 per hour at an estimated pace of 5-10 manuscript pages per hour to $40-$60 per hour for substantive or line editing at a pace of 1-6 manuscript pages per hour.

According to Miranda Marquit in her blog (n.d.), beginning editors can charge around $20 per hour, experienced content editors can charge $50-$85 per hour, and experienced proofreaders can charge $25-$35 per hour.

Besides the copyediting jobs we have talked about in class this semester, some of the other roles and jobs that freelance editors perform, according to Allena Tapia (2016), include acquisitions editor, coordinating editor, developmental editor, fact checker, globalization/translations editor, and integrity editor. Some of these jobs are specific functions that fall within the overall umbrella of comprehensive editing. A brief description is given below:

* An acquisitions editor is responsible for accepting, rejecting, and finding manuscripts for publication within a specific publishing house. This type of editing is typically not a freelance job, since an in-depth knowledge of the publishing house is required.

* A coordinating editor is responsible for overseeing all the areas a manuscript may have to go through, such as writing, graphics, and proofreading. The coordinating editor makes sure all the tasks are accomplished and, as the job title implies, coordinates with each area to know what stage the manuscript is in at all stages of its production.

* A developmental editor is someone who improves upon the manuscript somehow; perhaps further developing the plot, structure or theme. A developmental editor is also referred to sometimes as a comprehensive editor, a term we are all familiar with.

* A fact checker is exactly what the title says: someone who checks facts in a manuscript. This can be done online, at a library, or through phone calls or interviews.

* A globalization/translation editor is another area we touched upon in our class this semester. This is someone who prepares a manuscript for a specific audience, such as another country or culture, and must have a knowledge of the customs of that audience and ensure the manuscript reflects this appropriately.

* An integrity editor is simply someone who ensures that all references and cross-references are correct within a manuscript.

As you can see, freelance editing encompasses a wide range of jobs with a wide range of prices. Freelancing allows editors to be their own bosses, but they typically do not have the benefits, such as medical insurance and paid vacation, that company employees have.


Marquit, M. (n.d.). How Should You Charge for Freelance Editing? [Web log comment]. Retrieved from

Editorial Freelancers Association. (July 2015). Editorial Rates. Retrieved from

Tapia, A. (October 2016). 21 Freelance Editing Jobs: Work as a Freelance Editor. Retrieved from