Editing fees



Check the Editors Association of Canada for rates and then estimate what the market will bear and what your reward should be:

Project Management $50-112


Proofreading $32-75


Copy Editing $34-82


Fact Checking $34-82


Stylistic Editing $34-82


Production $36-82


Picture Research $36-82


Substantive/Developmental $45-112


Consulting $48-112


Desktop Publishing/Layout $48-112


Manuscript Evaluation $125 for first 10 pages, $2 / page thereafter


Indexing To be determined


Professional Writers Association of Canada



"What should I charge for my work?" or "How much do I pay a writer?" For both freelance writers and those that hire them, that frequently asked question lacks a simple answer. Fees charged by professional writers vary according to the work involved. Many factors affect payment including:

  • the type of assignment (e.g., magazine article, speech, marketing report)
  • the writer's skill, background and experience
  • the number of words and/or time the project requires
  • the number of interviews and/or research needed
  • the type of rights being purchased

PWAC's rate guidelines are based on fee information we have collected from PWAC members across Canada and from various industries that regularly hire writers on a freelance/contract basis.

PWAC's information reveals large pay variations between markets and locations. For instance, writers tend to earn more in large cities than in other areas of the country. There are also large variations between writers: a very experienced, established writer can charge more for her work than someone just starting out. Therefore, the rates below are general guidelines only. You'll need to negotiate the exact fee depending on the particulars of the assignment.

Periodical Writing General Interest/Consumer Magazines $1.00 to $2 per word $500 to $10,000 per article $400 to $1,500 per column

Trade/Special Interest Magazines $0.30 to $2 per word $500 to $4,000 per article $300 to $1,000 per column

Newspaper Writing Large Daily Newspapers $0.30 to $1.00 per word $250 to $2,500 per article $330 to $1,250 per column

Smaller Community Newspapers $0.10 to $0.50 per word $75 to $1,000 per article $75 to $500 per column

Online/Web Site Writing Varies widely; "business" sites pay higher $1,00 to $3 per word $60 to $100 per hour
Advertising Material Copy/Scripts/News Releases $350 to $500 per page $750 to $1,000 per project for brochures $75 to $150 per hour

Advertorials (articles commissioned by advertisers) $75 to $150 per hour Includes travel and think time, meetings, phone calls and interviews.

Corporate/Business Writing Reports/Marketing Plans/Technical Writing $3.00 to $5 per word $500 to $15,000 $75 to $150 per hour
Editing Varies according to publication/project $50 to $100 per hour
Ghost Writing Negotiable, based on the publishing and writing experiences of the author/co-author/ghost. Articles Generally 2-3 times the writer's usual rate

Books $25,000 to $75,000 flat fee Entire advance + 50% of royalties

Government Writing News Releases/Studies/Reports $2.00 to $5 per word $3,000 to $150,000 per project $60 to $200 per hour
Newsletters Writing only; layout extra $1.00 to $2.00 per word $400 to $8,000 per issue $75 to $150 per hour
Scripts Radio (highly variable) $75 to $150 per minute of script

Television (highly variable) $100 to $150 per minute of script

Speech Writing $1,000 to $10,000 per speech $100 to $150 per hour
Teaching/Instruction Varies according to experience and subject $30 to $150 per hour $500 to $1,000 per day
Translation/Adaptation Literary $0.50 to $1.00 per word

Other $0.25 per word $80 to $150 per hour




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