What Is The Hourly Rate Of An Average Freelance Writer?

Freelance writers are usually a free group, this is to say that they work on their own behest, and what they offer in the form of services in an extrapolation of their own identity and not that of an external entity. Freelance writers, thus, act as a singularity, and depending upon the context or setting of work, provide candid insights into the subject matter.

As the freelance writers are not usually bound by set norms, that is, working hours, deadlines, working conditions, geographic locations, and work largely based upon the complexity of their work-product, they can often charge whatever they want provided their services are valuable enough. Otherwise, vanilla staff writers could have done the job and freelance writers would not even be required in the place.

The median average salaries of freelance writers vary depending upon their field of work. The following are some of the gathered figures:

Advertising, Copywriting and PR

  • Copywriting: $300/half day, $500/full day on-site in agency
  • Catalog copywriting: $60 average/hour
  • Event promotions/publicity: $67 average/hour
  • Press/news release: $305 average/project
  • Public relations for businesses: $76 average/hour
  • Public relations for schools or libraries: $65 average/hour
  • Speechwriting/editing (general): $4,064 average/30-minute speech

Audiovisuals & Electronic Communications

  • Copyediting audiovisual: $58 average/hour
  • Business film scripts (training and information): $2,500 average/project
  • Educational/training film scripts: $400 average day rate
  • Corporate product film: $325 average/run minute
  • Movie novelization: $7,000 average
  • Radio editorials: $60 average/hour
  • Radio interviews: $75 average/run minute
  • Radio commercials/PSAs: $72 average/hour
  • Script synopsis for business $70/hour; $20/news show
  • Screenwriting (original screenplay): $70,117 average
  • TV news story/feature: $90 average/hour

Book Publishing

  • Book proposal writing: $2,300 average/project
  • Children's book writing: $4,900 average
  • Content editing (scholarly): $40 average/hour
  • Content editing (textbook): $36 average/hour
  • Content editing (trade): $46 average/hour
  • Copyediting: $38 average/hour
  • Indexing: $3.50 average/page
  • Manuscript evaluation and critique: $950 average/project
  • Movie novelization $7,000
  • Novel synopsis (general): $51 average/hour
  • Proofreading: $2 average/page


  • Annual reports: $8,334 average/project
  • Brochures, fliers, and booklets for business: $3,125 average/project
  • Business letters: $500 average/project
  • Corporate profile: $1.40/word
  • Government research: $65 average/hour
  • Government writing: $64 average/hour
  • Newsletters, desktop publishing/production: $2,520 average/project (4 pages); $750/page
  • Newsletters, editing: $53 average/hour

Computer, Scientific & Technical

  • Copyediting scientific journals $18/hour (one report)
  • Computer-related manual writing: $75 average/hour
  • E-mail copywriting: $1,200/project (minimum)
  • Medical and science proofreading: $35 average/hour
  • Medical and science editing: $54 average/hour
  • Online editing: $58 average/hour
  • Medical and science writing: $5,000/project
  • White Papers: $80 average/hour


  • Arts reviewing: $80 average/review
  • Book reviews: $100 average/review
  • Column, local: $26 average/hour
  • Editing/manuscript evaluation $35/hour
  • Feature: $276 average/project
  • Proofreading: $20 average/hour

not only a part-time work

Some writers start off doing a few projects that begin as part-time work. As they see their potential they want to know how this can become their full-time job. A few writers are fortunate enough to say they earn enough to make a living. Others may think this is impossible but possibilities are endless. Overall, being a freelance writer is excellent! Some may not have the exact words to describe the feeling, but they can see themselves writing for a very long time. The benefits are great but when you feel this is your calling you feel right at home.

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