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How much do writing and editing services cost?

Last updated: 24th May 2019

Writing services cost about $62.50/hr, while proofreading and editing services have an average price of $35/hr.

Of course, the actual costs still depend on the specifics of a job. For writing services, rates can go from as low as $47.50/hr to as high as $77.50/hr. Meanwhile, editing services can cost anywhere from around $30/hr to $50/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Writers and Editors on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

What can influence the cost of writing and editing services?

Prices for writing and editing services differ because each task has a unique set of details and requirements. One job might be for a single-page document only, while another could involve content for an entire website. A writer or editor makes several considerations in order to give an appropriate quote, and these usually include the following:


Expect to pay more if your job needs to be completed in a speedy manner. Professional writers and editors will likely charge higher fees for rush projects as they will have to carry out these tasks in a shorter time period.


All projects have certain demands and will therefore require different approaches. Tasks could be as simple as writing a one-page CV or as complicated as editing an entire book. Generally speaking, the more complex the work is, the more it will cost you.


Some jobs are only on a one-off basis, while others require regular writing updates (such as web content). Regular tasks typically cost more, but you can try getting a package deal from your writer or editor. This would be more beneficial if you’re looking to hire them for a months-long project.

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How much do editing services cost in various states?

At an average of $30/hr, editing services in Victoria are the most affordable. In Western Australia, the same type of service costs around $45/hr. Meanwhile, professional editors in Queensland charge approximately $50/hr, which is the highest rate in the country.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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