Proofreading and Editing

Proofreading and Editing Price per Hour

SPECIAL: ORDER NOW at 1.5 cents per word

I aim to earn $40 per hour, but I charge by the word so you can see the price before you place your order. It's simple: my price is based on the number of words in your document.

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Proofreading and Editing Price per Word

At 1.75 to 3 cents per word, my prices are competitive, but what really makes me stand out is the fast return. All my prices are based on 24-hour return. Some other services take up to seven days to return your work at their advertised price. When comparing proofreading services, always take into account how fast you want your document returned. If you're not in a hurry, then I automatically set a 10% discount for 48 hour service for essay and business services over 2000 words.

Why do business documents cost more? Academic essays are in a standard format. I know this format very well and I can move quickly through most documents, ensuring the writing is of the highest academic standards. Business documents come in a variety of forms. They may be industry analyses, business case studies, product manuals, letters, resumes, or annual reports. They represent your professionalism. Whatever format, I want to return a high quality document to my client. That means taking the time to ensure the wording is right and the format is correct.

My prices compare well to industry standards. As a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, my prices fall within their standards. You can see their chart here. The EFA suggests typical rates for freelance editing and proofreading range from $30 to $50 per hour. With my 30 years' experience, $40 an hour is a good deal. Here's what that works out to as a price per word.

Compare Proofreading and Editing Prices

EFA Suggested Proofreading and Editing Price per Hour
Type of Work = #pages/hr Hourly Rate $50 Hourly Rate $40
Heavy Copy Editing 2 pg/hr $0.10/word = 10 cents per word $0.08/word = 8 cents per word
Copy Editing 4 pg/hr $0.05/word = 5 cents per word $0.04/word = 4 cents per word
Copy Editing 8 pg/hr $0.025/word = 2.5 cents per word $0.02/word = 2 cents per word
Proofreading 10 pg/hr $0.02/word = 2 cents per word $0.16/word = 1.6 cents per word
Proofreading 13 pg/hr $0.015/word = 1.5 cents per word $0.0123/word = 1.23 cents per word

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Proofreading and Editing Price per Page

Almost every editing service that posts a price per page also makes a note somewhere about the number of words that it considers a page. So don't try to send a page full of 8 point Times, single spaced and expect to pay the same as you would for 12 point double spaced. The number of words per page varies depending on the number of paragraphs, whether the words are long or short, and whether there are diagrams and headers on the page. Even with standard type size, the number of words on a page can vary. Typically, I think of a page as 300 words, but let's take the EFA standard of 250 words per page.

EFA Suggested Proofreading and Editing Price per Page
Type of Work / #pages Hourly Rate $30 Hourly Rate $40
Heavy Copy Editing 2 pg/hr $15 per page $20 per page
Copy Editing 4 pg/hr $7.50 per page $10 per page
Copy Editing 8 pg/hr $3.75 per page $5 per page
Proofreading 10 pg/hr $3 per page $4 per page
Proofreading 13 pg/hr $2.30 per page $3.08 per page

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Best Proofreading and Editing Prices and Trial Edit

When you place your order, you choose whether you only need proofreading (you understand correct writing even though you sometimes make errors or your document might have typographical errors) or editing (you need me to revise sentences throughout your document to improve its readability, effectiveness, or academic standards). You can even request a trial edit before you pay! Would you like to compare proofreading and editing prices? I've compiled a list of proofreading services and their prices. I think you'll find my prices are the best for 24 hour return.