Spine-Line Editing rates fall within the ranges indicated below; rates may vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250.

Type of Work Estimated Pace Range of Fees
Basic copyediting 5-10 ms pgs/hr $30-$40/hr
Major or heavy copyediting 2-5 ms pgs/hr $40-$50/hr
Non-native English writers Please contact us for current rates
Developmental editing 1-5 ms pgs/hr $40-$50/hr
Substantive or line editing 1-6 ms pgs/hr $40-$60/hr
Proofreading 9-13 ms pgs/hr $30-$35/hr
Transcribing variable $3-$5/pg
Manuscript Evaluation $45-$55/hr

ms = manuscript
pg = page
hr = hour
wd = word