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3/4/2018FastCompanyDigitalWriting$.90 per wordGood rates for longform stories. Good to work with for the most part
3/1/2018Elle ParkerDigitalWriting1/word
2/28/2018NextCityDigitalWriting$125Flat rate for online piece regardless of length. Prompt payment.
2/27/2018VICE Snapchat Discover ChannelDigitalWriting$500500 word mini-feature
2/23/2018Gastro ObscuraDigitalWriting$425Negotiated up after offering photos.
2/17/2018DopeDigitalWriting$.15 per wordI told them $0.15 per word for web was too low, so they cheekily offered me $0.20 a word- but for print. That's not a raise. They are heinously corporate and boring for what appears to be a cool, marijuana magazine
2/14/2018Politico EuropeDigitalWriting$497Thoughtful editors who really put the effort in to make the story shine. Also, very prompt payers (1 month from publication), never had to chase the finance department
2/14/2018Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$350Expects photos as part of the fee, only willing to negotiate up to $400.
2/13/2018BustleDigitalWriting$50Sex & relationship section. $50 for normal articles (~300-800 words) and $75 for 7-day "experiment" articles (e.g. "I did X every day for a week and it...)
2/9/2018Pinwheel ContentDigitalWriting$500Electronic payment w/in 30 days
2/9/2018NBC News Asian AmericaDigitalWriting$300Fast edits, easy to work with, only commissions short though (800 - 1,000 words).
2/9/2018Gastro ObscuraDigitalWriting$500Negotiated up after I offered hi-res photos of a place that's hard to photography.
2/7/2018BRIGHT MagazineDigitalWriting$700They don't pay this much anymore.
2/7/2018UndarkDigitalWriting$1,700
2/7/2018Columbia Journalism ReviewDigitalWriting$1,000
2/7/2018DevexDigitalWriting$550
2/7/2018IRINDigitalWriting$300-$400
2/7/2018OffcutsDigitalWriting$350
2/7/2018EartherDigitalWriting$400Paid by direct deposit a few days after story ran. Great to work with.
2/2/2018SOMA MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting.10 per wordI LOVE writing for SOMA. I have written features for very chic, up-and-coming, artistic topics and they take pitches. email editorial@somamagazine.com.
2/2/2018Avianca en revista (inflight magazine)PrintWriting$150$150 for 400 words.
1/31/2018Cheese ConnoisseurBoth Print and DigitalWriting$ .30 per word
1/31/2018Apartment TherapyDigitalWriting$50
1/31/2018Chronicle for Social ChangeDigitalWriting$125$125 for a reported, 800-1000 word article.
1/24/2018GreatistDigitalWriting$150Researched and reported
1/24/2018DameDigitalWriting$3001,200-word reported piece
1/24/2018Pacific StandardDigitalWriting$3501,000-word reported piece
1/23/2018VICE - BroadlyDigitalWriting$3001,200 words
1/20/2018Homeland Security TodayDigitalWriting$100 per article up to 800 words; up to $250 for in-depth article on pre-negotiated topicLooking for stories on homeland security issues that are well-researched, are not political, and help explain a trend in security, a new technology, a State or local law enforcement, emergency management, first responder perspective.
1/19/2018ReligiousLiberty.TVDigitalWritingPays $0.10 and up for news articles.Fast turn around required (48-72 hours). Pays upon acceptance of article. More paid for articles requiring in-depth research.
1/18/2018The DiplomatBoth Print and DigitalWriting$300A ¥25,000 payment for a 1500 word article
1/18/2018VICEPrintWriting$1/word8,000 word magazine feature
1/18/2018Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$1,0001,200 words
1/18/2018VICE NewsDigitalWriting750* killedStory was killed after editor changed his mind about publishing a story online to coincide with a story appearing in the magazine. 50% kill fee. Be sure to demand a kill fee when negotiating with VICE news.
1/18/2018New York Times MagazineDigitalWriting$500
1/18/2018Pacific StandardPrintWriting$1/word
1/18/2018National GeographicDigitalWriting$1/word2,000 word web feature
1/18/2018VICE NewsDigitalWriting$7501,500 words. paid late.
1/18/2018National Geographic (website- NatGeo News)DigitalWriting$600800 words
1/18/2018NewsweekPrintWriting$1,200Company refused to pay. After several months I had to submit a letter of intent to file a small claims lawsuit. Only then did they pay. Parent company is International Business Times.
1/18/2018U.S. News & World ReportDigitalWriting$1,0001200 words
1/18/2018VICEPrintWriting$1/word6,500 word reported/investigative feature
1/18/2018The GuardianDigitalWriting$220Terrible experience. Editor assigned story at 31p per word at 800 words. For two entire weeks after I submitted it, it sat un-edited. Suddenly one night she decided to edit it, without notice, and because I didn't respond to her questions within a 45-minute period (during which i was eating dinner), she cut the piece in half and published it, thus I was given only half the pay despite having done all the work. Terrible. I suggest making them promise in writing to pay you per words commissioned--not per words published--to avoid this happening again.
1/18/2018The NationPrintWriting$1,0002,500 word print
1/18/2018USA TodayDigitalWriting$1
1/18/2018Africa Renewal (UN)DigitalWriting800 (.50 per word)Terrible editing--worst in my entire career. I do not recommend it. Took months to get paid.
1/18/2018Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$7501,500 words
1/18/2018U.S. News & World ReportDigitalWriting$1,000good editing.
1/18/2018Foreign PolicyDigitalWriting$5,500Extensive investigative feature reported over more than a year. Good editing
1/18/2018The New RepublicPrintWriting$188Article was killed AFTER it was completed, seemingly because they wanted to make more space for Trump coverage. I do not recommend working for TNR; a 25% kill fee on an article that took weeks of work is a scam.
1/18/2018VQR - Virginia Quarterly ReviewPrintWriting$2,750Article was pushed back by 6 months because editor was too overworked to get to it. But when it finally came, the editing was superb. 6,500 words
1/18/2018The AtavistDigitalWriting$6,500Company did not pay for travel expenses; out-of-pocket travel cost me $1,500. Story was long-delayed due to turnover at the company. When they finally got to it, however, it was edited well.
1/18/2018Huck MagazinePrintWriting$500low pay for a 3,500 word piece. But good editing
1/18/2018Pacific StandardPrintWriting$1,200Print piece, 1,000 to 1,200 words
1/18/2018U.S. News & World ReportDigitalWriting$850Great editing
1/18/2018Roads & KingdomsDigitalWriting$1,000
1/18/2018AL Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$1,250This was an investigative piece of journalism that required extensive field-work and follow-up. Company did not pay specifically for expenses, just offered a flat rate for the package.
1/18/2018Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalWriting$8001,500 word reported feature
1/18/2018playboyBoth Print and DigitalWriting$7,200
1/18/2018OZYDigitalWriting$1,000This was a longer feature, the type they seem to run just once per week. Called a 'splash' piece.
1/18/2018OutsideDigitalWriting$2,500Company refused to pay. 5 months after publication I had to threaten to sue. Only then did they pay.
1/15/2018Pacific Standard (Digital)DigitalWriting$300Really slow to respond after handing in draft, very slow edits, and final version looked nothing like the edited version we worked on together. In total, the editor held on to the draft for more than 2 months. No pre-approval of draft before publication, either. Generally poor and slow editing. Not worth the money.
1/12/2018EartherDigitalWriting$350Didn't seem interested in buying photos at all.
1/9/2018HealthlineDigitalWriting$215Reported.
1/9/2018DameDigitalWriting$250Reported
1/9/2018Vice - TonicDigitalWriting$250Reported.
1/9/2018Vice - BroadlyDigitalWriting$300Reported.
1/9/2018AlterNetDigitalWriting$300Reported.
1/1/2018History CollectionDigitalWriting$0.03 per wordYou can get a bonus of $100 if you are the best writer for the month (based on click-through rate) but generally articles take quite a long time to write. Pieces are lists of 10 items and can't be more than 5,000 words.
12/21/2017Middle East EyeDigitalWriting$350
12/14/2017Brit + CoDigitalWriting$50
12/5/2017The LilyDigitalWriting$250 for 800 wordsGreat to work with. Very timely with edits and pay.
11/29/2017Atlas ObscuraDigitalWriting$500, $100 extra for photosFast edits, great to work with.
11/17/2017LA Review of BooksDigitalWriting$0They don't pay. Sometimes they offer $100. Not worth it.
11/17/2017Extra CrispyDigitalWriting$200Fast payment through direct deposit.
11/11/2017The Raddington ReportDigitalWriting$0The publication fails to pay its writers and editors.
11/8/2017Teen VogueDigitalWriting$1001,000-word personal essay
11/8/2017The New York TimesBoth Print and DigitalWriting$1,6001,300 words and 3 photos
11/4/2017CIM MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting39 cents a word (50 Canadian cents a word)Pleasure to work with. Pay promptly
11/3/2017BuzzFeed IndiaDigitalWriting$200Not willing to negotiate rates.
10/26/2017Pacific StandardDigitalWriting$300Heavily reported piece, online.
10/26/2017Mother JonesDigitalWriting$0No payment for web-only stories, doesn't take freelancers for digital.
10/26/2017RavishlyDigitalWriting$125Fast editor response, low rate, but no reporting required.
10/24/2017Extra CrispyDigitalWriting$400Fast edits, direct deposit, little to no reporting.
10/20/2017A Beautiful PerspectiveDigitalWriting$250$50 photo budget. $250 for 800-1,000 words. Editor is open to negotiating if higher word count.
10/13/2017The BalanceDigitalWriting$150 flat
10/13/2017CreditCards.comDigitalWriting$1 per word for reported pieces; $250 flat for shorter pieces
10/13/2017Al Jazeera EnglishDigitalPhoto$350For AJE online "In Depth" - photo essay of 15 photos with 200-300 word intro. Payment received after two months via wire.
10/9/2017TIME MagazineDigitalWriting$600$600 for web-only article of 1200 words, original reporting from overseas
10/9/2017Asia Times OnlineDigitalWriting$110Additional money possible if heavy, investigative piece. Additional photo budget available.
9/29/2017Women Under SiegeDigitalWriting$200
9/29/2017Los Angeles Review of BooksDigitalWriting$0Offered to publish news article on blog instead of main site. I declined and asked for $100 - it was rejected.
9/23/2017The Guardian (UK)DigitalWriting.42 per word800 words commissioned, direct deposit
9/23/2017Washington Post - WorldViews blogDigitalWriting$200Fast payment through their system. Editor was fast and easy to work with.
9/21/2017AAA Northeast (Your AAA)DigitalWriting$200 for 800 words800 words
9/14/2017SkiftDigitalWriting$200650 words, interviews required
9/13/2017The Mortgage ReportsDigitalWriting250.00 flatThis is the for 750+ words. Internet research only but sources from high domain authority, noncompeting sites required. Pays Thursday by PayPal if you submit posts by Wednesday morning PST. Payment by check is an option, too. But, if you get paid via PayPal, expect to pay fees on each payment. Editor is great and very helpful.
7/30/2017FitnessDigitalWriting$0.03 Per WordI do blog writing,
creative content and
SEO writing
7/25/2017Article-Writer.coDigitalWritingAt or less than 0.02 CAD for starting writerThey advertise up to ten cents per word, but routinely beg you to take work at 0.02 or below (CAD) and if you don't you never get the opportunity for fair-paying work.
6/20/2017Psychological researchDigitalWriting$50I do photography as well.
6/17/2017MIT Technology ReviewDigitalWriting$700Wrote 700-word multi-sourced piece about subject I know very well and have covered for many years. Two or three minor revisions/requests for added info. Had to negotiate to get up this high.
6/8/2017Bodybuilding.comDigitalWriting$200Well paying, but often late with payments and finance department dodges emails. Overall would not recommend.
6/6/2017Bodybuilding.comDigitalWriting$150 to $300 flatStarted at $150 and negotiated up to $300 flat after doing some work with them; Things seem a little disorganized, paperwork and payment wasn't made crystal clear from the get-go.
6/6/2017Men's JournalDigitalWriting$175 to $250, depending on focusEditor is great. Consistent work after I developed a good relationship.
5/26/2017VocativDigitalWriting$4001000-1200 words, very light editing
5/8/2017World NomadsDigitalWriting$1500 - 550 words max
5/3/2017Washington PostBoth Print and DigitalWriting$250 flatCan "negotiate" for up to $300 for basic story. Opinion piece $250 flat.
4/27/2017FinalFileDigitalWriting$200 for 500 works1 revision
4/22/2017Major Pharma CompanyDigitalDesign$80Web Portal UX Design
4/19/2017Blitz Publications (Nourish magazine, Women's Health & Fitness magazine, Natural Health magazine included)PrintWriting$350 (US $260) for writing and photography, split between two people. With the exception of the editor, in house editorial staff are paid as freelancers, even though they legally would be considered part-time or full-time staff. They are required to invoice for their work, and don't receive sick pay, holiday pay, superannuation, etc. The in-house rate is about $20 an hour.Freelancers are paid one month after the magazine has been on stands, which is generally months after they originally submitted the work. Even then, this usually requires weeks, if not months, of follow up emails and calls.
Articles are reused multiple times(sometimes slightly re-written, usually not), and sometimes repurposed for online too.
4/19/2017Domain (Fairfax media)Both Print and DigitalWriting$1000 flat rate (US $755) for approx 1000 word print features - includes sourcing images and 3-4 interviews. Online news/lifestyle articles pay flat rate of $200-$350 (US $150-$264) depending on the writer's experience and work involved, and usually require sourcing of images. $600 (US $453) flat rate paid for advertorials. Articles are heavily syndicated to Fairfax's print and digital platforms with no additional payment to the writer.
Paid quickly.
4/18/2017NautilusBoth Print and DigitalWritingNever paid for commissioned articleCommissioned 2000 word piece at $1600 (in retrospect, an unusually high rate, I should have wondered!) but never published. Editor claimed a mix-up. Kill fee offered after several months negotiation but still not paid one year later.
4/18/2017AeonDigitalWriting$250 for 1600 wordsComparatively very low rates but helpful and friendly editorial process
4/14/2017Ambassador (National Italian American Foundation)PrintWriting$350 flat rate with photos; $300 without photosEditor was friendly and professional. I was paid immediately upon publication as agreed. They gave my story and photos a beautiful layout.
4/13/2017Sierra MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting$250 flat rate (web)$250 flat rate for web, but print rate varies
4/7/2017Miami New TimesDigitalWriting$30 flatEvent review/blog post with images.
4/7/2017Miami New TimesDigitalWriting$20 flatPreview article/blog post with at least one image.
4/7/2017QuartzDigitalWriting$200flat rate, 1200-1500 words, personal commentary with some research and citation
4/6/2017Parade MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting$2,500Professional editors, prompt payment.
4/3/2017BridesPrintWriting$2/wordFor print (not online), including reporting.
3/31/2017BitchPrintWriting$100 kill feeOffice seems disorganized. Long waits for responses, followed by tight deadlines. Found out after submitting first draft that assigning editor had left the publication. After significant work and reporting, the story was not published, and I was promised a $100 kill fee. Frustrating experience.
3/24/2017Paste MagazineDigitalWriting$100Travel section, 800-1000 words
3/23/2017nickBoth Print and DigitalAudio/Video$1,000film
3/15/2017CloudwardsWriting0.05 - 0.10 per word
3/7/2017Sunday Times StylePrintWriting$0.55 per word900-word feature; quite a bit of reporting
3/2/2017ThinkGeekDigitalWriting30 flatTakes 4-6 weeks to get your first payment, so submit your invoice ASAP. Nice editors, seasonal work, expect 5-20 products per week during rush seasons.
2/17/2017Smarter WorldDigitalWriting$400Blogging tips & tricks
2/16/2017SojournersPrintWriting$400
2/13/2017El Confidencial.comDigitalWriting150 USD flat rate
1/31/2017Everyday FeminismDigitalWriting$751,000+ word piece (contributors get $100)
1/31/2017Rink MagazineBoth Print and DigitalWriting$150800-word feature with reporting
1/24/2017Seeking AlphaDigitalWriting$35Additional $10 per 1,000 page views. Contributors who get Pro Articles approved are paid $150 flat. Pro top ideas are paid $500.
12/21/2016Local PalatePrintWriting$250 plus mileageFor the Notes from a Farm dept
12/21/2016VICE SPAINDigitalWriting$83
12/15/2016Horizon GuidesDigitalWriting$200 – $900Commissioning features, service copy and background research on travel destinations and activities. Register here: http://www.horizontravelpress.com/journalists
12/14/2016Advice Interactive GroupDigitalWriting0.03/wordAdvice Interactive Group allows you to choose from two pay options: $20 per hour or $12 per piece. If you choose the hourly rate, they expect you to finish at least two pieces per hour. Pieces are 300-400 words of content about roofing, vacuums, custom home building, carpet cleaning, etc. They will often assign two or more identical pieces, but each piece will be for a different client - and they expect you to write the pieces differently every time.
12/14/2016ALIVE MagazineDigitalWriting0-50Rate depends on budget availability, writer's seniority and what the writer is willing to take. Rate usually is around $20 for a blog post, though they get many writers to work for free.
12/14/2016Riverfront TimesDigitalWriting20-50Rate is for blog posts, depending on word count, complexity and writer's seniority. Local to St. Louis, Missouri, USA area.
12/14/2016Riverfront TimesPrintWriting600-1300Rate is for cover story features, depending on word count and complexity. Local to St. Louis, Missouri, USA area.
12/14/2016Porthole Cruise MagazinePrintWriting$400800 words, no reporting.
12/13/2016ViatorDigitalWriting$50 per attraction150-250 words per "attraction" written for Viator.com pays $50/attraction.
12/13/2016Parents,comDigitalWriting$150 flat750-1000 words, including citing research studies and/or interviewing several sources.
12/10/2016Financial TimesBoth Print and DigitalWriting$250360 word review
12/9/2016RootsRatedDigitalWriting$150.00 flat
12/8/2016ABC NewsPhoto350 per dayPrompt payment
12/8/2016The Guardian USADigitalPhoto350 per day
12/7/2016HoodlineDigitalWriting$50 for basic content, $100 for longformGreat publication to write for
12/7/2016Colorado ExpressionPrintWriting$250 flate rateThe contract says payment will be made 30 days after the publication date -- after you turn in the story about six months ahead of that -- but both times I had to beg for a check at least another month after it was supposed to have been sent, so build in at least 8 months from deadline for payment. Fee is for up to 2,000 words.
12/5/2016World NomadsDigitalWriting$165550 words
12/3/2016The Airstory ReviewDigitalWriting$400
12/2/2016Esports EditionDigitalWriting$0.05 per wordThis client is looking for short-form content. Most submissions are 200-500 words
12/1/2016Mint Hill TimesPrintWriting$35$35 per weekly article, $50 for bigger projects
12/1/2016Refinery29DigitalWriting$500Commissioned early 2016
12/1/2016The New YorkerBoth Print and DigitalWriting$1 per wordTalk of the Town
12/1/2016The Wall Street JournalBoth Print and DigitalWriting$600 flat800-word essay, plus recipe. Contract (issued after publication) was work for hire.
12/1/2016Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW)PrintWriting$1 per word
12/1/2016CIO.comDigitalWriting$0.50 per word
12/1/2016The Motley FoolDigitalWriting$100 flat500-800 words
12/1/2016CheapismDigitalWriting.15 per wordFor blog. Different pay scale for product reports
12/1/2016Extra CrispyDigitalWriting$0.50 per word700-800 words
12/1/2016Gastro & Endo NewsBoth Print and DigitalWriting$0.75 per word
12/1/2016Living Northside (Atlanta Journal Constitution)PrintWriting$275900 words, magazine story.
12/1/2016The Washington PostDigitalWriting$300550 words
11/21/2016BuzzFeedDigitalWriting$100 flatEssay
11/21/2016The Wall Street JournalPrintWriting$300 flat300 words, sports section
11/16/2016The BillfoldDigitalWriting$40 flat
10/18/2016Mother JonesPrintWriting$1,200 flat1,000 word article
10/16/2016Rebellious Magazine for WomenDigitalWriting$100 flat$50 for essays; $25 for reviews. Chicago-based digital feminist lifestyle publication
10/9/2016Atlas ObscuraDigitalWriting$200 flatUp to $250. $200 for a reported story, and $250 for a story and photos. Can go higher for more ambitious longform stories
10/6/2016StackCommerceDigitalWriting$20 flat
10/4/2016EFE News AgencyPrintWriting$75 flatUp to $125. $75 for 350-400 word text, $125 for 600-word text, $125 for 3-4 minutes of video broll, $125 for 6 photos
9/30/2016National Geographic TravelDigitalWriting$1,100 flat Web-sourced
9/26/2016Washington Post Sunday MagazinePrintWriting$1 per wordI've freelanced for the Post's travel section (which does pay the $600 fee your site mentions) but the best money is at the Sunday magazine, which pays a lot more. From 2010 to the present, I've earned anywhere from $2,000-$5,000 for stories for the magazine, although I worked like a dog to do them
9/2/2016CityLabDigitalWriting$400 flat
9/2/2016Civil EatsDigitalWriting$250 flat
8/30/2016RewireDigitalWriting$200 flatUp to $300
8/29/2016Foodable NetworkDigitalWriting$150 flatFor video
8/24/2016Atlas ObscuraDigitalWriting$150 flatUp to $250. Story fee ranges but depends on scope. A lightly or online-reported story will go for $150, a story that is a bigger lift or includes photos is $250
8/20/2016DogsterDigitalWriting$75 flat
8/17/2016T: The New York Times Style MagazineDigitalWriting$100 flatWeb feature, translation, interview
8/11/2016MamamiaDigitalWriting$50 flat
7/31/2016Meredith Corp.PrintDesign$62.50 per hour
7/30/2016Cox CommunicationsDigitalAudio/Video$80 per hourMotion Graphics
7/30/2016Sterling Moving and StorageDigitalWriting$200 flat per monthThis is for 6 Facebook posts with images, per month
7/30/2016Tenya RestaurantDigitalPhotography$12 per photograph
7/29/2016NickelodeonDigitalMisc.$2,000 per weekAnimation
7/27/2016Himal SouthasianDigitalWriting$150 flat
7/27/2016VICE NewsDigitalPhotography$25 per photograph
7/26/2016Visit SouthDigitalWriting$40 flat
7/21/2016Southwest: The MagazinePrintWriting$1 per word
7/15/2016Content CavalryDigitalWriting$15 flatAbout 500 words per article
7/14/2016Sydney Morning HeraldPrintWriting$0.50 per wordStandard rate for editorial freelancers
7/9/2016NylonPrintWriting$0.50 per word
6/26/2016FanBreadDigitalWriting$20 flat
6/26/2016SheKnowsDigitalWriting$60 flat
6/23/2016TakePartDigitalWriting$1 per word$1 per word for 3000-word feature with heavy reporting.
6/20/2016NPR's Latino USADigitalWriting$125 per minute
6/9/2016VariousDigitalWriting$150 flatI write blog posts and edit ebooks for various online clients using these rates: $0.13 per word, $150 flat , $45 per hour
5/23/2016Vermont LifeDigitalWriting$600 flatNot sure if rate is for digital or print. Info here: http://vermontlife.com/guidelines-for-contributors/
5/10/2016Matador NetworkDigitalWriting$60 flat
4/10/2016Freelancer.comDigitalMisc.$0.01 per wordUp to $0.03. Translation
3/31/2016Pacific StandardDigitalWriting$250 flatReported piece
3/31/2016Kill ScreenDigitalWriting$20 flat
3/31/2016WiredDigitalWriting$400 flatWas a short, data-focused piece. Killed for space in magazine, got 1/2 the rate
3/31/2016Columbia Journalism ReviewDigitalWriting$300 flatProject was killed by EiC without explanation after terrible editing process. I did get a full kill fee, however
3/23/2016Trip 101DigitalWriting$10 flat
3/21/2016Modern FarmerDigitalWriting$125 flatIt can be web-sourced or reported. 800-1000 words
3/21/2016HorticulturePrintWriting$500 flatThis is for a feature article, 1,000-2,000 words
3/21/2016Hobby FarmsDigitalWriting$100 flatPlus $50 per deparment. Web-sourced. It's best if you know something about the topic at hand. They prefer expert writers and hands-on articles
3/21/2016BuzzFeedDigitalWriting$2,700 flatReported
3/14/2016StatDigitalWriting$1 per wordMedical/health writing
3/14/2016Seattle WeeklyPrintWriting$125 flatFeature length pieces range from $125-$175 depending on content. Generally, pieces are 800-1,200 words and appear in both print and digital form
3/3/2016Harlot MagazimeDigitalWriting$50 flatUp to $65. Prioritizes marginalized writers
2/28/2016GothamistDigitalWriting$400 flatLongform, digital
2/25/2016USAA NewsDigitalWriting$1 per wordRates are the same for digital and print
2/24/2016Matador NetworkDigitalWriting$20 flatUp to $60
2/22/2016Broke-Ass StuartDigitalWriting$10 flatAlso a bonus for views
2/20/2016ThrillistDigitalWriting$150 flat800-1,000 words
2/11/2016Oyster.comDigitalWriting$50 flatBlog article
1/20/2016The AtlanticDigitalWriting$200 flatOpen to negotiation if including hi-res photos or overseas reporting
1/20/2016ThinkProgressDigitalWriting$250 flatNegotiated up for $100 and photos included from overseas. Not well-paying
1/20/2016GOOD Project LiteracyDigitalWriting$500 flatNo extra photo budget
1/12/2016Fortune.comDigitalWriting$400 flatShort, 800-word reported story; editor was responsive and clear with direction
1/5/2016UpworthyDigitalWriting$150 flat$50 bonus
1/5/2016Astronomy MagazinePrintWriting$1,500 flat
12/29/2015The BillfoldDigitalWriting$30 flat
12/25/2015Content MagazinePrintWriting$50 flat
12/16/2015Mental FlossPrintWriting$100 flatFor a list
12/16/2015CNNDigitalWriting$250 flat
12/15/2015The Daily BeastDigitalWriting$200 flatReported piece
12/14/2015VariousPrintWriting$50 per hour
12/10/2015CommonwealDigitalWriting$150 flat
12/3/2015Time Out New YorkDigitalPhotography$75 flat
11/26/2015KTNDigitalWriting$30 flatWeb-souced
11/10/2015ReutersDigitalWriting$225 flatI saw you had $450 as a day rate and the day rate I have had for over two years is $225. The per article rate you listed as $100, I have had $125
11/10/2015The Guardian USDigitalWriting$150 flatMinus the wire transfer fee
11/10/2015The Atlantic HealthDigitalWriting$200 flat
10/29/2015NarrativelyDigitalMisc.$80 flatIllustration. For 3 images
10/28/2015KickerDigitalWriting$50 flatWeb-sourced news explainers
10/28/2015Om SaiPrintDesign$100 flat
10/27/2015CNN.comDigitalWriting$100 flatUp to $350. The rates vary depending on whether you write for their religion blog ($100 flat) to their education blog, from which I managed to extract $350 for a long, complex piece. $200 flat (which is what you have on your site) is typical, but just know there's a difference depending on the topic
10/27/2015Washington Post Sunday MagazinePrintWriting$1 per wordI've written 14+ articles for them including a cover story this summer, so I am well acquainted with their rates! They know $1/word is low, but they have little incentive to raise it
10/16/2015Barry UniversityDigitalWriting$1 per wordInterviews and web-research
10/16/2015BBC NewsDigitalWriting$300 flat
10/14/2015Atlas ObscuraDigitalWriting$250 flat$250 for a ~1,400 word post (give or take, they're flexible) plus a handful of photos on www.atlasobscura.com
10/11/2015Julien's Journal (Dubuque, IA)PrintWriting$0.05 per wordContent is distributed both digitally and in print. Payment is $0.05 per word, with no extra payment for photographs. Generous with complimentary copies
10/11/2015TH Media (Dubuque, IA)PrintWriting$75 flatResearched feature stories with a minimum of two interview subjects. Minimum 750 words
10/6/2015Foreign PolicyDigitalWriting$200 flatReported
10/6/2015Nature NewsDigitalWriting$80 flatUp to $150 flat. News $0.80 word / Research Highlights $100 flat fee / Seven Days News In Brief $80 flat fee / Online Blog $150 flat fee
10/5/2015Women's Health AustraliaPrintWriting$0.70 per word
10/5/2015CleoPrintWriting$0.60 per word
9/29/2015Silicon ANGLEDigitalWriting$0.10 per wordUp to $0.12
9/29/2015VoxDigitalWriting$500 flatPersonal essay
9/10/2015BBCDigitalWriting$311 flatFor 500 words
9/10/2015The GuardianDigitalWriting$387 flatPer 1,000 words
9/10/2015VICEDigitalWriting$343 flatPer 1,200 words
9/9/2015PandoDailyDigitalWriting$250 flatFor shorter pieces (mine was 750 words)
9/9/2015Think ProgressDigitalWriting$200 flat
9/8/2015J. CrewPrintWriting$450 per day
8/21/2015BridesPrintWriting$2 per wordReported. I was assigned a story at this rate
8/21/2015Ligiddy.comDigitalWriting$40 flat
8/14/2015Spare Change News (Boston)PrintWriting$25 flatUp to $50. Both digital and print. Flat, under 1,000 words: $25 Flat, over 1,000 words: $50
8/14/2015ThrillistDigitalWriting$1,500 flat For longform reporting
8/11/2015AtllerDigitalWriting$0.30 per word
8/5/2015Community GroupPrintDesign$50 per hour
7/31/2015Popular SciencePrintWriting$2 per wordFeature story w/ multiple revisions
7/28/2015The National (Abu Dhabi Media Company)PrintWriting$0.54 per wordAll stories appear online too
7/27/2015BeyondMVPDigitalWriting$100 flat
7/6/2015Piccolo UniverseDigitalWriting$80 flat
6/13/2015Travel + LeisureDigitalWriting$100 flatUp to $250. The website was recently overhauled and new editors brought in. Pay rates have dropped significantly from $1,000 to $250-$100
6/10/2015The New York Times, InternationalPrintWriting$528 flatGreat Homes and Destinations section, 700 words
6/9/2015Latin TradePrintWriting$0.50 per word
6/9/2015Latin FinancePrintWriting$0.70 per wordRate varies, but starts at $0.60-$0.70/word
6/4/2015Working MotherDigitalWriting$300 flat
5/29/2015CareerAddictDigitalWriting$20 flat
5/2/2015EBSCODigitalWriting$1.50 per word
4/24/2015The LoopDigitalWriting$185 flatRates vary depending on type of gallery, but generally $250 CDN is the rate for researched slideshows of eleven photos or more (numbers in the higher teens and low twenties are preferred). In addition to writing captions, contributors are responsible for sourcing and editing photos
4/24/2015Food & Nutrition MagazinePrintWriting$1 per word
4/23/2015The Advocate MagazineDigitalWriting$25 flat
4/23/2015SheKnowsDigitalWriting$55 flatLight research, no custom photos
4/23/2015Fast CompanyDigitalWriting$0.10 per word
4/23/2015KickerDigitalWriting$50 flatRegular freelance. Web-sourced current events coverage
4/18/2015Sacramento News & ReviewPrintWriting$0.20 per wordNews story -- long or short -- I was paid by the word, no matter how long I was with the company (over a decade), this rate never changed, no matter how many in-depth features I turned in for them. / Articles appear in BOTH digital and print versions of paper
4/18/2015SF ChroniclePrintWriting$600 flatReported/Analysis piece. 900 words + multiple sources
4/18/2015SF ChroniclePrintWriting$150 flat600-word reported op-ed; at LEAST three sources, typically more + "How to get involved" sidebar links/info graf // Runs in BOTH Digital and Print.with reprint rights in NYTimes, et al
4/14/2015Brit + Co.DigitalWriting$20 flat
4/14/2015CosmopolitanDigitalWriting$100 flat
4/14/2015LoverlyDigitalWriting$30 flat
4/11/2015EContent MagazineDigitalWriting$200 flat
4/11/2015The BarkPrintWriting$0.35 per word
4/11/2015Boys' LifePrintWriting$1 per wordArchive payments once a year for digital use
4/11/2015Model RetailerPrintWriting$0.25 per word
4/11/2015Pizza TodayPrintWriting$0.50 per word
4/11/2015Family CirclePrintWriting$2 per word
4/10/2015Hewlett-PackardDigitalMisc.$85 per hourMarketing strategy
4/1/2015Fast CompanyDigitalWriting$400 flat
4/1/2015Asian ScientistDigitalWriting$0.17 per wordSometimes the digitally published articles are used for print issues! Must be dealt with by the editor
4/1/2015Progressive Farmer MagazineDigitalAudio/Video$800 per dayVideography
3/29/2015Investor's Business DailyPrintWriting$450 flat$200 for web only
3/29/2015Institutional Investor AlphaPrintWriting$1.25 per word
3/29/2015Forbes.comDigitalWriting$40 flatPlus $0.005 per page view and $0.05 per repeat visitor
3/29/2015Institutional InvestorDigitalWriting$500 flat
3/29/2015stylerescue.comDigitalDesign$20 per hourWeb design
3/29/2015Zaner-BloserPrintWriting$60 per hourCopywriting. Writing and editing curriculum materials for children
3/21/2015VariousDigitalDesign$3,000 flatWeb design
3/19/2015Trazee TravelDigitalWriting$20 flat300-500 words
3/17/2015Vanichi MagazineDigitalWriting$30 flat
3/16/2015Global TravelerPrintWriting$0.40 per word
3/16/2015Failure MagazineDigitalWriting$50 flat
3/16/2015HemispheresPrintWriting$1.00 per word
3/16/2015IndieWireDigitalWriting$150 flat
3/16/2015The FreelancerDigitalWriting$300 flat$200 for columns, $300 for reporting
3/6/2015The New Statesman's CityMetricDigitalWriting$63 flatReported, 800 words
3/6/2015The GuardianDigitalWriting$195 flatReported, 500 words. £310 for 1,000 words is their rate-for-all, non-negotiable
3/5/2015The AtlanticDigitalWriting$200 flat
2/26/2015NextCityDigitalWriting$.50 per wordHeavily reported 3,000-word article
2/25/2015POLITICO MagazineDigitalWriting$500 flat rate
2/11/2015Reviews.comDigitalWriting$2,000 flat
2/11/2015The New York TimesPrintWriting$.50 per wordYou have a flat rate listed for the NYT, but I was paid by the word for a 1,300-word feature in the Sunday Metropolitan section. Perhaps they pay differently according to section?
2/10/2015Life by DailyBurnDigitalWriting$150 flatStories are often longer than typical low-rate stories, usually around 600-800 words
2/10/2015RodaleDigitalWriting$200 flatUp to $300. Quick-hit stories for MensHealth.com
2/10/2015Consumer ReportsPrintWriting$2 per word
2/10/2015DwellPrintWriting$1.00 per wordReported
2/10/2015MarieClaire.comDigitalWriting$100 flat
2/10/2015Balanced Living MagazineDigitalWriting$500 flatThis magazine is BOTH digital and print. I write feature stories for them, which requires that I interview one or two sources whose input I include (direct and indirect quotes) in the stories
2/10/2015Cleveland ClinicDigitalWriting$200 flatThese stories require that I interview one to two sources as experts as well as analyze abstracts from the clinical trials they are involved in, then write a feature story about it
2/10/2015Al Jazeera AmericaDigitalWriting$350 flatReported
2/9/2015Mint.comDigitalWriting$150 flatUp to $300 flat
2/9/2015TH MediaPrintWriting$100 flat700-1,000 words
2/7/2015Smithsonian.comDigitalWriting$400 flat
2/7/2015New York MagazinePrintWriting$1.50 per word
2/4/2015Fast CompanyDigitalWriting$0.50 per word
1/28/2015Marie ClairePrintWriting$2.00 per word
1/28/2015Art RadarDigitalWriting$25 flat
1/28/2015

How much should freelance writers charge per word? Most beginner freelance writers have no idea. In fact, some freelance writers don’t know they should be charging per word in the first place.

This became evident when I first started hiring freelance bloggers to work with me. Quotes came in from one rupee (about $0.02) to one dollar per word. That’s when I realized it was important to help the community out by publishing industry payment standards.

I’ll start by ruling out the extremes for freelance bloggers: you shouldn’t be working for any less than $0.02 per word, but nor can you reasonably hope to work for anything close to a dollar per word.

So, where on earth should you be in-between those numbers?

An Introduction to Freelance Writing Fees

Firstly, keep in mind that the advice in this article is targeted for freelance bloggers. Industry standard rates vary for different types of writing and editing services, such as technical writing or commercial campaigns. With that in mind, let’s have a look at how to structure your overall freelance writing fees for blogging.

You’ve decided it’s time to become a freelance writer. Now, in general, you have three options for pricing your freelance blogging services. These are:

  1. Recommended: Per word
  2. Per hour
  3. Per project

One major mistake many beginning freelance writers make is to think they should charge per hour or set up to handle payments per project. While this is possible to work with if a client specifically requests it, you should always estimate your overall fees by calculating rates per word first.

However, when you’re first getting started, it’s far easier to keep it simple and only charge per word. This gives you the control to determine your own hourly rate by:

In other words, you’ll be able to produce better work in a shorter amount of time as you become more experienced. Charging per hour or per project may end up robbing you of your hard earned money!

Average Freelance Writing Rates Per Word

In our experience, there’s a broad range: between $0.03 and $0.30 per word. To help you visualize, here is a loose estimation of how this might break down into different ranges. Keep in mind this is not a strict set of rules, but general guidelines to help you make an educated decision when setting your own prices.


Freelance Writing Rates 2017

Estimated blogging standards for freelance writer rates per word in 2017

LevelFee Per WordEst. Per Hour (500 Words)
Entry Level.03-.06$15-$30
Intermediate.07-.12$35-$60
Experienced.13-.20$65-$100
In Demand Expert.21-.30$105-$150

When I started as a freelance blogger in 2011 (writing for what is now the WPMU DEV blog), I was paid $20 per hour. Based on the speed at which I worked (which seems to be pretty fast by most people’s standards), I was earning about $0.03 per word at best. But that was fine, because I was just getting established, my skills weren’t top notch, and I had a lot to learn.

The most I have ever charged a client is $0.30, although that’s far higher than my average (which I’m afraid I will not reveal!).

Could you charge more than that? I reckon you could, for more technical, in-depth topics. But the way I have succeeded as a freelance writing is in blogging on topics that:

  1. I know a lot about, and
  2. don’t require an insane amount of research/work to write about.

With this approach, a seemingly low rate per word can actually result in excellent hourly rates.

Here is a a concrete example: As an intermediate blogger charging $.08 per word, you would get $80 for a 1,000 word article. If you outline, write, and edit it in two hours or less (which is quite reasonable!), this means you’ll earn at least $40 per hour. Not too shabby!

How To Set Your Own Freelance Writing Rates and Find Clients

By now, you’re familiar with freelance writer pricing works and appropriate per word fees.

It’s time to actually set your own rates and find clients happy to pay them! Being armed with the right knowledge and resources makes this process a lot smoother than playing a lot of guessing games.

1. Choose a Reasonable Rate for Your Experience

Aside from your own experience as a writer and how in-demand your niche is, you can reverse engineer your goal per-word rate using this formula:

  • First, establish your minimum monthly income goal. For example, let’s say $2,000.
  • Then, establish how many hours you’re willing to write in a week. Let’s say 5 hours per week / 20 hours per month.
  • Divide the income goal number by the hours. In this case, $2,000 divided by 20 is $100.
  • Find the per word fee in the table above which matches this hourly rate. In our example, this would be .20 per word.

This is your target rate! If it is close to your current experience level, that’s great. If not, you may need to set it as something to work towards. Choose the closest level possible and start from there to build your experience, client base, and create a demand for your work. If you are already an expert in a difficult field, such as medicine or science, you may have an easier time charing more early on even as a novice writer.

Remember, that range of $0.03 to $0.30 should pocket you something between $15 and $150 per hour. Not too shabby by most people’s standards. If you’re earning less than $15 for a client (you are tracking your effective hourly rate, no?), you should probably raise your rate.

You may be wondering about job opportunities – do they match the range I prescribe?

2. Find Clients Happy to Pay Reasonable Rates

Now that you’ve established your goal rates and what is appropriate for your current level of education and skill level, you need to find clients happy to pay in your price range. That begs the question, is this even possible?

The best clients usually come from relationship building. However, while this is the best long-term plan for sourcing great clients, it is hard to get off the ground this way when you’re just getting started. This is where job boards and forums come in. These are great resources if you are new(ish) to the world of freelance blogging.

But seriously, is it possible to earn good rates as a beginner before figuring out how to make direct pitches? If we take the listings we feature on Paid to Blog Jobs (although I don’t have the averages to hand) opportunities are generally available between $0.03 and $0.10 per word. You’ll have none lower than $0.03 as a general rule, but you will get some over $0.10 (although they tend to be outliers). Of course, every job board will vary in the quality of listings it provides.

To summarize:

  1. For top dollar, pitch ideal clients directly – and eventually earn referrals from existing clients.
  2. If you’re just getting started, try job boards to pick up your first gigs.

With this information, you are now much more equipped to enter the world of freelance writing and find success. The road is not always easy, but it is definitely worthwhile if you want to leave your regular job behind.

Conclusion

I’ll finish with one final piece of advice: don’t get too misty-eyed at the thought of earning $0.10, $0.15, or even more per word. Is it possible to earn that much? Absolutely. Is it a challenging journey? Yep. Do I encourage you to go for it? Absolutely – but be realistic about the time and effort it will take to get to the ‘top’.

That aside, the good news is that $0.05 to $0.10 per word equates to very a healthy hourly rate, on which one can live very comfortably – especially if you work on your speed and efficiency.

Let’s review the takeaways on how (and how much) freelance writers charge, one more time:

  1. It is important to charge per word so you have more control over your effective hourly rates.
  2. Freelance writing rates range from .03-.30, or an estimated $15-$150 per hour.
  3. Once you’ve found an appropriate rate for your work, you can start pitching new clients either directly or through job boards.

Care to share your thoughts on freelance blogging rates? Let us know what you think below!

Image Credit: blondinrikard

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on May 18th, 2015 by Leaving Work Behind founder Tom Ewer, and has since been revamped and partially rewritten for comprehensiveness by the Leaving Work Behind editorial team.

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