Rate For Editing A Dissertation

Dissertation Services: Rates

We understand that everyone’s dissertation and budget is unique. The rates below reflect a range of services that we offer and some general pricing guidelines.

If our pricing or service offerings don’t suit your needs, please grant us the opportunity to customize them accordingly. We’re happy to be flexible and work with you to provide the service you require at a price you can afford.

Call us at any time for a free consultation and a no-obligation price quote.

Discounts are available for high-volume orders (150+ pages)

Payment plans available upon request

Standard Rates

Note: The rates listed below are provided as a general guideline. Since every order is unique, we will need to review the specifics of your project before determining the cost.

Proofreading: Corrects only typos, spelling mistakes, and objective grammatical errors. This service is for dissertations that have already been edited and need one final review to ensure 100% accuracy.
-Standard Rate: $0.016/word–$0.025/word (approx. $4.00/page–$6.25)

Copy editing: Includes proofreading and basic style formatting, as well as improvements to language, syntax, flow, diction, and clarity. This service is for well-written dissertations that require minimal adjustments.
-Standard Rate: $0.025/word–$0.035/word (approx. $6.25/page–$8.75)

Line editing: Includes copy editing, as well as improvements to phrasing, transition, flow, scholarly tone, and style formatting (such as APA 6th, Chicago, etc.). Also includes detailed critical analysis and consultation on the content and organization of your dissertation. Line editing is our most popular order and is suitable for most rough drafts.
-Standard Rate: $0.035/word–$0.045/word (approx. $8.75/page–$11.35/page)

Heavy/developmental editing and consultation: This level of service is ideal for PhD students who are early in the writing process and require substantive help organizing and structuring their arguments and/or addressing their advisor’s feedback, as well as ESL students or others who require extra assistance rephrasing and reformulating their sentences and paragraphs for coherence, clarity, and scholarly tone.
-Standard Rate: $0.05/word–$0.075/word (approx. $12.50/page–$19.00/page), though fees vary per order

Formatting: Includes all necessary adjustments to margins, citations, fonts, tables, table of contents, line spacing, layout, figures, and other typographical issues pertaining to a particular manual of style. Our team includes specialists in APA 6th Edition, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, AMA, ASA, AP, Vancouver, and Bluebook manuals of style. We can also adjust your document per any university formatting requirements, as long as you provide the style guide. This service is included with most line editing orders.
-Prices vary per order; please contact us for an exact quote.

Consultancy and coaching: Written critical analysis and consultation are included with many of our editing services at no additional cost. You may also call our office at any time to discuss your project with our lead consultant free of charge. We offer phone or Skype consultation directly with your editor or dissertation consultant for $110.00 per hour as a follow up to any previous editing order (discounts available for packages of 5 hours or more).

Custom Orders: We understand that every project is unique. We would be happy to discuss your specific needs and determine a price quote and payment plan that work for you. Feel free to call or email us at any time.

Is your order unique?

Sometimes what you need is not easily described or categorized by a rates sheet. Please call us to discuss your needs and we’ll be happy to accommodate them and provide an instant price quote.

Need a “budget” option?

While quality services do not come cheaply, we are happy to try and match your budget. You can also save money by taking advantage of our generous referral rewards program.

Have Questions? Visit our FAQ page

Deciding how to charge for editing can be difficult. Here are some of the issues involved.

Occasionally, I am asked to edit something. When I first started out as a freelancer, I took editing jobs because I had to. Now, though, I try to avoid editing jobs. Because it’s not something I’m overly fond of. But, if I really like you, I can be induced to edit something for you.

One of the reasons I don’t like taking editing jobs is because it’s such a pain to figure out how to charge. Anytime you have to set rates as a freelancer, it requires thought. However, it just seems like setting rates for editing is much more fraught with difficulty. When you write, it’s easy to say, “This is how much I charge for a blog post. This is how much I charge for creating a press release. This is what web content will cost you.”

Editing is a different animal altogether. But, as you consider your rates, here are some things to keep in mind:

What Type of Editing Are You Doing?

The first task is to identify what type of editing you are doing. Different types of editing come with different challenges and difficulties. Some types of editing are more involved than others. There are three main types of editing:

  • Proofreading: This is the easiest type of editing. Proofreading is about getting rid of the cosmetic errors. It is usually the last step in the writing/editing process. It’s not meant to be comprehensive; when you are proofreading, you shouldn’t be re-working text, or re-arranging content. Proofreading is about doing a last run-through to catch surface problems with the content.
  • Copy editing: Copy editing is about improving style, formatting, and accuracy. Copy editing is about making sure there aren’t inconsistencies, and that the style flows well — in addition to being grammatically correct. There are different levels of copy editing: light, medium, and heavy. Light copy editing might consist of double-checking accuracy and taking care of most grammatical issues. Medium copy editing includes heavier lifting, such as correcting flow and re-working some of the text. With heavy copy editing, the editor might re-structure some paragraphs, or heavily correct style, flow, and grammar.
  • Content editing: When you are involved in content editing, the work is much more intensive. You might need to add things that were left out, or re-write sections of content. This takes copy editing to the next level, and can include some level of content creation along with making corrections.

Your first job is to figure out which type of editing will be done. The harder the work, the more you should charge.

Hourly? Or Per-Page?

Once you figure out what type of work you will be doing, you need to figure out how you will charge. If you charge hourly, often the difficulty takes care of itself. After all, the more intense your efforts, the longer it will take, and the more the job will pay. A beginning editor can expect to charge right around $20 an hour. However, an experienced content editor can charge more, as much as $50 to $85 an hour. Even as a proofreader, after you have established yourself, you can charge $25 – $35 an hour.

Another option is to charge by the page. (It’s possible to charge by the word, but that can get tricky in some cases, especially if you have to add quite a bit.) Many editors like to charge by the page. When charging by the page, the type of editing matters. According to The Writer’s Market, the average for proofreading is $3 per page, for copy editing $4 per page, and for content editing you can expect to charge around $7.50 per page.

I have charged both hourly, and per-page, and don’t really have a preference. When I’m going through and editing old posts that a blogger might have, I often charge by the hour. When I have a manuscript, though, I usually charge by the page. In the end, though, it’s about how much experience you have, and how much work you are putting in.

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