How Much Does Proofreading Cost? | Proofreading Rates

How Much Does Proofreading Cost?

The price you pay for proofreading services can be calculated by your proofreader using a variety of methods, but on average you can expect to pay about 2 cents (U.S. dollar) per word for proofreading services. A proofreader may charge their fee based on the amount of time it takes to proofread a document, the word count, or the page count. Other proofreaders may use another method to calculate the price for proofreading services. The individual proofreaders who provide proofreading services can vary in their ability to effectively proofread your document, so it is important to take factors such as experience, previous client feedback, and how long it will take to proofread your document into account when comparing prices for proofreading services.


How much proofreading costs also depends on the background, skills, and experience of the proofreader. For instance, a proofreader with a degree from a university in India who is based in India can charge a lower price for proofreading services than a native English-speaking proofreader who earned a degree from a university in the United States or United Kingdom and who is currently located in the USA or UK. A proofreader with more years of experience can also charge higher fees for proofreading services, as can proofreaders who are highly rated and reviewed by previous proofreading clients.

How much does it cost to proofread 1,000 words?

The cost to proofread 1,000 words varies depending on how soon you need the document returned. At Editor World, it costs $26 to proofread 1,000 words with a 5-day turnaround, which is the longest turnaround option for this word count. At Scribendi, proofreading 1,000 words costs $35.40 with a one-week turnaround. Scribbr charges $58 for proofreading 1,000 words. 


The cost for proofreading may also be higher when the services are provided by a proofreader with an advanced degree from the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada. A proofreader who has earned a master’s or doctoral degree can charge a higher price for proofreading than a proofreader whose highest level of education is a bachelor’s degree. A proofreader who also has knowledge of the scientific method and science writing can also generally charge a higher fee for proofreading services than a proofreader without this knowledge. Whether you need a proofreader who has earned an advanced degree depends on the document you are working on. If you’re writing a dissertation, you will likely want to choose a proofreader who has completed a dissertation as part of earning their doctorate, but if you’re writing blog posts for a broader audience, this is probably not necessary. If you’re writing a fiction book manuscript, you would want to select a proofreader who has experience with proofreading fiction books.


The length of time a professional proofreader has to review your document also influences the price you pay for proofreading services. If you are facing an impending deadline and need your document proofread as quickly as possible, you will generally pay a higher fee for proofreading services. For example, the cost to proofread a document with 6,000 words will cost $0.021 per word at Editor World if you can wait 7 days to receive the document from the proofreader, while it will cost $0.053 per word to have the proofreader complete revisions within 8 hours. As with any online purchase you make, obtain as much information as possible about the proofreading services you’re considering before making an agreement or submitting payment.


Proofreading Rates Per Word

As of July 2023, proofreading costs $0.021 per word at Editor World, with the price increasing with a faster turnaround to help clients who are facing an impending deadline. Some professional editors on the Editor World team offer a discount of up to 20% off proofreading services. Editor World offers a free sample edit to help you choose the proofreader who is the best fit for you and your document.

An instant price calculator is provided to help you easily calculate how much it costs to proofread your document. All Editor World proofreaders are native English speakers from the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada.