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Where Can You Find Out How Much a Freelance Proofreader Makes?

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The Editorial Freelancers Association is a good resource for finding out the average rate for freelance proofreaders. According to the Editorial Freelancers Association, or EFA, the average rate for a proofreader is $30 to $35 an hour.

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There are also other levels of editing with varying rates. As of 2015, a basic copyeditor earns about $30 to $40 an hour, while heavy copyediting can earn up to $50 an hour. The rate for website copyediting is around $40 to $50 an hour, and the highest paid editor is usually a substantive, or line, editor, who earns up to $60 an hour. These rates are based on a certain number of pages, and the standard page has about 250 words. The rates also vary based on the type of proofreading or editing.

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