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July 28, 2016 at 5:07 pm

 

Hi, I’m a new/old voice actor (I’ve done some professional voice work, but that was years ago) who is thinking of taking on some new assignments. I’ve gotten a request from a company in Mumbai to submit my rates for E-learning – 15, 30, 45 and 60 mins.

 

I’ve looked around the Net some and I see vastly different sums of money being charged for E-learning. I’m wondering what is a good ballpark figure?

 

I’m not a complete novice, so I wouldn’t lowball, but I’m not an industry veteran either. Not really sure what to do here. I’m seeing rates around 250-500 USD per half hour to hour. Is this normal? I have also asked the client for whether it is meant to be for local or international distribution. I understand that this (and other factors) tends to change the price somewhat.

 

Thanks for any help anyone may be able to provide. Are there other things I should be aware of or I should know?

  • This topic was modified 9 months ago by Avatar of Zhou Tai An Zhou Tai An.

March 11, 2017 at 4:32 am

Hey Zhou,

Here’s a rate chart for eLearning and I recommend you use it as your guide. It’s from Global Voice Acting Academy, and they have since hidden their rate chart behind a paywall. Nevertheless, here you are:

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I’m no expert, but I now know enough to give some friendly advice after many hours researching this topic:

1) Stick with $0.25 per word if you can.

2) Each job is different. If the client doesn’t require you to edit or split, you can go lower–but not too low! You are a professional offering a professional service. Price the job based on the client’s needs. Never just use a “one price fits all” approach.

I’ve never used the Session Fee above, since my client wants the audio file as one big, long clean file.

The topic of rates can be a challenging one—I’m still learning mine as new types of work come in.

Hope that helps.