"All voice over jobs are unique"
When it comes to prices, there are 2 important things to remember:
All voice over jobs are unique and therefore no minimum pricing is set or implied.
Every project is priced individually.
The first thing to take into consideration for any project is your budget, i.e. how much of your budget has been set aside for the voice over. It is very likely that your budget and my price will be very similar, because we both appreciate the value of great work and great quality.
Don’t be afraid to tell me - I will probably be able to fit within your budget.
The price you pay will be set according to a wide range of factors, including where you are in the world, the type and length of the voice over, the complexity of the language, usage, and, of course, your budget.
There are also a few terms you should be familiar with:
Basic Studio Fee - this is the minimum price for a recording session - this includes use of the recording studio and equipment, engineering, production, editing, processing, and file splitting and naming.
Pickups - this is when part or all of a project needs to be recorded again due to mistakes or re-writes.
Different pricing systems
Per word - this is a rate charged according to the number of words spoken, with a defined price for each word.
Per finished minute - this is a rate charged according to the length of the final audio after editing, with a defined price for each minute.
Per finished hour - this is a rate charged according to the length of the final audio after editing, with a defined price for each hour.
Per hour - this is a rate charged according to the length of time taken in the studio to record and/or edit, with a defined price for each hour.
Usage is a strange animal that does not wish to be tamed!
Usage is the extra fees you pay due to how audio is used. Usage fees are based primarily on where in the world and on which media audio is to be used and for how long. They also have the potential to be renewed as agreements expire.
There are generally three types of usage, although each one contains multiple sub-categories:
Non-broadcast - anything that is intended for private or internal use; e.g. a corporate video or a training video.
Broadcast - anything that is intended for television and/or radio; e.g. a documentary. Fees are usually based on region and viewing figures.
Paid placement - basically, anything that is intended for advertising; e.g. commercials. Fees for paid placement can get very high very quickly and are based mainly on the size of the broadcast region and the length of the campaign.
And then there's:
Buyout - this is when audio is bought for an agreed usage for an unlimited length of time. No further fees are usually expected unless the usage changes.
If you wish, you can download my USD (United States dollar) rate card to see my regular prices for the USA, but please remember that IT IS JUST A GUIDE! Rates for you may be very different!
And if you want to try before you buy: