Rate Sheet

Broadcast Rates

  Radio Commercials Request a Quote

Description Time $
Radio Commercial : Local :15, :30 or :60 200
Radio Commercial : Regional :15, :30 or :60 300
Radio Commercial : National Network :15, :30 or :60 1000
Radio Station Promotion / Station Imaging / Tags :05, :15 or :30 200
Public Service Announcement on Radio :15, :30 or :60 200

  Television Commercials Request a Quote

Description Time $
Television Commercial : Local :15, :30 or :60 300
Television Commercial : Regional :15, :30 or :60 500
Television Commercial : National Network :15, :30 or :60 2000
Television Station Promotion / Station Imaging / Tags :05, :15 or :30 300
Public Service Announcement on Television :15, :30 or :60 300

  Movie Trailers Request a Quote

Description Time $
Television Commercial : Local / Regional :15, :30 or :60 300
Television Commercial : New York, LA, Chicago :15, :30 or :60 300
Television Commercial : National Network :15, :30 or :60 2000

  Cartoons Request a Quote

Description Time $
Cartoons and Animation Recordings 1 Hour recording session 250-500
  Each additional hour 100

Non-Broadcast Rates

  Business and Corporate Request a Quote

Description Time $
Non-Broadcast Industrial Recordings Per minute 100
  00 to 05 minutes 100-250
  06 to 15 minutes 250-500
  16 to 30 minutes 500-750
  31 to 45 minutes 750-1000
  46 to 60 minutes 1000-2500
  60 + minutes Request Quote

  Telephone System Recordings Request a Quote

Description Time $
Non-Broadcast Industrial Recordings Per minute 100
  00 to 05 minutes 100-250
  06 to 15 minutes 250-500
  16 to 30 minutes 500-750
  31 to 45 minutes 750-1000
  46 to 60 minutes 1000-2500
  60+ minutes Request Quote

  Internet Audio Request a Quote

Description Time $
Interactive Media and Multimedia Recordings Per minute 100
  00 to 05 minutes 100-250
  06 to 15 minutes 250-500
  16 to 30 minutes 500-750
  31 to 45 minutes 750-1000
  46 to 60 minutes 1000-2500
  60+ minutes Request Quote

  Podcasts Request a Quote

Description Time $
Podcast Commercial :15, :30 100-250
Podcast Bumpers and Sweepers :15, :30 or :60 100-250
Interactive Media and Multimedia Recordings 1 Hour recording session 250-500
  Each additional hour 100
  60+ minutes (finished audio) Request Quote

Long Form Narration Rates

  Audiobooks Request a Quote

Description Time $
Fiction and Non-Fiction Audiobook Recordings Price per finished hour 250-500
  Have more than 1 book? Request Quote

  Educational Videos and Training Videos Request a Quote

Description Time $
Non-Broadcast Educational Recordings 1 Hour recording session 250-500
  Each additional hour 100
  60 + minutes (finished audio) Request Quote

  Narration for Documentaries Request a Quote

Description Time $
Non-Broadcast Narrations Per minute 100
  00 to 05 minutes 100-250
  06 to 15 minutes 250-500
  16 to 30 minutes 500-750
  31 to 45 minutes 750-1000
  46 to 60 minutes 1000-2500
  60 + minutes Request Quote

  Video Games Request a Quote

Description Time $
Console Games, iPhone Games, iPad Games, Android Games Per minute 100
  00 to 05 minutes 100-250
  06 to 15 minutes 250-500
  16 to 30 minutes 500-750
  31 to 45 minutes 750-1000
  46 to 60 minutes 1000-2500
  60+ minutes Request Quote

Voice-over is a field with thousands of opportunities ranging from commercial voice-over work to documentaries and everything in between. Voices.com is a voice actor’s best resource for voice-over jobs, no matter the industry or job.

Recording and editing a voice-over may be tricky at times, but its complexities are minimal compared to the sometimes difficult process of setting voice-over rates. These project rates are determined by a variety of factors, including the type of voice-over, how it is being used, the size of the intended audience, the length of the recording, and the experience level of the voice actor. Setting voice-over rates can be time consuming. That being said, Voices.com has prepared a handy chart detailing voice-over rates per word, per minute and per hour making it easier and faster for you to gauge what your voice-over recording may cost.  The list is in alphabetical order, so scroll down to find the type of work you're looking to get done.

Audiobooks

Because the scope of an audiobook recording session depends so much on the individual project, it is suggested that clients pay vocal artists $250 - $500 per finished hour of audio.

Business and Corporate Videos

Training videos are essential in the business world. Vocal artists are usually paid per finished minute of recording, with a going voice-over rate per minute of $100.

Cartoons and Character Voices

Cartoon voice-overs may involve narration, character acting or a combination of the two. The recommended rate is $250 - $500 for one hour of studio time and another $100 for each additional hour. Note that the time in studio required to rehearse, record, correct and edit will typically be 2 to 4 times the length of the finished audio recording.

Educational Videos and Training Videos

The new teaching approach involves replacing traditional homework assignments with videos to watch at home — which means there's an increasing demand for educational video voice-overs. The base rate for one hour of studio time is $250 - $500, with another $100 added for each additional hour. The time in studio required to record, correct and edit will typically be 2 to 4 times the length of the finished audio recording.

Movie Trailers

Only the best of the best in voice acting are able to snag movie trailer gigs, which is why the pay rate for these jobs is quite competitive. The pay for local or regional trailers is $300 for a 15 to 60 second recording. This increases to $500 in cities such as Chicago or New York. Movie trailers broadcast on a national scale require payment of at least $2000. Internet trailers are now also becoming popular for online-exclusive films; but like local trailers, these have a going rate of $300.

Narration for Documentaries

The make-or-break factor in a documentary is the talent of the narrator. A high-quality narrator should be paid $100 per minute, or $1500 for a 45-minute recording. As many documentaries are over an hour in length, special price quotes may be set for longer projects, based on the scope of the documentary.

Podcasts

Podcast recordings are split into three main categories: podcast commercials, bumpers and traditional podcasts. Aired during the middle of podcasts, podcast commercials are typically 15 or 30 seconds long. The advised rate per project is $150. Bumpers and sweepers are also between 15 and 30 seconds in length, and also have a going rate of $150 per project. The length of the actual podcast may vary, but in general, vocal artists are paid $250 - $500 for one hour of studio time and another $100 for each additional hour. Please note that the time in studio required to rehearse, record, correct and edit will typically be 2 to 4 times the length of the finished audio recording.

Radio Commercials

The main objective of the voice-over talent recording a radio commercial is to be succinct. So, radio commercials are paid in increments of 15, 30 or 60 seconds. A minimum rate of $200 is advised for local radio commercials, while those being broadcast across the nation should have a minimum pay rate of $1,000.

Telephone System Recordings

In addition to training videos, businesses also need voice-overs for their customer service lines. The suggested rate for this type of voice-over work is $100 per minute, or $1500 for a 45-minute recording.

Television Commercials

As with radio commercials, pay for television commercials is provided for voice-overs between 15 and 60 seconds long. Due to demand, pay for TV commercials is generally higher, with voice-over artists working for $300 per local market project and at least $2,000 for national campaigns

Video Games

As with cartoons, narration and character acting both come into play for video game voice-overs. The suggested rate for this type of voice-over work is $100 per minute, or $1500 for a 45-minute recording.

Choosing a Pricing Scheme

As mentioned earlier, voice-over work is often priced per project, although certain industries may require a per-hour setup. Ultimately, the ideal pay scheme will depend on the length of the project and the extent to which voice actors are asked to make edits and adjustments. If more than one voice actor is present during the recording (as is often the case for cartoons and video games), a per-hour scheme may be more prudent.

Unions vs Non-Union Pay

Talented voice actors may be eligible to join one of several unions, including the Screen Actor's Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). These unions set rates for their workers and do not allow members to work non-union jobs. The rates for union voice-overs are often more expensive.

Determining project pricing is difficult, but not impossible. Take the above factors into consideration as you negotiate a price that is fair to both the voice-over actor and the client.

Notes

  • Rates are in US Dollars and include Full Buy-Outs and session fees.
  • Rates are for finished dry voice only. Any post-production required is additional (approx. $100/hr)
  • All rates are for reference only. Each talents reserves the right to charge their own fees.