Rates for freelance medical writing?
March 12, 2014 9:48 AM Subscribe
I have been offered some freelance medical writing work, and need help to determine a reasonable hourly rate to quote.
posted by amelioration to Work & Money (5 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have been working full-time as a medical writer for about a year, and have been offered the opportunity to pick up some additional freelance work. I'm very interested in doing so, as it would help me to expand my portfolio significantly. The work would involve developing journal articles and grant proposals, and possibly presentations, on behalf of an academically affiliated hospital research lab. Funding source is NIH grant awards. I'm located in the northeast of the US.
I've asked around a bit, and the one person I know who has actually done this sort of work has charged $50-75/hour, depending on the client, and indicated that $50 was actually somewhat below market rate. I'm trying to figure out what would be reasonable for me to ask. I am published, but haven't written anything for peer-review in a few years (though on the whole I'd say I write better and faster than I ever did in grad school).
I would appreciate any input on how I should go about determining a reasonable hourly rate to quote, and the boundaries of reasonable rates to accept (e.g., ask Z but don't take less than Y, or 2X salaried rate, etc). I'm happy to follow up with any additional information on my qualifications and experience as they may influence this. If you are a freelancer who doesn't want to disclose your rates publicly, I'd love a MeMail.
Of potential significance: the PI who approached me about this has not previously used an outside writer, and asked me to research rates.