How much do voice actors get paid?
Voice actors’ pay can vary widely depending on factors such as the project type, usage, your experience, the client’s budget, and the platform you’re working on. Here are some general guidelines for different types of voice-over work:
- Commercial Work:
- National TV and radio commercials: Rates can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the usage and market size.
- Regional or local commercials: Rates can range from around $100 to several hundred dollars.
- Narration and e-Learning:
- Corporate narration and e-Learning: Rates may vary from $100 to $500 per finished hour of audio.
- Audiobooks: Rates often depend on the project’s length. Royalty-sharing deals may also be offered.
- Animation and Video Games:
- Rates can vary widely based on the project’s budget, your role, and the studio. Rates may range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars per session.
- IVR and Phone Systems:
- Rates for phone systems can range from $50 to $500 or more per prompt or message.
- Podcast Intros/Outros and Jingles:
- Rates can range from $50 to a few hundred dollars depending on the length and complexity.
- Internet and New Media:
- Rates for online content such as YouTube videos, explainer videos, and social media ads can vary from $50 to a few hundred dollars.
- Documentaries and Films:
- Rates can vary widely based on the project’s budget and distribution. Documentary narrations may offer rates per page or per word.
It’s important to note that the rates mentioned above are general estimates and can vary based on the factors mentioned earlier. Additionally, the voice-over industry has both union and non-union rates. Union rates are typically higher and may be governed by collective bargaining agreements.
As a beginner, you may initially accept lower rates to build your portfolio and gain experience. However, as you gain more experience and establish yourself in the industry, you can negotiate higher rates.
When determining your rates, consider factors such as the value you bring to the project, the scope of usage, the client’s budget, and industry standards. It’s also a good practice to have open communication with clients and negotiate fair compensation for your work.