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Going Rate for Commercial Voice Recording?

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Re: Going Rate for Commercial Voice Recording?

Postby timmyjames » 22 Feb 2013, 16:42

k.k. wrote:This question gets asked at least once a year on Forumosa. Not to be snarky, but you could do a little search first before posting.

Recording English teaching material is not the same as recording CF (commercial film). CF voice work includes things like TV commercial voice-overs, product intros, documentaries, shopping channel stuff, etc.

Standard rates for recording English teaching material is $1000 per hour and most announcers have a 3 hour minimum when getting booked for a single gig. I would strongly advise you not to take less than $1000 per hour. These rates have been in effect for roughly 25 years now and really need to go up, not down.



Yeah, we sometimes outsource this at my job, and it's at least 3000 (usually more) per 3-hour session, regardless of if it takes the entire 3 hours.
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Re: Going Rate for Commercial Voice Recording?

Postby housecat » 22 Feb 2013, 17:48

k.k. wrote:
housecat wrote:My then nine year old son was paid 1500 per hour in Kaohsiung. That's been 8 or 9 months ago.

Good for him. If people are able to get above $1000 per hour for recording of English teaching material, that's a step up from where it's been at for all these years.

Those who do 'explanation' recordings usually get $1500 per hour. Those include EZ Talk (which I believe is now toast), and Live ABC, among others.


I just gave my information as reference. I'm not an expert at this. When I did voice work, years ago, recording teaching materials, I was paid sometimes 1000 per hour and sometimes 600. I never knew there was a standard price. My son was maybe a bit of a special case because he has no accent in English and advanced English reading skills that made it easy for him to pronounce "big" words. They did mention that a child like this is difficult to find in southern Taiwan.
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Re: Going Rate for Commercial Voice Recording?

Postby Ducked » 27 Feb 2013, 12:25

Turned it down citing the pay rate as my reason. Contact said he'd speak to his boss and get back to me, but I don't expect to hear from them again.

I've also been told that signing a contract with the recording company (which they apparently require to get copyright on the sound) might endanger my ARC/work permit. Dunno if that's true but it doesn't seem worth risking.
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Re: Going Rate Voice Recording?

Postby rice_t » 13 Mar 2016, 10:37

Sorry for digging out an old thread, but perhaps an update would be useful not only for me. My questions:


-Is 1000NT/hour still the going rate for recording teaching material?

-As I believe that the above discussion was aboutvoice only recordings, what about the rate for video?

-What about recordings of teaching material in languages other than English (German, French, Spanish, Japanese, etc.)?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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Re: Going Rate for Commercial Voice Recording?

Postby ironlady » 14 Mar 2016, 21:04

Not current information but maybe showing a relationship: I used to get offered less money to record Spanish than for English. Don't know if that is still the case of not. Might be because of the perception that English speakers come/came from the US/Canada but Spanish speakers from poorer countries (not true, I realize, but we're talking about perception, not reality)?
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