[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: recent rates for Words, per 1000 / mags

Updated: 2022-07-19

These rates have been reported by members of the National Union of Journalists and others, and printed in the Freelance, newsletter of London Freelance Branch. They are sorted by publisher/publication, then by date (most recent first). TIP: Use the "Find in page" command under your browser's "Edit" or "Search" menu to be sure of finding all occurrences of a publication/publisher. AND do note the year in which the rate was reported! See also the Freelance Fees Guide, which gives general recommendations. And read the disclaimer and the key to exactly what the entries mean.

Words, per 1000 / mags

Work paid by the thousand words, whose primary use is in a magazine. (Generic rates for publishing groups appear at the end.)

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Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
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5280 digital story - 600 words @ $150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 250.00
5280 print fob story 600 words @ $375 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 625.00
Aesthetica print feature 1750 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 57.00
Africa Report 1500-word feature @ €400 - all rights 2021 EUR 267.00 GR
Amateur Photographer Op-ed - £75 for 400 words - as reported to journoresources.org.uk 2020 GBP 188.00
Amateur Photographer 400-word op-ed piece @ £75 = 2019 GBP 187.50
Another Man Listicle (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Apolitical feature up to (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 375.00
Apple book review - up to (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 222.00
Architectural Digest digital feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Art in America review 900 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 278.00
Art uk 1000 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
ArtReview feature 1200 words @ £420 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
ArtReview Asia cover feature including interview, 1200 words @ £420 (no expenses) = 2022 GBP 350.00 GR
ArtReview long book review 1200 words @ £420 = 2022 GBP 350.00 O
ArtReview exhibition review (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
ArtReview exhibition review (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
Atlantic feature - 4000 words @ £6000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 1500.00
Atlas by Etihad (online) Travel round up 500 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
Atlas Obscura feature 1200 words @ £600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 500.00
Atlas Obscura feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 375.00
Atlas Obscura feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 400.00
Atlas Obscura feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Backstage magazine feature 1200 words @ $250 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 208.00
Bandcamp Daily music writing - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 530.00
Bandcamp interview 700 words @ £325 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 464.00
Bandcamp interview 1200 words @ $350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 292.00
BBC Future in-depth digital feature 1500 words @ £600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 400.00
BBC History Magazine Feature, 2500 words @ £375 (all rights) = _Immed 2021 GBP 150.00
BBC Science Focus print article 800 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
BBC Worklife news feature assigned at 1000, with edits ~1400 words @ £450 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 321.00
Beatportal feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 150.00
Billboard reporting news story 200 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 2000.00
Billboard features (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 250.00
Bloomberg Businessweek feature - 3750 words @ US$11,250 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Bloomb 2020 USD 3000.00
Bloomberg Businessweek feature , terms - 1st NA serial, I retain copyright _Bloomb 2021 USD 2500.00 O
Bloomberg Businessweek feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Bloomb 2020 USD 2000.00
Bloomberg article , terms - 1st North America serial rights - author retains copyright _Bloomb 2021 USD 1250.00 O
Bloomberg feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Bloomb 2020 USD 300.00
Bon Appetit (web) personal essay (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 1000.00
Bon Appetit personal essay 400 words @ $250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 625.00
Brightest Young Things essay - 1200 words @ $75 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 62.00
Business Insider personal narative 800 words @ $400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Business Insider personal narrative 1000 words @ $300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 300.00
Business Insider op-ed for the commentary section 800 words @ $450 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 563.00
Bustle UK feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 133.00
Bustle personal essay 800 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 500.00
Camadian Geographic feature - according to whopayswriters.com _NatGeo 2020 USD 1000.00
ChannelPro B2B trade press - feature article (2 interviews and a research report or similar minimum) 800 words @ £200 = - all rights _Dennis 2021 GBP 250.00
ChannelPro feature (specialist b2b) 800 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Chat first person copy with victim of domestic violence plus case study 1400 words @ £2500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 1786.00
Church Times feature, multiple sources and lots of research words @ £ = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 150.00
CityMetric feature up to (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 437.00
Closer Feature - 1800 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 167.00
CoBo Social online arts magazine based in Hong Kong original reviews of 1000 +/- 100 words - (do not know what uses licensed) 2022 GBP 200.00 GR
Complex reported piece 1600 words @ $400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 250.00
Condé Nast Traveler online feature 2200 words @ £350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 159.00
Condé Nast Traveler short feature 1000 words @ $400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 USD 400.00
Consequence of Sound Op-ed/essay (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 100.00
Cosmopolitan UK feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 GBP 1000.00
Cosmopolitan UK print feature 2000 words @ £600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 GBP 300.00
Cosmopolitan US feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Hearst 2020 USD 250.00
Cosmopolitan SEO up to 800 words @ $175 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 USD 219.00
Cosmopolitan service essay 1000 words @ $250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 USD 250.00
Cosmopolitan feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 GBP 100.00
Cosmopolitan first person feature 400 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 GBP 500.00
Cosmopolitan reported feature 1200 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 GBP 125.00
Cosmopolitan reported feature 900 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 GBP 222.00
Crack feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 127.00
Curbed feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 600.00
Curbed feature 2500 words @ $1350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 540.00
Dazed / Huck feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 150.00
Dazed beauty interview with youtuber 1200 words @ £175 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 146.00
Dazed opinion up to 600 words @ £120 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Dazed feature 1500 words @ £180 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 120.00
Dazed feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 120.00
Dazed digital op-ed (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 180.00
Devex feature story 1136 words @ $528 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 465.00
Dicebreaker list guide 1500 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 167.00
Direct Relief story essay (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Discover Magazine news 350 words @ $350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 1000.00
DIY feature - 1500 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 667.00
Dork feature 500 words @ £20 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 40.00
Downbeat Q&A interview 800 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 125.00
Eater reported feature 2000 words @ £500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Eater news story 1500 words @ $300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 200.00
Eater Boston short feature 800 words @ $150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 188.00
Eater London feature - 800 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 187.00
Economist 1843 feature - 5000 words @ £3500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) __misc 2020 GBP 700.00
Economist 400 words @ £500 - all rights 2021 GBP 1250.00 O
Economist culture blog post (via #FreelancerPayGap) __misc 2020 GBP 162.00
Economist online arts blog 600 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 333.00
Electric + Hybrid Rail Technology 1500 words @ £480 FBS = 2022 GBP 320.00 GR
Elle UK feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Hach 2020 GBP 200.00
Empire writer retained copyright _Bauer 2021 GBP 350.00
Empire feature - 2400 words @ £720 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Bauer 2020 GBP 300.00
Ensia feature - 1200 words @ $900 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 750.00
Ensia online feature 800 words @ £600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 750.00
Entertainment Weekly feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _AOLTW 2020 USD 500.00
Equal Times (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 200.00
Equal Times news story 1200 words @ €300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 250.00
Esquire UK long read on anniversary of big TV show (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 GBP 300.00
Esquire.com (online only) fashion feature (plus provided images) (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 GBP 300.00
Esquire online feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatMag 2020 GBP 200.00
Esquire feature - according to whopayswriters.com _Hearst 2020 USD 1330.00
EUobserver feature - 700 words @ €150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 214.00
Euromoney magazine Feature or news writing _Assoc 2021 GBP 500.00 GR O
Expert Reviews review (group test) 1000 words @ £120 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 120.00
Fabulous reported Long Read 2400 words @ £950 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 396.00
Fashionista US feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 150.00
Feel Good You health story, case-study led, 800 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 313.00
Ferment feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 220.00
Food and Wine feature 800 words @ $400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Foreign Policy feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 357.00
Foreign Policy feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 200.00
Forge (Medium) feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 1000.00
Fortean Times Forum article (2019), 2000 words @ £100 = _Dennis 2021 GBP 50.00
Fortune news analysis 1500 words @ $1000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 667.00
Gastro Obscura feature - 1100 words @ $550 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Gizmodo UK review 1000 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Glamour true life story 1800 words @ £550 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 306.00
Grazia online Various 1000 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 150.00
Grazia print feature on people breaking lockdown to have sex 600 words @ £50p per word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 500.00 GR
Grazia personal essay piece 900 words @ £450 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 500.00
Greatist essays to reported pieces up to (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 312.00
Greatist reported narrative 800 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 500.00
GuitarWorld.com interview (US-based, but pays UK freelancers in sterling) 1500 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Happiful Magazine feature 800 words @ £140 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 175.00
Harper's Bazaar short story by Virginia Woolf - 1500 words @ £200 in 1937, adjusted for inflation = _Hearst 2021 GBP 9300.00
Harper's Bazaar feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Hearst 2020 USD 500.00
Hello Giggles essay - 500 words @ $150 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 300.00
HelloGiggles reported feature 1000 words @ $150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 150.00
Huck interview feature 900 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 111.00
Huck Interview / profile (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Huffington Post UK personal essay 800 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 125.00
Huffington Post personal essay 1100 words @ $125 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 114.00 GR
Huffington Post op-ed 800 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 125.00
Huffington Post op-ed - 800 words commissioned, filed more (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 140.00
Huffington Post op-ed 800 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 125.00
Huffington Post op-ed 750 words @ $140 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 187.00
Huffington Post reported feature 1200 words @ £396 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 330.00
Huffington Post op-ed 800 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 125.00
Huffington Post personal story 800 words @ $140 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 175.00
Huffington Post opinion piece 800 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 125.00
HuffPost feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _AOLTW 2020 USD 567.00
HuffPost feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _AOLTW 2020 USD 333.00
Hyperallergic news story 600 words @ $200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 333.00
Hyperallergic interview feature 1200 words @ $150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 125.00
i-D (offered on Twitter by an editor) 2021 GBP 200.00 GR
i-D op-ed 900 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 222.00
i-D feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
i-D feature / culture piece - multiple interviews 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
i-D feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Increment feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 1000.00
Inside Lacrosse feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 250.00
Insider first-person essay 1200 words @ $185 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 154.00
Insider product round-up 700 words @ £90 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 129.00
Insider (lifestyle) photo essay and feature 1000 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 150.00
InStyle essay - 800 words @ $350 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 437.00
InStyle 600 words @ US$350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 583.00
IPE Real Assets feature article with interviews - 2021 GBP 400.00
ITPro feature 1000 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Jacobin op-ed (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 50.00
Kinfolk interview feature 1200 words @ $600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Kinfolk short feature 200 words @ $100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Kinfolk (US print magazine) feature 2020 USD 500.00
Kveller personal essay (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
LatinNews feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 92.00
Le Figaro feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 260.00
Literary Hub feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 167.00
Little White Lies review 500 words @ £45 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 90.00
Live Science short news 500 words @ $200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 400.00
London in Stereo feature / how-to 1000-2000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Lonely Planet online travel feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Mabuhay Magazine feature, 1400 words @ 700 Singapore dollars (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Ink 2020 GBP 391.00
Maddyness feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 136.00
Marie Claire feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _AOLTW 2020 USD 325.00
Marker feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 800.00
MarketWatch feature - 1200 words @ $500 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 417.00
Mechanical Engineering Feature - 1800 words @ $1500 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 833.00
medium onezero feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 1000.00
Meininger's Wine Business International Feature - 1500 words @ €600 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 400.00
MEL Magazine reported feature 1000 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 400.00
Military Technology crisis rate - previously €200 - FBS 2021 EUR 150.00 GR
Military Technology reports for website from in-person industry events - web use - crisis rate - previously €200 2021 EUR 150.00 GR
Mojo and Q Re-use of features in Collectors Series _Bauer 2021 GBP 90.00 GR
Mojo and Q Re-use of features in Collectors Series - rate negotiated in 2010 _Bauer 2021 GBP 130.00
Moneywise feature - 1200 words @ £525 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Moneyw 2020 GBP 437.00
Monocle 200 words @ £140 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 700.00
Monocle feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 700.00
Monocle 450 words @ £300 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 667.00
Montel News market-specific news story/market commentary 400 words @ £120 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
Morning Calm (Korean Air inflight) travel cover feature 3000 words @ $2000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 667.00
Mr Porter UK feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 700.00
N by Norwegian (inflight mag) 1500 word feature story with two days reporting abroad @ £500 = terms - not discussed _Ink 2019 GBP 333.00
National Geographic online news story 7-day assignment 3500 words @ $4375 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatGeo 2020 USD 1250.00
National Geographic Traveller UK feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatGeo 2020 GBP 220.00
National Geographic features 1000 words @ £220 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NatGeo 2020 GBP 220.00
Nature feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Holtzb 2020 USD 1250.00
Nature feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Holtzb 2020 GBP 1000.00
Nature Feature 2400 words @ £1800 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Holtzb 2020 GBP 750.00
New Scientist feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 500.00
New Scientist feature 2400 words @ £1200 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 500.00
New Scientist feature 2700 words @ £1350 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Assoc 2020 GBP 500.00
New Scientist news 300 words @ £135 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 450.00
New Scientist news story 600 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 500.00
New Scientist features (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 510.00
New Statesman feature 1750 words @ £600 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 343.00
New Statesman column (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 400.00
New Statesman print feature 2500 words @ £500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
New Statesman interview 600 words @ £166 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 277.00
New Statesman news story 800 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
New York Magazine profile 750 words @ $500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 667.00
New Yorker feature 5000 words @ $9500 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 USD 1900.00
New Yorker shouts and murmurs 400 words @ $2000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 USD 5000.00 O
New Yorker TheNewYorker.com feature , terms - 1st NA serial, I retain copyright _Advance 2021 USD 1550.00 GR O
NME review 400 words @ £60 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 150.00
NME cover story - 2400 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 125.00
NME TV review 500 words @ £70 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 140.00
NME interview 900 words @ £90 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Noble Rot feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
North and South long features 2021 GBP 390.00 O
Ocala StyleMagazine reporter and photographer 500 words @ $155 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 310.00
October feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 350.00
Oh! (Oh! Comely) personal feature 500 words @ £75 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 150.00
OneZero - Medium feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 909.00
Outside feature 5000 words @ $12500 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 2500.00
Outside news story (1000-2000 words) (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Paper feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 250.00
Petroleum Economist feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
Positive News news story 450 words @ £25p per word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Positive News web news story 500 words @ £0.25p per word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Positive News news feature 800 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Positive News SponCon 800 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Positive News print feature 1200 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 333.00
Post 2019 GBP 300.00
Private Eye news 200 words @ £80 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 400.00
Professional Engineer 2019 GBP 300.00
Prog interview (Q&A) 1000 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Project magazine (B2B) cover feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 375.00
Prospect online op-ed 900 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 111.00
Prospect reported feature 3000 words @ £840 (28p per word) = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 280.00
Prospect feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 140.00
Prospect (Web) reported feature 900 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 167.00
ProTravel London travel guide (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 350.00
PushSquare review 1000 words @ £50 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 50.00
Raconteur feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 400.00
Raconteur feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
Raconteur feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
Raconteur feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
Raconteur feature 900 words @ £320 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 356.00
Raconteur feature for supplement including 4 interviewees 1000 words @ £40p per word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 400.00
Raconteur feature 1150 words @ £35p par word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
Raconteur for the Times feature 900 words @ £40p per word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 400.00
Radio Times interview feature 900 words @ £500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 556.00
Radio Times Interview (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 400.00
Reader's Digest feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 333.00
Reader's Digest 1200 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 333.00
Refinery29 feature 800 words @ $400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
Refinery29 feature  (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 687.00
Refinery29 personal essay 900 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 222.00
Refinery29 feature 1500 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Refinery29 feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 125.00
Refinery29 feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Refinery29 reported feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Refinery29 op-ed 1200 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 208.00
Refinery29 reported feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Refinery29 feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Refinery29 UK feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 167.00
Resident Advisor album review - 500 words @ £100 (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Resnews 750 words @ £75 = 2019 GBP 100.00
Restless opinion 800 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 188.00
Restless reported essay 1000 words @ $150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 150.00
Restless op-ed 850 words @ £85 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Reverb list feature 700 words @ $200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 286.00
Rewire News feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 437.00
Rock Paper Shotgun reported feature 1500 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 133.00
Rocking On License to reuse edit of feature first published 1988 - one use 2021 GBP 100.00
Rolling Stone culture feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Wenner 2020 USD 300.00
Romper personal essay 600 words @ $75 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 125.00
Saga feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 500.00
Self feature - 1200 words @ $500 = _CondN 2021 USD 417.00 O
Self Q&A 1500 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
SELF feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 330.00
Shadowproof investigative feature 1000 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
Shondaland interview/reported feature 1300 words @ $700 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 538.00
Skyword blog post - up to (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 750.00
Slate feature 1200 words @ $400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 333.00
Sleek magazine (online) personal essay 750 words @ €120 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 160.00
Smithsonian feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 400.00
Smithsonian feature 1200 words @ $350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 292.00
Spectator review 800 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Spectator interview feature 1000-1200 words - print use only 2020 GBP 250.00
Spectator live music review 800 words @ £200 for print use only = 2020 GBP 250.00
Sports Illustrated feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _AOLTW 2020 USD 250.00
Strategy & Business book review (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 1000.00
Stylist.co.uk feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 206.00
Stylist opinion piece 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Stylist op-ed 700 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 214.00
Stylist reported feature 1400 words @ £490 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
Supermaker reported feature 1000 words @ $325 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 325.00
SyFy Long-form listicle ranking nearly 40 entries in 1500-2000 words (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 200.00
Technology Review feature 2500 words @ £3800 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 1520.00
Teen Vogue reported feature 1200 words @ $300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 USD 250.00
Teen Vogue op-ed 1200 words @ $250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 USD 208.00
Teen Vogue op-ed 1800 words @ $200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 USD 111.00
Teen Vogue news blog 300 words @ £40 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 133.00
Teen Vogue news story (300-500 words) (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 USD 40.00
Teen Vogue profile or interview - via whopayswriters.com _CondN 2020 USD 310.00
Television interview feature 1200 words @ £360 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
The Appeal news 1200 words @ $1000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 833.00
The Art Newspaper 250-word news feature @ £100 = 2020 GBP 400.00
The Atlantic reported story with multiple interviews 1200 words @ $400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 333.00
The Atlantic opinion or essay - according to whopayswriters.com 2020 USD 560.00
The AV Club (Film) long read on the making of a terrible film 2000 words @ $300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 150.00
The Counter op-ed 500 words @ $500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 1000.00
The Criterion Offered by T.S. Eliot to Virginia Woolf for 'Character in Fiction' in 1924 - £20 for 5000 words - Second British Serial Rights - and her Hogarth Press went on publish it a third time 2020 GBP 245.00
The Culture Trip feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 150.00
The Culture Trip detailed listicle (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 180.00
The Culture Trip travel listicle with photo research 1000 words @ £115 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 115.00
The Cut feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
The Daily Beast feature/news 1200 words @ $300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 250.00
The Daily Dot Feature 1600 words @ $250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 156.00
The Face feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
The Face feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Bauer 2020 GBP 167.00
The Face interview feature with up-and-coming pop star 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
The Face feature with well-known musician 1125 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 133.00
The Face online feature 1600 words @ £320 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
The Femedic feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 187.00
The Financial Diet essay (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 50.00
The Grocer feature (print & online) 3250 words @ £1137.05 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
The Journalist story spiked, in spite of which editor reminded me to invoice - _TU 2020 GBP 314.00
The Journalist 750 words @ £250 = _TU 2019 GBP 333.00
The Ktchn personal essay 300 words @ $150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 500.00
The Lily (by Washington Post) feature 1200 words @ $400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 333.00
The Oldie rant 350 words @ £125 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 357.00
The Oldie a newsy feature - 600 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 333.00
The Org feature 1200 words @ €600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 500.00
The Register feature - 2020 GBP 250.00
The Register feature 2020 GBP 250.00
The Skinny feature 1200 words @ £45 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 38.00
The Week Junior typically 700 words @ £175 = 2022 GBP 250.00 GR
The Week Junior basic news story, 400 words @ £140 = 2022 GBP 350.00
Think Inclusive list (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 100.00
Times Literary Supplement review 500 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _TSL 2020 GBP 200.00
Times Literary Supplement in brief' review 300 words @ £50 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _TSL 2020 GBP 167.00
Times Literary Supplement book review/essay (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Times Travel (Sat sup) travel feature 1000 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _NI 2020 GBP 300.00
Timetastic case study (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Tortoise heavily-reported long read 4000 words @ £2000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 500.00
Total Guitar interview (narrative) 2500 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Town and Country article, terms - 1st North America serial rights _Hearst 2021 USD 3000.00 O
Trade/b2b publications features 2000 words @ £450 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 225.00
Travel + Leisure travel feature 300 words @ $375 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 1250.00
Tribune Magazine feature 800 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 188.00
TripSavvy travel listicle 1000 words @ $200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 200.00
Undark magazine feature 1800 words @ $1800 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 1000.00
UnderPinned feature 800 words @ £120 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 150.00
UnHerd op-ed (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 500.00
Vice feature 1000 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice UK feature 1800 words @ £180 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Vice UK feature 1000 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice UK feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Vice UK feature 2500 words @ £750 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
Vice UK feature 1200 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice UK profile 1200 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 333.00
Vice UK feature 1600 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 188.00
Vice UK reported feature 2000 words @ £450 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 225.00
Vice UK feature - cold pitch - multiple sources (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice UK feature 1500 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Vice UK op-ed 750 words @ £75 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Vice students content 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Vice feature 2000 words @ £550 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 275.00
Vice news story, quick turnaround 1200 words @ $500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 417.00
Vice op-ed 800 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice feature 1000 words @ £450 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 450.00
Vice feature 1200 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice reported feature 1300 words @ £325 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice 1000 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice feature 1000 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
Vice feature 1000 words @ £20p par word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Vice feature 1200 words @ £20p / word = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
Vice reported feature on making of tv show 2000 words @ £500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice short reported feature 900 words @ £225 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice listicle 1200 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 250.00
Vice feature-length report 950 words @ £750 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 789.00
Vice 2500 words @ £2000 no exes = 2020 GBP 800.00
Vice Germany 800 words @ €400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 500.00
VinePair feature 1700 words @ $300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 176.00
Vogue Business 800 words @ $250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 313.00
Vogue Global Network feature 1000 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
Vogue Global Network feature 1000 words @ £350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
Vogue UK interview 800 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 313.00
Vogue (vogue.co.uk) interview 800 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 188.00
Vox feature 1500 words @ £570 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 380.00
Vox feature 1500 words @ £380 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 253.00
Vox reported feature 1600 words @ $500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 313.00
Wallpaper* (online) news stories, features, etc. (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 350.00
Wallpaper* (print) profile 1200 words @ €600 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 500.00
Wallpaper* (print) profile 600 words @ €400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 667.00
Wanderlust feature 800 words @ £176 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 220.00
WhoWhatWhy news story 750 words @ $50 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 67.00
Wired sponsored content feature 1500 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 267.00
Wired feature 1200 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 208.00
Wired feature 1500 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 267.00
Wired long-form feature 4000 words @ £1400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 350.00
Wired online feature 1200 words @ £450 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 375.00
Wired UK Translation rights (Japanese edition) _CondN 2021 USD 65.00
Wired UK Feature 1200 words @ £400, negotiated up from £350 (to the surprise of the writer they paid another $78 for Japanese translation rights) _CondN 2021 GBP 333.00
Wired UK feature (online) 2000 words @ £350 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 175.00
Wired UK interview 900 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 333.00
Wired UK feature 3000 words @ £300 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 100.00
Wired UK feature 800 words @ £280 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 350.00
Wired UK long-read feature 4000 words @ £1400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 350.00
Wired UK (online) feature 1200 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 208.00
Wired UK (print) feature 4000 words @ £1400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _CondN 2020 GBP 350.00
Woman Alive feature 700 words @ £85 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 121.00
Women in Trade feature 700 words @ £75 but £30 deducted for 'heavy editing' = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 64.00
Women in Trade ghost-writing a feature article - Q&A provided (£25 was deducted for minor edits) (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 75.00
Women's Health UK (print) feature 2000 words @ £450 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 225.00
Wonderland long-form interview 2000 words @ £100 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 50.00
World Politics Review 1100 words @ £250 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 227.00
Xtra magazine personal essay, 1200-1500 words for 325 Canadian Dollars 1200-1500 words @ £CAD 325 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 187.00
Yes! Magazine feature 1400 words @ £425 USD = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 311.00
Your Cat (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 140.00
Zagat Stories feature 1500 words @ £500 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 333.00
A music magazine Re-use of article published in 1986 - 7000 words @ £800 _Bauer 2020 USD 114.00
AZo Networks feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 37.50
B2B retail sector researching, interviewing and writing article - 1800 words @ £200 = _DCT 2022 GBP 111.00
BBC Culture feature 1250 words @ £400 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BBC 2020 GBP 320.00
BBC Future feature (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BBC 2020 GBP 400.00
BBC Travel feature - 1200 words @ $600 (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BBC 2020 USD 500.00
BBC Worklife feature up to (via #FreelancerPayGap) _BBC 2020 USD 1000.00
Canvas8 Library report 2000 words @ £400 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 200.00
gal-dem.com profile feature 1200 words @ £70 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 58.00
Immediate Media interview feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Immed 2020 GBP 200.00
Immediate Media feature 1000 words @ £200 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _Immed 2020 GBP 200.00
Justine Grosset branded blog article (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 EUR 250.00
Local free magazine interview-based feature 500 words @ £60 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 120.00
Motion Picture Editors Guild (USA) 1250-word feature @ $1250 2021 USD 1000.00
MTV essay (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 350.00
MusicRadar.com interview (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 100.00
Novara media feature 1200 words @ £70 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 58.00
NUJ 400 words @ £124 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) _TU 2020 GBP 310.00
Oxford University 1000 words @ £2000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 2000.00
Parents.com how-to 1000 words @ $150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 150.00
Penguin Random House web article 500 words @ £150 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 GBP 300.00
Trade mag 2000-word in-depth feature, with multiple interviews @ £500, all rights yielded 2019 GBP 250.00
Trade union magazine 1500-word body with 2 x 200 word boxouts @ £480 = _TU 2021 GBP 253.00 O
Various statistical report 5000 words @ $6000 = (via #FreelancerPayGap) 2020 USD 1200.00
 
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7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it:  GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement:  HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP50.00X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500.00O

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