These rates have been calculated by averaging non-union Voice123 projects by voice actors with two or more years of experience. Prices in this document are average prices in US Dollars and suggested as minimum rates (base rates). It is up to the voice actor and client to negotiate the actual rate, possible buyouts, and residuals.
Union vs Non-Union
These are base rate averages for non-union projects delivered online. Rates for non-union projects delivered on-site may be higher. Rates for union projects are usually published by the unions e.g. AFTRA (USA), SAG (USA), Equity (UK), ACTRA (Canada)
Voice actors tend to charge depending on the purpose of the recording and the equipment they must use to provide a finished product e.g. a 30-second recording for a TV commercial broadcast all over the US may cost several times more than a five-minute recording for a local documentary.
Pre- and Post-Production
Many Voice123 voice actors can also do pre and post-production work (copy-writing, translating, adding background music, mixing voices, encoding for a special delivery, adding special effects, etc.). These fees are usually charged on top of the fees that the voice talent charges for the dry read. They charge an average of USD $113 per hour of pre- and post-production work.
The prices listed below include studio costs for the voice recording (not for post-production). You may expect similar prices if you want the talent to go to a designated studio, although this may need to include additional studio rental fees.
Radio (including Internet radio):
TV and Cable:
Per minute of audio delivered:
Per recorded word:
Per hour of work (regardless of the length of the audio delivered):
Buyouts are generally for one year and negotiated at 2.5 times the base rate. Residuals may be required by the voice over talent on projects which may have long-term usage.