Multimedia production cost examples for services, staff, and talent, based on 2009 online information.


Audio Services

Audio production services are typically priced on a per-job basis. Length, number of voices required, type of background, program usage, delivery formats and turn-around requirements all play a part in determining the price.  For reference, a single, professionally voiced webpage greeting can cost as little as $200 or as much as $500 or more, depending on needs.  Radio ads will typically run from $300 to $1000. The larger the project the lower the cost per minute. Studio rental costs range from as little as $30 per hour to $1,000 per hour, or more, for a large facility. Audio specialists can be hired for $20 - $200 per hour, depending on experience.

Video Services


Actors In Action

  • Service fee 0%-20%.
  • Commission - 10% of the total pay for union job. 20% for non union jobs.
  • Example - For a nonunion commercial quoted a talent at $400 a session. A 20% ($80) commission is taken and a service fee of 15% (60$) is taken for a net pay of $320.
  • Inclusive - at times a (Cast Director) will quote a price that includes the service fee + the actor pays one price for a nonunion tab.
  • Print Job - one nonunion print ad is around $200 per shoot. Day work is around $850.
  • Voice - For off screen Voice is around $400 a session.
  • Camera - For a on screen job is around $600 a sesssion. - a site that lists artists and their prices.

Voice Actors

  • Voiceover Artists & Narrators ($300 - $500 / hour or session - Portland Oregon Market).

  • World Voices.


Graphic Artists

2D Artist

  • 2D Animator - $44 - $97/hour.
    Programs Used: Adobe After Effects, Apple Motion, Anime Studio Pro, Director, Flash, Blender, Illustrator, Photoshop.

3D Artist

  • 3D Animator - $44 - $97/hour.
    Programs Used: Maya, Houdini, Lightwave, 3D Studio Max, Blender.

Digital Artist

  • 1+ year(s) exp. Starts at 20K or $10/hour, 3+ years of exp. 40K - 85K, $20 - $50/hour.
    Programs Used: Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter.

Video / Audio Engineer

  • Audio/Video Engineer - 40K - 75K or $20 - $45/hour
    Programs Used: Pro Tools, Final Cur Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Avid.

Logo/Interface Designer

  • Icon Illustrator - $40 - $100/hour.
    Programs Used: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Blender, Maya, After Effects.

Interface Designer

  • 1+ year(s) of exp. 30K or $15/hour to 4+ years exp. 70K - 120K, $45 - $125/hour
    Programs Used: Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, Fireworks. Potentially 3D software.


  • $25 - $120 per hour (depending on experience and market).
  • $48,000 - $230,400 annual salary.


  • $20 - $80 per hour (depending on experience and market). $60 per hour is common.
  • $38,400 - $153,600 annual salary.

Writers Guild of America

From Mark Lewin, a writer living in the UK:

  • Most clients prefer to work on a fixed fee basis and to be honest, so do I. Sometimes, especially when a project is open-ended, this is not possible. My day rate is £250. Everything else is priced at around 15p-25p per word depending on length, complexity, amount of research required and so on.

How to Set Fees as A Freelance Writer


Sample film & TV music contracts and agreements.

The following statements are from the Film Music Magazine Web Site.

  • The range of fees for a song in a major motion picture generally falls between zero and $25,000.

  • Royalties for the music for a production range between 8% and 13%.

  • A music budget range for a major film is typically between $500,000 to $2,000,000.

  • Compensation for a composer is determined by the budget of the film and the composer's stature in the industry. Fees range from zero to $750,000.00, depending on the situation. This is merely a creative fee and does not cover the costs of recording, such as studio time, engineers and mixers, rental of recording equipment and recording tape, or hard drive storage.


  • Fees vary greatly depending on many factors, but $60 per hour is the minimum for low budget productions.

  • $100 - $300 per hour is more common for average to high production budgets.


Web Design & Development Pricing

Below are rates that may help you determine a range or starting point for costs associated with designing and developing a web site.

Average Hourly Rates

  • Student/Offshore $15 - $30/hour.
  • Freelancer/Company $25 - $75.
  • Expert Consultant $50 - $250.
  • Professional Firm $75 - $200.

Logo Design

  • $100 - $250+ (Student or Offshore).
  • $250 - $1000+ (Professional Designer).

Basic Brochure Website:

  • $500 - $1000+ (Student / Offshore).
  • $1500 - $5000+ (Professional Designer).

E-Commerce Website

  • $1000 - $5,000+ (Outsourced Offshore).
  • $2000 - $10,000+ (Experienced Developer).

Custom Database / Interactive Website:

  • $1500 - $15,000+ (Offshore).
  • $2500 - $25,000+ (Experienced Developer).

Above prices for web design and development are from


Game Developer Magazine 2009 Annual Salary Survey

Salary Survey (3.9 MB PDF File)

  • A salary survey of game related jobs such as programmers, graphic artists, sound designers, level designers, writers, and producers.