How much does a ghostwriter get paid?

Written by michelle nesbit
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A ghostwriter is a person who writes for hire. Ghost writers do not take recognition for their work under copyright laws, as that right is sold to the person who is paying them for the work they are doing. Typically, they are professional writers who are hired by political figures, executives and people of fame to write anything from articles for magazines and the internet to autobiographies.

Ghostwriting and the internet

In the past few years there has been an influx of requests for ghostwriters to produce copy for website owners. This has created a new type of ghostwriter for a new style of writing. The price range for this style of writing runs from 1 cent per word to several dollars per article. Beginning ghostwriters may charge as little as 60p per article.


There are times when a ghostwriter is paid an hourly rate. In cases such as this, the person is generally an employee of a specific company. However, there are cases of companies paying non-employee ghostwriters an hourly rate. This rate can begin as low as £1.30 per hour.

Experienced Ghostwriters

The more experience a ghostwriter has, the more money she may expect. For high-quality articles or ebooks, you can expect to pay more for a ghostwriter if you need quality material.


There are times when a ghostwriter will work on a commission or percentage basis. This rate can vary and will be based upon the agreement that you make with the requesting person or company.

Piece-work Ghostwriting

Sometimes a client will use several different ghostwriters to help them complete a piece of work or a compilation, such as an ebook for the internet or a historical account for publication as a novel. Rates for such work can run from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars per assignment.


As mentioned earlier, influential people often hire ghostwriters to write their autobiographies or memoirs. This type of ghostwriting is usually lucrative, because it is the most time-consuming. Prices for this type of work generally run in the several thousand-dollar range and can take up to a year or more to complete.

Expert Insight

In the age of the internet, ghostwriting has become an even more competitive field. Writers all over the world complete for the opportunity to take ghostwriting jobs, and this has caused the otherwise higher prices to be lowered.

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