Upwork rate calculator for writers and editors

Calculate the job price and hourly rate you’ll receive for doing an Upwork job. See the results in dollars, sterling and euro – minus Upwork fees.

  • Upwork fees will be, for the majority of jobs, a straight 20%.
  • If you’ve worked with a client before, and have billed them over $500 in total, this will reduce to 10%. This isn’t particularly uncommon for a long-term writing/editing client.
  • If you’ve billed a client over $10,000 in total, Upwork charges a 5% fee. As you can imagine, this is pretty damn rare.

Fill in the price you’re being offered/are proposing and the words per minute you average (work that out here) or the hours you estimate it’ll take you to do the job.


  1. Calculate the job price and hourly rate you’ll receive for doing an Upwork job. See the results in dollars, sterling and euro – minus Upwork fees.

    • Upwork fees will be, for the majority of jobs, a straight 20%.
    • If you’ve worked with a client before, and have billed them over $500 in total, this will reduce to 10%. This isn’t particularly uncommon for a long-term writing/editing client.
    • If you’ve billed a client over $10,000 in total, Upwork charges a 5% fee. As you can imagine, this is pretty damn rare.

    Fill in the price you’re being offered/are proposing and the words per minute you average (work that out here) or the hours you estimate it’ll take you to do the job.

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