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Voiceover Services & Rates

How much does a voiceover cost?

I hear that question a lot! And it's a difficult question to answer. Let's put it another way... "How much does your doctor or dentist cost?"

When you choose your doctor or dentist, you have certain expectations: you expect them to be properly trained and qualified in their specialty; you expect them to have the experience to take care of your health and quickly diagnose problems as they arise; you expect them to be knowledgeable of the many variables that may be encountered; and you expect to have confidence in their decisions and guidance. But the cost of their services is rarely at the top of your list. Most of the time it's not even on your list.

The thing that matters most, though, is this: Does your Doctor or Dentist make you feel good about working with them? 

Voiceover is a lot like that!

Every voiceover session is different... There are many different ways to tell your story... and many variables along the way. It's my goal to deliver the voiceover for your project to perfectly meet your needs. The bottom line is that I want you to be comfortable working with me, and realize that the additional value I bring to your project is worth much more than the cost of the session.

SO... HOW MUCH?:   

I realize that sometimes your budget may not be a perfect fit with my rates. If that happens, please call me at 858.484.0220 so we can discuss your project in detail. When I fully understand the scope of your project, I'll be in a much better positon to provide you with an accurate estimate that may differ substantially from my posted rates.

I am a non-union voice actor, but I do have agent representation. If you are booking through this website, you will be working directly with me, so things can be kept simple. If you are booking me through one of my agents, you'll be working through them throughout the production process, but you will have access to me at any time.

On this page you'll find a comprehensive breakdown of my fees for a variety of different types of voiceover projects. The rates on this page are intended to be a guideline to help you budget your production. The SAG/AFTRA union recently posted an online calculator for voiceover work. Click here to try this tool for comparison. 

SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Rates can are based on a variety of factors: The type of medium (radio, television, internet, live performance), market size (local, regional, national, international), length and type of use of the audio.
  • Rates can be calculated per project, by length or by word count

Unless noted otherwise, all sessions include the following:

  • Script review/preparation
  • Talent fee (or session fee)
  • Studio time
  • Video or phone patch for client directing and monitoring
  • Free retakes (from original script) - note: retakes requested after original session approval and that are the result of script changes constitute a new session.
  • Editing for best takes - note: editing to separate files will be billed at $2 per file.
  • Rendering
  • Upload delivery to client via internet

All fees are minimum and may vary depending on the specifics of your project.

NON-BROADCAST – Corporate, Industrial, eLearning, Medical, Explainer, Training

By Finished Minutes

Minimum session fee – $200 (includes up to first 2 minutes VO)
3-5 Minutes – $250 
5-10 Minutes – $300 
10-20 Minutes – $400 
20-30 Minutes – $500 
More than 30 Minutes – add $150 for each additional 10 minutes
Separate files – add $2 per file  

By Word Count

Minimum session fee – $300 (includes first 750 words)
751-1,500 Words – $ .40 per word
1,501-3,000 Words – $ .30 per word
3,000-4,500 Words – $ .25 per word
More than 4,500 Words – $ .20 per word  

NON-BROADCAST - Real Estate Virtual Home Tours, Telephone, IVR, On-Hold  

By Word Count

0-500 Words – $100
500-1,000 Words – $150
1,000-1,500 Words – $200
1,501-2,000 Words – $250
More than 2,000 words – See "By Word Count" above

BROADCAST – Radio – 30 second ads – All rates based on a 13-week cycle

Local (Small Market) – $250
Local (Large Market) – $500
Regional – $800
National – $1.500
Re-use – Original rate + 20%
Full buyout (non-exclusive in perpetuity) - $3,000  

BROADCAST – Radio Tags – up to 10 seconds – up to 6 month cycle

Local – $100 
Regional – $200
National – $400
Re-use – Original rate + 20%  

BROADCAST – TV – 30 second ads (DOES NOT include Internet) – up to 1 year use

Local (Small Market – TV or Cable) – $300
Local (Large Market – TV or Cable) – $500
Regional – $1,500
National – $2,500  

BROADCAST – TV Tags – up to 10 seconds (DOES NOT include Internet) – up to 1 year use

Local – $100
Regional – $250
National – $1,000  

INTERNET & TV BROADCAST – includes any and all channels or online, cable, or TV

8 week Internet, TV, Cable - $1,500
6 month Internet, TV, Cable - $1,750
1 yr Internet, TV, Cable - $2,750
2 yr Internet, TV, Cable - $5,000  

INTERNET ONLY – includes web advertising only, no broadcast or cable  

8 week Internet only – $500
6 month Internet only – $750
1 yr Internet only – $1,500
2 yr Internet only – $2,500  

INTERNET RADIO – Pandora, Sirus, Apple  

60 seconds or less – $225 per spot 
60+ seconds (long form) – $400 
Tags – $50 per tag  

INTERNET STREAMING ADS – Youtube, Hulu, etc.

Pre-Roll, Mid-Roll, End Credits – $350 (includes initial VO session & 1st hour of studio time)  

YOUTUBE CONTENT 

Animated Character Voices <1 minute – $200 per character
Animated Character Voices >1 minute – $500 per character
Narration: 3-5 Min Episode – $750
Channel Intro/Outro – $500  

PODCAST/INTERNET CHANNEL INTRO & OUTRO

Up to 10,000 subscribers – $500
10K to 100K subscribers – $750
Each additional 100K subscribers up to 1M – add $50 per thousand
More than 1M subscribers – $1,500  

PROMO – radio

Local station – market 25 or smaller – $100
Local station – market 24 or larger – $150
Regional – $350
National – $500
Station Voice – Custom retainer (please call)  

PROMO - television  

Local station – market 25 or smaller – $175
Local station – market 24 or larger – $225
Regional – $350
National – $750
National Tags – $250 per tag
Station Voice – Custom retainer (please call)    

OTHER PROJECTS

For voice-overs for a project not listed above, please contact me at 858.484.0220 or at [email protected]  

SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Professional, male voice-over talent
  • Emmy Award winning audio production
  • More than three decades of voice-over experience
  • Quick Turn-around – 24 hours or less for most projects
  • First hour of studio time included for most projects. Additional studio time $100 / hour
  • Professional, noise-free recording studio
  • Fully edited voice files – free of mistakes, breaths removed (raw, unedited voice track can be delivered upon request) WAV, MP3, or AIFF files – based on your specifications
  • Recordings delivered by email, Dropbox, WeTransfer, flash drive, data CD-rom or uploaded to your FTP site
  • Up to three free retakes to adjust voice-over to your satisfaction (script changes after recording may incur additional charges)
  • Multiple payment options – check, direct deposit, PayPal

BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS:  

Every production is different and I know that sometimes your budget may not fit with my standard rates. I’d love to discuss the specific needs of your project to arrange a mutually agreeable rate for my voiceover services. Please contact me at 858.484.0220 or by email at [email protected]  

OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

  • All rates are in US Dollars.
  • Rates are for “dry” voice only.
  • A pre-payment of the appropriate session fee or 50% of the contracted booking rate (whichever is larger) is required to lock the session for all first-time clients. Or, for existing clients only, an approved Company Purchase Order may be used to lock the session. 
  • Balance of payment is due prior to delivery for new clients and will be invoiced, net 15 days for existing clients. For new clients, up to 80% of completed recordings will be delivered upon completion with the balance of recordings delivered after payment in full has been received.
  • Editing, rendering and delivery of completed files are included at no charge
  • Phone patch or video patch for client direction is available at no charge for all sessions.
  • Session fee covers studio time and engineer and usually applies for sessions longer than one hour. In most cases, the first hour of studio time is included in the Talent fee. 
  • Usage fee (Talent fee) is the talent fee for actual use of the recorded performance and is in addition to the session fee.
  • Some projects may be quoted at a single rate that includes both session and usage fees.
    Additional charges may apply for additional studio production, adding music or sound effects, video editing, or synchronizing voiceover or other audio to your video. (please call).
  • Prices may be higher or lower based on project details.
  • Sound design, audio post-production, sweetening, and ADR for film and video are available through our production company, VoiceActing Studios.

Download a PDF file of James Alburger’s Voiceover Rate Card HERE.  

To request a price quote for any voiceover project please call 858.484.0220 or email [email protected] to discuss your voiceover project.

Book James Alburger today for your next project.

Call:  858.484.0220
(M-F, 10am-5pm Pacific Time)

Or email:  [email protected]


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