How much will it cost?
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers has a recommended hourly rate for book and periodical indexes (see below). Indexers are not obliged to charge this rate, but many do. Complicated or urgent indexes may attract a higher rate. Very experienced indexers who are fast indexers may charge a higher rate. Some indexers prefer to quote on a per indexable page rate or per job rate rather than the hourly rate. Database indexing is usually costed on a per item basis.
ANZSI recommends that the minimum rate for competent indexer* is A$65 per hour. The rate does not include GST.
The recommended rate for book indexing in New Zealand is NZ$55.00 per hour for accredited indexers (excluding GST).
*Competent indexers are those, not necessarily Accredited, who can do a good job of indexing the materials put before them. They are most likely to have completed a number of indexes. Ccompetent indexers will also be aware of their limitations, and know when to reject a commission because it is outside their level of expertise or knowledge.
The rate was set by ANZSI Council in April 2014; it is reviewed regularly.