How much will it cost?
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers has a recommended minimum hourly rate for book and periodical indexes (see below). Indexers are not obliged to charge this rate, but many do. Indexers usually use this rate to calculate a fee which is quoted to the customer. Complicated or urgent indexes may attract a higher rate. Very experienced indexers who are fast indexers may base their quotes on a higher hourly rate. Some indexers prefer to quote on a per indexable page 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 or, in New Zealand, NZ$55per hour. The rate does not include 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. Competent 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.