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What Does $39 Million in Voice Over Jobs Look Like?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

February 11, 2011

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Voices.com Infographic Jobs

Context

What you see above is called an infographic. An infographic tells a story in very few words. Although a picture can paint a thousand words, we want to be sure that you have the proper context for what you're seeing so I've included descriptions that tell you what the numbers mean and how we got to them. These numbers are based upon the last several years of data we've collected at the site.

155,915 Voice Over Jobs

This figure represents the total number of public, private and direct message job opportunities that have been awarded to voice talent at Voices.com.

17 Days To Get Paid

What does 17 days mean? 17 days is the average number days from when a voice talent is awarded the job to when the payment is released by the client and issued by Voices.com.  Voices.com issues payments on the 1st and 15th of each month to talent who are hired using SurePay. You can choose to receive payments from Voices.com by PayPal account or we can send you a corporate check in the mail.

$252.97 Average Payment for a Voice Over Job

From business recordings, product demonstrations and online tutorials to phone system recordings, :15 and :30 second radio commercials and even podcast intros and outtros, many of the projects posted at Voices.com range between $100 and $500, resulting in average payments of $252.97.

The Highest Paying Voice Over Job was $37,000

The highest paying project to a single voice talent that we are aware of was for $37,000. This voice talent prefers to remain anonymous, however several others have earned five figure sums for extensive eLearning applications, a 50,000 word phone system, national television commercials and other dream projects.  Other projects which have involved multiple talent have even reached into the six figure realm and recently Voices.com has launched the new Enterprise Edition to serve some of the largest organizations in the world.

$39,290,580 in Total Earnings by Voice Talent at Voices.com

If you have been wondering about the jobs being posted or if talent are booking on the site, this number is of great comfort. Voices.com is fulfilling our mission to connect businesses with professional voice talent all around the world. 10,000+ people have earned a respectable income from doing voice overs with Voices.com serving as a key part of their marketing strategy.

What Do Voice Over Jobs Look Like?

These statistics are a bit more straightforward but we'll still break them down into more detail to illustrate what the numbers mean and where they came from.

Languages

The English language, which includes all accents and dialects from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, takes the top position (83%) for voice over jobs.  Next, the Spanish language with includes both Castilian and Latin American (4%) followed by French, which includes both French Canadian and Parisian French (3%).  All other languages combined (10%) account for the remaining language translation and recording projects at Voices.com.

Gender

Clients ask for female voices 45% of the time and male voices 55% of the time. That's pretty close with only a 10% difference.

Categories

As we described in a recent post about the Top 5 Categories, we've simplified the categories via the infographic classifying them broadly as business (65% of the work), education (25%) and entertainment (10%).  Here's a list of specific categories included in each of these three groups:

Business

๏ Business
๏ Internet
๏ Telephone
๏ Television
๏ Radio

Educational

๏ Educational
๏ Narration
๏ Audiobooks
๏ Podcasts
๏ Documentaries

Entertainment

๏ Movie Trailers
๏ Videogames
๏ Cartoons

Age

Based upon our data, most clients are looking for either middle aged voice talent (63%) or young adult voices (28%).  Rounding out the age ranges are the senior voices (6%), child voices (2%) and teen voices (1%).

How To Get Voice Over Work

1. Clients post their job, attach a script and specify their budget and deadline.

2. Qualified voice talent audition for jobs by submitting an MP3 demo and quote.

3. Clients award their job and make payment securely online at Voices.com.

4.  Voice talent records the script in their home recording studio or at a local recording studio and uploads it to Voices.com for client approval.

Ready To Get Started?

If you're new, or a seasoned pro, now is the time to join Voices.com.  If you're not already signed up with Voices.com, you are welcome to explore the memberships we offer here:

Compare Voices.com memberships

Best wishes,

Stephanie

Related Topics: Accent, cartoons, child, French, hired, how to, jobs, radio, SAG, statistics, United States, videogames, voice acting, Voices.com


Comments


    What a great article! This really helps to show the larger picture of what goes on behind the scenes. The figures are outstanding! Way to go

    Posted by:

      Wow!

      Posted by:
      • Alex Rain
      • February 11, 2011 10:28 AM

        I agree! There are some surprises in here that I'm going to use to tweak my profile with. Thanks for providing this!

        Posted by:

          Hey, well done Voices.com! And stand-up applause for your ongoing willingness to share information. Such excellent service has just landed me an Audiobook. Yippee!

          Posted by:

            Stephanie,
            Once again, you have provided MUCH NEEDED information for all of us who do voice over work for a living. Thank you for all of this research beloved, I know we will all benefit from it!!!

            My very best to you all at Voices.com!
            Lauren

            Posted by:
            • Lauren Holladay
            • February 19, 2011 6:50 PM

              Thanks Stephanie for the info. Always appreciated and helpful.

              ;-)

              Posted by:

                VOICES IS WHAT IM
                ENTHUSED TO PURSUE
                AND I WOULD LOVE TO
                BECOME A MEMBER OF
                SUCH A GREAT
                ESTABLISHMENT

                Posted by:
                • AARON WILLIAMS
                • October 23, 2013 6:02 PM

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