Motivational speakers are in high demand across many industries to inspire audiences, provide new perspectives, and drive results. But when it comes to booking one of these engaging professionals, what does a motivational speaker charge for their services?

There is a wide range of fees that motivational speakers command based on several key factors. While some speakers just starting out may charge $500-$2,500 per engagement, highly sought-after motivational speakers can earn $10,000-$50,000 or more for a single keynote address.

Experience Level
One of the biggest determinants of a motivational speaker’s fee is their level of professional experience and reputation. Well-established speakers with decades of experience, prestigious clients, and significant acclaim will be able to charge premium rates for their expertise. Those just beginning to make a name for themselves will need to accept lower fees while building their portfolio.

Travel Requirements
If the speaking engagement requires travel, the fee will typically be higher to account for air, hotel, ground transportation, meals, and other expenses. Many motivational speakers will build an estimated travel cost into their fee rather than bill it separately. The further the travel, the higher the fee.

Audience Size
Motivational speakers will also consider the expected audience size when quoting their fee. A large audience at a major convention or corporate event commands a higher rate than a smaller local gathering. Their impact potentially reaches more people with a bigger crowd.

Preparation Time
Depending on the topic and how customized the presentation needs to be, motivational speakers may need to spend considerable time researching the audience, updating materials, and preparing. The more preparation time required, the higher their fee will likely be.

Recording Rights
It’s common for event organizers to request recording rights for the motivational speech so they can reuse or repackage the content later on. This extends the value for the client, so speakers raise their fee accordingly to account for those recording rights.

While there is a broad range, many full-time motivational speakers charge in the $5,000-$10,000 range for a standard 60-90 minute keynote presentation. But those at the very top of the field can command $25,000-$100,000 or more from the biggest companies and events. At the end of the day, both the client and speaker need to feel like they are getting a fair deal based on the value provided.