Bill Williams Started The Discussion:
Training and OD Professionals,

I am curious to know how much a freelance training professional typically charges in the Indian market (in approximate $US terms). Most of my training experience has been in Australia where a freelance high school teacher can earn up to $US200 per day and management trainers hired by big brand training organisations typically get paid about $US800 per day ( charged out at $US2000 per day to customers!)

Here in Vietnam where I am now based international trainers work for between $US200 - $400 and are charged by reputable international corporate training providers at $US600- $1200.

Of course there are plenty of people who work for less and a few who work for more. The rates of described above would usually require a Masters degree and the ability to make training clients want the trainer again. For OD facilitators with sound group process consultation skills you can probably add 30 - 50% to the above figures.

So what are the indicative numbers in India? I would be very grateful for any responses to this question?

Thank you for considering the question.

Posted 5th September 2006 From Vietnam, Hanoi
I am Jo from Bangalore. I can be contacted on or +919448270474
The freelance trainer fee per day varies from US$ 300 to 700 or more based on experience, target audience etc.
Best wishes,
Posted 28th October 2006 From India, Bangalore
Thanks Jo, You were the only person who bothered to reply to this question. I wonder why? Best regards, Bill
Posted 28th October 2006 From Vietnam, Hanoi
Hi jo,,

I never knew that a freelance trainer gets so much money in india!

Are u sure abt the figures???
i guess u r talking about trianers like Arindham choudary ..???

what about normal trainers??

Posted 28th October 2006 From India, Kochi
Dear Bill

The rates in India also vary a lot . But generally between $ 250 to $ 600

I charge about $ 400 for a residential prog and $ 350 for a day prog.

with the develoment sector ( bilateral donar agencies like DFID / USAID the charges are about $ 200 but most agencies also pay for prepration and travel days.

would be happy to respond if you have any queries

arvind chittewale
The Learning Circle
tel 09823075568
Posted 1st November 2006
Hi friends

I strongly disagree with CV.

Here the average cost is (I mean the trainer fee) around 400 US dollars.

Without which no one will conduct a training.

If it is an out bound or MDP or EDP it will vary from 800 USD and above.

This is what I am experiencing.

Bill, you can check this out.

Posted 2nd November 2006 From India, New Delhi
Hi Jo,

Couple of my colleug'swork'g for BPO industry would love to join in as a

freelance trainer in mumbai, could you help me with some names of such

placements who could help them out with the same. Also what is the

drawback in being a freelance trainer. :?:
Posted 12th February 2007 From India, Mumbai
Hi Jo I want to be as a freelance trainer, can tell me which area of software is good to start with. Thanks Kumar
Posted 18th July 2007
Hi arvind chittewale I want to be as a freelance trainer, can tell me which area of software is good to start with. Thanks Kumar
Posted 18th July 2007
Sir, we are placed in the MiddleEast. We are offering excelelnt package for freelance trainers, please reply regards, estha :) :) :)
Posted 18th July 2007 From Kuwait, Kuwait
Dear Mr. Arvind,

I am working as an HR Executive in an IT company at Nagpur. I heard your name many times in Blowplast when I was there for my PG project.
I would like to know which kind of trainings, OD interventions do you offer?

Posted 18th July 2007 From India, Nagpur
Pls send your details for the following mail ID for any need in Areas of HR,
Competency Modeling,Mapping,Behavioural Training including Achievement Motivation,Transactional Analysis, Management Development Progeams , Interpersonal Skills,Team Building.

We can provide consulting in areas of Balanced Scorecard implementation,
Competency based HR systems,PCMM, Business Excellence ,Six Sigma,
Retails and TQM.

mail id is

I wish u all the best
Posted 25th October 2007 From India, Pune
hi Jo,

I am a freelance trainer. I would like to know if you know of anyone where I could get an assignement. If you do, can you please email their contact details, so I could get in touch with them.

My email ID is

Posted 29th October 2007 From India, Mumbai
Hi Bill

Training fee vary from the type and level of staff to be trained . Language training is the low end training with $75 a day were as soft skill is about 250 $ to 500@ change management outdoor training is about 700to 1200 $
I charge about 350 to 500 $

Posted 30th October 2007 From India, Hyderabad

I am based in Bangalore & would like to know, on what basis is a freelancer paid. Kindly update me, about the charges of a freelance trainer per hour.
I read through the posts, but the whole thing is confusing.

I would like to know this as , I working on a project quotation.

Please help.


Posted 25th June 2008 From India, Bangalore
Hi Bill

I am Indian freelance trainer on a project in middleast. The professional charges of trainers depends on the level of training, topics, industry and even on locations (in metro cities charges are higher other cities). However potential trainers charges between USD 200 to 600 per day. In certain rare /specialised/technical training they even charge higher.

Comparing to India, in middleeast the training charges are higher.


Posted 21st March 2009 From Bahrain, Manama
~Hi Bill,

In India -- The high end trainers - those with years and years of experience (both in age and work) charge anywhere between $800-$1000 for a day long program, or more. The lower end (meaning less experienced) charge anywhere between $100-$200 a day. These are the 2 extremes.

There is still a tendency in India to 'pay as less as possible' for a training programme - since a lot of times the corporates dont realize how much a) the training is beneficial in the long run and b) how much work goes into preparing an effective and customized workshop. There is a lot of competition between vendor companies to "cut-costs" in order to "seal the deal".Apart from that, the corporates seem to give a lot of weightage to the ''number of years in age'' vs. "competency" of the trainer, and this is just a cultural trait in India. As a "foreigner" trainers do get by with charging the 'outside India' rates as well.

Please do keep in mind this information is based on what I have experienced of this industry in India, as a Freelancer.

Hope that helps
Posted 22nd March 2009 From India, Mumbai

I am a freelance corporate & Behavioral Trainer. I have more than 2500hrs of training experience in Industry, Institution, Organisation......
I am glad to say that may be for the first assignment you as a trainer have to compensate a little ie to $US150-200 for a day but if you are capable then
you can come out with a great deal.
I have been getting paid very well. you may contact me at
Sapna Agrawal
Posted 22nd March 2009 From India, Jaipur

I am the MD at Blue Studio Training Institute (New Delhi). I have a rich exposure to corporate training in the following areas:

- Voice & Accent (British/American)
- Sales
- Collections
- Spoken English
- Dynamic presentation skills

My training years accumulate to 11 years and have served as a Manager Training for large MNC's in Mumbai and Delhi. I have lived in the States, Canada and England for than 14 years and bring with me great strengths to complete any challenging task.

I also am a professional Voice Over Artist catering to requirements for a North American Accent, Corporate advertisements, Radio slots, TV ads, NPO/NGO Public awareness campaigns, Jingles, Prompts and IVR's.

If anyone is in need of Freelance V&A Trainers anywhere in India, you can contact me.

Best regards

Jasjeet Grover

Mob: 9717578922
Posted 30th July 2010 From India, New Delhi
Dear Friends,

Anyone who is looking for good trainers,( and not necessary Arindam Chaudhuary all the time), the normal cost is between US$ 300 - US$700, sometimes more depending on the deliverables.

But it is essetnial to know the training background, experience levels and expertise of a trainer before a trainer just claims a price.

For people who have just walked in to the training domain because of the money factors however cannot be paid these is based on expertise and real time experience in training .


Shrabonee Paul - Dalal
Industrial Psychologist
Organizational Development & Behavioral Analyst
Consultant Soft Skills Trainer / Personality Development Coach
(M) +91 -9703321040
Posted 30th July 2010 From India
The cost paid to trainers in India is a large band.
$ 40 for training the frontline (Sales ,customer care, support service) this comprises of almost 40 % of the Trianing requirement.
$ 150 for the supervisor level programs which is 30% market
$200 -$400 is for the middle level manager and leadership program with a market size of 20%

$1000 to $ 2000 will be 7% and the rest will be above $2000.The market share is a indicative percentage .
I pay this kind of money for the progrms I conduct through freelance trainer or organizations.
Posted 31st July 2010 From India, Hyderabad
Hi cvandhana,

Jo has given average figure i believe. & it depends majorly on your experience as a facilitator. And forget about Arindham chaudary, he would earn an amount much much beyond what is mentioned.... I know of a trainer who charges 75K per day.... :)


Posted 1st September 2010 From India, Pune
Hi Bill,

I can put forward what I have experienced. I am a freelance soft skills trainer from Bangalore. ACCORDING TO ME, charges vary from topic to topic and client to client. Minimum would be $100 and can go up to $400.

There are small scale company who cannot afford to pay more. We cannot just leave them out it because of money factor. Hence, as I stated earlier, it depends.

Hope this will help you.


Posted 2nd September 2010 From India, Bangalore
Hello !!
I want to know whether freelance trainers are available for delivering training at academic institute, i mean colleges /universities etc..?? If yes, thenwhat will be charges etc. Training is required in both technical areas as well as generic .
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