Salary of a Sitcom Writer

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Sitcom writers are screenwriters who specialise in writing half-hour comedy shows for the television. Most sitcom writers live near Hollywood, California, where most sitcoms are filmed. Because of the hours that the job requires, and the intense pressure for contemporary humour, sitcom writers tend to be younger writers in their 20s or early 30s. They can easily make over £65,000 a year. Minimum payments for sitcom writers are established in a schedule of acceptable payments published by the Writers Guild of America for use in standard contracts, though writers and their agents can negotiate higher salaries.

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Story Minimums

For developing the story that a 30-minute television story will be based upon, the minimum payment is £5,061 per story until May 1, 2012 under Writers Guild of America contracts. This increases to £5,162 between May 2, 2012, and May 1, 2013, and to £5,266 between May 2, 2013, and May 1, 2014. Both increases represent a 2-percent increase from year to year.

Teleplay Minimums

For writing the script that is used for shooting a sitcom, the minimum payment is £10,888 per teleplay until May 1, 2012 under Writers Guild of America contracts. This increases to £11,106 between May 2, 2012, and May 1, 2013, and to £11,328 between May 2, 2013, and May 1, 2014. Both increases represent a 2-percent increase from year to year.

Story and Teleplay Minimums

If you both come up with the story and write the teleplay for a sitcom, then you will receive more money, but not as much as the minimums for the story by itself and the teleplay by itself added together. The minimum payment is £15,182 per story and teleplay until May 1, 2012 under the guild's contracts. This increases to £15,486 between May 2, 2012, and May 1, 2013, and to £15,796 between May 2, 2013, and May 1, 2014. Both increases represent a 2-percent increase from year to year.

Other Conditions

Upon delivery of the first draft of a teleplay, the writer receives either 90 per cent of the minimum payment or 60 per cent of the agreed-upon price, whichever is greater. The remainder of the amount owed is due when the final draft is delivered. If you are writing both the story and teleplay, then 30 per cent of the agreed-upon compensation is due when the story is delivered. When the first draft of the teleplay is delivered, you are owed either 60 per cent of the minimum or 10 per cent of the agreed-upon compensation, with the balance due at delivery of the final draft.

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