What Kind of $$$ Do Your Favorite TV Writers Make?

Sorry, kids, but even top writers don't get enough money for a car like this.

Sorry, kids, but even top writers don’t get enough money for a car like this.

Pretty much the same money your least favorite ones make, actually. Cuz just about every writer in TV works for minimum.

Not that minimum’s half bad. Feast your peepers on current Writers Guild of America minimums:

Service Network Minimum Cable Minimum
30 Minute Story $8,062 $5,432
30 Minute Teleplay $17,343 $8,821
30 Minute Story + Teleplay $24,183 $13,557
60 Minute Story $14,192 $9,871
60 Minute Teleplay $23,399 $17,096
60 Minute Story + Teleplay $35,568 $24,768
Staff Writer – 6 Week Guarantee $4,318/week same as network
Staff Writer – 14 Week Guarantee $4,014/week same as network
Staff Writer – 20 Week Guarantee $3,703/week same as network
Any Level Above Staff Writer – up to 9 Weeks $8,055/week same as network
Any Level Above Staff Writer – 10 to 19 Week Guarantee $6,712/week same as network
Any Level Above Staff Writer – 20 Weeks or More Guarantee $6,036/week same as network

On one level this is a lot of money, especially for putting 30 to 60 pages worth of words down. But as our Beloved Leader, LB, always says: “They’re not paying all those bucks for the writing. They’re paying it for the meetings you’ve got to take before, during, and after the writing. And considering what’s said in those meetings you’d better believe me when I say we’re all selling short.”

Ah, the writing life? Ain’t it grand?

2 thoughts on “What Kind of $$$ Do Your Favorite TV Writers Make?

  1. But what about SANFORD’S SAYING: “YOU MUST WRITE TO TELL A STORY…NOT SELL A STORY!”

    • TVWriter™ says:

      Well, actually, Ger, I don’t think that’s relevant to the story. Writing to tell a story has nothing to do with selling that story later – or earlier – for Guild minimum. And let’s face it, everyone loves hearing what kind of money their heroes – or nemeses – make.

      LYMI
      LB

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