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Just For Men: Delivery Man Highlights Profitability of Sperm Donation

 by Ruth Schneider   Posted on December 6 2013

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It's all about those little swimmers. The new film Delivery Man is the story of a man who discovers his donations to a sperm bank during his 20s created 533 children -- many of whom want to know "Who's my daddy?"

While the story is mostly implausible, it is possible to father hundreds of kids.

"It would be very difficult logistically to have that many offspring," Alice Ruby, the Sperm Bank of California's executive director, told "Is it possible? Maybe. Is it highly unlikely? Yes."

According to her, if a man donated once a week for a year it could possibly result in 30 births. So, 533 kids would take more than 17 years of regular donations.

Sperm donations can be lucrative. It's not a get-rich-quick scheme, but many places offer up to $1,000 to $1,200 per month to men making maximum donations -- two to three samples provided per week. (To put that in perspective, a minimum wage employee working 40 hours a week earns about $1,160 monthly before taxes.) On average, donors are compensated about $100 per deposit.

Of course, sperm donors do have to pay taxes on their earnings. Most sperm banks hire the donors as independent contractors, pay the donors monthly and send an IRS Form 1099 at the end of the year.

Also, most sperm banks have strict requirements for donors. For example, typically men need to be 18-39 years of age, taller than 5'9" and have or are working toward a 4-year college degree. They don't want the average Joe with a dead-end job -- they want traits that prospective parents would look for.

Had David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn's character) fathered 533 children over the course of 17+ years, his earnings would have totaled close to one quarter of a million dollars. Not bad, eh?

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