Surrogates usually receive a base compensation amount as well as other compensation and benefits throughout the process.
Compensation starts between $30-40,000 for base compensation with total starting at $45,000 and up, depending on insurance, location, number of surrogacies. The compensation package is just one part of the total surrogacy experience and each case is individualized.
The exact amount of base compensation you will receive as a surrogate is determined on an individual basis and depends on a number of factors:
- Intended parents’ budget
- Previous surrogacy experience
- Number of previous pregnancies
- The overall success of surrogacy
- Health insurance coverage
Perhaps the most common myth about surrogacy compensation is that a woman can make a lot of money—as much as $100,000. In reality, surrogates are not paid such high amounts, and claims to the contrary are largely fabricated. If a surrogate were ever to be compensated with such a large sum, it would have to be an extremely rare and particular case.
Another myth is the idea that the more educated or successful a surrogate is, the more compensation she will receive. This is simply not true! All surrogates are treated equally, and all surrogates’ compensation is calculated using the same elements. Your degree, career level, and financial success will have no bearing whatsoever on how much you will be paid.
Compensation Varies By State
The average base surrogate compensation amount can also differ from state to state. One notable trend, however, is that states along the East and West coast tend to offer more compensation. This difference in compensation may be due to the increase in surrogacy agencies in coastal areas; to stay competitive, surrogacy agencies in those regions offer higher compensation.
Benefits and Compensation Before You’re Pregnant
In addition to your base compensation as a surrogate, there are special benefits you will receive in the time before you are pregnant. Below are a few examples of common pre-pregnancy benefits:
- Travel expenses for doctors’ appointments,
- Relevant medical expenses not covered by your own health insurance (including co-pays)
- Fees for screenings, cycle medications, and embryo transfer (varies by agency)
- Childcare costs
- Lost income (from time off for surrogacy obligations)
Benefits and Compensation After You’re Pregnant
Once pregnancy has been confirmed, you’ll begin to receive additional compensation. Availability and amounts may vary depending on agency policies, but the following are examples of commonly offered benefits:
- Continuing travel, medical, and childcare assistance
- Monthly allowance, typically around $150-200 a month (unless agency uses flat rate)
- Money for maternity clothes
- Legal and social work support
- Counseling, support groups
- Coverage for additional invasive procedures
Additional Benefits and Compensation
Other benefits that may or may not be offered by a given surrogacy agency include the following:
- Termination fee (if necessary)
- Canceled cycle fee
- Compensation for breast milk
- Coverage for damage to reproductive organs
- Coverage for bed rest (as ordered by a doctor)
- Additional insurance
- Life insurance
- Complications insurance
- Coverage for post-delivery recovery expenses
Become a Gestational Surrogate
To learn more about the surrogacy process and the compensation packages we offer, call us at (877) 976-9483. If you’re ready to get started, fill out our initial application today!