How Much Do Surrogate Mothers Get Paid?

Learn all you need to know about surrogate mother pay and surrogate mother compensation here.

While you are likely interested in surrogacy mainly to help intended parents create a family, it’s not unreasonable for you to ask, “How much do surrogates get paid?” After all, as a surrogate, you will be giving up a lot of your personal time and energy to carry this baby, and while there is a certain element of altruism involved in becoming a surrogate, there is also an expectation of some kind of surrogate mother compensation in return for the sacrifices you’ll make.

However, how much surrogates make depends on many factors — most importantly the intended parents that a woman is working with. These parents will usually have a set budget for their surrogacy process, so how much they are willing to pay a surrogate will be unique to their own situation.

That’s why it’s so important to work with a surrogacy lawyer when discussing surrogate mother pay and compensation, so that both parties can reach a pay agreement that they’re comfortable with. Working with a surrogacy lawyer and a surrogacy agency will also protect your interests as a surrogate, because those professionals will know what the appropriate surrogate mother compensation is for your situation.

To give you a better idea of what you may expect to be paid during your surrogate pregnancy, here are the different categories that make up surrogate mother compensation.

Base Compensation

If you are completing a commercial surrogacy, you will receive a base compensation of surrogate pregnancy pay. The amount of this base compensation will depend on several factors:

  • The policies of the surrogacy agency you’re working with (if applicable)
  • The intended parents’ budget
  • Your own experience with surrogacy

The average base pay for surrogacy is $25,000 for first-time surrogates, and the money is paid in monthly installments throughout the surrogacy process (usually after a pregnancy is confirmed by a physician).
For many surrogates, this base compensation allows them to move toward a financial goal or help better their family’s situation. For example, many women use this surrogate mother pay to put a down payment on a house, pay off their student loans or continue their education, start saving for their children’s educations and more.

Surrogacy-Related Expenses

In choosing to become a surrogate, you are giving your time and effort to help another family come into existence. You shouldn’t be required to give financially, too, which is why your chosen intended parents will cover your expenses throughout the process.

As a surrogate, all of your expenses will be covered by the intended parents — everything from your screening costs to your medical procedures to your legal expenses. In addition, you’ll likely receive a monthly payment that covers your pregnancy-related costs.

Like your base compensation, this pay for being a surrogate will be decided upon early in the surrogacy process and outlined in your surrogacy legal contract. Even if you choose to complete an altruistic surrogacy, these expenses will still be covered by the intended parents.

The monthly allowance that you’ll receive will usually cover:

  • Maternity clothes
  • Local travel for doctor’s appointments
  • Childcare
  • Meals
  • Housekeeping
  • Telephone calls
  • Prenatal vitamins and other health supplies
  • Insurance co-pays
  • And other miscellaneous pregnancy expenses

In addition to these pregnancy-related expenses, you’ll also receive surrogate mother compensation that covers any lost wages you and your spouse (if applicable) incur from missing work for surrogacy appointments. Any medical costs not covered by your insurance will be paid for by the intended parents and, depending on your contract, certain elements of the surrogacy medical process may allow for additional surrogate mother pay.

Your Own Experience

While the intended parents’ budget will play a large role in how much you get paid for being a surrogate, your own experience with surrogacy will also impact your surrogate mother compensation. Women who have more experience with surrogacy and have proven they can carry a healthy surrogate pregnancy frequently get paid more than women who are going through their first surrogate pregnancy.

When you work with a surrogacy professional, they can give you a more accurate estimate of how your experience will impact how much you will get paid to be a surrogate. In addition, they will help you determine your desired base compensation and help you move forward with finding the perfect intended parents for your surrogacy process.

Discover Your Surrogate Mother Pay

Because how much surrogate mothers are paid varies so much from situation to situation, it’s critical that you speak with a surrogacy lawyer or surrogacy professional to better understand exactly how much your surrogate mother compensation may be.

To get a better idea of some of the compensation opportunities available to you, check out these surrogacy agencies:

Remember, although there is always a certain degree of altruism involved in becoming a surrogate, you are entitled to a surrogate mother pay that makes both you and your intended parents comfortable moving forward with the process.

To learn more about the compensation you would be eligible for as a surrogate, or to start your own surrogacy process, contact a surrogacy professional now to request free information with no obligation.