What is Surrogate Compensation?

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Key Points
  • Surrogates give parents the greatest gift possible, and they deserve quality compensation in return.
  • First-time surrogates can earn from $50,000 – $90,000, while second-time surrogates can earn more than $110,000 in some cases. Many surrogates have used this compensation to improve their family’s lives.
  • Anyone interested in learning more about earning surrogate compensation can connect with an agency.

When you become a surrogate, you are giving the greatest gift imaginable. Without you, two hopeful parents would never be able to realize their dreams of starting a family. Surrogate compensation is the deserved reward for this incredible service.

This compensation can be a massive benefit to your family. Is there a once-in-a-lifetime vacation you’ve always wanted to give your child? A college fund you’ve always hoped to start? If so, becoming a surrogate is a way to benefit your family while also changing another family’s life forever.

If you’d like to learn more about surrogate compensation in your situation, we can help you connect with our partner agency.

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How Much Do Surrogates Make?

Surrogate compensation changes depending on each individual circumstance. First-time surrogates can earn from $50,000 – $90,000, while experienced surrogates can earn $60,000 – $110,000+. Factors like your experience, where you live, and your current level of income will help determine your total surrogate pay.

And the other big factor that determines how much surrogate compensation you can receive? The surrogacy agency you choose to work with.

Some agencies are able to provide higher compensation than others. Usually, smaller agencies will offer lower surrogate base pay than larger ones. Our partner agency, American Surrogacy, is committed to providing the highest compensation possible and matching any compensation offer provided by a different professional.


In addition to “base pay,” your total surrogate compensation package will include things like money for maternity clothes, gifts and, of course, coverage of all medical expenses associated with the process.

What Can Surrogates Use Their Compensation For?

One of the most amazing things about surrogate compensation is the ways it can improve your family’s life. Every surrogate is already a mom, which means they want the world for their children.

That’s likely part of why you are considering this process in the first place — because you know family is the most important thing, and it would be amazing to be able to give that gift to someone who cannot do it on their own.

Surrogates have used their compensation to do things like:

  • Start a college fund for their child
  • Plan a trip to Disney World
  • Become a debt-free family

This process is a win-win for everyone involved. Intended parents receive the gift of family, and they are more than happy to provide compensation to their surrogate for this life-changing service. In return, surrogates are able to improve their family’s lives while accomplishing something genuinely incredible.

Surrogacy Compensation Calculator

Our friends at American Surrogacy, the partner agency of, have created a compensation calculator to help potential surrogates determine what their pay might be. You can use this calculator to get a sense of your possible surrogate compensation.

Of course, every situation is unique. Ultimately, the best way to learn exactly what you could make as a surrogate is by speaking with a surrogacy specialist.

Contact an agency today to find out more about how surrogacy compensation could improve your life.

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