Why Are Surrogates Paid?

*Video Courtesy of American Surrogacy

Key Points:
  • Surrogates make the impossible possible. Without them, there are many who would never be able to become parents.
  • Because of this life-changing service, many surrogates receive much-deserved surrogate compensation.
  • Compensation often ranges from $50,000 – $110,000 or more, depending on several factors. You can use this surrogate compensation calculator to see what you could earn as a surrogate.

Surrogates quite literally change lives. Without them, there are many people who would be left without the opportunity to become parents.

So, it makes sense that surrogates are paid in return for this amazing service they provide.

But surrogate pay can be a tricky topic to understand, especially if you’re considering surrogacy yourself. We’re here to help with this guide to all things surrogate compensation. And if you’d like to speak with a specialist, you can always connect with our partner agency.

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Why Are Surrogates Paid?

Surrogates are paid for their time, dedication and commitment to carrying a child for someone who cannot do it themselves. Whether you become a surrogate for a couple that has struggled with infertility, a gay couple, or a single parent, you are the key to their future.

A role this important deserves to be compensated. That’s why surrogate compensation exists — to recognize the extraordinary service you are providing.

How Much Are Surrogates Paid?

Your surrogate pay rate will depend on several factors, such as:

  • Where you live
  • Your current income level
  • Whether or not you have been a surrogate before
  • The agency you work with

First-time surrogates often earn from $50,000 – $90,000, while experienced surrogates can earn $60,000 – $110,000 or more. If you’d like to get a better sense of your potential surrogate compensation, you can check out this surrogate pay calculator.


Surrogates often use compensation to improve their family financial situation, go on a dream vacation or pursue a house project they've been dreaming of completing.

Ready to learn more? We’ve created dozens of guides to surrogate compensation for anyone who is ready to dive into the details. Read more here.

How Can I Be Compensated as a Surrogate?

You can follow three simple steps to become compensated as a surrogate:

  • Step 1: Find a great surrogacy agency
  • Step 2: Apply to become a surrogate with that agency
  • Step 3: Become a surrogate and begin receiving surrogate compensation

There are plenty of surrogacy agencies out there, and we want you to find the one that’s best for you. In our mission to support surrogates in this process, we’ve partnered with American Surrogacy because of their proven track record of providing top-class services for surrogates.

When it comes to surrogate compensation, American Surrogacy is committed to providing the highest compensation possible for every surrogate they work with. You can reach out to them today.

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