FAQs About Surrogate Pay

Get answers to your questions about how surrogate compensation works, what factors influence pay and why surrogates receive the compensation they do.

Whether you are a first-time surrogate or a second-time surrogate who’s familiar with the surrogacy process, you might have a lot of questions about surrogate compensation. We’re here to help.

Ensuring our surrogates are well-informed on the ins and outs of surrogacy pay is important to us. To get answers to your questions concerning surrogate pay, contact us today or call 1-800-875-BABY.

How Much Do Surrogates Make Per Baby?

Surrogate pay is not determined per baby, as the surrogate is not being paid for the baby. Surrogates are compensated and reimbursed for their time, commitment and effort and to ensure that they are financially supported throughout the surrogacy process. However, if a surrogate carries multiples, she will receive an additional $5,000 per multiple for the additional physical and emotional demands.

Do Surrogates Make Good Money?

With the right surrogacy agency, you can earn substantial surrogate compensation for your time and effort. Surrogates can make anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000+ with our surrogate compensation package. The exact amount you’ll earn depends on your level of experience, income and location.

See Our Surrogate Compensation Breakdown


Total Compensation:

$50,000 - $110,000+

What's Included:
Base Pay
Think of base pay like your surrogate salary. This payment is deposited monthly once a pregnancy is confirmed, and it is entirely yours to use however you choose!
Pre-Pregnancy Payments:
  • Monthly Allowance
  • Start of Medications Bonus
  • Mock Cycle Payment
  • Travel Expenses
Pregnancy Payments:
  • Start of Base Pay
  • Transfer Payment
  • Maternity Clothes
  • 3rd Trimester Self Care
  • Medical Procedures Bonus
  • C-Section Payment (if required)
  • Multiples Bonus
  • Bed Rest Coverage
Post-Pregnancy Payments:
  • Post-Pregnancy Self Care
  • Pumping Breast Milk (if agreed upon)
  • Counseling Costs (if needed)
  • Lost Wages
  • Spouse Lost Wages
Additional Benefits:
  • Personal Gifts
  • Referral Bonus
  • Life Insurance & Complications Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Housekeeping Payments
  • Family Meal Payments

Why Do Surrogates Get Paid So Much?

Surrogates receive compensation because the role they undertake is both physically and emotionally demanding. The compensation takes into account not only the surrogate's commitment to a healthy pregnancy but also the fact that surrogates have their own lives and families to consider during this process.

Surrogate pay is designed to acknowledge and compensate them for their dedication, energy and time they invest in the process.

What Is The Highest Compensation For A Surrogate Mother?

Our experienced surrogates can earn $60,000 to $110,000 for their service.  Second-time surrogates make more than first-time surrogates because of their proven track record of successful pregnancies and their familiarity with the surrogacy process. Your location and current income will still factor into how much you will receive.

You can calculate your average surrogate pay rate using our surrogate compensation calculator.

Do All Surrogates Get Paid?

Yes. In states where compensated surrogacy is legal, surrogates typically receive financial compensation for their time, effort and commitment to carrying a pregnancy for parents. It’s important to note that surrogacy laws and compensation can vary by state, so the specifics may differ depending on your location.

Do Surrogates Get Paid If They Miscarry?

Surrogates are paid in monthly installments once a pregnancy is confirmed, rather than receiving the full amount upfront. If a surrogate miscarries, they will only be paid through the month they carried the baby. They will not be paid out the full amount for the remaining months if a miscarriage occurs. If they choose to try again and undergo the embryo transfer process, they will begin receiving monthly payments again once a pregnancy is confirmed.

Who Pays For a Surrogate’s Medical Bills?

Your medical bills will be covered through our surrogate compensation package and the insurance provided to you through our program.

Who Pays For a Surrogate’s Travel Expenses?

All travel expenses incurred through traveling to doctor’s appointments or visiting parents will be covered as part of our surrogate compensation package.

Do I Need to Have Insurance to Cover Surrogacy?

No. If your health insurance plan does not cover surrogacy or you do not have health insurance, an insurance plan will be provided to you by our agency and surrogate compensation package.

Why Do Surrogates Do It?

Some surrogates are motivated by a sense of altruism, wanting to provide a life-changing gift to individuals or couples struggling with infertility or medical conditions that prevent them from carrying a pregnancy.

Surrogates also receive compensation for their time, effort and commitment, which can be a significant incentive. The decision to become a surrogate is deeply personal and reflects a combination of altruism and financial considerations.

Get Answers to Your Questions Today

As a surrogate, you’re a hero in the story of those who want to grow their families but are not able to do so traditionally. If you have additional questions that weren’t answered above or want to learn more about surrogate compensation, we’re here for you. You can reach out to a surrogacy specialist today to get the answers and support you need.