How Much Do Surrogates Make?

How much does it pay to be a surrogate mother? American Surrogacy offers competitive surrogate compensation rates to meet your needs and preferences.

Becoming a gestational carrier means giving hopeful intended parents the family they’ve always dreamed of having. While becoming a surrogate is a choice that comes from a place of compassion and selflessness, we want to make sure you get the surrogate compensation you deserve.

To get a comprehensive surrogate compensation breakdown, you can reach out to a surrogacy specialist today. 

No matter what your reason is for deciding to become a surrogate, surrogacy is a process that will require a great deal of commitment. American Surrogacy and the intended parents you match with want to make sure you feel supported throughout your surrogacy journey. That’s why you can feel confident you’ll get the surrogate pay you deserve with our agency.

How Much Do Surrogates Make?

When you become a gestational carrier with American Surrogacy, total surrogacy pay ranges from $50,000 to $110,000. The exact amount you make will depend on factors such as:

  • Your level of experience: If this is your second or third time being a gestational carrier, you will make more in experienced surrogate compensation than you did in first time surrogate compensation. First-time surrogate typically earn between $50,000 - $90,000 in total compensation, while second-time carriers can make between $60,000 - $110,000 in surrogate compensation.
  • Where you live: Surrogacy compensation laws vary from state to state and how much you make in surrogacy pay can depend in the laws in your area, as well as your cost of living.
  • Your current income: Your current income can help determine your surrogate compensation by setting a baseline for your surrogate pay needs.

Here is what our surrogate compensation package looks like:

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
  • Signing Bonus
  • Social Work Screening Bonus
  • Medical Screening Bonus
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

Your surrogate pay can be separated into two categories:

Base Surrogate Compensation

When prospective surrogates ask “How much do surrogates make?” they’re typically referring to how much they could make in base pay. Base surrogacy pay is paid to you by the intended parents and is yours to spend on whatever you want. You could spend this money on paying off student loans, putting a down payment on a house, etc. This is your money to spend your way. You will receive your base pay in monthly installments once a pregnancy is confirmed.

Our surrogacy specialists will always work to make sure you are receiving the amount of base surrogate compensation that you deserve, with full transparency.

Other surrogacy agencies may lump in additional surrogacy expenses in their base surrogacy pay numbers to make it seem like you are earning more. But, in reality, this is just a marketing tactic.

The surrogacy specialists at American Surrogacy will always be sure to break down all expenses and surrogacy pay opportunities so that you are always being fairly compensated.

Surrogacy Expenses

In addition to your base surrogate compensation, your surrogacy and pregnancy costs will be covered separately by the intended parents. Because of the amount of time and energy you’re committing to surrogacy, you will never be expected to contribute any of your surrogate compensation to covering any surrogacy related costs such as :

  • Medical expenses
  • Legal expenses
  • Travel expenses

Why We Offer Competitive Surrogate Compensation

The surrogacy process is a beautiful journey, but undoubtedly one that will ask a lot of you. American Surrogacy strives to offer our gestational carriers competitive surrogate pay to ensure that you are thoroughly compensated for your time and energy.

No matter what inspired you to become a gestational carrier, we want to make sure you are receiving enough surrogate compensation to enrich your own life, just as you enriched the lives of the intended parents you chose to help.

Other surrogacy agencies that may claim to pay the most will use misleading numbers to pique the interest of prospective surrogates. As we briefly mentioned above, many surrogacy agencies combine the coverage of additional surrogacy expenses with their listed base surrogate compensation to give the illusion that you would be taking home more money than you actually would.

When you speak with any of the specialists at American Surrogacy, you will always be given a straightforward breakdown of how much you can make in surrogacy compensation. That way you can make a truly informed decision about what you feel you deserve in terms of surrogate pay.

If you have any questions or concerns about your surrogate pay, your surrogacy specialist will always work with you to make sure you feel appreciated for the amazing gift you are giving the intended parents.

Get the Surrogate Compensation You Deserve

When you become a surrogate, you’re giving the gift of parentgood intended parents, and it will change their lives forever. American Surrogacy wants to help you achieve all of your surrogacy goals, whatever those may look like.

We’ll make sure that you receive the surrogate compensation you deserve. Get in touch with a surrogacy specialist today to get more information about the surrogate pay you could be entitled to.