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Surrogacy Compensation: How Much Can I Make?

Are you considering becoming a surrogate? One of the most common questions that potential surrogates have is how much they can make. The answer is not straightforward, as surrogacy compensation varies depending on several factors. Here are the different aspects that can affect your earnings as a surrogate:


The location where you live can have a significant impact on how much you can earn as a surrogate. Surrogacy-friendly states such as California, Oregon, and Illinois tend to offer higher surrogacy compensation packages compared to other states. In these states, surrogates can earn up to $50,000 or more for their services.


The amount of experience you have as a surrogate can also affect your earnings. First-time surrogates often earn less than experienced surrogates, as they are considered riskier by intended parents. If you have successfully completed a surrogacy journey before, you may be able to command higher compensation.

Type of surrogacy

There are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational. Traditional surrogacy involves using the surrogate’s own eggs, while gestational surrogacy involves using the intended mother’s or a donor’s eggs. Gestational surrogacy is more common and tends to offer higher compensation packages due to the medical procedures involved.

Agency vs. Independent

Working with a surrogacy agency can provide many benefits, including access to matching services and legal assistance. Surrogates who choose to work independently may be able to negotiate higher compensation packages, but they must also handle all the administrative work themselves.

Medical expenses

As a surrogate, you are entitled to reimbursement for all medical expenses related to the pregnancy. These expenses can include prenatal care, delivery fees, and postpartum care. The intended parents will cover these expenses, so they do not affect your overall compensation.

Other factors

Other factors that can affect your surrogacy compensation include your age, education level, and your willingness to carry multiples. Some intended parents also offer additional bonuses, such as travel allowances or life insurance policies.

How much you can make as a surrogate depends on several factors, including your location, experience, type of surrogacy, agency vs. independent work, medical expenses, and other factors. It is essential to do your research and consult with a reputable surrogacy agency before making any decisions. With the right knowledge and support, becoming a surrogate can be a rewarding experience both personally and financially.

Surrogacy Compensation at Family Inceptions

At Family Inceptions, the base rate ranges between $50,000 and $80,000, plus allowances for monthly expenses, multiples, maternity clothes, and incidentals. In addition to base compensation, surrogates may receive additional compensation as agreed to ahead of time. The amounts and qualifications for receiving additional compensation should be clearly outlined in your surrogacy contract.

Learn more about surrogate compensation and benefits at Family Inceptions

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Eloise Drane
Eloise Drane, Founder

"I believe that we are all placed on this earth for a purpose. Each one of us has a specific calling in this world and although it is different for everyone, we are here to serve one another. My purpose is to help women who wish to become surrogates and egg donors and the hopeful parents who wish to partner with them. I feel very lucky to be living my purpose."