How Much do Surrogates Make?

As a SENSIBLE surrogate, you’ll earn $55,000 to $75,000 for a surrogacy journey in the United States. Experienced surrogates and those with “maternity friendly” health insurance can earn significantly more.

Surrogate mother pay

At SENSIBLE, we understand that a surrogate does more than just carry a pregnancy. She carries the hopes and dreams of a loving family. That’s why we commit ourselves to providing diligent care, continuous support and excellent pay.

Here is a look at the surrogate pay you can expect as a SENSIBLE surrogate mother.

What SENSIBLE Surrogates Earn

Your total “compensation” is separated into “Base Salary” and “Benefits”.

Base Salary

Your Base Salary is the cash payment you receive for being a surrogate and carrying the pregnancy. If you are a first-time surrogate mother, you base salary typically ranges from $40,000 to $60,000.


Benefits are additional cash payments and reimbursements for the costs related to being pregnant. You will receive an added $7,000 to $10,000 in benefits. Benefits usually include a monthly living stipend and extra pay for reaching completing certain milestones (like starting a fertility treatment or undergoing an embryo transfer). Surrogates also get additional payments for expenses like maternity clothes, transportation, lost wages, household expenses, and more.

But aside from financial rewards, many women get great satisfaction from helping a childless couple. Being a surrogate can be a meaningful way to support their own family while helping another couple fulfill their dreams.

Your Surrogate Pay in Detail

Below is the typical compensation package for a SENSIBLE surrogate mother.


Surrogate Base Pay:

(+$10,000 for experienced surrogates.)
(+$8,000 for carrying twins.)

$40,000 to $60,000

Monthly Living Allowance:

$250/month throughout the pregnancy, to cover the general costs of being pregnant (e.g. local travel, meals, telephone charges, postage, childcare charges, vitamin/supplements and over the counter products).


Surrogate Support Sessions

At least one support session each month throughout the program.


Wellness Package

Payment for any activity to aid in the well being of yourself, the pregnancy or the baby (i.e., prenatal exercise classes, nutrition counseling, prenatal massage, etc.).


Start Medications Fee:

A single payment made whenever you begin a fertility treatment.


Mock Cycle Fee:

A single payment paid if you are asked to undergo a "mock cycle".


Embryo Transfer Fee:

A single payment made when you undergo an embryo transfer procedure.


Maternity Clothes

For the purchase of maternity clothes, paid in the 2nd trimester

$800 to $1,000

Health Insurance Premiums

Health insurance is provided (or reimbursed if your current policy is surrogate friendly)

Actual Cost

become a surrogate

The Final Word on Surrogate Pay

As a SENSIBLE surrogate, your total compensation may range from $55,000 to $75,000 or more. The exact amount will depend on many factors, including your experience, location and personal situation. Surrogates in “very friendly” states like California may be paid slightly higher. Health insurance can vary depending on your state or family situation.

When considering surrogacy agencies, be sure to review the entire compensation package. Some benefits are required by law and others are offered out of gratitude and support. All are part of a comprehensive compensation package that every SENSIBLE surrogate will arrange with her Intended Parents.

Bonuses/Gifts: While not mandatory, many parents like to offer a ‘signing bonus’ to entice their surrogate to come work with them. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a cash payment — bonuses can take the form of gifts, travel excursions, wellness packages, monthly spa treatments, and other types of gifts that make being pregnant a little easier.

To discuss the details of your specific Benefits Package, contact us now.