So, you probably know that gestational carriers are paid compensation for helping bring someone else’s child into the world.
But, do you know how much a gestational carrier makes?
If you don’t, that’s OK — we’re here to help. We know gestational surrogacy compensation can be a complicated and sensitive topic, especially when you’re new to the surrogacy process. You probably have a lot of questions — and our website is here to answer them.
Before you start reading, we encourage you to contact a surrogacy professional. Only that way will you receive an accurate estimate for your future compensation rate. A professional can also answer all of your compensation questions in a personalized and detailed manner.
In the meantime, we’ve answered three of your biggest questions about gestational carrier pay below.
1. Do Gestational Surrogates Get Paid?
Yes. Most gestational carriers do receive some sort of compensation for their services. Intended parents are happy to compensate these women for the time and effort they put into the surrogacy process.
If you’re new to surrogacy, you may be a little confused about the process. First, understand this: If you are pursuing gestational surrogacy, the child you carry will not be genetically related to you. Instead, he or she will be genetically related to the intended parent(s) or any donors that were needed to create embryos.
For this reason, gestational surrogate mother pay is legal. Unlike traditional surrogacy, in which a woman carries her own biological child to place with the intended parents, there are no genetic ties making relinquishment after birth complicated — or making any payment for doing so illegal.
Of course, gestational carriers can always waive their right to gestational carrier compensation. This kind of journey is known as altruistic surrogacy. It is especially common among identified surrogacy, in which surrogates are carrying for a family member or friend.
In most states, gestational carriers can receive compensation with no legal concern. If you’re unsure of the surrogacy laws in your state, contact a surrogacy professional to learn more.
2. Great! So How Much Does a Gestational Carrier Make?
There is no single answer to this question. Gestational carriers’ pay varies due to many factors, including but not limited to:
- Her state of residence
- The intended parents’ state of residence
- Her health history
- Her surrogacy experience
- The intended parents’ and her desires for compensation rates
- The type of surrogacy journey
- And more
That’s why, when we talk about gestational surrogate compensation, we want you to understand that every surrogacy situation is different. What is an average rate in one state may be extremely high in another, which is why it’s important not to get caught up in the rates that agencies advertise on their websites and marketing materials. In most cases, agencies advertising compensation rates of $60,000 or more include other figures in that total number. A surrogate who works with that professional is not receiving $60,000 into her own pocket for her own use. Many of those figures include reimbursements for medical and pregnancy-related expenses, as well.
Again, we recommend that any woman interested in gestational surrogacy pay contact a surrogacy professional for more information. They can give you the most accurate estimate of what you might be paid during your journey.
Keeping all of that in mind, the average gestational surrogate compensation across the United States is $30,000. Women who have been surrogates before are often compensated more, based on their agency’s policies.
3. How Do I Determine My Gestational Surrogate Payment?
If you’re considering becoming a gestational carrier, it’s normal to want to maximize your surrogate compensation. Even though you are not doing this for the money, compensation can help you achieve a financial goal such as a down payment on a house, a new car, or paying off your student loans.
But figuring out your gestational carrier salary involves a bit more than searching for the highest-paying agencies. It involves talking to several professionals, evaluating your own personal situation, and making the best decision for you and your family.
As mentioned, every surrogacy professional will have a different policy for determining gestational surrogate compensation. It’s a good idea to talk to a few before deciding which professional is right for you. Not only will this give you a chance to evaluate several compensation offers, but you will also be able to determine what kind of professional is right for you. Your choice of agency should depend on much more than just what compensation rate they can offer.
When you talk to surrogacy professionals for a compensation estimate, you should be ready to provide personal information, including medical and social history. They will use this information to predict the most accurate number that they can. Of course, your final number may vary depending on which intended parents you match with, so always keep that in mind.
Ready to learn more about what the compensation is for gestational surrogates? Contact a professional today to get started.