The Ultimate Guide to Surrogate Compensation: Surrogacy Pay & Benefits Explained

September 30, 2022

The gift of parenthood is priceless, and surrogates deserve to be valued for their selflessness in choosing to participate in a family-building journey. Though earning money is not the primary motivation for gestational carriers, how they are compensated is important to understand before embarking on a journey for both the surrogate and intended parents alike.

At Hatch, we are the only agency in the United States to offer a truly all-inclusive package, covering both medical and non-medical expenses, with no surprises. Our Peace of Mind Program is designed to protect both surrogates and intended parents against the most common financial pitfalls during a surrogacy journey.

In this article, we break down how much surrogates make, additional perks and benefits, and how surrogates are compensated throughout the journey.

How Much Money Do Surrogates Make?

At Hatch, first-time gestational carriers have the opportunity to earn between $61,100 - $66,100+ depending on their state and other factors. Please keep in mind this article is speaking to estimates only. Compensation may vary depending upon the specific circumstances. All medical bills and insurance premiums are paid by the Intended Parents. 

First-Time California Surrogate Compensation

Many of our Intended Parents want to work with surrogates residing in California due to the favorable laws for surrogacy, therefore making in-state compensation packages more competitive. Compensation for gestational carriers residing in California starts at an estimated $66,100 for first-time surrogates. 

Click here for our detailed information about California surrogate compensation.

First-Time Out-of-State Surrogate Compensation

For surrogates residing outside of California, compensation remains comprehensive and competitive to balance out the added travel expenses for the intended parents. At Hatch, we welcome surrogates from any surrogacy-friendly state and offer top compensation and travel expenses covered for the necessary trips and medical procedures throughout a journey. Out-of-state first-time surrogate compensation packages start at an estimated $61,100.

Click here for our detailed information about out-of-state surrogate compensation.

Compensation for Surrogates Participating in Multiple Journeys

Regardless if the gestational carrier is living in California or another surrogacy-friendly state, a Hatch surrogate receives an additional $10,000 for each successful journey.

Calculate Your Compensation as a Surrogate

No two surrogates are alike, and Hatch’s compensation packages are designed to be all-encompassing for your needs. Let’s cover what you can expect as compensation for your time as a surrogate and other expenses and benefits that may arise.

Find Your Surrogacy Compensation

What Benefits Do Surrogates Receive?

We are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive compensation packages in the field, along with gifts throughout the pregnancy to make your experience more comfortable, including in-house meals, pregnancy support items, a gift of $1,000 for your children’s education, and a post-pregnancy vacation for your family. We love to spoil our surrogates! See benefits for Hatch surrogates below:

  • Personalized gifts
  • Pregnancy bonuses
  • Child care allowances
  • Household allowances
  • Compensation for lost wages 
  • Bonuses for medical and legal clearance

How Do Surrogates Get Paid?

Surrogates are paid before, after, and throughout the duration of the journey so they can focus solely on having a healthy pregnancy

How Are First-Time California Surrogates Paid?

Pre-Pregnancy Compensation

  • $1,500 bonus paid after full medical clearance is received from the IVF clinic for your match
  • $1,500 bonus paid after full legal clearance is received from both attorneys for your match
  • $1,500 IVF transfer fee (subsequent cycles $1,500)
  • $500 Cycling allowance given when injectable medication is started to cover parking, mileage, gas, childcare for doctors appointments

Pregnancy Compensation

Starting on the 1st or 15th of the month after the 2nd confirmed heartbeat, first-time Hatch surrogates residing in California are compensated $3,500 a month typically with the remainder of the first-time CA surrogate fee of $50,000 administered at birth. Surrogates carrying twins will receive an additional $10,000 for the twin pregnancy. 

Hatch surrogates also receive: 

  • Pregnancy allowance for 9 months $300 for singleton and $400 for twins
  • $1,000 for maternity clothing, paid after the first trimester
  • $200 a month to cover pregnancy-safe household products and healthy food

After Delivery Compensation

  • $600 Postpartum allowance 
  • $1,000 for the surrogate's children's education
  • $500 Vacation gift
  • $60/day up to $300/week for 2 weeks of child care following vaginal birth or 4 weeks following a c-section
  • $100/week for 2 weeks of housekeeping following vaginal birth or 4 weeks following a c-section

Other Compensation

Generally, your spouse gets anywhere from 7-10 days of lost wages to take when they want throughout the entire pregnancy. Most take one or two days for the transfer and a couple for the birth. Spouse’s lost wages cap at $2,500. $500,000 life insurance policy paid for by Intended Parents, designated for surrogate’s beneficiary.

Click here for our detailed information about California surrogate compensation.

How Are First-Time Out-of-State Surrogates Paid?

Pre-Pregnancy Compensation

  • $1,500 bonus paid after full medical clearance is received from the IVF clinic for your match
  • $1,500 bonus paid after full legal clearance is received from both attorneys for your match
  • $1,500 IVF transfer fee (subsequent cycles $1,500)
  • $500 Cycling allowance given when injectable medication is started to cover parking, mileage, gas, childcare for doctors appointments

Pregnancy Compensation

Starting on the 1st or 15th of the month after the 2nd confirmed heartbeat, first-time Hatch surrogates residing in surrogacy-friendly states other than California are compensated $3,000 a month typically with the remainder of the first-time surrogate fee of $45,000 administered at birth. Surrogates carrying twins will receive an additional $10,000 for the twin pregnancy. 

Hatch surrogates also receive: 

  • Pregnancy allowance for 9 months $300 for singleton and $400 for twins
  • $1,000 for maternity clothing, paid after the first trimester
  • $200 a month to cover pregnancy-safe household products and healthy food

After Delivery Compensation

  • $600 Postpartum allowance 
  • $1,000 for the surrogate's children's education
  • $500 Vacation gift
  • $60/day up to $300/week for 2 weeks of child care following vaginal birth or 4 weeks following a c-section
  • $100/week for 2 weeks of housekeeping following vaginal birth or 4 weeks following a c-section

Other Compensation

Generally, your spouse gets anywhere from 7-10 days of lost wages to take when they want throughout the entire pregnancy. Most take one or two days for the transfer and a couple for the birth. Spouse’s lost wages cap at $2,500. $500,000 life insurance policy paid for by Intended Parents, designated for surrogate’s beneficiary.

Click here for our detailed information about out-of-state surrogate compensation.

Ready To Apply To Become a Surrogate?

If you're interested in becoming a surrogate with Hatch, you can read our surrogate qualifications to see if you qualify. If you believe you would make a good gestational surrogate, we encourage you to take the leap and apply. We look forward to building families, together!

Apply To Become a Surrogate

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