Surrogate Compensation

Financial Information for Surrogates

Becoming a surrogate is a profound, selfless and life-changing act — one that involves many factors. Because over half of our staff have been surrogates ourselves, we understand on a personal level everything that goes into it.

As you are helping create another family, you are also devoting time and energy, as well as engaging in medical and legal processes that all merit surrogate compensation. At International Surrogacy Center, we provide gestational surrogate pay to reward you for the incredible journey you’re undertaking. Below is a surrogate compensation breakdown to give you an idea of how this works.

Surrogacy Salary and Insurance

First-time surrogate base compensation varies based on location. California surrogates, for example, typically earn between $55,000.00-$65,000.00 (compensation packages vary per surrogacy, as each pregnancy is different). Surrogate pay also includes the following:

  • Health insurance (if a new policy needs to be taken out, it’s paid for by the intended parents for up to three months after
  • delivery); Monthly premium varies

  • Life insurance (one-year term, $250,000 policy paid to the surrogate’s chosen beneficiary/ies) up to $450.00

Medical/Healthcare Compensation

We also provide compensation for the many medical expenses that arise throughout the surrogacy journey, from medications to procedures. These include:

  • IVF embryo transfer fee $1,000.00
  • Dropped or cancelled cycle fee $250.00
  • Invasive procedure (amniocentesis, CVS, cerclage, D&C, uterine biopsy, cyst aspiration); $500.00
  • Termination or reduction fee starts at $1,000.00
  • C-Section $3,000.00
  • Multiples fee $5,000.00
  • Doctor-ordered bed rest (this fee covers housekeeping and childcare); $250.00-$450.00/week
  • Medication start fee $250.00

Other Surrogacy-Related Expenses

Additionally, we provide miscellaneous coverage for other needs and desires that may arise as you’re carrying a baby for the intended parents, such as:

  • Travel expenses (if surrogate lives further than 50 miles from the IVF clinic, she is paid $.50/mile after the first 50 miles); $.50 /mile
  • Monthly miscellaneous allowance (this fee is to cover local mileage, gas, parking, childcare, etc.); $300.00
  • Maternity clothing allowance $800.00/$1,000.00
  • Housekeeping $100.00/biweekly (upon confirmation of heartbeat ultrasound)
  • Support group meeting (optional); $100.00/month
  • Spa weekend (paid by agency)

A lot of questions arise regarding surrogate mother pay. If you want to know more, please call our Intake Department for details at (619) 591-9113, Ext. 2. You can also reach out for more information via email at