There are two financial aspects that go into a surrogacy program.
- Compensation for time and commitment for being a surrogate
- Reimbursement for expenses that are related to the surrogacy
How much surrogates are compensated
Many agencies, including the International Assisted Reproduction Center (IARC), allow surrogates to select their own fee. For first-time surrogates a typical fee is between $16,000 and $20,000, and experienced surrogates generally request an average fee of $25,000.
There are people, however, who decide to be a surrogate for less because they’ve decided it’s important to them to help a couple have a family who might not be able to afford the higher fee. As you consider your own surrogacy journey, it is important to consider the reasons you are choosing to be a surrogate and set your fee accordingly.
It is essential to ask the agency you work with how it collects and distributes the fees. At IARC, the fee is collected before the embryo transfer occurs and is saved in a secure account so surrogates are confident the funds will be available throughout the surrogacy.