How much do surrogate mothers get paid?

Updated July 19, 2017

Science offers many options to today's couples who are having difficulty having children. Surrogacy is growing in popularity as one of those options, and potential surrogate moms should research the average fees on the market before setting their prices.

Surrogate Mothers

Surrogate moms provide an invaluable service to women who, for whatever reason, are unable to carry their own children. According to, surrogate mothers are expected to maintain good prenatal care and eat a healthy diet and abstain from drugs and alcohol during the pregnancy. Also, the surrogate mother should keep up on her doctor's visits and follow his orders to the letter, always keeping the parents up-to-date on her progress, especially as the due date nears.

A 24/7 job

Being a surrogate mother can be equated to having a full-time job for about nine months, according to, so women who do so are paid accordingly.

Basic Pay Scale

According to, pay scales may range from £16,250 to £22,750 for surrogate moms. The range is £0 to £13,000, according to Potential surrogate moms determine what they want to charge, and must find a couple willing and able to pay that fee.

Changes in Pay

According to, the payment may vary depending on how many times a woman has served as a surrogate mom, and whether she is carrying multiple babies.

Basic Qualifications

To find out how to become a surrogate, first apply to an agency that will help match you up with a couple who want children. states general qualifications before you can apply: You must be 18 to 35 years old, from the U.S. and must have previously had a child. The ideal candidates for surrogacy are emotionally and physically healthy. Laws regarding surrogacy vary from state to state.

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Valerie Clark is the managing editor of Cascades East recreation and adventure magazine in Bend, Oregon, and previously worked as a newspaper reporter and copy editor in South Carolina and Mississippi. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2002 with a degree in print journalism.