Are you interested in donating eggs for money? Egg donation is one of the very few jobs where females make more than males. In fact, other than modeling, I can’t think of any others where women out-earn men. Of course, sperm donors don’t have to stick themselves with needles and give themselves injections for weeks at a time or undergo painful egg harvesting procedures. The last I checked, sperm donors made less than $100 per deposit. Egg donors make considerably more. I think egg harvesting for money is something young, healthy women should consider doing. If you are thinking about donating, you should research how to become an egg donor and and get more details about egg donor compensation, and egg donation success stories.
How much money can egg donors make?
The pay rate for egg donation depends on several factors:
1. What country are you in? – In the United States, Israel, and the Czech Republic, egg donors are legally allowed to be paid for their services. In other countries, such as New Zealand, egg donation is done for free, without any monetary compensation. This is sometimes called egg sharing.
2. What region are you in? – Within the U.S., there is quite a bit of regional variation in how much egg donors can make. In general, larger cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington DC, Boston and Seattle pay egg donors more than smaller ones like Birmingham and Louisville.
- In Ohio, this egg donor program pays $3000 per cycle.
- In Boston, Massachusetts this donor program pays $5,000 per cycle.
- This Houston IVF clinic pays between $3,500 – $5,000 per egg donation cycle.
3. Is this your first egg donation cycle? – Since egg donation doesn’t guarantee 100 percent that the recipient will get pregnant, egg donor agencies value “proven results.” Thus, egg donors who have donated before (with the donation resulting in a pregnancy and live birth) tend to earn more with their subsequent donation cycles.
4. Does the egg donor agency abide by the ASRM code of ethics? The ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) sets guidelines for how much egg donors should be paid. In their ethics code, they state that:
“Although there is not consensus on the precise payment that oocyte donors should receive, at this time sums of $5,000 or more require justification and sums above $10,000 go beyond what is appropriate.”
Donating eggs through an ASRM-afilliated egg donor program or IVF clinic essentially means that the egg donor will make between $5,000 and $10,000, regardless of other factors.
5. How “accomplished” are you? – Egg donor agencies place a high value on egg donors’ personal accomplishments. Women without high school diplomas usually won’t be accepted, but those on the other end of the spectrum—women with graduate degrees, those who attend(ed) Ivy League colleges like Harvard and Yale, or those with high-paying professional jobs—can earn high fees for their eggs. Some egg donor agencies even have special “exceptional egg donor programs” where they pay the egg donors more than “regular” donors.
6. Can you refer other egg donors? Egg donors are in such high demand that some agencies, like this one, pay donors to find other egg donors for them.
In the United States, there are few laws regulate egg donation, so egg donors can be treated quite differently at different clinics or programs. If you are thinking about becoming an egg donor, you should research the procedures used in egg donation and egg donor programs thoroughly. Donating eggs for cash can be lucrative, but it’s rarely easy and never without some risks.
For more tips and advice on becoming an egg donor, check out our Beginner’s Guide to Donating Eggs.