How Much Do You Get Paid to be a Sperm Donor?

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You can’t wait for the mood to strike you

Being a sperm donor is not a weekend hobby. Donations generally have to be made during business hours — at some sperm banks, shortened business hours — Monday through Friday. And of course, you have to live near one of the sperm bank’s offices.

Between them, California Cryobank and Fairfax Cryobank have offices in 10 cities, and there are dozens of smaller operations across the country.

Bone marrow

Price: $3,000

As a rule, it’s illegal to sell or purchase organs within the US, a rule came about to prevent wealthy from purchasing organs from their limited supply.

A federal court ruled, however, that paying for bone marrow donations is allowed in nine states covered by the ninth circuit court. If you wish to donate bone marrow in return for the payment, you might do so with , which has a fund that finances the payments in the form of a scholarship, charity gift or home payment, according to The Denver Post. Take note that bone marrow donation can be painful and requires hospital visits.

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Requirements for Becoming a Sperm Donor

First, you will need to be assessed to see if you meet the qualifications. Although different clinics will have their own requirements, there are similar standards across the board.

  • Age: The age range of 18–35 years is considered ideal for donation, with 40 or so often being the limit.
  • Height: Most clinics require men to be at least 5'7"–5'10" (173–177 cm). Some clinics specify 5'9" as the ideal height.
  • Build: Clinics usually look for those with a normal build with a BMI of 18–25.
  • Education: Some clinics require that you've completed or are enrolled in a college degree program.
  • Health: You must be a non-smoker and in good health.
  • Psychological Assessment: You may be asked how you feel about your identity being shared with potential biological children. If you're donating sperm to someone you know, there may be additional questions.
  • Family History: Most known genetic problems will disqualify you, and you must be able to provide a family history to verify your genetic health.
  • Appearance: This requirement is a bit more subtle, but it's very real. The clinics want their clients to have an attractive child, and therefore it isn't only down to your education, height, history, and health—being conventionally attractive will count in your favor. If you have acne or scars from acne, this too can have a negative effect on the outcome of your application.
  • Personality and Professionalism: This one may also vary by clinic, but in general, if you arrive looking unkempt and show up late, it is likely you will be turned down as a donor. To avoid seeming irresponsible and untrustworthy, treat the clinic visit as though you are going to a job interview.

Can You Donate Sperm Just Once?

Most likely not. Most clinics require a six-month or even a one-year minimum commitment from donors. Also, the rigorous application and testing processes are probably not worth it for many men in exchange for a one-time payment that's probably only about $50.

A questionnaire and a physical exam will likely be part of a clinic's screening process.

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Your love life may take a hit

Keeping your sperm count high enough to make the grade means at least two — more often three — days of abstinence before each donation. And donors are expected to produce a good specimen once or twice a week, leaving not much time for sex between visits.


Price: We are not actually sure what the current going price for placenta is.

Apparently, human placenta is the hottest body part on the market. According to New York Magazine, the placenta can be cooked by professional placenta preparers (which exist) and encapsulated into pills. Some women have been known to consume pills themselves while others mix the powder into things like Bloody Mary.

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Enter Clinical Trials

If you don’t mind being used as a human guinea pig, taking part in clinical research might prove to be a lucrative side hustle. Clinical research involving human volunteers is intended to add to general medical knowledge, and if you’re interested, there are two ways to get your foot in the door: clinical trials or observational studies.

While some of these studies involve you being poked and prodded, others allow you to walk away a couple thousand dollars richer just for allowing researchers to watch you sleep. You can find plenty of paid clinical trials at this website here. Another idea would be to check out what your local university’s research department is up to.

Before deciding to become a test subject, though, it might be a good idea to first seek advice from your regular doctor as well — you know, just to make sure you’re not putting yourself in harm’s way.

Who Is Likely to Use Donated Sperm?

Sperm banks have a variety of clients. They include heterosexual couples who have been unable to conceive for various reasons. Single prospective parents may also use sperm banks, such as single women who want a child but not a partner. Same-sex couples who wish to have child may also choose this route.

Reasons why a heterosexual couple may be unable to conceive include the following:

  • A low sperm count (oligospermia)
  • Klinefelter's Syndrome
  • Lack of sperm (azoospermia)
  • Vasectomy
  • Endometriosis, PCOS, or pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Lack of ovulation, including age-related infertility

How Much Does Donated Sperm Cost for Clients?

Curious what the markup will be like when the sperm back sells your donation? Well, storage fees, insemination procedures, and other options services all add to the cost the client will ultimately be paying for the sperm. Though rates vary, a normal price for a vial of sperm is around $950. The insemination procedure will likely add hundreds of dollars to that price tag. Costs vary depending on the type of procedure and the specific clinic, and they may or may not be covered by some insurance plans.

Sell Your Blood

Plasma, the clear liquid portion of your blood, is used to create products that can help people with blood clotting disorders and other diseases. As with sperm, you can get paid for donating yours. Though the process, which involves getting your blood drawn, your plasma separated, and then having the blood returned to your body, is a tad extensive, you can make up to $400 a month, according to CSL Plasma, a self-described leader in plasma collection with numerous centers scattered across the U.S.

The good news here is that there aren’t nearly as many criteria to meet as with donating sperm. Generally speaking, you need to be at least 18 years of age (but no older than 65) and weigh at least 110 pounds. When you go to donate for the first time, the donation center will put you through a screening process that involves taking an initial blood test, have you fill out a questionnaire, and subject you to a physical exam. Make it past this relatively low threshold and you’re golden.

While there is minimal risk and few to no side effects involved in selling your plasma, some donors may experience slight bruising where the needle was inserted in their arm. According to Octapharma Plasma, a U.S.-based company that runs more than 80 collection centers, it’s also possible you might feel dizzy or lightheaded after donating. Because plasma is made mostly of water and proteins and takes up to 48 hours to replenish, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration dictates that donors can give up to only twice a week.

This plasma site will help you find find a certified donation center near you. And similar to plasma, there is money to be made from selling your platelets — tiny cells in your blood that form clots and stop bleeding. These little buggers help millions of Americans survive and fight cancer, chronic diseases, and traumatic injuries. Typically, selling platelets will earn you about as much as you would for selling plasma, and the donation process is practically identical.

What are the negative effects of sperm donation?

There are no reported health risks associated with sperm donation. However, as an anonymous donor, you must bear in mind that you may never meet the child.

It is possible that the children may want to meet you someday. In addition, you must decide if you will tell your family members of your decision to donate your sperm.

Another case is when the identity of the sperm donor is not hidden. You may need to hire a lawyer to draft a contract that clearly defines your parental and financial rights or obligations to the child.

There are so many different things to consider when finding your perfect sperm donor. Fairfax Cryobank provides various donor products to help give as much information about a donor to make you feel comfortable with your decision. Find out more here:

— Fairfax Cryobank (@FairfaxCryobank) April 13, 2022

Hear it from our donors

“The craziest thing happened. I ran into a same sex couple who had these beautiful little girls that played with my daughter. They were Xytex clients. I got to see the perspective from the other side. You are really doing an awesome thing!”Donor 3162

“Loved it all! Very interesting process. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t speak better about the experience.”Donor 5328

“Making my way through dental school with a family would not have been as doable without the support of Xytex.”Donor 3169

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About Me

Hi! I’m Jeff Campbell. I am a father first, blogger, and budget-master. I was a leader for Whole Foods Market for over 2 decades running stores that in some cases did over $1,000,000 per week. I’ve also been doing a monthly household budget since 2008, and it’s helped me and my family get out of debt, buy my dream house, and I now make a full-time living blogging and YouTubing.

Why it’s done

Sperm donation is done to help an individual or a couple conceive a baby. You might choose to make a sperm donation to help those who are unable to conceive — such as a woman who doesn’t have a male partner or a couple experiencing male infertility.

If you donate semen to a sperm bank, you’ll likely be paid for each donation that passes the sperm bank’s screening process. Payment is intended to compensate you for your time and any related expenses. The amount is typically low enough that money isn’t the main incentive for donating.

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Cryos is here for you

At Cryos, we want to support and help you on your journey to become a donor. Please contact us if you have questions or need further information about becoming a Cryos sperm donor.


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