How Much Money Can You Make Donating Sperm?

Updated on January 11, 2019
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For some men, the thought of donating sperm sounds like easy money. In fact, this could amount to a whopping $264,000 for those who are committed to continuing with the program over the course of many years. After acceptance to the program, the pay is good, you could expect to earn around $1,000 a month.

Although it sounds like an ideal way to earn some extra cash, not all donors are accepted. In clinics which publish their acceptance rates, it can be as low as 1% of applicants who finally become donors. There are various reasons why men are declined and the clinic isn't obligated to tell you why your application was not accepted. Not all men want to go through the lengthy process before becoming a donor. Let's take a look at what is involved in becoming a successful sperm donor.

Then when you know what it entails, you will be in a better position to decide if being a donor is something you wish to pursue.

Requirements to Become 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.

  • Height: Most clinics require men to be 5'7”- 5'10” (173-177 cm) there are some clinics that specify 5'9".
  • Build: Normal with a BMI of between 18-25
  • Education: A college degree or enrolled and working towards one
  • Health: Non-smoker and in good health
  • Family history: No known genetic problems

There are also more subtle requirements such as your general look. Although you may find it unnecessary, you will be judged on your appearance. The clinics want the couples to have an attractive child and therefore it isn't only down to your education, height, history and health. If you arrive looking unkempt and show up late, it is likely you will be turned down as a donor. Don't let this happen to you, treat it as though you are going to a job interview. If you have acne or scars of acne, this too can have a negative effect on the outcome of your application.

If you want to make a supplemental income as a sperm donor, you need to be presentable. Over the course of several years, this could amount to a sizable amount of money.

Let's do the math.

How Much Can You Make as a Sperm Donor?

Although payments from sperm banks vary, most are between $100-$125. If you pass all the screening procedures, you will be expected to donate weekly. You are potentially looking at a $1,000 every month.

Start at 18 years old and most clinics will allow donations of healthy men up to the age of 40. There will be periodic screenings to ensure the quality of the donation is still high.

Here are the figures:

40 -18 = 22 years

12 months x $1,000= $12,000

$12,000 x 22 years = $264,000

What's the Process for Acceptance as a Sperm Donor

Filling in a questionnaire is required and information about your family history will be taken. The questions will highlight any potential genetic problems which could be passed through to offspring. The clinic would be negligent if they accepted donations from donors who were carriers of gentic diseases such as:

  • Hemophilia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Color blindness
  • Heritary cancers

Checking Your Sperm Count

The clinic will be spending several thousand dollars screening applicants, so they want to get the best possible men they can.

After you have answered a questionnaire which will be rather lengthy you will also need to provide a sample. You will be taken to a room which will have adult videos and magazines to assist you in the process. You will put your sample into a sterile container which will be provided by the clinic. This then will be examined for both quantity and quality. To achieve the quantity it is suggested you abstain from sex or self-stimulation for 2-3 days before your visit to the clinic. The sperm will then be examined under a microscope to determine their motility. The clinic only wants donors whose sperm will likely result in a successful pregnancy.

Sperm Banks

The sperm banks spend not just money but also time, screening their potential donors, so they want those who are committed for the long term and those who will be a good investment of their funds.

In some clinics, less than 1% of donors are deemed as suitable. The steps are:

  • Online application: this will include the height weight, ethnicity, education and family history.
  • If this level is passed then you will be contacted to come in for an office visit. More detailed questions will be asked at this point and a semen sample will be given for analysis.
  • A second office visit will be required for further analysis and this is when consent forms would be signed and a detailed profile will be completed. Another semen sample will be taken and the sperm will be frozen with liquid nitrogen. They will test the viability of the sample after the freezing to see if it is suitable for their clients.
  • There will further visits required for a physical examination, extensive blood work and genetic work.

This process can take 4-5 months before you become a sperm donor. If you are successful, there will be ongoing screening and semen analysis. A questionnaire will be required for every donation.

Approximately every 3 months there will further tests for diseases and twice a year you will have a doctor's examination.

All of these procedures help ensure the recipients get the highest chance of success for their IVF treatment. Most reputable clinics will limit the number of successful pregnancies allowed per sperm donor. In the USA it is 25 children¹. Some countries allow the export of frozen sperm.

Who Is Likely to Use Donated Sperm

Heterosexual couples who have been unable to conceive. This could be for various reasons.

  • A low sperm count
  • Klinefelter's Syndrome
  • Azoospermia
  • Vasectomy

Some will be single women who want a child but not a partner. Others may be same-sex couples who wish to have a child.

Private Sperm Donation

Let's not forget about the end user. The childless couple, either heterosexual or homosexual who want to use a sperm donor to complete their family. Although most will contact a fertility clinic to receive treatment, some will do this privately.

If someone you know can't conceive and need a sperm donor, they may ask if you would be willing to do this. There are men who will do this for altruistic reasons and others who want payment. If you opt to do this privately without the aid and secrecy of a fertility clinic, contact a lawyer so you know your rights.


¹Sperm donation laws by country. (2017, April 06). Retrieved May 09, 2017, from

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • I’m still researching it, but I think most sperm banks “retire” donors after a certain number of vials are collected (like 100), with the average ejaculation filling 2-5 vials. So I think the potential lifetime earnings of a donor are much much lower. Do you know if this is the case?

    If a clinic has worldwide customers, it could be higher. This is something to ask at your local clinic or donation center. Also, regulations are always changing. To stay informed it's best to speak with a reputable clinic. Your local doctor should be able to provide you with their numbers.

  • Can a 75 year old man who can ejaculate regularly and in excellent health qualify as a sperm donor ?

    No, the upper age limit is normally 40. The companies invest time and money in their screening programs and only select the best options. If a man begins at 18 and continues until 40, the company has earned well from him.

© 2017 Meredith Davies


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      6 days ago

      Can a tennage allow to donate sperm, I mean under 18?

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      3 weeks ago

      I am 18 and I want to donate my sperm I want money

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      3 weeks ago

      I want to donate my sperm I want money and am 20 years old

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      5 weeks ago

      Im 21 i want to donate sperm i want money is there

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      Dwight Howard 

      2 months ago

      Can I ensure that my sperm only goes to a man?

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      Meredith Davies 

      3 months ago

      As I have written in my article, you must visit your doctor first. Ask them for reputable sperm donation clinics in your area.

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      Danny Potter 

      5 months ago

      I have 144 Iq , but am 42. I don’t so much want money . Is it possible to donate sperm and be part of the child’s life.

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      8 months ago

      Contract num. And addresses

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      Nitesh Awasthi 

      9 months ago

      Iam 26 job

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      PARDEEP Kumar 

      10 months ago

      Hi I want to know how is starting this type of work

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      Meredith Davies 

      10 months ago

      As stated in the article, you will need to go to your doctor and they will recommend a reputable clinic in your area.

      Then there will be months of screening and paperwork to ascertain if you are a suitable donor. They will check your health, education level and family history.

      If they determine that you could be a suitable donor, then they will ask you to be a donor. It is a lengthy process.

    • Cal-gal profile imageAUTHOR

      Meredith Davies 

      13 months ago

      As I explained in the article, you will first need to find a clinic in your area. There will be a lengthy screening process to determine if you will be eligible to donate.

      The prices paid will vary depending on your area. Ask your local doctor to recommend a reputable clinic so you can begin the process.

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      13 months ago

      How to do sperm ND how much money give me one time


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