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Sperm Donor Pay: Learn how they donors are compensated

Sperm donors walking alongside a lake

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is whether sperm donors are being paid to donate. The answer is no, they do not get paid for their sperm, but they are financially compensated for their time and effort. Read this blog to learn more about sperm donor compensation.

Misconceptions on the payment sperm donors receive

It seems to be a common misconception, that the main motivation for men to donate their sperm is fast money. The truth is, however, that sperm banks are not allowed to pay sperm donors for their sperm. They are allowed to offer sperm donors a reasonable financial compensation for the time and effort - but the sperm donation process is so demanding, that the compensation they do get does not compare to the time spent.

Learn more about sperm donor compensation and motivation below.

How do sperm donors receive their payment

At Cryos, a sperm donor can receive up to DKK 500 per donation (about EUR 67) but he must complete a batch of 10 approved donations, before the compensation is paid out. It is possible to donate up to 3 times per week. If a donor chooses to fill out an Extended Sperm Donor Profile and perhaps agrees to become a sperm donor with Adult Photos, he will receive a one-time compensation for the extra time this requires of him.

Why sperm donors are compensated?

The sperm donor compensation is only paid out, if the donor lives up to our sperm donor requirements, is approved for sperm donation, and has delivered 10 donations. In other words, it is far from fast money, as it usually takes a couple of months or more from the initial application to a donor is approved. During this period, the donor is going through a physical examination, psychological evaluation, blood and urine tests, sperm analysis, and more, to ensure that only healthy men with good sperm quality will donate sperm. Follow the link to read more about Cryos' screening of sperm donors.

Sperm donors running into the water

Once approved, the donor’s effort consists of the sperm donation (which possibly includes some transport time to and from the sperm bank), as well as continuous testing for infectious diseases. As long as a man is an active sperm donor, there are furthermore certain requirements regarding the donor’s lifestyle - for example, certain risk behaviour that must be avoided, and he must maintain a high sperm quality. Lifestyle choices and stress can have a big and immediate effect on a man’s sperm quality.

The sperm donor pay is not the determining factor

The donor compensation is appreciated, but not the primary motivation. A survey among our donors shows that the main motivation for our sperm donors is the possibility of helping someone achieve their dream of a child. In the handwritten messages that can be found in the Extended Profiles, many donors mention that a family member or close friend has struggled to become parents, which has been a big motivation for our sperm donors. The altruistic act is further confirmed by the fact that a large part of our sperm donors are also blood donors, where no compensation or pay is given. In other words, these men are driven by a wish to help others.

Additional benefits of becoming a sperm donor

While some men decide to donate their sperm because they receive payment for their time invested, there are additional benefits to becoming a sperm donor.

  • Making a difference: A sperm donor helps singles, and couples fulfil their dreams of having a child.
  • Health check: Sperm donors are checked for genetic and infectious diseases and they receive a free sperm quality test (Which normally costs 500 DKK)
  • Free training: Sperm donors receive 200 DKK per month for their favourite exercise/workout when they donate their sperm on a regular basis.

Frequently asked questions about sperm donor pay

How much do sperm donors make on average?

Sperm donors make between 200 - 500 DKK (27 - 67 Euro) on average pr. visit when donating their sperm at Cryos. The total amount depends on a lot of different factors, like the donor’s choice of profile, sperm motility, and amount of sperm donated.

Is the pay sperm donors receive tax eligible?

Yes, the pay you receive as a sperm donor is tax eligible and you must personally report this income to the Danish Customs and Tax Administration (SKAT).