The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act prohibits people from receiving payment for donating their bodies to science, according to MedCure. Under the act, obtaining financial gain from selling anatomical gifts is a felony. When organizations such as MedCure accept bodies for donation, they pay all donation-related expenses, including transporting the bodies and cremating and returning the remains to the families. Donors to banks such as those for blood or sperm can receive compensation for their time, according to Bankrate.
As of 2015, healthy men between 18 and 39 years old can donate their sperm to sperm banks and earn up to $1,000 per month, notes Bankrate. Many sperm bank clinics require donors to donate up to three times weekly for six to 12 months. Health risks to sperm donors are low. Donors may have to meet height or other genetic requirements and cannot use tobacco or drugs.
Individuals who donate blood through plasma donation centers can earn about $25 to $50 per donation with monthly totals up to about $200, explains Bankrate. Federal law does not allow hospitals to transfuse blood from paid donors. Cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies often receive the blood that paid donors give. Blood donors can contribute up to twice weekly, and their exposure to health risks is low. There are hundreds of licensed plasma donation centers throughout the United States.