Best Paid Online Surveys for 2020: Earn up to $100 per Survey.
Best Paid Online Surveys for 2020: These survey sites allow you to monetize your spare time. You will typically get paid via PayPal cash, checks, prepaid Visa cards, and gift cards. As long as you have an internet connection, you can make some extra cash.
But first, here is the list of our favorite legitimate survey companies you can earn extra money with.
Note: Most survey companies only accept members from a few western countries. Thus this list is only good for Americans and residents of a few western countries. However, I have published a list of international survey sites recently that I am sure those of you not living in the U.S. will find more useful.
Usually, when people talk about high paying surveys, they are talking about surveys that pay $5, $10, or perhaps $20 per survey.
But when we talk about high paying surveys as it relates to MindSwarms, we’re talking about $50!
That’s right, they pay $50 for every single survey that contains 7 questions!
Minimum to cash out: None (they send a $50 PayPal payment within 24 hours of survey completion.)
Pay via: PayPal
These are not the usual questionnaires you fill out, these are video surveys!
Here is how it works:
First, you need to signup. You’ll have to record a profile video and answer a few questions to establish your demographic which they use to match you with surveys looking for your demographic.
Available surveys appear on your dashboard which you can apply for by answering a few multiple-choice questions.
A researcher will review your responses and invite you to take the survey.
You’ll then start the survey which will have only 7 questions that you can answer using the video function on your smartphone, tablet, or webcam.
This whole process takes less than 15-20 minutes on average.
Hey for $50, I wouldn’t care even if it took a full hour!
They do, however, sometimes, have 1 question surveys. Fro the one question surveys you get paid $10, which is still pretty awesome.
But the best part is yet to come…
There is no minimum requirement for cashing out.
No requesting payment.
Also, no waiting around.
Every time you complete a survey, they pay you $50 via PayPal within 24 hours.
Now that’s just awesome!
Unfortunately, sites like MindSwarms are rare.
However, there are similar sites (kind of) that pay you for recording videos of yourself visiting various sites and talking about the experience. It’s called “User Testing,” and websites and app companies use it to improve the user-friendliness of their sites and apps. We have a list of sites that pay you to test websites here.
SurveySavvy is a panel from Luth Research, another industry giant.
The best, and by far, the most talked-about thing about SS is that they have some of the highest paying surveys.
Studies typically pay between $1 to $20, again, depending on the length and topic of the survey. I have had a lot of $5 and $10 surveys with them. So this one is a must-use site.
You know the best part about SurveySavvy?
They pay good money for referrals.
For every survey your referrals complete, you earn $1 to $2.
And that’s not the end…
you also earn $0.50 to $1 from indirect referrals (the people who your own referrals referred to the site).
Here is the fun part…
Even though these days I don’t have the time to do a lot of surveys, I still get a few checks a year ($50 -$100) from SurveySavvy thanks to the dozen or so people who I had referred back in my early days.
So once you join the site be sure to click the “Referral” tab (top right side of your user dashboard,) get your unique referral link, and invite your friends and family to signup using that link.
Even if you refer 10 people and 5 out of those 10 refer a few people, you can easily earn an extra $10-$20 a month without even taking a single survey.
We almost forgot to talk about the most important part.
You guessed it, SurveySavvy has another great thing going for it…
There is no minimum payment requirement!
That’s right, you can request a check even if you have $1 in your account.
One more feature of this already awesome panel is their new exclusive panel called SavvyConnect.
It works a lot like the Nielsen program – You install the free app (on your phone, PC, or other devices you use to access the internet), it works quietly in the background gathering usage data anonymously.
But it’s better than Nielsen because instead of just earning entries to sweepstakes you actually get paid in cash.
You earn $5 per device for each month SavvyConnect is installed, up to $180 per year!
That’s an extra $180 a year just for installing a free app!
And yes, you can also earn for referring friends and family.
And here is where things get a lot more interesting….
For every person who you refer, that installs the app, you earn anywhere from $5 to $15. And just like the normal panel, you also earn from indirect referrals (the people who your own referrals referred).
You earn $2 to $6 for every indirect referral.
This is one site you must join if you are serious about making money with surveys.
One of the most exclusive online survey panels is PineCone.
It is exclusive because you can only join if you’re invited. If you visit pineconeresearch.com you won’t find any registration link or form. There is only a “login” tab!
They only accept members through invite links that they provide to some of their affiliates, and even then it’s not 365 days a year. They have specific quotas and as soon as they reach that number, they stop accepting new members until the next time.
Fortunately, MoneyPantry is one of those affiliates, so whenever they open the doors we get the invite links and share it with our readers.
Note: if you click the link above and the registration is closed, be sure to bookmark this page and check back every so often as we will update the link.
This is one site you definitely want to join, not just because of their exclusivity, but because they also do pay decently for their surveys.
They used to pay a flat $3 check for every single survey you took. You didn’t even have to wait or request payment. There was no minimum cash-out requirement. They would automatically send you a $3 check every time you completed a survey. As far as I know, this is the only paid survey site that had this feature.
But they have recently changed that to a point system, but they’ve also introduced a new feature that most people would prefer (more on that later.)
You earn points for surveys. The value of each point is approximately $0.01.
So 300 points gets you $3.
You can redeem your points for prizes, or you can request a check in denominations of $3, $5 or $15.
It is important to note that your first 300 points are automatically redeemed for a $3 check. PineCone does that to “establish your profile and account.”
The new feature that I mentioned earlier is their prepaid Visa Card feature. Basically, you can load this card with your survey earnings. So it’s like getting cash that you can also use online anywhere Visa cards are accepted.
We talked about a parents exclusive survey panel, it’s only fair to mention one for kids as well.
KidzEyes’ parent company is also the Chicago-based marketing research company C+R Research.
As you can imagine, their surveys are geared towards products that kids use – toys, electronics, games, TV shows, music, clothing, etc.
To get in you must be 6-12 years old and live in the United States.
They conduct surveys for major manufacturers and companies in order to help them gather feedback from kids to help them develop better and improved products. Although, sometimes you (as a parent) may be asked to participate in a survey as well.
The reward system
All surveys earn you points known as KidzPoints (how original!).
Each point equals about one cent. So 100 points = $1.
Once you have $10 in your account, you can request a cash out via either PayPal or check.
There is also a monthly KidzEyes SuperPoll survey that kids are invited to. If you participate, you earn an entry for a chance to win $100 instantly.
Overall this is a fun site that not only allows your kids to earn a little pocket money, but they also get to share their opinion about things they use every day in their lives and help shape the future developments of those products.
Ok, we talked about parents, we talked about kids under 12, now it’s time to talk about a panel that caters to teens.
Not surprisingly, the same company that’s behind ParentSpeack and KidzEyes is behind TeensEyes.
They only accept teens between 13 and 18.
And as you can imagine, it is a panel that focuses on conducting studies for products and services that teens use – snack, video games, apps, TV shows, music, movies, clothing, etc.
For every single survey, you earn points – anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand.
Each point is worth 1¢ each. So every survey can earn you between $2 to $20. Of course, there are some that pay less or more.
To cash out, you need at least 1000 points ($10) which will be paid to you with a check.
There is one very weird thing about this panel and that is the fact that… I’ll let them explain:
No member may accumulate more than 60,000 points in any given calendar year.
They don’t give a reason for this, but I assume it has to do with taxes. You see, if you pay someone $600 in any given year, you are required by law to report those earnings and send them a tax form at the end of the year. And since 60,000 equals to $600, I assume they have that rule in place so they don’t have to deal with all that paperwork come tax time.
When it comes to market research, perhaps nobody’s name is as recognizable as Nielsen.
Nielsen has found it’s way to thousands of living rooms through its Nielsen Rating program.
The program was developed to gather data about the audience size and composition of television programming in the United States.
Now they have another program but this time the focus is on the Internet and our usage of it.
Here is how it works…
You sign up for the site (free).
Then you install a free app to your computer or other devices.
The device works in the background gathering data anonymously about your internet usage.
Every month you’re entered into the $10,000 monthly sweepstakes where 400 people win cash prizes every month (the top 2 get $1000.)
Normally I don’t like survey sites that don’t directly pay you. Sweepstakes entries are great, but if you are looking to earn extra money consistently, sweepstakes won’t do.
So why add Nielsen to this list?
Because it’s way too easy to get an entry for a $1,000 prize every month!
Once you install their app, you don’t have to do anything else. It works in the background, without affecting your device. You won’t even know it’s there.
And the data is gathered anonymously!
So it’s not like your name gets attached to the kind of sites you visit. It’s just a demographic that gets attached to the data that is put together with data from thousands of other anonymous sources.
Sure, you may not win $1000 every month, but with 400 people winning something every month, you are bound to win some cash.
MySurvey is a product of the famous market research company, LightspeedResearch that conducts studies for some of the world’s biggest brands.
With MySurvey you earn rewards for participating in online surveys, diaries and product tests. Yes, you get paid to test products!
They paid more than $32 million to their worldwide members just in 2014 alone!
I have personally been a member of this panel for over 7 years. During this time, a lot of things have changed, but one thing stayed the same, and that’s the fact that they’re always on time with payouts which is one reason why I have stayed with them for so long.
You earn points for surveys that can be redeemed for cash, prizes, and gift cards.
When it comes to making consistent money with survey sites, one major issue is not having enough surveys available.
But that’s not the case with GTM. They are famous for having tons of surveys available each month. So it’s very easy to rack up points here and earn a few free gift cards every month or so.
For every survey you take, you earn what is known as MarketPoints.
On average, you can earn anywhere from 10 to 100 or so MarketPoints.
To cash out, you need to have 1100 points ($50.)
You can redeem your points for a variety of prizes including Amazon, PayPal, Macy’s, Kohl’s, and UNICEF charity donation.
The best part about this one is that since there are so many surveys available, it’s very easy to reach the cashout minimum multiple times each month. I can’t even count the number of times I redeemed my points (I mostly redeemed for Amazon gift cards).
The panel was created in 2004 and it has slowly grown to become one of the top online survey panels.
Their surveys also cover a wide variety of topics – food, clothing, electronics, and even movies and TV shows.
You earn credits for every survey you take which you can redeem for gift vouchers from top brands such as Amazon.com, Macy’s, Target and others.
What I like about this site is that their gift vouchers are sent to you instantly. As soon as you reach $20 in your account you can request a gift card and the code (for example Amazon gift certificate code) is sent to your email instantly.
i-Say is powered by one of the leading global market research companies, Ipsos which was founded in 1975.
According to the company, they conduct over 70 million interviews (surveys, focus groups, etc) every single year for more than 5,000 clients in over 100 countries.
That should tell you how big of a company this one is and how seriously they take their online survey panel.
Here you earn i-Say points. Just how many points depends on the survey (usually the longer a survey, the more points you earn.)
One good thing about this one is that unlike some sites where after you fill out the survey you have to wait for days or even weeks to get credit, your account gets credited immediately after you complete the survey.
Another thing they have going is their i-Say loyalty points program which earns you bonus points on top of the normal points you earn for participating in individual surveys.
For every certain number of completed surveys, you earn a certain number of Loyalty points.
For example, do 10 surveys and you’ll earn an extra 50 points.
That’s one thing that a lot of people like. That’s like getting free points for doing something that earns you points in the first place anyway.
Once you have 500 points you can redeem them for prizes like PayPal payments and Visa® Prepaid Cards, as well as gift cards for stores like:
Another great thing that makes iPsos a favorite among most survey takers is that their gift cards prizes are delivered to your email instantly.
And if you know anything about rewards sites and how they pay, you know that is fast!
Toluna is a part of Toluna Group, you guessed it, a giant global market research firm.
They also have a wide variety of surveys that earn you points. For every survey, you earn between 3000 to 6000 points.
You can redeem your points for cash and prizes when you have at least 30,000 points in your account.
Sure that seems very high, but when you consider that the average survey pays 3000 to 6000 points, that you get 500 points just for signing up, a few thousand points for completing different parts of your profile and hundreds of points for referring friends, you can see that it wouldn’t take long to reach the minimum requirement.
Currently, a 30,000 points requirement is for getting gift vouchers and prizes.
If you don’t like/want that, there are also two other cash out options:
Sweepstakes: You can use 500-1000 points to earn entries for their monthly $4500 sweepstakes or Big prize sweepstakes like the current iPhone 7 Sweepstakes.
Gifties: Gifties are explained by Toluna as “virtual gifts that can become real” – things like magazine subscriptions, apps, virtual currencies that allow you to purchase stuff within apps, like lives for Candy Crush, etc. You need at least 50 points to redeem for stuff here.
But to be realistic, you shouldn’t expect a lot of this. It happens every once in a while. Join for the surveys and if product testing opportunities come your way, then treat it as the icing on the cake.
Pay via: PayPal, Amazon.com e-vouchers, iTunes gift cards
iPoll was created back in 2008 as SurveyHead by the founders of one of the most recognizable panels, Gozing, that had reportedly paid over $5,000,000 to its members between 1999 and 2005 (Gozing was acquired for $30 million by Greenfield Online in 2005.)
The great thing about iPoll is that not only it’s free to join, but they also give you a free $5 sign up bonus just for becoming a member.
Here you have the chance to not only take surveys but occasionally they may have mystery shopping assignments and product testing as well. They also have a lot of teen surveys, hence their registration policy that allows anyone 17 and up to sign up.
As for the rewards, there is no point system here. It’s straight cash. The average survey earns you between $1 to $5.
There is a minimum requirement for cashing out, set at $25. That’s rather high, but considering you get the first $5 for free and instantly, it’s not too bad.
Once you reach $25 you can cash out via a few different methods:
iTunes gift cards
As a member, on top of earning cash for surveys, you also are entered to their quarterly sweepstakes draws of $10,000, which is pretty sweet since you get 4 chances every year to win.
This is one site that does it all. You can earn rewards for doing almost anything you do online – from taking surveys and visiting websites to watching videos and even shopping (yes, you can earn cashback from 100’s of stores when you shop through Swagbucks.)
There are so many ways to earn here. They even pay you for searching. You can install their famous Swagbucks search bar for free in your browser. Then instead of going to Google, simply use it to do your daily searches and earn points.
When it comes to cashing out, you also have tons of options.
From gift cards from hundreds of brands like Amazon, Target, Macy’s and others to PayPal payments, charity donations and more.
There is really no minimum requirement for getting paid. You can cash out even if you have $1 in your account.
The best part is that right now they also give you a free $5 sign up bonus just for joining.
InboxDollar is a lot like Swagbucks. It pays you to watch videos, play games, shop, take surveys and complete offer.
They have paid over $43 million to their members to date. That has to tell you something about its legitimacy!
The only thing I don’t like about it is that they have a rather high minimum cashout requirement of $30.
However, they do give you $5 bonus just for joining and you do earn a few more dollars for filling out your profile. So you probably can earn the first $10 in the first few days or so.
Once you have $30 you can request a check.
SurveySpot is another awesome online survey site backed by Survey Sampling International, LLC.
It is one of my personal favorites because I have had so much fun throughout the years participating in their rather interesting and very fun surveys, especially the interactive surveys about grocery shopping.
Pay via: PayPal, Amazon gift card, iTunes codes, Airline Miles
But the best part about this one is that they pay cash (as well as gift cards and other prizes).
But that’s not what sets SS apart from other panels!
What sets them apart is that you get something even if you don’t qualify for a survey (which can happen often). For every survey you take (whether you qualify or not,) you’ll earn an entry into their $10,000 quarterly prize draw.
And for the surveys that you do take, you earn cash – anywhere from $0.25 to $5. Though on occasion they have surveys that do pay up to $25 or more for a 20-minute survey. I did a dozen or so within the first year of joining.
You can redeem your earnings for PayPal payments, Amazon gift cards, iTunes gift cards, and even Airline Miles.