The Best Paid Survey Sites Hand-Picked for Easy Money

Whitney Bryden spends time on her laptop at Black Crow Coffee in St. Petersburg, Florida on July 5, 2018.
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There’s a certain appeal to paid online surveys.

Prop up in bed and click, click, click — cash out. Heck, you can even earn money while binging “The Great British Baking Show.”

No, you’re not going to get rich — earning money on survey sites can be time-consuming. That’s why you might want to flip on Netflix in the background.

Still, there’s something thrilling about making extra money from your bed.

We’ve combed through dozens of platforms to hand-pick the most legitimate online survey sites to help you avoid the scams.

We chose these sites based on user experience, the ease of cashing out and the actual potential to earn money.

The Best Paid Survey Sites — That Are Actually Legit

We suggest signing up for these paying survey sites all at once. Check into each a few times a week to find at least one or two surveys you qualify for.

Remember: Every little bit adds up.

  1. 1. Swagbucks

    swagbucks screenshot

    This online rewards portal has been around since 2008. Swagbucks pays you for completing a number of tasks, including taking surveys.

    BBB rating: A-

    Payment method: Exchange points (known as SB) for PayPal cash or gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon and Walmart.

    Amount paid per survey: Approximately 40 to 200 SB (100 SB equals $1)

    Minimum amount required to cash out: 300 SBs ($3 gift cards are available for Dunkin, Amazon and eBay.)

    Time to get paid: Up to 10 business days

    Pros: Swagbucks does its best to match you with qualifying surveys, so you don’t waste your time. Additionally, you don’t have to earn an insane amount of SB to cash out. There are also other ways to earn SBs, like watching videos and shopping online.

    Cons: Because Swagbucks offers so many features, it takes a little bit of time to fully explore the site. Like other survey sites, you might have a hard time qualifying for surveys.

    Pro tip: Earn a 500 SB (or $5) bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days.

    Want to learn more? Read our complete Swagbucks review.

  2. 2. InboxDollars

    Screen capture of the InboxDollars sign up page.

    InboxDollars, owned by CotterWeb Enterprises, Inc., is a survey site that actually pays you in dollars — not points — so you can see exactly how much you earn.

    BBB rating: A+

    Payment method: Check via mail

    Amount paid per survey: Surveys pay up to $5 each, though it’s more likely you’ll earn 10 to 50 cents.

    Minimum amount required to cash out: $30, though there’s a $3 transaction fee to cash out.

    Time to get paid: 10 to 16 business days

    Pros: With InboxDollars, you earn cash, so you don’t have to worry about exchanging points. It also offers more ways to earn, such as watching videos, playing scratch-off games and searching the internet.

    Cons: You have to earn $30 to cash out, which is a bit high compared to other sites on this list. Also remember you’ll have to pay that $3 transaction fee. You’ll probably want to unsubscribe from its frequent emails, which you can do under your account settings.

    Want to learn more? Read our complete InboxDollars review.

  3. 3. VIP Voice

    vip voice screenshot

    VIP Voice is owned by market research company NPD Group, which has been around since 1966. It exclusively offers survey opportunities. You’ll earn points and use them to enter sweepstakes for cash and prizes.

    BBB rating: A+ (but not accredited)

    Payment method: Points to enter sweepstakes

    Amount paid per survey: Typically 100 to 225 points

    Minimum amount required to cash out: You can enter sweepstakes with as little as one point and cash out your winnings anytime.

    Time to get paid: Varies

    Pros: You’ll earn points from a variety of surveys, even if you don’t qualify to take the entire survey. Additionally, you’re not plagued with pop-ups or ads, and you won’t be navigated away from the VIP Voice portal.

    Cons: You don’t automatically win cash or gift cards. This survey site requires a little luck, because you’ll have to enter sweepstakes and bid on prizes, so it could be a big waste of time.

    Pro tip: You’ll earn triple reward points when you take your first survey.

    Want to learn more? Read our complete VIP Voice review.

  4. 4. MyPoints

    Screenshot of the landing page for surveys at MyPoints

    MyPoints is a platform that aggregates market research survey opportunities for its users. It’s been around since 1996.

    BBB rating: A-

    Payment method: Gift cards to popular retailers, including Amazon, Old Navy and Starbucks.

    Amount paid per survey: Up to 400 points, but less than 100 points is more realistic; if you don’t qualify, earn five points — up to 25 disqualification points a day.

    Minimum amount required to cash out: 480 points equates to a $3 Amazon gift card.

    Time to get paid: Four to five business days

    Pros: You receive points even when you don’t qualify for a survey. Additionally, it’s an easy-to-use portal that offers multiple ways to earn points, including participating in polls and watching videos.

    Cons: MyPoints connects you with surveys on third-party consumer marketing sites, so you’ll often navigate away from the site’s portal. Users report difficulty qualifying for surveys. (I qualified for not a single one of the five I recently attempted.)

    Pro tip: Snag a $5 bonus after you qualify for and complete your first five surveys.

  5. 5. Survey Junkie

    A screenshot of Survey Junkie's homepage.

    This survey site is owned by Blue Media Ventures, Inc. and says it has more than 3 million members. Survey Junkie is strictly focused on market research through surveys.

    BBB rating: B+

    Payment method: Points, which you can exchange for gift cards or cash via PayPal, Dwolla or direct deposit

    Amount paid per survey: 20 to 200 points

    Minimum amount required to cash out: 1,000 points, which equates to $10

    Time to get paid: Up to 24 hours through PayPal; bank transfers can take longer.

    Pros: Compared to other survey sites, the threshold to cash out is a bit lower at $10. If you qualify for five 200-point surveys, you’ll earn $10 in no time (though that’s not the most realistic situation). The platform itself is clean and easy to navigate.

    Cons: Like other survey sites, you might have a difficult time qualifying for opportunities. And although you might find 200-point surveys, you’ll also find ones that only reward you 35 points for a 14-minute survey. That equates to 3.5 cents for 15 minutes of your time.

    Pro tip: Once you sign up for Survey Junkie, you’ll start banking bonus points. If you take all the profile surveys, which will ideally help match you to opportunities you qualify for, you can earn an easy 200 points or so.

    Want to learn more? Read our complete Survey Junkie review.

  6. 6. PrizeRebel


    PrizeRebel has been around since 2007. It says it has a community of more than 8 million members and has issued $16 million in cash and rewards.

    BBB rating: A+ (but not accredited)

    Payment method: Points, which you can exchange for cash or gift cards to retailers like Amazon, CVS, Starbucks and Walmart.

    Amount paid per survey: Typically ranges from 50 points to 250 points

    Minimum amount required to cash out: 500 points, which will get you a $5 gift card or PayPal deposit

    Time to get paid: Approximately 24 hours

    Pros: PrizeRebel says new surveys are added every few hours, so you can check back in multiple times a day for new offers. Once you earn enough points to cash out, your payment request should process relatively quickly, within about 24 hours of request.

    Cons: Even if you fill out the basic profile questions, you’ll have to answer those questions over and over on the surveys. It’ll also navigate you to third-party sites for surveys at times.

    Pro tip: Once you sign up, fill out the profile information. You’ll earn some easy points — fast.

  7. 7. OneOpinion

    The front page of OneOpinion's website.
    OneOpinion is a fairly new survey site that was founded in 2011. Members participate in market research surveys to earn points.

    BBB rating: A+

    Payment method: Exchange points for PayPal cash or gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon, Target and Starbucks.

    Amount paid per survey: Varies. We’ve seen 500 points to 8,000 points. Earn 50 points on your first five disqualifications per day.

    Minimum amount required to cash out: 25,000 points, which equates to $25

    Time to get paid: Up to 48 hours via PayPal or 10 to 20 days for gift cards by snail mail

    Pros: The website is clean and easy to use and navigate. It will direct you to third-party survey sites, but it opens in the same window, so you’re not plagued. Additionally, you’ll see exactly how many points you’ve earned and exactly how many you need to receive the payout.

    Cons: Because OneOpinion wants to provide the best user experience, it can take up to five days to be approved as a member. So go ahead and sign up now — even if you aren’t ready to take surveys this second.

    Pro tip: If you want to receive virtual rewards (like e-gift cards), verify yourself. The process is simple and helps ensure you’re not a robot. If you don’t want to verify yourself, you can opt to receive gift cards in the mail.

Penny Hoarder Tips to Make the Most From Survey Sites

First, pile your couch with pillows and get comfy. Turn on some tunes or play Netflix in the background.

But seriously. You’re going to want to settle in and practice patience with survey sites. To make the process more efficient, here are a few of our pro tips:

Create a New Email Address for Surveys

It’s no secret: Signing up for a survey site means you’re likely going to get an influx of emails. These could be ads or earning opportunities. Either way, it can really clog up your work or personal email.

Create a new email address for free through Gmail or Yahoo. Now these additional emails will automatically stay clear of your real life.

Answer Honestly, and Update Your Information Often

You’ll qualify for certain surveys based on your demographics. For example, a company might be looking for homeowners to answer a question about their product. Or another might only want parents.

Either way, be honest. Sure, you can be vague and broad in your responses (recommended), but honesty is the best policy.

Additionally, be sure to keep your profiles on these sites up to date. If you move, update your city. If you get a new job or a salary boost, update that. It could help you qualify for more opportunities.

Never Pay to Join a Survey Site (or Enter your Bank Info)

You should never have to pay to join a survey site. These sites are paying you, because you’re participating in market research and helping companies out.

Additionally, you shouldn’t have to enter your banking information. Legitimate sites pay with gift cards, through PayPal or with an old-school check in the mail.

Use Roboform to Auto-Fill Responses

You know how survey sites ask you the same questions over and over and over, especially when you’re first signing up?

Using a free auto-fill platform like Roboform can help. You’ll enter your information into its system once, then it’ll recognize when that question is being asked and automatically fill in the information for you. This will save you a bunch of time.

Additionally, you can use Roboform to save your passwords — because let’s be honest, no one can ever remember passwords.

Best Paid Survey Sites, Compared

We know that was a lot of information at once, but here it is, all broken down for you:

  Swagbucks InboxDollars VIP Voice MyPoints Survey Junkie PrizeRebel
Pay per survey About 40 to 200 points Up to $5 About 100 to 225 points Up to 400 points 20 to 200 points About 50 to 250 points
Amount required to cash out 300 SB = $3 $30 One point 480 points = $3 1,000 = $10 500 points = $5
Payment method PayPal cash or gift cards Cash Sweepstake Gift cards Gift cards or cash Gift cards or cash
Time to process payment Up to 10 business days 10 to 16 business days Varies Four to five business days Up to 24 hours via PayPal Approximately 24 hours

Sure, you’re not going to get rich from any of these. However, if you’ve got time to kill, why not earn a little money?

Carson Kohler ([email protected]) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s become a tad obsessed with “The Great British Baking Show.”

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