10 Best Survey Sites to Make Money

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An easy way to make extra money online is by taking surveys. As with many things, some survey websites pay better than others.

Many people like making extra cash by taking surveys because it is a very flexible side hustle.

Above all, it doesn’t matter what your background is, people from all walks of life are making money just by answering questions.

Are you ready to make money at home by sharing your opinion? These are some of the best survey sites that pay decent money.

Our Top Picks

SurveyJunkieMost trusted survey site with high Trustpilot rating
LifePointsMost surveys are 10 mins and urgent surveys pay more
Branded SurveysLow cash out minimum of $5

Top Survey Sites

We used the following criteria when ranking survey sites:

  • Were rated by Trustpilot (an objective third-party site)
  • Had a Trustpilot score of 3 or better (out of 5)
  • Pay by cash or gift cards

As you read the options, pick the options that work best for your situation.

1. Survey Junkie

One of the most popular ways to make money with surveys is Survey Junkie. They have over 10,000,000 members.

Surveys vary in length and cover a variety of topics. Your opinion helps to influence and improve retail products and brands.

Longer surveys pay more than shorter surveys. It’s also possible to earn points by completing profile surveys and referring friends.

Survey Junkie pays you with a point balance as low as 1,000 points. That’s about $10 in rewards.

Trustpilot: 4.5 out of 5

2. LifePoints

LifePoints is another great place to take online surveys. The number of surveys depends on the types of surveys that are being conducted and how suitable you are for each survey.

Types of surveys include:

  • Health
  • Sport
  • Travel
  • Other

They have paid out over $22 million in the last year.

Trustpilot: 4.4 out of 5.0 Stars

3. Branded Surveys

Branded Surveys pays you for completing surveys on products and services. In fact, they have paid out over $19.5M

Getting started is easy. Plus they give you 50 points to get started. Once you finish your first survey, you will get another 50 points.

After setting up your account, simply go to your personal dashboard. Here you will find your “Survey Spotlight” showing survey’s you have qualified for.

To maximize your earnings, follow the Branded Elite navigation menu. Here you will see how you can maximize points. The higher your Elite status, the more perks you earn.

When you have earned 500, points you can cash out for $5. Or continue to earn and redeem later.

Trustpilot: 4.3 out of 5.0 Stars

4. Swagbucks

For flexible earning options, Swagbucks is one of the best. In fact, it might be the largest “get paid to” site. Besides surveys, you earn points for many other fun things.

You can redeem your points for cash or prizes. So far, they have paid over $577 million in rewards.

In minutes, you earn rewards points activities:

  • Take surveys
  • Surf the web
  • Play games
  • Shop

To earn points, one easy way is to download their browser search bar.  With this bar, you earn points each time you enter search keywords into your URL address bar.

Because they also have low redemption requirements, many people like Swagbucks. For example, you can get gift cards with a value of $1.  And, they often put gift cards “on sale.” 

With these sales, you get gift cards for fewer points. Popular gift cards include Visa, iTunes, and Walmart.

Payout beings at just $25. And make sure to add on the Swagbucks browser extension to maximize your earnings.

Trustpilot: 4.3 out of 5

5. InboxDollars

InboxDollars is not only a survey site but offers several other ways to make money online. They will pay you for many tasks that you already do.

Here are some tasks you can earn points for doing:

InboxDollars will send you emails with money making opportunities. One of those options also includes product testing.

Once you test the product, they will have you share a review to receive your payment. And, some of these tests can include playing new games as well as downloading new apps.

As of this year, InboxDollars has awarded over 60 million dollars in prizes which they pay in cash or gift cards. One of the downsides with InboxDollars is that they have a minimum payout of $30.

Trustpilot: 4.2 out of 5

6. Valued Opinions

With Valued Opinions, you earn up to $5 per survey. Besides the high pay, reward options include gift cards and airline miles.

In all, there are 14 different gift card options. Despite the small selection, you have good options. Maybe, you want to keep your points for the Amazon gift cards.

And, you receive your gift card when your reward balance reaches $20.

As always, it’s free to join.  After joining, you belong to a survey site with three million members!

Trustpilot: 3.8 out of 5

7. Nielsen

Nielsen has been in the survey and market research business for over 90 years! Notably, Nielsen Mobile and Computer Panel is their newest tool.

Like Survey Savvy, Nielsen pays you to use your phone. This is the online version of being a “Nielsen family.” Nielsen also pays families to watch tv. They install a box and get paid to share their favorite tv shows.

Sometimes, Nielsen invites you to special surveys. These surveys pay bonus points.

If you link more devices to Nielsen, then you earn more points. With these points, you can enter sweepstakes entries.

To clarify, you do not get paid directly by Nielsen. To get paid, you have to enter their sweepstakes. They have weekly $1,000 sweepstakes and $10,000 monthly drawings.

Each month, almost 400 panelists win $10,000 from the monthly drawings! So, if you like entering sweepstakes, join Nielsen.

Trustpilot: 3.7 out of 5

8. PrizeRebel

Another multi-task site is PrizeRebel. To earn points, take online surveys. And, you can also get paid to test products. Or, you can watch videos for cash too.

For sure, signing up is easy. According to PrizeRebel, it only takes 10 seconds to join!

After you take surveys, you will earn points. Then, you can redeem your points for cash and gift cards. Although most gift cards cost $5, you can get a $2 Amazon gift card.

Right now, there are over 7.5 million members of PrizeRebel. Since 2007, they have earned over $15 million in cash and rewards.

Trustpilot: 3.5 out of 5

9. Vindale Research

With nearly $6,000,000 in payouts, Vindale Research is a large survey site. First, you must complete your profile survey. After this, Vindale will match surveys with your interests.

Join Vindale Research on your desktop or your mobile device.

Like other sites, survey topics vary by the day. So, you need to check back often to find a survey you like.

But, you can expect to answer questions on these topics:

  • Fashion
  • Electronics
  • Automobiles
  • Favorite restaurants
  • Politics

In addition, you also get paid for many other activities. For example, you can read emails, find reward codes, and even make money online by watching videos.

Vindale even pays you to take pictures of your reward checks!

You can also earn $5 for every friend you refer too!

Trustpilot: 3.5 out of 5

10. Toluna

Toluna is one of the biggest online survey websites with over 10 million members. You can get paid 3,000 to 6,000 points for each survey.

The surveys will primarily ask questions about your:

  • Shopping habits
  • Opinions of products
  • Services you use

For longer surveys, you can earn up to 50,000 points. If you do not qualify for a survey, you will earn 15 points for answering the qualifying questions.

When it comes to rewards, Toluna has a high minimum redemption requirement of 30,000 points for $10 gift cards and merchandise prizes. PayPal cash is available in $30 increments and requires 90,000 points for the basic $30 reward.

You might also enjoy redeeming your points for “gifties.” This reward category allows you to buy apps, magazine subscriptions, and other knickknacks for as little as 50 points.

You can also enter prize sweepstakes starting at 500 points per entry.

Trustpilot: 3.3 out of 5

Quick Comparison

SiteAvg PayoutCash Out
Survey Junkie$3$10
Branded Surveys$3$5
Vindale Research$2$50
Inbox Dollars$3$30
Prize Rebel$2$5
Valued Opinion$5$20


No matter your age, these best paid survey sites can be a great way to make some extra income on the side.

The fact that you can many surveys in less than 15 minutes, this makes it extremely easy to take surveys in your spare time.

74 thoughts on “10 Best Survey Sites to Make Money”

  1. Wow, I didn’t realize there were so many survey site out there which I could make some extra money from just by giving my opinion. I knew about The Harris Poll Online and Opinion Outpost. I’ll definitely have to check out the others. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I recommend InboxDollars as a site to check out. They are legit. It may take a while to earn the money, but it is also, well, worth the check. I am currently working on my 4th payout with them. Like InboxDollars, Send Earnings is another one to check out.

    • I’m stuck at $31.45 and can’t seem to find a way for inbox dollars to pay me when I click on the pay to read emails thing. I cannot honestly recommend them now.

      • I’ve been paid more than a dozen times by Inbox Dollars and just requested $58 to my paypal account. I’ve never had a problem. Clicking on “pay to read emails” thing won’t take you to the request form. Click on your dollar amount that is shown in the upper right corner and that opens the request form. Good luck.

          • Probably the best way to find that out is to check each site that interests you. I would start with the policies, terms, and conditions sections. If that doesn’t tell you, try contacting them directly and asking them. Good luck!

    • I am glad you like it, but I don’t. It took me 3 years to get my first and only check, and that took 3 months to get. So, you have fun with this site.

      • I’m sorry you felt it was a waste of your time, Tony. Maybe another one would work out better for you. Either way, I wish you luck in your money making efforts.

    • It’s great to hear that you have enjoyed Vindale to make extra money. Vindale is a favorite site for many online survey takers because of their higher payouts and the multiple survey formats available.

  3. First, thank you for providing this extensive list. I wanted to offer a quick follow up. After reading your post I decided to give Survey Junkie a try and I’ve already closed the account. Yes, I can tell it’s well organized and it is definitely a user-friendly platform. The problems I experienced were first that not one of the surveys they emailed me about were available. I did, however, complete several surveys from the site itself and I found them to be lengthy – in itself, not a problem, but 3 out of 5 told me I didn’t qualify after I’d already invested 10 – 12 minutes filling out the forms. They got more than enough information from me to be useful which is an old and highly unethical trick in market research – which happens to be my background. All in all, it was a LOT of wasted time.

    Anyway, I’m glad I gave it a try, and just wanted to share my experience with you and your readers. Thanks!

    • I find that with them too and Inbox dollars also. It takes too long to earn money, .50 for 20 minute survey. which you go thru 10 that’s another 20-30 minutes. So your time to them is worth .50 and hour. I am on their in 3 years I cashed 1 time. Yesterday, I did a survey that said 20 minutes, took 1 hour, I went all the way thru and they askeed for my opinion of the survey and I gave hit submit. No Credit!!That’s twice in 10 days. They said nothing they can do. Thats wrong. I am at 24.00 I wana get up cash out and not going back.

  4. I am a member of quite a few survey sites. SurveyJunkie, SwagBucks, CashCrate, Vindale, and Points2shop, just to name a few. It gives me something to do when I’m not at work and I really like giving my opinion.

  5. I tried iPoll for awhile and to be honest, it kind of worked. It’s honestly a hit or miss with a lot of these sites. Some of them are scammy, so it makes it harder and harder to find good quality sources. I finally found one that made me $30 on the very first day.

    I hope it helps, and thanks for the great article.

  6. Above all, thanks for that great article. I really enjoyed reading it all for the last 5 minutes with a mug of coffee! Despite this article being next to perfect, if I can, I’d like to add one of the best survey sites, in my mind, to this list. It would be, “ClixSense”. They’re a really old, and huge, presence in the research industry and have partnered with many of those listed in this very post. So, signing up on ClixSense lets you take paid survey invitations from multiple survey sites and research firms, like Opinion Outpost, Nielson Media Research, YouGov, I-Poll, MySurvey, Toluna and more. Almost half of all of those survey sites are listed here.

    By the way, Google Opinion Rewards is one I’ve never seen or heard of before. But, it sounds truly awesome and worth trying out! I made a good discovery on Google Opinion Rewards, thanks to your great article. I appreciate it and I will definitely try it out!

  7. Hey there,
    I’ve used a lot of these online surveys recently in order to see if they actually work. I did them while on lunch breaks or during TV commercials, for example. They really do work but are time-consuming!

    Some survey sites have better payouts than others.

    – Brian

    • Thanks for the insight. Surveys are a great option if you need to make money in 15 minutes or less, but I pursue other side hustles in addition to surveys, that require more time commitment, but are also more lucrative. We have lots of posts about side hustles you can do on this site.

  8. Warning: Before you register for any survey site, Google, “(The name of the survey site) Scam”, to see if they are legit. Google reviews, also, to see other’s experiences.

    • We always encourage everybody to do their due diligence to see which survey site is best for their interests and earning preference. This list is a great starting point for legit survey sites that won’t scam you.

  9. This is a fantastic article filled with great content. My hobby is participating in paid surveys, and I enjoy it quite a lot.

  10. This is a nice list. My favorite paid survey is Survey Junkie. It just seems to be the easiest to use and understand. Swagbucks and InboxDollars are also pretty good. Thanks for posting!

    • Survey Junkie is very straightforward and I like their platform, too. I wish they had a mobile app.

  11. This is a nice list. My favorite paid survey is Survey Junkie. It just seems to be the easiest to use and understand. Swagbucks and InboxDollars are also pretty good. Thanks for posting!

  12. All of these sites have been repeatedly reviewed by users and found to be a con. This article serves only as clickbait and revenue for the writer. Any time that you give to these sites is a waste of your life.

  13. Hi, guys. I need your help. Do you know if any of the websites that you mentioned before will let me do a survey from the Dominican Republic? I’m from Puerto Rico, but right now I’m going to be here for a while. Can you help me?

    • Your best bet is to check the policies, terms, and conditions of the sites you are interested in. Sometimes they list the countries that they work with. If that doesn’t answer your question, you can always contact them directly and ask. I hope you are able to find one that will work for you.

  14. I’ve been taking surveys at PrizeRebel for awhile and have had a consistent problem which has gotten consistently worse lately. They cheat! When I submit my survey at the end, I get this message, “Something went wrong”, or “Unable to connect to server”. Or, they put up picture of this little broken robot guy and say, “Oops, looks like he broke it again” and I don’t receive any points for my work. Then here’s the ultimate: Near the end of the survey, they put in a question that’s impossible to answer: Do you drink: A. Beer B. Whiskey? There are no other choices, so I have to pick one, which then puts me in the position of lying, cheating, or whatever. The contact button at the bottom is gone. Since it doesn’t match my profile information and they already have the rest of my information, I’m just stuck and I don’t get my points. Then they lower my quality score. PrizeRebel is a poor quality survey site that doesn’t care anything about the people who diligently work hard on these surveys. Survey takers need to beware of PrizeRebel.

    • On their homepage there’s a question mark at the top right hand side of the screen with a drag down. If you click where it says, “Get help”, it takes you to a place where you can submit your problem. Of course, another option, if you are completely dissatisfied with PrizeRebel, is to choose a different survey site. I hope that helps.

    • try survey junkie and my points they work really good and with survey junkie when you reach 1,000 you get 10 dollars
      1,500 you get 15 dollars
      2,000 you get 20 dollars
      2,500 you get 25 dollars
      and up from there but you have to go on more then 1 or 2 times a day..
      You can make up to 10 dollars a day on this one or there is my points
      790 you get 5 dollars
      1,500 you get 10 dollars
      3,950 you get 25 dollars
      7,900 you get 50 dollars
      15,800 you get 100 dollars
      39,500 you get 250 dollars
      all these are gift cards for walmart or other store the point mint be different on them you check these out i have been on them for 5 or 6 years now and i have made a lot of e-gift cards from them and they send the gift card to your e-mail to be printed and you can sent it
      at that store you got for hope this helps you some

  15. A company called Surveys Ad Tests frequently contacts me. They say that I signed up with them. I don’t remember doing so. I get emails through my spam as well. Are they legit?

  16. Does anyone know what has happened to onlineopinions.co.uk? I’m unable to get on their site.

  17. I’m not allowed on PayPal because you have to be at least 18. My problem is my age because I’m only 15 years old. Please help me.

    • Bianca, we have a post that was made for you! It is about ways kids can make money filling out surveys. As far as payment, see if your parents can help you out or choose one like Survey Savvy where they will send you a check. Good luck!

  18. Google Opinion Awards pays so many cents per survey (as opposed to the stated dollar per survey). The surveys are short (6 questions has been the longest). They pay, so far, a few cents to 62 cents a survey.

  19. I thought I would say that the two best sites I use are InboxDollars and Treasure Trooper. I get a check monthly from Treasure Trooper.

    • That’s great! I’m glad you have a couple of surveys sites you trust that you can use again and again. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Why would you put InboxDollars on your list? They owe so many people money, including my $36.00. I will never get it, and I contacted them 3 different times. Each time I got the same answer, which did not work. Then, someone else from InboxDollars emailed me with the same information, that does not work, so I emailed back. Now they ignore me. I am on my 4th or 5th email with no answer. I think my next step is to report them.

    • If you are having that much trouble, then you probably should report them. I wish you luck in getting your issue resolved.

  21. I use Survey Junkie. It is the number one best survey app I have come across so far. I have cashed out already twice: the first time, it was for $10 and I made it within hours. Then I made almost $20, so basically $30 so far and I haven’t even had the app downloaded for longer than 2 weeks. It’s super easy to redeem. You can do PayPal, gift cards, or cash deposited into any account as long as you have a routing and account #. So, yes, it’s real cash. It says 5 business days before you receive it, but I received mine within 2 days. So, on your free time, just do surveys. You have to have patience. That’s the key. If you do, then that’s the app or site for you. Good luck.

    • I do not know for sure and they are always subject to changes in their policies. You would have to check out the websites you are interested in to find out. Look for their payment policies or their regular policies as that may answer the question. In addition, you can look at their terms and conditions or FAQ’s. If that doesn’t tell you, look for their contact information so you can ask them directly.

  22. I belong to almost all of the sites you listed and out of all the surveys I take I don’t qualify for 95% of them. I will spend 15 minutes with generic questions with them collecting information about me then when done they say I’m not eligible for the survey or they have reached the required amount of people for that research. I can understand the reaching the required amount of people but I would think I would qualify for at least 1 or 2. It’s really discouraging when you take all that time to do the survey and not even get any points for doing so!

  23. Okay I’m a senior citizen that is looking to supplement my income. Which sites are the best for reliable paying without having to purchase an online offer to get paid and are these sites expecting me to pay them to download there app.

    • try survey junkie i have been on it about 4 years and it has been fun for me it only pays up to 50 dollars but it works for me.
      it pays you 3 or 2 points if you dont get the survey and if you do get it you get the points from it and it adds up fast once you get 1,000 you get 10 dollars and up.
      There is my points and you have to make a little more to get gift cards but works to you need to get to 1,580 points get walmart gift cards and up and you can get visa cards to if that help you.
      There is swag bucks too it starts out you only need 1,000 for 10 walmart card or if you want visa card is 9,800 point for 100 dollars you try these sites to help you
      thank you

  24. Thanks a lot Josh.

    I have tried so many survey websites but without much success to date.

    Grabpoints, iRazoo, you name it, I have tried it.

    You can get accepted into the program but you won’t qualify for any of the surveys if you are from Africa, like me.

    I hope that one day some company will create something for us.

    • I know a lot of survery sites are trying to expand their availability. Hopefully they become available to you soon!

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