Prolific Academic – Could You Really Earn £30 per Hour?

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Prolific Academic offers slightly different surveys to other survey sites and sometimes pays up to £30 per hour.

In my quest for making money at home, I’ve recently signed up to several survey sites. Prolific Academic was one of these sites and is slightly different to the norm.  For those that have signed up to survey sites before, you’ll notice that most of them are about companies or products. That’s fine of course, because they’re after your opinion and happy to pay. However, it can become a little tedious over the course of a day answering the same questions again and again.

Why Prolific Academic?

Prolific Academic is slightly different. It is mainly used by people from universities who study people’s behaviour. For example, I’ve had surveys (also known as studies) about how I deal with negative emotions (I send them to their room until bedtime), I’ve watched videos and shared my thoughts on them and had to complete various tests.

There is no set pay for these surveys, so it depends on how much a researcher is willing to shell out.  I have seen pay ranging from as little as £3 per hour up to as much as £30!  In general, the average pay is around £8-9 per hour.


You can sometimes be even luckier. I have found surveys that require you to complete short questionnaires every day for a small reward. Then at the end of the week, you get an even bigger payout. For example, this survey below paid out the equivalent of £84 per hour!

A few tips for you. Make sure that you validate your account. That does mean providing a phone number. If you don’t, you can sit there for several days asking yourself why you haven’t received any surveys. Apparently. Also, make sure that you complete your profile questions too. This allows Prolific to select you for appropriate surveys. I didn’t for the first week or so, and although I received some surveys, it was nothing compared to what I received once I completed my profile.

Once you’ve built up at least £5, you can withdraw into your PayPal or Circle account. However, withdrawing through PayPal will cost you 2.9% + 20 pence. Using Circle will cost you nothing as long as you withdraw a minimum of £20. If you’ve never used Circle before, find out more about it here.

The only real downside to this site is that you need to regularly keep an eye on it for better-paying surveys. Some of them only have 10-100 places, so they fill up pretty quickly. Just make sure you check back regularly. And if you join during the summer, don’t be too disheartened. Many of the surveys are created by students, so late July and August can be a little quiet.

Below you can see that I managed to earn  £25.75 in just three days.

I cannot recommend this site enough. I have tried many survey sites, and this is by far the most interesting and best paid.

So if you want to sign up, follow the link here and get earning!

Or discover other ways to earn from home.

4 thoughts on “Prolific Academic – Could You Really Earn £30 per Hour?”

  1. Where is the profile I need to complete? I can’t seem to find it. This looks really interesting too

    1. Hi Hannah,
      From what I can remember, you need to click on the account button in the top right corner. Then scroll down and there should be a list of questions. I do think it may have taken a couple of days for the questions to show. Or it may be that I just wasn’t very observant. Which I think is more likely… Best of luck!

      1. Thanks Pete. I’ve done that and get random questions in green boxes slide in. I’ve answered them. Does that sound like the right ones?

        1. Yep, those sound like the questions you need. Well done for getting there much quicker than me!

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