Looking for the top 10 best paid survey sites? Well, I have written this handy review of all my favourites so you can stop searching and start earning.
I know many of us think about it, but how do you go about earning extra money? One great way is by completing online surveys. Okay, so it won’t make you rich, but it’s very easy to do and how many other ways can you earn from the comfort of your sofa?
Plus, you get a chance to have your say about certain brands and sometimes you may even get to try new products.
However, after several years of experience, I’ve learned that some survey sites are far better than others. But how do you know which are the legitimate survey sites and which are just scams? Well, to save you time from having to look through all my reviews, I have listed my top ten in order of preference.
And the best thing is, survey sites don’t just restrict you to earning from home. Many now have apps, which means you can earn extra cash during your daily commute or when you’re standing outside the school gates.
Please note that I am based in the U.K. However, several of these sites are also available to survey hunters from the U.S.
And also note that unlike other sites that claim to tell you the best-paid survey sites, mine is genuine. You see, some people only recommend a survey site because they are paid a commission. 4 of the sites I list below will earn me nothing if you join (1, 2, 5, and 7 in case you’re wondering).
But a few questions you may have before we get started…
Can you actually make money from surveys?
Yes you can. You will struggle to make a full-time income, but you can easily earn several hundred pounds per month without too much effort. It’s just a case of finding the right survey sites for you.
How much will I get paid to take surveys?
There’s no hard and fast rule. How much you can earn depends on plenty of factors, such as how long a survey takes, which company is paying you, and how unique your opinion is. For example, a survey looking for answers from females aged 18-60 won’t pay as much as a survey looking for female engineers aged 30.
Do you have to declare the income from surveys?
You can make up to £1000 online as an extra income without having to declare it to HMRC. Any more than this and you will need to fill out a self assessment each year.
Are paid surveys safe?
As long as you keep to the established and genuine survey sites you should never have an issue. And remember, it’s your information. If you don’t feel comfortable with sharing something, don’t. I very rarely share my postcode, address or name – only if it’s for a long-term project that pays well.
Which survey sites pay the most?
An easy choice for the number 1 spot. The surveys here are usually created by lecturers and students at universities. The great thing is, they often receive grants to write these surveys. This means that the money they pay to you isn’t theirs, which often makes them more generous.
A couple of things to note; you need to keep an eye out quite often for new surveys, otherwise they fill up quickly. Also, during the holidays, there are fewer surveys.
Pros: Well paid surveys and generally very interesting
Cons: You have to be quick. Spaces are limited and fill up quickly
This may seem a little strange, but PopulusLive is 2nd on my list, even though technically it pays more than Prolific. Surveys are easy and quick to complete and pay more than any other site I have used.
However, there are 3 things that let it down. Surveys are infrequent, you are only paid once you reach £50 and payment is by cheque! Although I now have a banking app that allows me to deposit cheques from my phone.
But don’t let those things put you off. It’s still a great paying survey site.
Pros: Very well paid survey site.
Cons: The number of surveys you receive each month changes dramatically. Difficult to guarantee an income.
Another must-have site. They pay you just for signing up! This survey site will normally give you between 2 or 3 surveys every day. Occasionally, you will strike it lucky and be chosen to trial a product and get paid for the privilege! Every time you enter a survey, you are also entered into a prize draw to win prizes. My total winnings stand at £1…
Oh, and you get £3 just for joining by following the link!
Pros: Steady number of surveys each month. Decent pay and a chance to test products.
Cons: You can be screened out of quite a few surveys, even though you’ve received an invite.
This is a similar site to PopulusLive. Surveys don’t come along as often as I like and the pay isn’t quite as good. However, the surveys are always interesting and they pay in cash with a minimum of a £50 payout. Combine this with PopulusLive and it can be very nice to have a £100 payout every few months.
Pros: Interesting surveys, with the results used in major publications. A steady stream of surveys each month.
Cons: Doesn’t pay as well as some of the other sites
Not as well paid as some sites above, but I love OnePoll. Generally, the surveys only pay about between 10-30p. That may sound a little hard going, but some of the surveys take just seconds to complete. This site is great for people who are short on time or those on the constant move as you can complete surveys from your phone too. And, you earn £2.50 just for joining!
Pros: Quick and easy surveys. Can complete from anywhere.
Cons: Will take a while to get to your first payout
Similar to Prolific, the majority of surveys come from universities. They pay well but not quite as well as Prolific. Plus, spaces on surveys are very limited, so you need to be quick if you want to earn.
Another plus point is that earnings are paid in cold, hard cash.
Pros: Interesting surveys and a good rate of pay.
Cons: You can go a long time without receiving any surveys at all.
This is only available through an app on your phone. OnePulse offers 2 types of survey, those that pay cash and those that reward you with XP. And as your XP increases, the more cash you get receive when you complete a paid survey. Although the pay is relatively low (around 25 pence), surveys only take you a few seconds. This is a good little earner for very little effort.
Pros: For the time spent answering questions, probably the best paid survey site out there.
Cons: For mobile only. You have to be very quick to answer as spaces are limited.
If you want to download the app, then Apple users click here
Android users click here
This site makes my top 10 list for a few reasons. There are far more surveys than nearly every other site and they pay quite well. Plus, complete more surveys and you have a chance of being awarded bonus points for finishing top of the leaderboard. Another benefit is that you receive compensation if you are screened out of a survey.
Pros: Plenty of surveys. Chances to earn bonus points as you compete against others.
Cons: Rewards can vary wildly between surveys.
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Possibly one of the biggest sites out there. This isn’t just a survey site – there are plenty of other ways to earn too. In fact, you need to be selective in the surveys you complete as some pay quite badly. But once you come to terms with the site and take advantage of their special offers and games, you can earn a decent amount. And convince your friends to join and you earn 10% of all their future earnings!
Pros: Plenty of earning opportunities, not just restricted to surveys.
Cons: Surveys are poorly paid compared to the other sites on this list.
New to my list is Qmee. This is a site where you can earn from your computer or an app on your phone. Pay for each survey varies a lot, so make sure you’re picky. However, complete surveys 6 days in a row and you receive 10% extra. You can withdraw money to your PayPal account at any time. And, you’ll get 50 pence just for joining.
Pros: Always plenty of surveys and there’s an app for your phone to use.
Cons: You need to be choosy, as there are some poorly paid surveys there.
Well, that’s a list of my top 10 best paid survey sites. I’m forever joining new sites, so I will update this page from time to time if I find something better. If you know of any other sites, please let me know below.
My advice would be not to sign-up to just one survey site. The more you belong to, the better chance you have to earn money. And if you think a survey is too long for the amount they pay you… don’t do it!
Or, take a look at how I earned over £1000 worth of free Amazon gift cards last year.
Please note that some of the links above are affiliated.