Tuesday, 20 April 2021

10 Best Paid Online Survey Sites in 2021 (Work From Home)

Get paid to take online surveys for money. Paid survey scams! Market research is a huge industry ($44.35 billion to be exact,) and while there are legit market research companies that conduct online surveys and actually pay panelists for their participation, there are also scammers out there who don’t want to paid!

Top 21 Legit Paid Surveys at Home Companies

But first, here is the list of our favorite 21 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.


1. MindSwarms

Official website: Mindswarms.com

Minimum to cash out: None (they send a $50 PayPal payment within 24 hours of survey completion.)

Pay via: PayPal

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!


But there is a catch…

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. For 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.

There is no requesting payment.

There is 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.


2. SurveySavvy

Official website: SurveySavvy.com

Minimum to cash out: None

Pay via: Check

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.

The pay out

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.

Savvy Connect

3. Savvy Connect

Official website: SavvyConnect

Minimum to cash out: None

Pay via: Check

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.

PineCone Research

4. PineCone Research

Official website: PineConeResearch.com

Minimum to cash out: $3

Pay via: Check, Direct deposit to Visa gift cards

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 link 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.

Reward System

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.

Update: Pinecone Research has transitioned away from PayPal and now pays you via direct electronic bank transfers.

Parent Speak

5. Parent Speak: Survey site for Parents

Official website: Parentspeak.com

Minimum to cash out: $10

Pay via: Check

This is a rather new and very specific survey panel that targets parents. Since a lot of our readers are parents, I thought it would be helpful to mention it.

The company behind the panel is C+R Research, a Chicago-based marketing research company.

This is more than just a survey site. It’s an online community where parents can connect with each other and discuss things.

Of course, for us, the draw is their unique survey panel.

As you can imagine their surveys (usually) revolve around topics and products related to parenting (which covers just about any category of products – food, entertainment, clothing, electronics, etc.)

Almost all surveys here pay a flat payment of $1.

But it doesn’t end there…

A lot of their surveys have follow-up questions which can pay $20-$50. So there is potential for making some serious money here.


6. KidzEyes: Survey site for kids 6 to 12

Official website: Kidzeyes.com

Minimum to cash out: $10

Pay via: PayPal, Check

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.


7. TeensEyes: Survey site for teens 13 to 18

Official website: Teenseyes.com

Minimum to cash out: $10

Pay via: Check

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 – snacks, video games, apps, TV shows, music, movies, clothing, etc.

Getting Paid

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.

Weird rule

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 that earning 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.

Nielsen Digital Voice Research Panel

8. Nielsen Digital Voice Research Panel (also known as Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel)

Official website: NielsenDigitalVoice

Minimum to cash out: None

Pay via: $10,000 monthly sweepstakes entry

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.

To join the program, visit Nielsen Digital Voice Research Panel.


9. LifePoints (former MySurvey)

Official website: Lifepoints.com

Minimum to cash out: 5550 points ($5)

Pay via: PayPal, Gift cards , Merchandise &  Donations to charity

LifePoints is a product of the famous market research company, LightspeedResearch that conducts studies for some of the world’s biggest brands.

With LifePoints 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 10 years (started back when it was split into two different sites, MySurvey and Global Test Market). 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 which can be redeemed for cash, prizes and gift cards.

Valued Opinions

10. Valued Opinions

Official website: ValuedOpinions.com

Minimum to cash out: $20

Pay via: Amazon gift cards (instant)

Valued Opinions is a panel by Research Now LLC, another big research company that partners with organizations like MRII (Market Research Institute International.)

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.

There is no waiting period.

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