I have seen a lot of fake paid survey sites out there claiming that you can make “$75 per survey.” The sites claiming this are basically spam and are actually leading you to paid offers, which are not the same at all. (The difference between paid offers and paid surveys) So that leads me to answer the following question:
But how much can you actually earn doing real paid surveys?
With real paid surveys, you will very rarely make $75 for a single survey. Much more often I am paid $5, $10, $15, and sometimes $20 for a single survey. I am, however, often contacted to complete several surveys in one day.
(Disclaimer: I now exclusively use eCash Opinions to get my surveys. Other services may provide more or less survey opportunities and at different rates. Also, there are several factors which may cause you to qualify for more or less surveys. You can see my list of Paid Survey Sites.)
Here are some examples of my daily email inbox after receiving my offers for the day:
On this day I did get a great $18 survey, but the only other paid survey I got was for a measley $1. On another day my email box looked like this:
On this day I was offered $30 to complete 3 surveys. They took me about an hour and a half to complete, so that was sort of like having a part time job making $20 per hour clicking boxes about my opinion. Not bad. Here is another day:
More surveys but the total only added up to $31 for the day. I completed all of these and it took my nearly 3 hours. Obviously I made less this day per hour, but I had the extra time and these were pretty fun surveys. I could have skipped the low paying ones and just taken the $15 and $12 surveys to maximize my time if I were on a tighter schedule that day.
Those were all pretty good days as far as survey offers go. Because we are shooting for total honesty here, I have to show you another day when the offers weren’t so great:
YIKES, only one $2 survey that day, along with a few surveys which could possibly qualify me for other surveys, or reward me with a drawing for a prize. These low paying days generally happen at least once each week.
So how much do I make on average? I would say around $15-$20 per day for an hour or two of taking surveys. I know that if I were more diligent about taking the qualification surveys and expanded my network, I could probably increase that drastically, but I work full time and do this for extra money. I typically don’t feel like spending more than an hour or two taking surveys. If you wish to do more, I am quite sure you could. I have a friend who pays the payment on her new Lexus just by doing online surveys, but she really loves taking them and is dedicated. It all depends on how much time you are willing to put in.