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Top 5 Highest Paying Survey Sites of 2017

Survey companies come and go as the best available. Whenever I review sites, I always look at the history of the sites, because some go from being great to being bad, and others rebrand and become good survey sites. With the changes in some of the companies, I wanted to create a list of the highest paying survey sites for 2017.

This list is a good starting point if your looking for new sites to join, or just getting started with taking surveys online. If you would like more content and my free guide on how to take surveys, .

My Top 5 Highest Paying Survey Sites

These sites below are in no particular order of who pays the highest. Although some do vary, overall they all pay above the industry standard. Make sure to read all the way through. At the bottom I share a couple of my favorite sites that aren’t technically “Survey” sites, but are some of the best ways to make money online.


MindSwarms LogoMindSwarms is a relatively new site when it comes to surveys, and I don’t hear a lot about it online. This is great news for you, however, because it’s application based. While you don’t need to be approved to sign up for the site, you do need to fill out applications to be accepted to surveys.

At first this sounds like a waste of time when there are other sites where you can just take surveys right away (and I mention them below). However, MindSwarms pays out $50 per survey and each survey is only 7 questions.

The surveys are video based, so you apply to surveys, get accepted, login and answer the questions on video and logout. It takes less than 20 minutes. And MindSwarms pays via PayPal within 24 hours of completing the survey.

This is definitely one of the highest paying survey sites of 2017.

You join MindSwarms here

PineCone Research

pinecone-research-big-logoPineCone research is a straightforward survey site, except for the fact that you need to be invited to join, and not everyone gets accepted. This is disappointing, but you can understand why when you realize that they pay $3 per every survey.

That is pretty impressive. I do have a link for you to try and apply for the site. Make sure you use the link that matches your demographic

If you’re 18 – 24 year old male use this link: Join PineCone Research

Here is the 18-34 year old UK link: Join PineCone Research

If you don’t match these then use this link: Join PineCone Research

Ipsos i-Say

ipsos-isay-review-300x149Ipsos i-Say is fortunately a site that everyone can sign up for and take surveys as they please. There are tons of surveys to take, and they offer some of the highest paying ones in the industry.

i-Say also has a loyalty program, so that makes them an even better survey taking site.

I’ve written an in-depth review on Ipsos i-Say that you can read here

If you’d like to join them, here’s a link:

Join Ipsos i-Say

Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost LogoOpinion is not only one of the highest paying surveys sites this year, they are also the fastest paying. Their $10 minimum cash out is awesome, since it’s lower than most, but they pay you via PayPal instantly.

I haven’t come across any other site that pays instantly.

You can see my full in-depth review here, it includes some tips for best practice with Opinion Outpost: My Opinion Outpost Review**

If you’d like to get going on Opinion Outpost right now, here’s a link to join:

Join Opinion Outpost


iPoll logoiPoll is another straight forward survey site. Simply sign up and start taking surveys right now. You also get $5 just for signing up.

iPoll also has a mobile app, and it is one of the best ones for survey companies. You can take surveys on the go, or do little tasks while you are out and about.

You can get that $5 bonus for signing up here:

Click here to join iPoll

If you have read my other articles, reviews or looked at the sidebar, you have seen that I really like¬†Swagbucks and CashCrate. I would include them in this, but since I make the most money with them through offers, they technically aren’t the highest paying “survey” sites. They are my favorite sites for making money though. If you’d like to learn more about them, check out my in-depth reviews for them:

My Swagbucks Review

My CashCrate Review

If you have any other sites you think should make the highest paying survey sites of 2017 or have any questions about them, leave me a comment.

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18 comments… add one

  1. Hi,
    When I hit the link to apply to pinecone research it took me to VIP Voice. So, I signed up for it and took 5 surveys and then discovered it doesn’t pay… :-( So I hit the UK link as well and it takes to same place. Just thought you should know. Did I do something wrong, other than signing up for VIP? lol Thanks for your blog and reviews, though, they are typically spot on!

    1. Hey Barbara,

      I apologize for the mix up with Pinecone Research. The link was directed towards Pinecone Research sign up, but was redirecting it to VIP Voice, which was strange. But it should be fixed now, but you here is a link to the invite here: Join Pinecone Research.

      Thanks for reading the reviews! I’m glad they are helpful.


  2. Thank you for the information.

  3. Hi Chris,

    Thanks very much for all the great information you share here with your readers. Unfortunately, none of the links that I find on your post are working – the tab opens but the page is blank despite reloading several times. Does this mean that this program is not offered to my country India? I hope you would clarify this. Thanks.

  4. Hello, Chris! I just signed up to mindswarms and others surveys sites that were recommended by you, but I live in France, and although I can sign up to these websites, I feel like my geographic situation is a bad point for me to be able to be eligible to some surveys.

    Can I lie and pretend to be in the US to get more opportunies?
    I am on iPoll and CashCrate, but I have like zero surveys to apply to!! Help!!

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Margaux,

      These survey companies track your IP address so they can tell which country you actually reside in. So I wouldn’t recommend lying.



  5. is smart panel suppose to be for Pinecone research.

    1. Hey Randy,

      No they are two different things.


  6. Hey James,

    Try PaidView Point, iPoll, and i-Say.

    They should work for you.


  7. It appears that Opinion Outpoint does not add up your points when taking surveys. There probably is a bug in the software. In conclusion, the amount of time spent and the repetition taking survey is better served doing something else. My two cents…

  8. I found Prizerebel website as a skeptical college student trying to make some extra cash. I’ts actually paid out.. I’ve made an extra few hundred dollars a month.

  9. Hello,
    This is Jinat. I’m from Bangladesh. As PayPal Doesn’t support in my country so how can I work at Mindswarms?? Do they pay by western union or any other method??
    Thank you.

  10. Hi Chris,

    I use Surveys Friends since a few months now. What do you think about it ?
    I like the principle to collect points by answering surveys. I find it great and original.

    Thanks in advance.

  11. Great survey sites! Thanks!

  12. thanx you
    ometimes people don’t believe me when I tell them about how much you can make taking paid surveys online…

  13. Hi chris.
    am in Namibia which one will it work for me, since this survey company are not working in some countries. .Please refer me to the best one, this sound amazing I want to start to..

  14. Hi, all in my view Brand institute is great survey site where you can make impressive money

  15. Agree with Sam Spader on his post here. Opinion post still does not credit you properly. Sometimes after answering many questions says you are not eligible (again no credits or prize draw entry). Support staff gives robotic answers when contacted.