Survey Junkie gives the impression it was made by someone who would identify as a survey junkie. The site’s well-vetted surveys, clean dashboard and fair point system made what is often a mundane task into a pleasant experience. However, a high threshold for redeeming points means it will take longer to get your rewards.
Here are the other things you should know about Survey Junkie.
What it’s like
Survey Junkie feels like more of an aggregator than a survey site, so if you’ve ever used other aggregators, you’re likely to see some familiar names. During the five days I tested the site, I encountered surveys from Ipsos i-Say and VIP Voice, among others.
Survey Junkie includes an extensive profile survey that claims to help the site find surveys that match your demographics. The site offers 25 points for signing up and 50 points for the demographic survey. When I did qualify for surveys, they were interesting and had a high point value. Since I was redirected to third-party sites, I had to provide the same basic information for each survey.
The surveys I qualified for were engaging and usually took less time than estimated. The user interface of the main site is clean and welcoming, so even when I was disqualified, it was easy to find the next survey.
As with similar websites, sometimes Survey Junkie would send me to a third-party site where I’d get caught up in a loop of disqualifications. But it didn’t happen enough for it to be a serious inconvenience.
Out of 63 surveys, I qualified for 12 of them. This is a 19% success rate. I’m a single woman in my 20s living in an urban area, so this or any number of factors could have affected my qualification rate. Compared with some other sites, I got disqualified much less often for basic demographics, and instead got booted for things like purchasing habits or TV preferences.
Even if you get booted, Survey Junkie gives you three points for trying. There’s no limit to how many times you can reap that consolation prize. But if you’re left out of a survey because it reached capacity or a third-party website malfunctioned, Survey Junkie doesn’t register it as a disqualification.
While I had an easier time earning points on Survey Junkie than on any other site, I had a harder time getting rewards. The site has a $10 redemption threshold, or 1,000 points. Points are worth 1 cent each, and Survey Junkie displays this on its dashboard. In my five hours with the site, I didn’t reach that threshold. I made it to $8.62, but 75 cents of that came from a signup bonus and a profile survey. Subtracting this bonus, I earned a rate of $1.57 per hour.
I decided to go beyond my five-hour limit and kept taking surveys until I reached $10 so I could see how the redemption process worked. The marketplace was straightforward, and everything in it was assigned a cash value, not a point value. When I went to redeem my purchase, the site asked me for my address in order to verify my identity, which I was hesitant to do.
I contacted customer support and received a response within a few hours. The answer reiterated that they needed the information to “prevent dishonest activity.” Once I did give them my address, I was able to redeem my points for an Amazon gift card without trouble.
Survey Junkie has a well-designed platform, straightforward rewards system and better survey vetting than any other site I used. It’s difficult to make a lot of money through any of these sites, but if you want to try it out, Survey Junkie offers a more pleasant experience than most. If you’re looking for lower thresholds for reward redemption, check out our roundup of sites where you can take surveys for money.
No matter which site you try, consider setting up a separate email just for these sites. Survey Junkie sent me 22 emails over a five-day period, and these offers can clog up your personal inbox. Be sure to install some anti-malware software, in case an aggregator takes you to a spammy site. And remember to take breaks when you feel your eyes or brain getting tired.
If you decide surveys aren't for you, there are plenty of other ways to make money.
Veronica Ramirez is a former consumer-finance writer for NerdWallet. Her work has also appeared in USA Today and MarketWatch.