About Survey Junkie
By offering the ability to get paid for taking online surveys anywhere, anytime, and on any device, Survey Junkie is an online community that helps their 3,000,000+ members share their opinion, become influencers, and assist brands with delivering better products and services.
According to their website, all you have to do is build your profile, and they'll match you to surveys. After completing them, you’ll earn virtual points that can be redeemed instantly via PayPal cash out or for e-Giftcards.
Seems simple, right? But does this necessarily mean that Survey Junkie is “a 100 percent legitimate way to earn some extra cash,” as claimed on their website? Here, we’ll briefly explore the nuances of this question so you can come to the most informed conclusion possible.
Taking a Closer Look at How Survey Junkie Works
Anyone can become a Survey Junkie member, as long as they’re at least 13 years of age or older, reside in the US, UK, Canada, or Australia, and have a valid email address. Obviously, since all of these surveys are completed online, you’ll also need an internet connection.
Speaking of which, the company recommends taking their surveys while using a desktop or laptop. In fact, using a smartphone could limit your options to only those surveys also accessible via mobile devices.
You’ll also need to complete a brief profile about yourself (although you can add more comprehensive details at a later point), which the company emphasizes is “strictly private and will not be shared or sold to third parties.” However, market research companies will have access to your anonymous answers.
Then, you’ll simply confirm your email address and get started.
According to Survey Junkie’s FAQ, their surveys—which are available daily—are very easy to complete, although you must be proficient in English reading and writing skills, and you must always provide honest answers. The company may also send regular invitations to your inbox.
They report that completion time for each of their surveys varies, although on average, we’re told they take about 15 minutes.
After completing one, or after filling out additional profile questions, referring friends to participate, or performing other rewardable actions (designated by a green button), you’ll earn points. Based on previous survey completions, your current points—which will never expire as long as you’re a current member—will be displayed in the left panel (dashboard) of your member’s home page
Once you’ve accumulated at least 1,000 points, they can be redeemed for cash using PayPal or e-Giftcards (US residents only). All you have to do is choose your redemption method, provide your email address, and the reward will be sent accordingly.
Note: In some instances, the company may send an “email or text message to confirm your contact information, or ask you to provide personal information through security questions which help us verify your identity before you can redeem your points for rewards.”
How Much Money Could You Earn From Survey Junkie’s Rewards?
A Survey Junkie membership is absolutely free. And, according to at least one advertisement on their website at the time of our research, you can get paid an extra $5 cash per day by completing their surveys. Is this realistic, though?
The Survey Junkie FAQ tells us that 1,000 points are the equivalent of $10, which works out to $0.01 per point. They also report that each survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, although this—as well as the points you earn—can vary.
The company's website didn't provide any further details, but when taking a look at a broad cross-section of third-party industry-related websites like ListenMoneyMatters.com and WorkAtHomeNoScams.com, it appears the bulk of completions will earn members between 100 and 300 points. With these details in mind, let’s run some quick numbers:
If it takes you 15 minutes to complete a survey that earns you 200 points, or the equivalent of $0.20, this works out to about $0.80 per hour. Therefore, drawing this simple example out to its conclusion, this means that you’d have to spend more than 10 hours completing surveys before you earned enough to withdraw.
As discussed earlier, these numbers could fluctuate slightly in either direction, but the point remains the same—and is something Survey Junkie’s FAQ strongly emphasizes: you will not get rich by taking their surveys.
In fact, if you’re looking for some extra cash, your time might be better spent getting a part-time job.
Nonetheless, when it’s time to withdraw your money, Survey Junkie doesn’t charge any fees.
What Can We Learn From Online Member Reviews for Survey Junkie?
We encountered nearly 400 member reviews for Survey Junkie on TrustPilot, who had cumulatively given the company an average rating of about four stars. Common compliments appeared to revolve around fun, interesting surveys and the fact that you can earn instant points, while complaints often revolved around frequent penalizations, low payouts, being declined for surveys after completing many questions, and problems redeeming points.
In each of these instances, a representative responded to help find a solution.
From a company perspective, Survey Junkie (Blue Media Ventures, Inc., who recently rebranded as Active Measure) is based out of Glendale, CA and has been in business since 2011. They held an A + rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on one negative customer review and 13 closed complaints, as of 1/16/18. No additional details were available.
Are There Other Sites Competing with Survey Junkie?
Searching online, you’ll find there are dozens of survey rewards websites competing for your time and energy. Here were some of the top results at the time of our research, in no particular order:
|Survey Junkie||Up to 1,000 points per survey||PayPal, e-Giftcards|
|Swagbucks||Up to $35 per survey||Gift cards|
|Survey Savvy||None listed||Cash/check|
|Ipsos i-Say||Up to $95||PayPal, Gift cards, Sweepstakes entry|
|Inbox Dollars||Varies||Cash, Gift cards, Sweepstakes entry|
|Point Club||Varies||Gift cards|
|eMiles||None listed||Airline and hotel points|
Given the fact that this is just a small sample of your many different options, how can you possibly choose the right website to earn some pocket change—or perhaps even more—by completing surveys?
The bottom line is that each site appears to differentiate themselves from the competition in one or more of the following areas:
- The subject matter you’ll be dealing with
- The number of points, or amount of money, earned for completing surveys
- The methods through which these points or money can be redeemed
For example, we can see from the table above that if you’re interested in gift cards, companies like SurveySavvy, eMiles, and VIP Voice likely wouldn’t be your first choice. On the other hand, if you absolutely must know how their points structures work prior to signing up, the VIP Voice and MySurvey websites didn’t provide a whole lot of detail at the time of our research.
Like any other company you choose to do business with, you’ll also want to browse consumer advocacy websites like HighYa to find out what members are saying. If you frequently encounter the same feedback, this could be a strong indication you could experience the same after signing up.
How does all of this come together? Let’s bring everything to a final conclusion.
Our Final Thoughts About Survey Junkie
In the end, based on what we learned from online customer feedback and Survey Junkie’s Better Business Bureau rating, they seem to be a legitimate company who’s been in business for years, and who really can help their members earn extra money by completing online surveys.
However, we think it’s important to balance these positives with the fact that, using our (perhaps) overly simplistic example from above, you’ll almost certainly earn far less than minimum wage for your time.
In other words, while it might represent something that can help occupy 10 minutes of boredom every now and again, while earning you a few pennies in the process, if your main goal is to make money, even getting a part-time job could pay many times more per hour than what you’ll earn from completing their surveys.
Just keep in mind that not all sites are as legitimate as Survey Junkie. To learn more, be sure to read Online Surveys: How to Determine Scams from Legitimate Opportunities.