For several years the pay for most mystery shopping jobs was rather low. On average, pay was between $6.00 and $8.00, which was very little considering the time taken to do the job and report it, as well as the cost of gas.
However I’m noticing a trend of higher paying jobs becoming available. I receive emails concerning mystery shopping jobs, and the variety of jobs has definitely increased lately, as well as the pay for many of them. (You can learn how to get emails of shopper jobs in the book How To Make Money As a Secret Shopper, Busting the Myths About Mystery Shopping.)
Some of better paying jobs crossing my desktop involve visiting and reporting on senior living centers, posing as a customer who wants information on a credit card or mortgage at a bank, attending and reporting on a sales presentation taking place at a hotel conference room, going bowling, getting a make-up consultation at a department store, and certain restaurant meals.
I believe that as more and more businesses are looking for feedback on how their employees are doing, we will see even more of the better paying shopper jobs being offered. Companies that provide mystery shopping jobs are realizing that most shoppers are not interested in making less than minimum wage, unless they are also getting a free product, service, or meal. Thus the increase in pay!