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Field Agent App Review – Eat, Shop and Get Paid?

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For years, I have used the Field Agent Market Research app.  It’s one of the many ways I make money with my phone.

Seeing I haven’t reviewed it yet, I wanted to create a post and talk about the many ways you can make some great money while you’re out and about with this app.

Unlike a lot of apps that require you to take surveys or even download an app to get paid, Field Agent works much differently.  Picture it almost like mystery shopping whenever you want to.

If you like the idea of shopping undercover, testing food or even visiting a store and taking pictures, this could be something to consider.

Field Agent App Review

What is Field Agent?

Field Agent is a 100% legitimate company located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  As I write this, they have more than one million shoppers in the United States and 60+ employees.

They were founded in 2010 and help provide retailers collect information and shopper insights from anywhere, anytime.  From in-home usage tests to taking pictures inside a store, it’s one of the most popular apps helping businesses gather real-time data.

As for the shopper, it’s up to you to complete the job required, most of which takes less than 10 minutes, and submit the work back to the company.  This can range from taking a store display picture to ordering a pizza and judging its condition.

The app has more than 500,000 downloads with a 3.8 out of 5-star rating.

Signing Up

To sign up for Field Agent, you can either connect your Facebook account or sign up using your e-mail address.

In the case of using your Facebook account, you can simply connect and you’re good to go.  If you want to use your email, however, you will have to supply your name, email and create a password.

After doing so, Field Agent will then ask you to fill out a profile screener.  This is similar to that of any survey website if you have signed up for one before.  Basically, they will ask you about your job, marital status, etc, and takes about two minutes to complete.  In filling this out, the app notes that you can get more access to jobs as it helps with the job selection process.

Your Dashboard

Once you complete your profile and screener, you can then access your job list immediately.  In order to do so, however, you will have to allow the app to access your geographical location so that it can show you the jobs within 25 miles.  You don’t have to do this as you can manually enter your zip code, but I just recommend turning it on to make using the app that much easier.

As you can see, there are quite a few jobs available, but this will greatly depend on where you live.  I live in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, so being in one of the largest cities in the United States, it’s not a surprise to see a ton of jobs.  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see a lot of jobs in your area as, again, it greatly depends on your location.  Your rural areas tend to have fewer jobs than a metro area.  Even if you don’t see any jobs, keep refreshing as they can tend to go fast in some areas.

Common Questions

How Does Field Agent Work?

Using the app is extremely simple.

All you need to do is pick out a job of interest, all broken down in categories (I will get into this next), read the directions to make sure you want to do it and complete it.

For instance, one job stated that I had to go to a local fast food restaurant and buy a particular sandwich.  Right after I bought it, I had to take a picture, eat it and then answer five questions.  For my time, I was reimbursed for the sandwich and I was paid $5 for my time.  Basically, I got paid to eat.

99% of your jobs will be at a local retailer, so traveling will be required.  However, you can filter out your results so that you only see locations within three miles of your home if you don’t want to travel much.  On the other hand, if you don’t mind traveling or just want to see what’s out there, you can show results based up to 90 miles from your location.

Aside from the traveling jobs, surveys can pop up from time to time, but they tend to be rare.

How Much Will I Make?

Job will pay anywhere from $3 to $13+ per job minus any reimbursements.

Field Agent always pays in cash, storing it in your account until you hit the cash out button.  You can cash out at any time.

The Jobs Available

In my screenshot above, you will see that the jobs are broken down in many categories, most of which I will try to explain below.  Some are pretty straight forward, whereas some may require training on your end before you’re accepted.

Training Center

As the name implies, these are jobs you can train for if you want to pick up additional jobs.  In short, you can learn more about how you can qualify for jobs that pop up from time to time.  During this time, you ask to read a few short “best practices for the job” and then answer a few questions.  As long as you pass, you can then start to work on those particular jobs in the future.

Most of the time, these training apps only take minutes to complete.  Just make sure you pay close attention as failing to do so could lead to job rejections if you were to pick one up.

Ticket Jobs

The ticket jobs don’t pay you anything.  Instead, for every job you complete, you can earn a raffle ticket toward a monthly drawing.

In general, these jobs range from simple surveys to answering poll questions, all of which only take a minute or so to complete.

Buy & Try

This section allows you to buy a variety of products and sample them at home.  The cool thing about Field Agent is that they will reimburse you for the product and will pay you to test the product at home.

All you need to do is find that product at the mentioned retailer and be sure to save your receipt so that you can prove that you bought it.  Then, you will be asked to try the product and answer some questions in the app a few days later.   Again, it’s very important to save both the product packaging and the receipt to prove you made the purchase.  You will be asked to upload this information when you submit the job.


These are your more “general” jobs, where you will find a little bit of everything.

When I took a look, it ranged anywhere from trying out a new sandwich at a fast food chain to even ordering a pizza.  Like the “Buy & Try” section, these jobs are very similar in that you will get paid to create a report as well as be reimbursed for your purchase.

If it doesn’t appear to fit with the rest, I think Field Agent will just throw it in here.  Make sure you check this section out as I have found some of the best jobs in here.


If you don’t want to buy something and be reimbursed for your purchase, then the audits section may be one to consider.

Audit jobs are very simple and usually require you to visit a local retailer and take a few pictures.  For example, while I was writing this, I saw jobs where I would have to go to a local hardware retailer and take four pictures of a ceiling fan display.  I would then have to answer one question.

These jobs often take a few minutes to complete and pay anywhere from $4 to $10+.  They are all pretty self explanatory, but as with all of these jobs, just make sure you pay close attention to ensure your jobs don’t get rejected.

Mystery Shop

As one of the last options, you will find many of the popular mystery shopping jobs.

I talked about mystery shopping in the past, quickly mention Field Agent in doing so, but if you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s quite easy to understand.  You will be asked to go undercover, acting as an everyday shopper, hence, the name “mystery shopper.”  You may be asked to talk with an employee or even check out a store’s bathroom to see how clean it is.  There are a wide variety of jobs.  After you’re done, you will then be asked to create a report once you get home, usually grading your experience.

It’s important that you stay undercover and remember as many details as possible to ensure your job gets accepted.  Again, as long as you read the directions, you shouldn’t have a problem getting approved.


And, in my last section, you will find that Field Agent works with Walmart a lot.  From testing out a Walmart service to finding competitor sales ads, there are almost always a Walmart job available, with varying title names.

For instance, as I write this, Field Agent asked me to make a grocery purchase online and pick it up curbside at a reserved time.  I would then have to take a few pictures and answer some questions.

This is just one of the many examples, but you will almost always find Walmart categories, sometimes as many as three to five at a time.  Some can require a lot of work, whereas some are pretty simple.  Just read the directions to see if it’s something you’re interested in before accepting.

Cashing Out

Field Agent makes the rewards extremely easy as they only pay you in cash.  Each job will tell you how much you will get paid after completion, so there’s no need to worry about a silly points system.

Once you earn cash, you can cash out as there is no minimum.  You can either have the money sent directly to your PayPal account or you can choose direct deposit if you so choose.

At any time, you can check your balance as well as cash out via the “Cash Out” section in your menu.

Tips to Keep in Mind

To succeed on the app, I have a few tips I wanted to share with you to make sure you get paid if you do consider using the app.

Read directions

Whenever you accept a job, ALWAYS make sure you read the directions as closely as possible to make sure your job gets accepted.  One small mistake and Field Agent will deny your job.

Take clear pictures

If you take any pictures, always make sure it’s as clear as possible with no obstructions, and do not use the zoom function.  A lot of times, you can view an example in the description and even preview your photo before sending it.  As long as it’s clear, you should be good.

Don’t blow your cover

If the app asks you to be a mystery shopper, then be one.  You do not want to blow your cover as this can result in a job denial.

You can cancel jobs, but be fast!

Yes, you can cancel jobs, but do keep in mind that if you do so after five minutes of holding it, then Field Agent will penalize you.  In your statistics, Field Agent will give you an “Agent Score,” all of which is based on your job history, submission quality and how many jobs you cancel, etc.  The lower the number, the less likely you can see jobs.

Refresh your job list

Jobs are always being added, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see any at the time of opening your app.  Make it a habit to check the app throughout the day to see what’s available.  Remember the good jobs go fast.

What Others Are Saying

In searching online, I found quite a few complaints as well as compliments.  As with any way to make money online, you will find a mix of both.

So, to make things easier, I broke down both the pros and cons I found online below…

The Pros

  • great way to make money on the go
  • get paid to test food/products
  • one of the higher paying apps in this industry
  • can start ASAP
  • no experience required
  • no minimum payout
  • very easy to use

The Cons

  • app can be buggy
  • not enough jobs in some areas
  • time can add up in some cases
  • jobs are sometimes denied, but this is usually your fault

Final Thoughts

Field Agent is definitely 100% percent legit and is a fun way to earn money on the side.  While I wouldn’t recommend you use it as a part-time income, I would only turn it on only if you’re already headed to that store or within the vicinity.  Since most jobs only pay $4 to $10, it’s not really worth your time to go out and start attacking each job in your area.

If you want to make $20, $30 or even $50 a month, it’s 100% possible if you find yourself outside the home a lot.  I would just make it a habit to turn the app on anytime you plan on going out.  You never know if you can score a free lunch or even a quick $10.

In the end, I do recommend it and at least encourage you to download it and try it out for a few weeks.  Worst case, if you don’t like the jobs or you’re finding that there’s not enough in your area, then you can always delete it if need be.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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