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Mystery Shopper Salary

National Average
$11,500 $41,611 /year $105,000
$20 /hour
National Average
$958 $3,467 /month $8,750
$20 /hour
National Average
$221 $800 /week $2,019
$20 /hour
National Average
$5.53 $20 /hour $50.48
Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $91,000 $7,583 $1,750 $44
75th Percentile $49,500 $4,125 $951 $24
Average $41,611 $3,467 $800 $20
25th Percentile $20,500 $1,708 $394 $10
Mystery Shopper Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Ashburn, VA

How much does a Mystery Shopper make?

As of May 14, 2022, the average annual pay for a Mystery Shopper in the United States is $41,611 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $20.01 an hour. This is the equivalent of $800/week or $3,468/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $105,000 and as low as $11,500, the majority of Mystery Shopper salaries currently range between $20,500 (25th percentile) to $49,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $91,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Mystery Shopper varies greatly (by as much as $29,000), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Mystery Shopper job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A Mystery Shopper in your area makes on average $49,491 per year, or $7,880 (19%) more than the national average annual salary of $41,611. Virginia ranks number 22 out of 50 states nationwide for Mystery Shopper salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Mystery Shopper jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a Mystery Shopper on ZipRecruiter today.

What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Mystery Shopper Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Mystery Shopper job is above the national average. Topping the list is Sunnyvale, CA, with Santa Rosa, CA and Cambridge, MA close behind in the second and third positions. Cambridge, MA beats the national average by $7,670 (18.4%), and Sunnyvale, CA furthers that trend with another $10,964 (26.3%) above the $41,611 average.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Mystery Shopper appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 12% between Sunnyvale, CA and Baltimore, MD, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Mystery Shopper role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Sunnyvale, CA$52,575$4,381$1,011$25.28
Santa Rosa, CA$50,822$4,235$977$24.43
Cambridge, MA$49,281$4,107$948$23.69
Vacaville, CA$48,334$4,028$930$23.24
New York City, NY$47,796$3,983$919$22.98
Fairfield, CA$47,749$3,979$918$22.96
San Mateo, CA$47,473$3,956$913$22.82
Lynn, MA$47,060$3,922$905$22.63
Anchorage, AK$46,987$3,916$904$22.59
Baltimore, MD$46,266$3,855$890$22.24

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related Mystery Shopper Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Mystery Shopper job category that pay more per year than a typical Mystery Shopper salary. Top examples of these roles include: Head Of Mystery Shopper, Mystery ORG, and Mystery Science.

Importantly, all of these jobs are paid between $14,898 (35.8%) and $34,341 (82.5%) more than the average Mystery Shopper salary of $41,611. If you’re qualified, getting hired for one of these related Mystery Shopper jobs may help you make more money than that of the average Mystery Shopper position.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Head Of Mystery Shopper$75,952$6,329$1,461$36.52
Mystery ORG$60,351$5,029$1,161$29.01
Mystery Science$58,337$4,861$1,122$28.05
Work From Home Home Shopping Personal Shopper$58,237$4,853$1,120$28.00
Home Based Mystery Shopper$56,509$4,709$1,087$27.17
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.