Get Paid Big Money by Participating in Medical Trials


May 23, 2018

Anyone who watches superhero movies will be wary of the term “human medical trials.” Sure, individuals who take these tests in the movies usually get superpowers in the process, but it sometimes comes at great expense. Take Deadpool, for example. Dude’s got super-fast regeneration powers. But I doubt he enjoys looking at himself in the mirror.

But in the real world, participating in medical trials is a relatively safe and great way to supplement your income. The money is usually good, but you can also take pride in the fact that you’re doing your part in the advancement of science and medicine.

The cool thing is, some tests aren’t even invasive at all. For example, NASA paid a huge sum of money to study people’s sleep patterns. The data collected helped NASA in their space missions. Pretty sweet, right?

To help you decide how and where to participate in medical trials, I’ve created a list of websites for you to check out. But before we get to that, here are a few things you should know first.

Risks and Regulations

Taking part in medical trials isn’t a decision you should take lightly. That’s doubly true for tests that require invasive procedures, or ones that require taking certain drugs.

Most drug trials are at Phase 1, which is the stage they try to spot and address side-effects. It’s your job to note these effects and report them to the testing facility. That’s actually the point of these tests- to spot any side effects and address them before making the drugs or procedures available to the public.

But that actually sounds scarier than it really is. There is a system of checks and balances in place that prevents researchers from administering toxic or fatal medicines. Regulations and committees were created to protect you, so take comfort in that.

One of the best ways to minimize your risk is to go with a reputable clinic or testing facility, some of which I’ve listed below. These establishments work under strict regulations and guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These rules are being implemented to protect test subjects such as yourself from unscrupulous practices.

There’s another layer of protection for you- before a testing facility can even start human trials, it needs to get the approval of an independent ethics committee.

How to Qualify for Medical Studies

Qualifications will vary depending in the tests being conducted, but generally, you’ll have to be of legal age to participate. The testing facility will specify their needs, and screen applicants before accepting them.

Some tests will need participants with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes or other diseases. Other tests will require a particular age group. For example, research on arthritis medication will require more senior participants.

How Much Can I Make Participating in Medical Tests?

This also depends on the testing facility and the actual tests. But a good ballpark figure is around $100 per day. But that amount can go up to around $8,000 if you need to be tested and stay in the facility for a few weeks of observation. Even at the lower end of the pay scale, that’s a pretty decent amount.

Where to Apply for Medical Trials

Check out the list of websites below. Note that these are resources. They list tests and facilities, but don’t actually do the tests themselves. I don’t doubt that they list only legitimate facilities that meet or exceed government regulations, but I would still recommend you do your due diligence before applying.

Also remember that most legit facilities will reimburse you for travel expenses. So be sure to bring that up if travel is required.


The site was created by the US National Library of Medicine, and has an extensive database of trials and tests for you to apply for. It also has extensive articles on the risks of potential benefits of participating in tests. I appreciate that.

It’s run by the US government, but the site’s scope is global. You can filter tests based on location, as well as other criteria such as relevance to a particular disease or condition.


2. ClinicalConnection

ClinicalConnection lets you create a profile, which testing facilities can look through. This means researchers can come to you, instead of just you looking for them. (You can still search for tests on your own, though)

The site also has an active community of volunteers and participants, where info on tests and facilities are freely shared.



This site is a free online directory, and has a pretty wide scope: it includes tests being held in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

The various tests are listed clearly, but I liked the fact that the entries are also upfront about some of the pre-existing conditions they require.


4. CenterWatch

CenterWatch is another director you should check out. They’ve been around since 1994, which proves that they’re not a fly by night organization. I’ve used this site frequently; apart from finding tests to participate in, it also collates news related to medical testing.

You can also sign up for email updates on tests, so you’ll always be in the know.


Non-Intrusive Tests

Taking medicine isn’t for everyone. If you’re one of those, don’t worry. You can still participate in medical trials. There are non-invasive options you can try. All you have to do is go through the directories I’ve listed and pick tests that don’t require you to take drugs or undergo procedures you are averse to. You can also check with local universities for available tests.

One such test is the Personal Genome Project, a long-term endeavor by Harvard Medical School. The study attempts to sequence the genome of 100,000 subjects. All the school required from participants was a saliva sample.

You can also participate in psychological tests. These tests don’t pay as much as the invasive ones, but it’s should still be good for making a bit of cash.

The Verdict

Participating in medical tests is a legit way to make good money. And despite the how scary it may sound, it’s actually pretty safe. I would suggest you study the tests (and testing facilities carefully) before applying.

Also, there are rules and regulations in place for your protection. Familiarize yourself with them, and use them as a basis for picking tests to participate in.

Your Turn

This article is based on my own experiences and personal research. Now it’s your turn to share. Have you participated in medical tests? How did it go, and what safety precautions did you take?

Let’s hear your stories!


Rookie Wordsmith
Jun 14, 2018
To be honest I'm not quite sure how I feel about taking part in medical trials. I would fall into the senior category and whilst this article says we are protected against unscrupulous practices I would still not feel comfortable. I have very good health at the moment and I don't want that to change. Just because the majority of people might not react adversely to a certain medication there is always the risk that the odd one or two might. Invasive tests would be out of the question for me but I could cope with having a saliva sample taken or I think I would be happy to have a psychological test.

Burt Maklin

Sep 24, 2018
Sorry to necro this thread (which, when I think about it, is a pretty bad term to use for a thread about medical testing!) but I need to bump this up to spread awareness about medical testing.

No, you won’t turn into Deadpool (although I wouldn’t mind having super-advanced mutant healing abilities - powers like that would come in handy when nursing a hangover). No, a deranged scientist in a bloody lab coat won’t try to graft a new limb to your body. No, some shady government agents won’t throw you into the back of an unmarked van.

None of that will happen, because medical testing - at least, medical legit medical testing - is regulated and needs to be done in accordance to some specific laws. Now, if you agree to medical trials being done by a back alley clinic, that’s on you. You need to do research on the clinic doing the trials, as well as the trials themselves.

Ask lots of questions. And when you think you’ve asked them all, go ahead and ask more. It’s the reasonable thing to do. Any clinic or research facility that refuses to answer your questions should sound your alarm. That’s one of the best ways to know if a facility is a scam.
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Rookie Wordsmith
Jun 13, 2018
I once donated sperm to as part of a clinical trial. I know there’s already a donate your sperm thread, but in my case, my sperm wasn’t used for conceiving (that I knew of). It was part of a medical trial about sperm count.

I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I can’t really tell you the specifics about the test. But basically, they wanted to check how certain conditions affect a man’s sperm count.

The test took several weeks, and I was able to go home after each session (the clinic was near my place, which was partly why I got the gig). During the testing period, I my family jewels were subjected to different conditions, mostly temperature. Diet and stress were also a factor, so I tried different activities and foods.

After each session, I had to submit a sample of my sperm to the testers. Since doing the deed in my home would compromise the study, I had to produce my sample in the clinic - much like when you donate sperm in a sperm bank.

The tests weren’t painful or invasive at all (although I was a bit nervous initially, since anything that involves my cojones gives me the heebie jeebies). And I never knew what the findings were - the researchers never shared any of their findings with me.

I can’t share anything more than that, since it’s covered under my NDA. But overall, it was easy to do and paid relatively well. 10/10 would do it again.


Oct 10, 2018
I couldn't do that. Isn't it dangerous ? I mean I guess it pays well but I don't want to use my body to get injected with some weird stuff.
Maybe I am just too paranoid but it would not be for me. Although thanks a lot to the people who do these trials because in the end thats how the meds have to get tested before they can hit the market and help sick people. You could say that they're some kind of hero ( and well paid too ). I guess you could also get lucky and end up in the control group. Then you just get paid and get some placebos. Personally I just prefer to do my surveys. It won't make as much money but at least I am not a human Guinea pig. Clinical research jobs aren't for me :)
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Rookie Wordsmith
Jun 13, 2018
Savvy Trixie I understand your fears. This was something I originally hesitated to take part in - I guess I’ve watched one too many science fiction movies where the subject of some mysterious test turns into a super-powered mutant. (There’s a reason why Deadpool has been mentioned twice in this review)

But I went through it myself (see my previous post) and I can tell you with full confidence that this isn’t something to be worried about. Yes, some tests are invasive, but participation is always optional… and most importantly, they need to be pre-approved by an independent ethics committee. So those are the things you should look out for. In a way trying to figure out whether a clinic is legit, is no different from figuring out whether a survey site is legit or not.

Does the clinic offer vague or contradictory information? Avoid it! Does the clinic refuse to tell you whether it’s been approved by the independent ethics committee! Avoid it at all costs! Does the clinic offer piecemeal information about the tests they’re offering? Report them!

Also, some of these tests are actually pretty boring. They include cognitive tests or giving up some dna samples. You could look into those kinds of tests if the more invasive ones make you squeamish.