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What is Amazon Mturk?

Updated on July 9, 2014

If you have found this page it is most likely because you have been searching for work at home opportunities and are trying to sort out the legit ones from scams. If you stumbled across Amazon Mechanical Turk (also known as Mturk) you have most likely gathered that it is a legit opportunity. It is run by Amazon and the are about as trustworthy as a company can get. Although there is a plethora of information about Amazon Mechanical Turker being legit there is little information about what it actually entails. In this article I will give you an overview of what Mechanical Turk is.

What is MTURK?

Mturk stands for Mechanical Turk. It is a website run by Amazon where people can do micro jobs for cash or gift cards. Requesters can post jobs called HITS ranging from categorizing and tagging pictures to audio transcription and surveys. HITS stands for Human Intelligence Tasks and they are basically small tasks or micro-jobs. The turker (person completing HITS) accepts the HIT, does the task and then waits for the HIT to be accepted and paid for by the requester.

Who can join Amazon Mturk?

Anybody over the age of 18 can join Mturk for free although there are significantly more opportunities for those residing in the US and native English Speakers. Also people of all different skills sets can join, the types of HITs available include writing, transcribing, surveys and categorization.

How am I paid?

After a 10 day hold on payments (the first 10 days of having your account) you can be paid by check, direct deposit ($10 minimum), or an amazon gift card credited to your account ($1 minimum). You may cash-out at any point after reaching the minimum and can cash-out as frequently as you like. Remember Amazon is extremely reputable and you will always receive your money as long as your follow their terms of service. Be sure to take note that you will have to pay taxes on money you make on Mturk and will file as an independent contractor.

How much can I make?

This is a very tricky question. Mturk has been criticized and called a "virtual sweatshop" because many people only make a few dollars an hour. Your hourly rate depends on how fast you can complete HITS and the HITS you choose complete. After a few weeks on the site and choosing the right hits if you are motivated you should be able to make a decently hourly wage. You most likely will not get rich via Mturk although many people make enough working on MTurk to pay their bills every month or just supplement an existing income. The best thing about Mturk is that you can choose to work when you want and however often you want.

How do I sign up?

Visit and set up an account!

How do I complete HITs once I have signed up?

I actually have written a HUB with step by step directions on how to complete HITS which you can find by clicking HERE

More Resources

  • Turker Nation is a forum where community members discuss the ups and downs of Mturk. On this forum you can find tips, reputable requesters and average earnings. The more you post on this forum the more helpful it becomes, after you are active for an undetermined amount of time you gain access to an exclusive part of the forum with more reviews and tips.
  • Turk Opticon is an add on for Mozilla Firefox which enables you to see reviews of requesters on Mturk. These reviews include trustworthiness, fairness, generosity and commutativity.

Do you have any questions about Amazon Mechanical Turk? Ask here!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Fantastic information, lenamariee! Thank you for posting this. VUMS (Voted Up, More, and Shared)

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      lenamariee 5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Lol, once you learn how to weed out the bad HITs out and learn the navigation as well as get a pattern down it becomes easier! Usually I earn $7.00+ an hour, but it took some learning to get to that point :)

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      I just tried it. It took me ten minutes to earn two cents, I must be doing something wrong. LOL.

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      Shawn The Baker 5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      It's significantly more difficult to make money on Mturk if you're an international worker, basically the only payout you can receive is Amazon gift cards, which is alright, but shipping makes it not worth it. Luckily I live in the US

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I did, but unfortunately they came back and replied that my location is not supported by Mturk's account!

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      lenamariee 5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      You should definitely give it a shot!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I came to this site via your 'How to Make Money on Amazon's Mechanical Turk' Interesting and will probably give it a try. Will be Sharing this