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Making Money as a Mechanical Turk for Amazon

Updated on November 9, 2011
This is my Mechanical Turk account's earnings for the past few days - proof that you really can make quite a bit of money. I would have made much more, but my limit on the amount of HITs I could claim was 93 for this week.
This is my Mechanical Turk account's earnings for the past few days - proof that you really can make quite a bit of money. I would have made much more, but my limit on the amount of HITs I could claim was 93 for this week.

What is a Mechanical Turk?

A mechanical turk is not a term that is commonly used or known by most Internet users, but it is a very important and potentially profitable term. A mechanical turk refers to someone who works as a "crowdsourcer", or a worker that is part of a large workforce that is used by online companies to complete tasks for money. While there are a few different companies that you can work for online, working as an Amazon mechanical turk is probably your best idea for a few reasons:

  1. Amazon is a trustworthy international company, and your personal information is secure, and payment is backed by the guarantee of a large corporation that will not fail anytime soon.
  2. Work is posted by other large corporations, universities conducting studies, or individuals looking for workers to do their work. This means that a large selection of jobs to choose from.
  3. You can use the money that you earn working as a mechanical turk to purchase goods on Amazon, or you can withdraw them directly into your bank account.

So what do you have to do to sign up as a mechanical turk, and what types of jobs will you be able to choose from? Well, if you have an Amazon account, all you have to do is sign in to the mechanical turk website. If you don't have an Amazon account, you can sign up for one here: Amazon Mechanical Turk

With that done, you might want to choose some jobs to do. But wait, what types of jobs are being offered? Are they easy, hard, or downright impossible gusta other online job offers? Well, there is a huge selection of jobs for you to choose from. As I am writing this article, there are over 200,000 HITS (called human intelligence tasks, the name for any job on the site), and they range from things gusta writing short articles to taking personality surveys to analyzing and tagging photos. The tasks are numerous and many of them are quite easy to complete. The amount of jobs that you can do is limited each day based on the quality of your work and how much work you do each day, so to increase that limit, you should complete as many jobs as you can each day and make sure that you do the jobs right to keep your approval rating high.

You can get paid in two ways; your balance can either be deposited directly into your bank account, or you can transfer the funds into your Amazon account so you can buy products directly off Amazon. There is no minimum for withdrawing your money, and you can request payment any time that you have funds. However, new mechanical turks do have to wait a period of ten days before they can request to have their money transferred out, to discourage spam and multiple accounts.


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    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I found this interesting since it's done via Amazon, so it can be trusted, because so many work-at-home offerings are scams. But I looked it over and it seems most jobs (HITS) pay just pennies.

      I read your answers to the other comments, where I see other readers have discovered the same thing as I did. I guess it is worth a second review to see what other HITS are listed. And maybe it just takes time to get approval and permission for the bigger HITS.

      With the understanding that some tasks take only seconds to complete, I wouldn't rule it out for anyone who has the time to investigate this further. I'd be interested in seeing future comments from others who tried it.

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      6 years ago

      @quatrain The person who issued the HIT is ALLOWING you a whole hour to finish a task that may take only a few seconds. So, no, it is not pennies-an-hour labor, as you put it, it is simply allowing plenty of time to get a task done.

    • kal30314 profile image


      6 years ago

      I like Amazon Mechanical Turk, I only cash out when I shop on Amazon. The money help with the cost of goods on Amazon.

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      Alla Goltsman 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the information

    • free-l-ramswriter profile image


      7 years ago

      D22314 Thank you for the information. It is better to know. I am always looking for new ideas. I going to check it out.

    • D22314 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Canada

      The work that I've done that's paid two cents is titling an image, identifying if an image or profile is inappropriate or spam, answering a single question, etc.

      Generally, these tasks are uploaded in the hundreds and take only a few seconds to complete, so if you find a good HIT you could stand to make a decent hourly wage. Right now I'm averaging about $9 an hour, but could make much more if the limit was lifted.

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      Alla Goltsman 

      7 years ago from USA

      Could you describe a couple of tasks? I am trying to imagine what kind of work would cost 2 pennies. Thanks.

    • D22314 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Canada

      I did a number of these pennies an hour tasks, as you call them, and I made about 6 bucks in an hour. Not great, but not bad either. Definitely not a waste of time if you know what you're doing.

    • quatrain profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi, I took a look because I had not heard of this one. Many of the HITs (human tasks) listed pay truly sorry rates, such as 2 pennies per hour. These are times when many people will be looking for ways to make extra money but selling one's time for mere pennies an hour makes us cheaper-than-cheap labor, I'm thinking.


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