Can You Make Money With Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Welcome to my Amazon Mechanical Turk Review!

When I first heard about MTurk, as it’s often shortened to, I wondered what this product was all about and you’re probably wondering too, that’s why you’re here.

Check out my review to see whether MTurk can be a money spinner for you or not.

Company Name: Amazon Mechanical Turk
Website: https://www.mturk.com/
Founders: Venky Harinarayan
Price: Free to Join
Launch Date: November 2, 2005
GoWorkFromAnyWhere Rating: 6/10
Who’s it for?: Anyone wanting to make extra money on the side

What Is Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a marketplace provided by Amazon for people like you for making some extra income.

There are thousands of jobs available in the marketplace.   These jobs are tasks that computers are currently unable to do and range from choosing the best photographs of a storefront, writing product descriptions, tagging objects found in an image for SEO purposes, removing duplicate content from business listings, verifying details such as phone numbers for businesses, filling out survey details and so on.

You can carry out the tasks from the comfort of your own home anywhere in the world or even on the beach with your laptop, as everything is online.

How Does MTurk Work?

Amazon Mechanical Turk

There are Requesters and Workers.

Requesters, which can be a business owner, an individual or even a large corporation will provide the tasks, which are usually part of a larger project broken down into smaller components.   This is done to make it more efficient for the Requester who will usually have tight deadlines to meet.

You, as a Worker, will complete tasks given by Requesters on time and submit it.

Jobs known as Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs)  are posted by the Requester and Workers can then request to carry out the tasks.

Each HIT has a price that it pays to complete and a time allotted for completion.

Some Requesters ask that you pass a qualification test before you can accept a HIT from them.

You, as a Worker, can browse the HITs and accept the assignments you want to work on.

Once you ‘ve completed an assignment, you submit the HIT and wait for payment.

Requesters are allowed to accept or reject the work you have completed and submitted to them – after all, they are the ones that will be paying you.

If accepted, you will receive a payout.

Signing Up For MTurk

The Signup process of mTurk is very easy.

Step1. Visit mTurk and click on the Sign in as a Worker link

MTurk Registration

Step 2. As I currently have an Amazon shopper account, I’m taken to the Worker Registration Agreement form as seen below.

If you are not registered with Amazon, then you will see a registration form instead. For registration, you will need to enter your name, email address and a password, after which, you will be taken to the Worker Registration form.

MTurk Worker Registration

After you have read the Agreement, and agreed to the terms, enter your personal information in the last part of the screen, then click continue.  You have completed the registration process.

MTurk Worker Registration

Step 3.  You will receive a message as follows.

MTurk Registration

You can now see your dashboard and all the HITs. There may be some waiting for you to work on right away.   Here are a few HITs that I could accept shortly after I signed up.

MTurk HITs


However, if you are new to MTurk, I recommend that you don’t rush into it by accepting HITs as there are penalties if you don’t complete on time or if you accept a HIT and don’t complete the task.  Penalties are covered below.

For now, click on the FAQs link while you are waiting for your application to be approved.

There are lots of useful information here and may answer questions you may still have about mTurk.

Not everyone is accepted into the program.  I’m not sure why this is as MTurk is available worldwide.

If your application is declined, you will receive an email from Amazon – however, they have a right to withhold the reason why your application is declined.

You can, however, try again after a few days and may be accepted.

Getting Started With MTurk

Once you have been accepted as a Worker, you need to give your tax details and other information such as driver license and utility bills.

This is a real business so you will be taxed on your earnings if you reach the tax threshold.

If you live outside of USA then all you need to do is fill in the W8-BEN form and send it to mTurk.

How Much Can You Make With MTurk?

As a beginner, I’ve seen HITs that pay from $0.01 to $1.00.  There is potential to earn a lot more if you can dedicate time and effort to finding HITs that pay well.   Most of the well-paying HITS, require that you pass a qualification test.

Don’t be put off.

Qualification tests are given to you by Amazon or Requesters.   For beginners, they are usually simple tasks such as data entry work or filling out a form.

There are different qualification tests for different Requesters so you will need to complete a qualification test for each Requester.

Using the filter is a great way to narrow down the list of HITs to those you are only interested in accepting and sort by reward amount so that the highest paying HITs are listed first.

You can find the filter in your dashboard.

MTurk Filter


Penalties Of MTurk

Missing HITs

As I mentioned above, you need to be careful with HITs.  Yes, you might be anxious to see what this is all about and start accepting HITs but if a HIT has to be completed in 3 minutes you must complete the task and submit it within that time frame.  The time starts the moment you accept a HIT.

Some HITs can, however, be longer.  I’ve seen some for 4 hours.  One 4-hour HIT was “to Shoot a 30-second videos of ONE person acting out a short description of activities. $5 Bonus every 15 submissions!”

It’s always best to do a preview of a HIT to get a feel for the task ahead of you.

Not completing a HIT on time is a lost opportunity.

If your expiration rate is high, then you can’t qualify for HITS that pays you more.


Negative MTurk Workers’ Reviews

There seems to be a lot of negative reviews from Workers of MTurk.  I’ve only listed a few.

The most negative cases I have seen are complaints about being rejected by the MTurk without being told why ( Amazon are not obliged to tell you) to Workers saying that they didn’t get paid.  I’ve not had any of these experiences yet.

Due to so many scammers and fraudsters online, I believe most of the rejections happen because of this.  So don’t be put off.

I have been an Amazon shopper for over 20 years. When I signed up, to MTurk, I was able to accept HITs that were paying more than $0.01, before my acceptance email came through, so I believe being an existing loyal customer, there is some trust that you are a legitimate person wanting to earn honest money online through their program.

MTurk complaints

Pros Of MTurk

  • Great way to earn passive income on the side
  • A wide range of tasks for you to choose from
  • Easy to sign up
  • No technical skills needed
  • It’s legit
  • Choose when you want to work

Cons Of MTurk

  • You can’t earn a full-time income with MTurk
  • Sought after HITs are quickly taken up
  • No guarantee that your submission will be accepted
  • Unrealistic times to complete some tasks
  • Sense of being exploited
  • You have to be over 18 to sign up
  • Lots of negative reviews
  • Tasks could get very complicated to complete due to the Requesters’ requirements


So, can you make money with Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Yes.  You can make money with MTurk, however, based on the nature of the program – having to spend time searching for profitable HITs, and the fact that you could spend hours on a task only to have it rejected is a bit hit and miss.

Personally, I think you are better off just going out there and getting a job.

Hang on ..  You want to work from the comfort of your home and anywhere in the world eh?

Well, that’s possible.  ‘How’? you may ask.

Have you heard about Affiliate Marketing?  This is a much better way to earn money online as you focus on a simple method and once you have learnt this method, you can apply it to several other businesses.

With MTurk, you can be jumping between filling in surveys to doing video shots and never become an authority in any of these.  You can’t take this knowledge and apply it elsewhere.

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If you have any questions about Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) or how to make money online, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

Until next time.  Take care!

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  1. Hello there,
    Thanks for introducing the Amazon Mechanical Turk. I must say that Amazon doesn’t cease to amaze me into how many areas it has gotten into.
    The Mechanical turk from what you describe sounds like a good idea and I am sure many people use it. I will keep it near by in case the need arise and thanks again for all the details

    • Hi Eli,

      Thanks for commenting.

      You’re welcome.  It’s been around for over 10 years and not many people are aware of it – unlike Amazon Prime where ads pop up when you log into your Amazon account.  I think if they did this with MTurk there will definitely be more awareness.

      It’s a great little side earner when you have some time to spare.

      All the best.

  2. Thank you for the review on MTurk. I am searching for a way to make money online, but I don’t think this one will be for me. It almost sounds like a MLM?
    I really want to thank you for being honest. I might have tried this and by not knowing, I would have been one of those jumping right in to start accepting HITS (excited to earn money) and then not finishing it in time, or really being let down at the amount of time it would take before really earning anything.
    It sounds like the survey sites or like swaybacks. I am not looking to get paid a TON of money, But I would want it to be worth my while.
    I really appreciate your honesty. I will just continue my search.

    • Hi Lee Ann,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The MTurk concept can be likened to an MLM in that you have to ‘qualify’ to move up to the next level. However, where it differs, is that this qualification is for your own good whereas, with an MLM, you have to work 10 times as hard to arrive at the next level.
      The reason why it is so is due to the nature of the MTurk business.
      As I mentioned in the post, these tasks are posted by Requesters who have tight deadlines to meet.
      They don’t want to waste your time and theirs by you accepting a task only to find it is something you cannot do – so qualification tests are put into place.
      It’ll save you the embarrassment of not being able to complete a task because it is deemed too difficult and result in you being penalised and will give the Requester peace of mind knowing that their HITs will be accepted and completed successfully by Workers.

      Similarities exist with Swagbucks in that you complete tasks to earn money. My Swagbucks review is here.

      Wishing you all the best with your journey to make money online.

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