Amazon Mechanical Turk Review

Amazon Mechanical Turk Review: The Freelance Marketplace for Human Intelligence Tasks (HITS)


This blog post is for informational purposes only. I tried to make the content in this post as accurate as possible, but I cannot guarantee that this post is completely reliable or free of errors. If you don’t know Freelancing is, I would suggest checking out my other blog post called Overview of Freelancing.

What is Amazon Mechanical Turk

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Amazon Mechanical Turk is an online marketplace for Freelancers that connects businesses and employees together. It allows businesses to outsource tasks/ projects to individuals that are looking for work. Clients who post tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk are known as Requesters and those that complete the tasks (freelancers) are known as Providers.

Human Intelligence Tasks (HITS)

The tasks that are posted on Amazon Mechanical Turk are known as Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs). Most of the tasks that are on Amazon Mechanical Turk are computer related tasks which include analyzing data,  transcribing audio into words and providing data research. Each task that is posted varies in time, length and the amount you get paid. A lot of the tasks that are usually listed are tasks that people need completed within the day. These tasks usually don’t have deadlines that exceed 24 hours.

Income Potential 

On average, the amount you can get paid for a task is relatively low and making a decent amount of money through Amazon Mechanical Turk can require patience.  Most of the tasks listed give you a couple of hours at the most to complete them and each task on average pays less than a dollar. Every tasks that is listed on Amazon Mechanical Turk shows the expiration date of the task, the allotted time you have to complete the task, and the amount you can get paid for completing the task.

Getting Paid

When it comes to getting paid, you may get paid immediately after completing a HIT or it may take a while for you get to get paid. It depends on who your completing the task for and when they decide to pay you.


As a Provider, you are not always eligible for every task provided. Some Requesters provide an assessment that they require you to take in order to evaluate your skills for a given task. Make sure you choose tasks that you feel comfortable and capable of performing. As a provider, your reputation or your ability to complete tasks consistently will influence your chances of having future Requesters accept you as a candidate for a task. Any money that you make through Amazon Mechanical Turk can be redeemed for cash rewards (gift cards for example) on Amazon.


Overall, Amazon Mechanical Turk is a legitimate opportunity for finding work. The tasks provided on Amazon Mechanical Turk do require patience and some specialized computer skills, but you can make a decent amount of money. If you have extra time throughout the week, Amazon Mechanical Turk may not be a bad option for supplemental income.

I hope you found this information helpful. Feel free to leave any questions or comments in the comment box below. Please let me know if there is something you would have liked to have seen in this post or in a separate post.



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12 Responses

  1. Arif says:

    hi. thank you for the review. i looked into this maybe a year ago, albeit not for too long as i did not have much time. so this review is a good overview. i now know a lot more than previously.

    although you say this may be a good supplemental income, and i can’t disagree on that, i can see others that would actually give you more. this does sound like it gives you a lot less for a lot more work. for e.g. i do surveys that pay over $1 for aprox 10-20 mins work.

    not sure if this would be worth the effort. although a little bit here and there may help. do they pay by PayPal?

    • Dom says:

      Thanks for the comment Arif! Amazon Mechanical Turk does have low average payouts as a Freelance Marketplace. At the moment, Amazon does not offer Paypal as a payment method.

  2. Alex says:

    Generally Amazon is a very good place for many different things. Either you are an affiliate, or involved with FBA Fulfillment By Amazon and etc.

    At Amazon Mechanical Turk for sure you might need some computer skills and also some patience, eventually it will pay off, and it will never let you down or disappointed.

    I’ve personally never tried Amazon Mechanical Turk, but since its provided by Amazon, if anybody is looking for extra money into their pocket, and can spare a few hours on it, they should go for it.

    • Dom says:

      Hi Alex! I think Amazon Mechanical Turk is a good Freelance Marketplace. That being said, Amazon Mechanical Turk can be time consuming for building out an income relative to other Freelance Marketplaces.

  3. Eric says:


    Thanks for the article. I had never heard of an Amazon mechanical turk. I am generally hesitant of online opportunities.

    So, I appreciate it when scams are identified and opportunities such as this are validated. Understanding the legitimate potential is certainly valuable.

    Are there other opportunities? You mention Amazon directly what about Google or Ebay for example?



    • Dom says:

      Thanks for the comment Ed! There are other Freelance Marketplaces such as Upwork and Freelancer that have positions posted by Google and Ebay. Some of these positions can include work related to Web Analytics and Search Engine Marketing.

  4. Garrett says:

    This is great. I love how you break into understandable sections. Its so many scams online nowadays, you just don’t know who and what you can trust. I’ve been trying to work from home from home for the longest, but it has been a struggle. But, you gave me a new insight with amazon mechanical turk. Definitely going to look more into it. Thanks.

  5. Antonis Christonasis says:

    Hey Dom!

    Thank you for this article! It was very informative! Although this marketplace is offered by Amazon, i think that it has lower payouts than other similar services. Maybe i will try it out my self, so that i can have a personal opinion on that matter. I can admit though that it is a nice alternative to have a small income!

    • Dom says:

      Hi Antonis! Out of all of the Freelance Marketplaces that I’ve looked at, Amazon Mechanical Turk has some of the lowest payouts. One would have to invest quite a bit of time as a Provider on Amazon Mechanical Turk in order to yield a large return. However, it could serve as a good small source of income.

  6. lutfor says:

    yes im interested to this works

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