What Is Amazon Mechanical Turk?
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace that connects businesses with workers who earn money by completing small tasks through the web. Founded in 2005, the platform is owned and operated by Amazon.com and is home to over 500k crowd workers.
General Details 📜
|Helps You:||Hire Help Make Money|
|Platform Type:||Crowdsourcing Marketplace|
|Opportunities:||Academic Research Participation Data Categorization Data Collection Data Entry Data Labeling |
Contact Info ☎️
|Emails:||email@example.com (for account suspension and reinstatement related inquiries)|
|Support Pages:||Contact • Requester FAQ • Worker FAQ • Blog|
Company Details 🏢
|Legal Name:||Amazon Mechanical Turk, Inc.|
|Also Known As:||Amazon MTurk|
|Parent Company:||Amazon.com, Inc|
|Headquarters:||Seattle, WA, USA|
Who Is Amazon Mechanical Turk For?
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is for two groups: (1) Businesses looking to outsource microtasks to a global workforce; and (2) Individuals looking to earn extra money by completing small tasks through the internet.
|Minimum Age:||18 years old|
|Supported Locations:||Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana |
|Supported Devices:||Computer, Smartphone, Tablet|
Amazon MTurk can be accessed via web browser on any device (user experience may vary).
How Does Amazon Mechanical Turk Work?
There are 2 types of users on Amazon Mechanical Turk: Workers and Requesters.
Here's how Amazon Mechanical Turk works for each of those user types:
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) workers can earn money by completing small tasks known as Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs). These tasks can include things like identifying specific content in an image or video, writing product descriptions, answering survey questions, collecting data, and more. After accumulating $1, earnings can be cashed out via direct deposit or Amazon gift card.
Getting Started 🔢
Becoming an MTurk worker is free. To get started, head over to the website and create an account. During sign-up, you'll be asked to provide your name, email address, password, and your country of residence.
From there, you'll need to wait for an official invitation to join the platform. You'll hear back within 3 business days. While you wait, you can view available tasks and familiarize yourself with the platform. Once you're officially invited, you'll be able to start completing tasks for money.
Earning Money 💵
There are many different types of HITs available on MTurk. Some common examples include:
- Data entry (entering data into a database, spreadsheet, etc.)
- Data verification (verifying business hours, phone numbers, etc.)
- Data labeling (e.g. tagging objects in images)
- Data categorization (sorting data into categories/groups)
- Transcription (converting audio files or videos into text)
- Translation (converting text from one language into another)
- Search engine evaluation (making sure search results are accurate and relevant)
- Market research surveys (sharing your opinions on various topics)
- Writing (e.g. writing blog content, product descriptions, etc.)
These are some of the most common types of HITs, but Requesters (the ones who create the tasks) can post almost any type of task imaginable.
Note that some HITs will require special qualifications. You can occasionally find qualification tests on your dashboard.
By completing many HITs with high accuracy, you'll also have the chance of becoming a Mechanical Turk Master Worker, which can give you access to even more exclusive tasks.
Cashing Out 💰
Once you have at least $1 in your balance, you can cash out your Amazon Mechanical Turk earnings via Direct Deposit or Gift Cards.
After cashing out, you can expect to receive your Amazon Mechanical Turk payout in 3 days. (Workers can choose to receive payouts every 3, 7, 14 or 30 days. Payouts are sent automatically.)
Key Points 📝
|Work Type:||Contract, Freelance|
|Payout Options:||Direct Deposit Gift Cards Amazon Gift Card|
Direct deposits are only available for U.S. bank accounts and are only available for some non-U.S. workers.
|Payout Speed:||3 days|
Workers can choose to receive payouts every 3, 7, 14 or 30 days. Payouts are sent automatically.
|Other Notes:||As a new Worker on Amazon Mechanical Turk, your earnings will be held until you have actively used the platform for a minimum of 10 days, beginning from the day you submit your first HIT.|
Pros and cons are based on real Amazon Mechanical Turk Worker reviews.
Tip: Read our Amazon Mechanical Turk Earning Guide to learn more about making money on the platform.
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) requesters can outsource tasks to the crowd of workers on the platform. This can be done either directly through the built-in requester interface or via the MTurk API. In terms of the type of tasks that can be outsourced, anything completable over the internet goes!
Getting Started 🔢
Creating an MTurk requester account is free. To get started, head over to the platform's website and create an account. If you already have an AWS account, you can use that to sign in. If not, you'll have to make one by providing your email, name, phone number, country, and address.
Once you're signed up, you can start creating HITs (human intelligence tasks) via the MTurk requester website. You can also create and manage your HITs programmatically via the MTurk requester API.
Before submitting tasks to the marketplace, you'll need to prepay for them by loading your account with funds.
You get to decide how much you pay workers to complete your tasks.
Paid support plans are available for those who want them. Basic support is free, but more involved support ranges from $29/month to $15,000/month for enterprise support.
Key Points 📝
|Commissions / Fees:||20% fee on how much you pay workers (minimum of $0.01 per assignment). Additional 5% fee for using the Masters Qualification (i.e. assigning tasks to the top workers on the platform). Additional $0.05+ fee per assignment for using Premium Qualifications.|
|Payment Options:||Credit Card, Debit Card|
You can also pay via your Amazon Payments account.
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