Working for Amazon Mechanical Turk: Is It Worth It?

Amazon Mechanical Turk is the biggest microtask website.

You get hired to complete what Amazon calls Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs):

  • Data annotation for machine learning
  • Localization and transcription
  • Audio editing
  • Surveys

Each worker is rated for quality of work. The higher your score, the more likely you are to land “high-paying” jobs.


Based on reviews, you can expect to earn an average of 4$ per hour (in average).

How to sign up for Amazon Mechanical Turk

You can sign up on this page: on their website.


Some jobs may require you to complete a qualifier. That could mean taking a quick test from MTurk to validate your skills.

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