How much money do you earn online with Amazon MTurk? This is good question and a relevant one for someone who is weighing up various ideas to make money online. In my experience Amazon Mechanical Turk is actually a relatively straightforward option for making money online, as it is free to sign up to and once you have got used to the set up of the site, you can easily find out details of what each Amazon MTurk hit (task) entails and how much money that you will earn for its completion before you click to accept it.
If you want actual earnings figures for MTurk then I will give you an idea of how I work and how much I earn in return for completing MTurk hits. I tend to work in stints of two to three hours per day on MTurk. Where possible, I do hits for MTurk requesters that I have worked for before, as then I know that there is a good chance that I will be paid and I also have a rough idea when. For those two or three hours work, I would normally expect to come away with somewhere between and $8 and $18. There may well be MTurk workers out there who do much better than that, if so, please feel free to comment. I think the most that I have made is $27 in a half day but that is not typical for me.
On my bad days, a lot of my time is wasted on trying to find suitable MTurk hits. On the good days, I find hits straight away and get straight on with it. I don’t use any programs to cheat, though I am aware that there is software out there that some people have experimented with, such as software for generating reviews, blog posts, written articles etc.
There are people who say that they have stumbled on reasonably well paid tasks that they can complete a lot of very quickly and they’ve come away with earnings of $200+ for a day’s work, but that has never happened to me. I would also remind people to be wary of the very high paying hits, as many of them are scams, designed to get you to hand over personal information.
I am relatively cautious when it comes to choosing jobs, but my wife is more experimental and that means her MTurk earnings tend to be more variable. You can sometimes find lucrative MTurk hits by looking around and trying things. But one risk of doing a lot of completely new MTurk hits all at once is that sometimes the requester will reject all your hits, either because you didn’t understand the instructions properly and did the tasks wrong, or because you have been unlucky and got one of the dishonest Turk requesters. This can damage your rejection stats and effect your future work, as well as waste your time.