Data collected by Pew from February of this year say that 51 percent of Mechanical Turkers have a college degree, compared with 36 percent of the adult U.S. workforce. Additionally, 52 percent of Turkers make less than $5 per hour on a job (the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour), and 39 percent earn between $5 per hour and $7.99 per hour.
Amazon and gig economy advocates (see: Uber, Lyft, Postmates, etc.) generally say the trade-off for making less per hour is that workers have greater flexibility over the hours they choose to work. The Pew research sort of puts a dent in that argument, showing that “almost two-thirds of these workers (63%) say they perform tasks on the site ‘every day.’”