Automotive Body and Related Repairers

risk level
Based on 83 votes
by year 2032
or $23.43 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

48% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

42% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 48% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Automotive Body and Related Repairers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Automotive Body and Related Repairers' job openings is expected to rise 2.8% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Automotive Body and Related Repairers' was $48,740, or $23 per hour

'Automotive Body and Related Repairers' were paid 1.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 151,910 people employed as 'Automotive Body and Related Repairers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.10% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 999 people are employed as 'Automotive Body and Related Repairers'.

Job description

Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

SOC Code: 49-3021.00


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John (Low) says
The complexity of detail in metal repair, trying to make a body repair that bends around the edge of a panel.. Determining whether to replace that part, manipulate the metal and when to start using body filler..

Getting body lines to line up, I could go on but it's so detailed that a robot would need reprogramming for every single minute detail even surprises that would arise even during the repair like finding out that the panel was improperly repaired prior and that it's more skilled work to deal with that variable..
Jul 08, 2024 at 07:21 AM
Jeff mach1 (Low) says
How does a robot do a job that is very complex in different processes
Oct 22, 2023 at 03:46 AM
Roy says
Would require AGI. There are no two jobs that are truly alike and it requires critical problem solving. The cost of automation would be astronomical. Maybe a single facility could take the place of hundreds of thousands of body shops.
Nov 02, 2022 at 01:24 PM
Dean (No chance) says
A vehicle in a accident has many variables that need repair and visual damage can not be fix by a machine, preparing a body for paint simply can not be done via robot, but painting can be done by a robot yes
May 27, 2021 at 03:24 AM
Joe (Low) says
There are many variables and different techniques involved in auto-repair. Not likely to get a universal robotic-solution.
Jan 09, 2021 at 10:56 AM

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