Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers

risk level
Based on 56 votes
by year 2032
or $47.59 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

20% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

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

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

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

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

24% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 20% chance of automation.

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Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers' job openings is expected to rise 2.9% 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.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers' was $99,000, or $47 per hour

'Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers' were paid 113.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 24,380 people employed as 'Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 6 thousand people are employed as 'Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers'.

Job description

Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

SOC Code: 47-4021.00


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Ty (No Chance) says
We're a long way off from automating automation installers and if we get there the automation will need to be installed. Sounds like a headache.
Nov 15, 2021 at 08:04 AM
Oliver (Uncertain) says
On the one hand, it's not a job requiring a lot of ingenuity. On the other, it is a physically difficult job. So, maybe?
Nov 17, 2020 at 07:14 PM
Sarah (No chance) says
I do not think a robot could fix or install an elevator because it takes a lot of work.
Jul 02, 2019 at 08:43 PM
Mahendra says
Already Schindler started elevator installation with robots in Dubai. Installation can do by robots but maintenance is difficult.
May 08, 2021 at 07:36 AM

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