Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

risk level
Based on 147 votes
by year 2032
or $17.96 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

84% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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

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

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

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. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 84% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 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)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers' job openings is expected to rise 4.8% 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.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers' was $37,360, or $17 per hour

'Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers' were paid 22.3% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 929,930 people employed as 'Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.6% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 163 people are employed as 'Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers'.

Job description

Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

SOC Code: 37-3011.00


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Ratte (Low) says
Because a robot that trims hedges, mows the lawn, and pulls weeds in partially hard-to-reach places or by hand would be extremely expensive to build.
Jul 07, 2024 at 07:23 PM
Growbag (Low) says
Most people won't be able to afford to buy a robot gardener and if they can it will still be considerably more expensive than hiring a gardener for a few hours per month. The payback time won't be financially feasible. There is a long way to go before a robot can expertly prune and train a climbing rose for example.

Mar 31, 2024 at 11:18 AM
Emily (Low) says
Who the hell should trust a robot with blades that spin at 250 miles an hour?
Jul 02, 2023 at 09:58 PM
kaitlin (Low) says
Gardeners fall into this category and there is an intuitive, non-repetitive, element that requires a gentle touch as well as client interactions to assess their garden needs and dreams.
Jun 14, 2023 at 01:55 PM
kevin (Highly likely) says
because it says that we are doomed
May 18, 2020 at 10:03 AM
Nick Drewiega says
95% on Landscaping
Sep 06, 2019 at 12:41 PM
lean says
Well, the risk is so high
Jul 30, 2020 at 09:28 AM

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