Locksmiths and Safe Repairers

risk level
Based on 42 votes
-14.8 %
by year 2032
or $22.79 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

50% (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.

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:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

37% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a higher chance of automation: 50% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Locksmiths and Safe 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)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Locksmiths and Safe Repairers' job openings is expected to decline 14.8% 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 2022, the median annual wage for 'Locksmiths and Safe Repairers' was $47,400, or $22 per hour

'Locksmiths and Safe Repairers' were paid 2.4% 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 15,240 people employed as 'Locksmiths and Safe Repairers' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 9 thousand people are employed as 'Locksmiths and Safe Repairers'.

Job description

Repair and open locks, make keys, change locks and safe combinations, and install and repair safes.

SOC Code: 49-9094.00


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Dave (Moderate) says
I think we will probably begin to shift from mechanical locks to digital/electric locks, resulting in locksmithing becoming obsolete, apart from hobby. Even if mechanical locks don't get replaced, they will most likely be enhanced with electronics, and I would say that electronics are AI specialties.
May 29, 2019 at 04:55 PM
jeff (Highly likely) says
easy work
Apr 17, 2019 at 10:25 AM

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