Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

risk level
Based on 81 votes
by year 2032
or $21.62 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

36% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

User poll

35% 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 36% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 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 'Maintenance and Repair Workers, General' job openings is expected to rise 5.0% 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 'Maintenance and Repair Workers, General' was $44,980, or $21 per hour

'Maintenance and Repair Workers, General' were paid 2.9% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 1,485,990 people employed as 'Maintenance and Repair Workers, General' within the United States.

This represents around 1.0% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 99 people are employed as 'Maintenance and Repair Workers, General'.

Job description

Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of a building in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; HVAC maintenance; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.

SOC Code: 49-9071.00


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Greg (No chance) says
The maintenance and repair of manufacturing equipment requires the intelligence to troubleshoot, and the dexterity to then repair the equipment, and the ability to test to make sure that the equipment is once again functioning as designed.

It is possible to design machines which are repairable by robots but it will take an entire redesign of equipment to make it modular and capable of being repaired that way. It is doubtful that would be economically feasible within any reasonable time frame.
Jul 15, 2023 at 09:36 PM
Matt (No chance) says
You can’t automate repairing and maintaining random aspects of a building.
Aug 31, 2022 at 01:43 AM

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