Maintenance Workers, Machinery

risk level
Based on 70 votes
by year 2032
or $27.57 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

61% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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:

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger 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 much higher chance of automation: 61% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Maintenance Workers, Machinery 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)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Maintenance Workers, Machinery' job openings is expected to rise 7.8% 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.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Maintenance Workers, Machinery' was $57,350, or $27 per hour

'Maintenance Workers, Machinery' were paid 19.3% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 58,040 people employed as 'Maintenance Workers, Machinery' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'Maintenance Workers, Machinery'.

Job description

Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.

SOC Code: 49-9043.00


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Adam (Uncertain) says
Variety of tasks and dexterity are required, as well as problem-solving skills.

Machinery would have to be retooled for robots to complete the task easily.
Apr 24, 2022 at 07:51 PM
Sean (No chance) says
I've seen automated scrubbers stall for the littlest reasons. It's not even worth using. The sensors need decades of improvement. When the sensors improve then it will take a bit longer to convince the masses to take another chance on paying good money for another robot for maintenance.
Apr 15, 2022 at 12:24 AM
Sneezy (No chance) says
Always need someone to work on robots
Jul 23, 2021 at 10:48 AM
Not that way might the robots control over this occupation as of they only work with the intelligence and will do only the installation of new parts of damage but won't have capability of alterations of the repairs for present running while the parts are out of stock.
Dec 18, 2020 at 02:14 AM
Jay says
The robot that will replace the technician job will need at least some maintenance one day.
Apr 03, 2019 at 05:41 PM

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