Meter Readers, Utilities

risk level
Based on 28 votes
-10.9 %
by year 2032
or $22.94 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

81% (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.

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

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

User poll

80% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's very probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 81% chance of automation.

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Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Meter Readers, Utilities' job openings is expected to decline 10.9% 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.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Meter Readers, Utilities' was $47,720, or $22 per hour

'Meter Readers, Utilities' were paid 0.7% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 19,900 people employed as 'Meter Readers, Utilities' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 7 thousand people are employed as 'Meter Readers, Utilities'.

Job description

Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.

SOC Code: 43-5041.00


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Steve Lance (Highly likely) says
AMR and AMI is already up and running in a lot of utility agencies.
Mar 30, 2020 at 08:49 PM

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