Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

risk level
Based on 55 votes
-7.1 %
by year 2032
or $20.58 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

47% (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.

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

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

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

  • Fine Arts

  • Social Perceptiveness

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 47% chance of automation.

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Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners' job openings is expected to decline 7.1% 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 'Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners' was $42,800, or $20 per hour

'Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners' were paid 10.9% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 6,170 people employed as 'Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 24 thousand people are employed as 'Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners'.

Job description

Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.

SOC Code: 49-9063.00


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Anynomous (No chance) says
True musical ability requires skill to be able to produce good sound with knowledge of music theory. Acoustic instruments couldnt be used by artificial intelligence, at least not in a way that would sound good.
Feb 14, 2024 at 05:49 PM
Piotr (No chance) says
There are only general rules that you apply to your work when repairing musical instruments - but nothing is set in stone.

In general, this kind of work is much like sculpting in wood; the material differs greatly from case to case - and very often, one improper move can break the instrument you're repairing even worse.

The difference between "proper" and "improper" is something only your experience and touch can tell you. It's next to impossible to describe it in concrete terms, not to mention - to transform it into an algorithm.
Feb 04, 2023 at 01:02 PM
Rich Grimolizzi (Low) says
A robot rolling up to a piano and physically handling a tuning hammer to turn pins would probably cost more than what a piano tuner gets paid in the long run
Dec 31, 2019 at 03:04 AM

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