Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders

risk level
Based on 110 votes
-7.2 %
by year 2032
or $17.77 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

100% (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:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

91% 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 100% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders 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 'Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders' job openings is expected to decline 7.2% 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 'Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders' was $36,970, or $17 per hour

'Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders' were paid 23.1% 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 4,630 people employed as 'Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 32 thousand people are employed as 'Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders'.

Job description

Operate or tend a variety of machines to join, decorate, reinforce, or finish shoes and shoe parts.

SOC Code: 51-6042.00


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Gamer guyyt (Uncertain) says
Not sure if talking about making the shoe which can be automated but repairing it probably won’t get replaced
Jul 08, 2024 at 02:12 AM
John (No chance) says
can apply it for sneaker producton. But for leather shoes there is no chance, otherwise the process will be way expensive to operate and not worth the risks
Apr 19, 2023 at 08:48 AM

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