Tool and Die Makers

3.4/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $27.40 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 74% (Robots are watching)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Tool and Die Makers' job openings is expected to decline by -6.4% by 2031
'Tool and Die Makers' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Tool and Die Makers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Tool and Die Makers' was $57,000, or $27.40 hourly
'Tool and Die Makers' are paid 24.6% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as tool and die makers?

As of 2021 there were 63,630 people employed as Tool and Die Makers within the United States.
This represents around 0.05% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as Tool and Die Makers.

Job description

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.

SOC Code: 51-4111.00


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eric eliason (Small chance) says
increasing need for support for nc fixtures etc.
lack of skilled workers for one-off jobs not worth programming
Mar 13, 2021 at 03:21 PM
Iron man says
CNC and 3D print is a tool to make a part and a part of the job. Making the part is only a fraction of the trade. Engineered prints are always incomplete or incorrect because engineering is a world of theory and trades like tool and die maker are where theory meets reality. Pre WW2 engineering didn’t even exist the tool maker was the engineer.
Dec 04, 2020 at 12:11 AM
Tim Postma (Highly likely) says
because of more modern ways then tool and die such as digital manufacturing , its easier to just cnc mill or 3dprinting & will eventually out pace traditional jobs in the supply chain but keep in mind to have a future to get future jobs its important to accept automation and retool the skills needed because learning automation skills like coding and 3dprinting will make those people a opportunity
Dec 29, 2019 at 06:21 PM

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