risk level
Based on 21 votes
by year 2032
or $19.04 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

48% (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:

  • Originality

User poll

24% 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 48% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Upholsterers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Upholsterers' job openings is expected to rise 3.3% 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 2022, the median annual wage for 'Upholsterers' was $39,600, or $19 per hour

'Upholsterers' were paid 14.5% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 26,990 people employed as 'Upholsterers' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 5 thousand people are employed as 'Upholsterers'.

Job description

Make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.

SOC Code: 51-6093.00


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Dervon Barrett (Low) says
As for mass production of upholstery products or amenities,I think the risk is very high.However for reupholstery work it may be different, because attending to individual peices with different designs requires a lot of skills and knowledge.
Feb 12, 2023 at 02:40 PM
Vít Budina (No chance) says
Upholstery (especially the historical one) is a very delicate job, requiring you to find pictures, videos or paintings of e.g. a horse carriage or an old car, which is not very likely to be automated due to the 'beauty of human error' included in this profession. It is crucial to use the same materials when restoring an old carriage or any other historical upholstery. Using PU foam will result in too clean of a job and looking dead.
Apr 07, 2020 at 10:56 AM

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