Watch and Clock Repairers

risk level
Based on 86 votes
-24.7 %
by year 2032
or $27.95 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

93% (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 very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

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

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

41% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 93% chance of automation.

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Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Watch and Clock Repairers' job openings is expected to decline 24.7% 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.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Watch and Clock Repairers' was $58,140, or $27 per hour

'Watch and Clock Repairers' were paid 21.0% higher 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 1,880 people employed as 'Watch and Clock Repairers' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 80 thousand people are employed as 'Watch and Clock Repairers'.

Job description

Repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks. Includes watchmakers, watch technicians, and mechanical timepiece repairers.

SOC Code: 49-9064.00


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John (Highly likely) says
A majority of watch repair work can simply not be done by machine
May 17, 2024 at 07:15 AM
Hans (No chance) says
Watch reparing is not the same as watch making. Repairs need a high level of analytical skills and hand skills to a) figure out what is wrong b) to rectify what is wrong.

Watch making (manufacturing) has largely 2 levels of skills:

1. Artisan - cannot be replaced by AI.
2. General - The Swatch Group already has a 'no-humans-involved' capabilty and builds its bottom line brand 'Swatch' that way.
Aug 31, 2023 at 05:13 AM
Rei (Highly likely) says
With how humans work less and less in dexterity-based jobs, you can expect that sometimes, robots will be used for this kind of work. Humans will only be operating the robot and giving commands, still deciding what kind of malfunction to fix, since most analog watches still need some kind of manual work to be done.
Apr 20, 2022 at 01:32 PM
Joe (No chance) says
Too much variance for a machine to know what to do on every watch that is presented, at most it would be limited to only one brand but it still could be perfect
Mar 26, 2021 at 04:51 PM
anon (Highly likely) says
Simple and repetitive, good candidate for automation
Dec 23, 2020 at 03:03 AM
Watch Mechanic says
Lol it's because watches aren't being used anymore due to smartphones
Nov 18, 2020 at 02:51 PM
Bernard Everstein (No chance) says
Not cost effective to have a robot with enough precision and space efficiency for this job no chance buster
Oct 20, 2020 at 08:56 PM
Opinion (Low) says
Seems like a high-variance, low volume job. A bad candidate for automation.

Now, the job field will likely shrink, but that's due to people switching to digital/smart watches, a separate issue.
Nov 26, 2019 at 04:35 PM
john doe says
"you go man" "They aren't replacing you!"
Nov 19, 2019 at 06:28 PM
Watch Man says
I will have you know I graduated top class at the watchmaker instute, and have 3 medals for my excelent craftsmanship which no robot can replicate
Jun 21, 2019 at 02:49 AM
reply person1 says
Aug 05, 2019 at 03:39 AM
reply person2 says
You reckon lol any robot will do it better eventually, give it a few years
Apr 20, 2020 at 11:08 PM
Watch Bot says
Im about to end this man's whole career
Apr 26, 2020 at 07:04 AM

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