Watch and Clock Repairers


Watch and Clock Repairers


Watch and clock repairers clean, adjust, repair, and regulate watches, clocks, chronometers, electronic timepieces, and related instruments. Watch and clock repairers work in department and jewelry stores, at home, or in repair shops. Currently there are approximately 2,780 watch and clock repairers in the United States.

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training



One to three years' postsecondary training required



Business Management


Personality Traits

Hands On


According the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for watch and clock repairers was $42,520 in May 2019. Salaries ranged from less than $22,360 to more than $68,670. In some stores, part of watch and clock repairers' earnings is commissions on the items they service. Someone working 40 hours a week for a company or business can usually expect general benefits.

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Work Environment

Watch and clock repairers work in a variety of settings, including home businesses, department stores, shopping centers, jewelry stores, or repair shops. Work areas are typically clean, well lighted, and comfortable. Repairers often work individually and sit at a workbench much of the time. Repairs consist of close work with fine tools and delicate instruments, causing some people to experience...


A staggering (32 percent) decline in employment is expected for watch and clock repairers through 2029, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Many watches and clocks produced today cost as much or more to repair as to replace, so owners tend to discard their old or broken items. However, sales of high-grade watches (such as Rolex) have made a comeback.

In addition, the American Watc...