Why become a watchmaker?
- There is a shortage of highly skilled watchmakers in the US
- The demand for watchmakers in the US is increasing
- For every 10 watchmakers that retires each year only 1 new watchmaker is entering the workplace
- It’s fun and challenging
- It’s “robot-proof” – you won’t see jobs in watch service being lost to robots any time soon
How much money do watchmakers make?
- Average STARTING salary for a certified watchmaker (CW21) is between $35,000 and $45,000 annually
- The top 10% of certified watchmakers make more than $70,000 annually
What kinds of jobs are available for watchmakers?
There are many possibilities for watchmakers. You can:
- Work in a service center for a major brand
- Work in an independent service center
- Own your own business offering watch service directly to the consumer or business to business
- Work for a watch manufacturer
- Work in a retail jewelry store as a salaried employee or independent contractor
- Work from home
How do I get started?
- There are several watchmaking schools in the United States, many of which offer tuition free education sponsored by major watch brands. A complete list is available at REC Schools
- Apprentice with a Master Watchmaker
- Start by taking our Introduction to Watchmaking class to see if the career is the right fit for you