Locksmith Job Description

Career Profile

Salary: $26,800 – $46,600 Number of Jobs: 22,120
Hourly Rate: $12.90 – $22.41 Employment Outlook: Normal
Green Job: No Education: Moderate-term on-the-job training

What do Locksmiths do?

Locksmiths repair and replace locks, install new locks, design master key systems, and pick locks to help people access their homes or cars.

Additional responsibilities for locksmith jobs include:

  • Using key cutting machines or code key machines to create new or duplicate keys.
  • Installing safes and deposit boxes.
  • Disassembling electrical or mechanical locking devices for repair or replacement.

Overall Salaries

Locksmith salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most locksmiths make between $26,800 – $46,600 per year, or $12.90 – $22.41 per hour.

Employment Outlook

There are currently 22,120 locksmiths in the United States, with 610 new locksmith job openings created each year.

Locksmith jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Education / Training Requirements

Moderate-term on-the-job training is normally required for locksmith jobs.

Updated: 01/06/2011

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