What does a Locksmith do?

Locksmiths perform a range of tasks related to the installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of locks and security devices. These tasks include installing or repairing locks and related hardware, programming electronic security and access systems, and troubleshooting malfunctioning devices. They also respond to emergency calls of lockouts and create replacement keys. They prepare estimates, invoices, and other paperwork. They educate customers about the operation and maintenance of security systems.

Locksmiths have at least a high school diploma and have commonly completed a training program at a trade school or through an employer. They must have extensive hands-on experience using a variety of power tools and hand tools. Familiarity with locksmithing equipment and security systems is an advantage. Some states have licensing requirements, and these positions also typically involve background checks and security clearances.

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How much does a Locksmith make near United States?

$56,824 /yr
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Pros On Call
Nov 24, 2023

“Your pay is commission based and they don't negotiate.”

Pro LocksmithPro Locksmith
Mobile Locksmith Technician
Oct 12, 2023

“Steady work and better than average pay.”

Kansas State UniversityKansas State University
Feb 15, 2023

“pay is not very good”

Apr 11, 2022

“On the job training is satisfactory.”

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Bonded Locksmith
Jul 6, 2021

“Phone app based workflow is user friendly.”

Ashland Lock & Key
Oct 22, 2021

“Best career move I have ever made.”

Vanderbilt UniversityVanderbilt University
Jul 19, 2023

“There aren’t many, but the pay isn’t terrible.”

On Call 247 LocksmithOn Call 247 Locksmith
Jun 24, 2022

“Expect 20% pay, no gas money, no reimbursements.”

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