Locksmith Salary

Locksmiths in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.35 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Locksmiths. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and nearly two in five claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,233 - $58,037
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$58K
MEDIAN: $36,309
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90%

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$10.03 - $25.63
(Median)
$10
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,233 - $58,037  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
Commission
$750 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,615 - $56,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $25.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $2.46  
Overtime
$16.05 - $39.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
Commission
$750 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$21,615 - $56,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 364
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Job Description for Locksmith

A locksmith is an expert in doors, keys and entryways. Duties may include tasks such as replacing doorknob kits, installing doors, screens, or windows, changing locks, and setting up accessibility. Locksmiths they work on more than just houses; they may be working with keys on a car, filing cabinets, fire safes, security gates or anything else that requires physical access.

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Locksmith Tasks

  • Maintain equipment, including master keys, inventory, parts, warrantees, and records.
  • Analyze site to identify security measures for doors, windows, and other points of access.
  • Select, install, and update locks and related hardware.
  • Disassemble, repair, and troubleshoot problems with locks.

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Locksmiths who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Locksmith and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service and Locksmith.

Pay by Experience Level for Locksmith

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Locksmiths, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. Locksmiths bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Locksmiths with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $45K.

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Experience Affects Locksmith Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Locksmith Salaries

National Average
$36,000

Locksmith
up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 36%
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