Locksmith Salary

Locksmiths in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.44 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Locksmiths report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by close to two-fifths. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,165 - $58,879
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$59K
MEDIAN: $37,064
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$10.11 - $25.53
(Median)
$10
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,165 - $58,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,007  
Profit Sharing
$475.50  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$22,141 - $56,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $25.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$15.88 - $40.33  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,007  
   
Commission
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$475.50  
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).
)
$22,141 - $56,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 438
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Job Description for Locksmith

A locksmith works with locks, keys and other security measures. Tasks commonly performed by locksmiths include installing and repairing locks for customers, and cutting and copying keys for their use; they may also help provide access to an owner that is accidentally locked out of a residence or vehicle.

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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 usually report a few specific skills. Locksmith and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Locksmith

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


For many Locksmiths, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. Locksmiths see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $46K.

Locksmith Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Locksmith in Lewisville:
"Raise the Bar."
Always use correct tools and parts. Nothing short of perfect will do. Never hesitate to ask for advice from other, more experienced locksmiths. Remember this is a service, so serve like lives depend on the excellence of your work!

What is it like working as a Locksmith?

Locksmith in Phoenix:
"Learning new things daily."
Pros: I enjoy everything about being a locksmith, securing ones house and making them feel safe.
Cons: Not enough work to live.

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Experience Affects Locksmith Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Locksmith Salaries

Locksmith
up arrow 7%

National Average
$36,000

Customer Service
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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