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Most of us would agree that getting locked out of your car, home, or office is usually an emergency. In addition to helping out with those sorts of crisis situations, locksmiths are often involved in installing new deadbolts and locks to provide safety and safeguarding of you, your loved ones, and your belongings. A locksmith is often called upon to rekey a home or auto, as well as replacing lost keys.

Though services vary, locksmiths most likely will charge by the hour and some may have a minimum trip charge. With that being said, a typical visit may require only a few minutes for a locksmith with the right tools. However, the consumer is also paying for a little piece of the locksmith’s overhead such as insurance, expertise, and travel time. The average cost of hiring a locksmith ranges from $100-$200, with the average homeowner spending around $150 to rekey a more complicated house lock like a profile cylinder or 3-point lock system and replace a set of keys.

Locksmith Cost

Locksmith Prices
National average cost$150
Average range$100-$200
Minimum cost$50
Maximum cost$500

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Locksmith Services Cost by Project Range

$50 - $90
Rekey house lock
Average Cost
$100 - $200
Rekey house lock and replace a set of keys
$200 - $500
Replace house lock and provide a set of keys

Locksmith Prices

The type of property you are trying to open, as well as the type of lock, and the type of service you are having done will all impact the final cost of the visit. Most locksmiths offer a wide range of services, including:

ServiceAverage Cost
Key duplication$4-$74
Rekeying a cylinder$5-$20
Keys by code$10-$70
Key broke in door$20-$50
Fitting a new key$35
Labor$50/hour plus service call fees
Car locks$50-$120
Key extraction$75-$140
Car ignition repair/rekey$75-$225

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Cost to Rekey Locks

Cost to Rekey a Car

There are many different factors that influence the cost of rekeying. This type of locksmith work ranges from $50-$250. You could have locked your keys in the car or lost them, a key may have gotten broken, or your keys may have been stolen. With stolen keys you will want to replace the lock so your car isn’t taken at a later date. If the car ignition is broken, that involves more work than just rekeying.

Cost to Rekey a Car Chart

Cost to Rekey a Car Chart

Auto locksmith servicesCost
Rekey locks$35-$55
Door lock replacement$50-$150
Transponder key reprogram$50-$200
Rekey car ignition*$60-$100
Replace transponder key$70-$200
Car key replacement$75-$250
Car lockout$80-$150
Keypad lock replacement$150-$450

*push starts must be done by auto mechanic or car dealership

Cost to Rekey House

As with car rekeying, there are varying problems that can increase or decrease the cost of rekeying a house. Costs range from opening up a locked home to replacing the locks entirely. There may also be certain types of locks, such as safety deposit boxes, garage doors, rear sliding doors, and more, that become inoperable when keys are lost or stolen. When addressing the types of locks, rekeying does not equate to replacement. Lost or stolen keys may leave you wondering how to rekey a house and if that’s a possibility. Luckily it’s pretty straightforward and basically just involves repositioning the pins in your old lock so it will require a new key to open.

Cost to Rekey House

Cost to Rekey House

House locksmith servicesCost
House key replacement$4-$10
Shim open$6-$12
Key broke off in lock$14-$20
Key stuck in lock$14-$20
Rim/mortise cylinder lock repin$20-$30
Set of keys to master system$25-$35
High security cylinder repin$25-$35
Best type IC cylinder repin$30-$35
Tubular lock repin$30-$40
Safe deposit lock repin$30-$40
Rekey locks$70-$160

Auto Locksmith Cost

Cost to Change Car Locks

Replacing the locks on your car doors may be the only option you have for getting back into your car. If the locks are damaged or are older, it is better to replace them. The cost to change car locks is $75-$100.

Cost to Rekey a Car Lock

You can choose to replace a lock, but rekeying is usually less expensive, around $35-$55. When you hire a professional to rekey a car lock, he/she will change the current lock to be opened by a different key. This is ideal if your car keys are lost or stolen to ensure no one can get into your car.

Rekey a Car Ignition Cost

If you lose your keys or they are stolen, you also may need rekeying on the car ignition to protect your vehicle. To rekey a car ignition, the process is more complicated and becomes more expensive, around $60-$150. If your car is newer and has a push start button, you will need to have the auto dealership repair it.

Cost to Program Key Fob

Many of the cars on the road today have key fobs or transponders. Replacing these may be necessary or you may have some reason to reprogram a key fob. This task can run from $50-$200.

Car Key Replacement Cost

One problem you can have when it comes to your car locks is the need for replacement keys. If you don’t have a copy of the current key, a car locksmith can help you by making a replacement key. The cost for key replacements is $5-$10 plus labor. As this visit is short, a locksmith will likely charge a minimum service fee in this case.

Cost to Change Locks on a House

You have 2 options when it comes to home locks: you can hire a professional to rekey the house, or you can change the locks. The cost to change door locks on a house can be more expensive, particularly if you choose a more expensive locking system. The cost ranges from $150-$550, including labor. House key replacement is generally inexpensive, but because most people need the locksmith to rekey the lock as well, the total cost will be higher. Locksmith house key replacement cost is generally $75-$100 with the minimum trip charge enforced.

One other issue you may come across is your garage door lock. If you are looking for the cost of garage door lock installation or replacement, this is normally in the $90-$300 range.

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Key Duplication Cost

You may think that getting a duplicate or replacement key is something you can do at your local hardware store. However, with today’s more sophisticated locking systems, it is often difficult and may even be impossible to just get a new key made.

Special keys, such as master keys, skeleton, or dimpled keys should always be made by a locksmith. Four- and two-sided keys are how most house keys are made. While you may be able to have one made at a hardware store, you run the risk of the key not working. In addition, if you have lost your keys or they have been stolen, it is best to have your lock rekeyed with a new key. Getting a special key made would cost $10-$25.

Locksmith Open Safe Cost

Another neat feature of locksmiths’ skill sets is the ability to open a security safe. Locksmiths can help you by changing the key combination, lock combination, switching a mechanical lock to electronic, lock relocation, and lock installation.

There are several different methods to open a safe and each has a different price tag. These include: manual manipulation $140-$200, fire safe by drilling $190-$250, in-floor safe by drilling $300-$450, and money safe by drilling $340-$400.

Manual manipulation must be done by a highly skilled locksmith as it is kind of like being a safe cracker in the movies. It is done by a three-step method: figure out the contact points, determine the number of wheels, and, using a graph, making a note of the results. It is both complicated and detailed so is not usually the method of choice.

Drilling is done on wood or metal safe doors. Traditionally, drilling was done on the front of the safe but this has changed in recent years. Safe manufacturers have gotten wise to this and are now installing cobalt plates to slow the process of drilling for safecrackers. Side drilling is now used more widely to break into a safe. Drilling is used on fire, in-floor, and money safes due to the fact that most of these types of safes have either an electronic keypad or manipulation-resistant locks.

Rekeying vs. Changing Locks Cost

Before you make any decisions, you will want to compare the rekeying vs. changing locks costs. This table shows a comparison of the two options.



Cars: $35-$55

Houses: $70-$160

Can get as many keys as you want

Less expensive

Current style may match your home

Best option if key is lost

No warranty

Old lock may eventually break and/or have to be replaced

Some situations where rekeying is not an option such as after a break-in and/or damaged lock

Changing locks

Cars: $50-$450

Houses: $160-$550+

Brand new lock

New Warranty

Can choose a different style, color, electronic lock

More secure if someone has moved out

More expensive

May require drilling

If door needs to be altered to install the lock, cost goes up

Type of Locks

Locksmiths will also sell and install locks on your property, in addition to helping you enter your home or vehicle if you’ve been locked out. Charges for this usually include labor costs of $50 per hour, along with the cost of the lock itself, and possibly rekeying or producing additional keys. There are many types of locks that you may want to consider for your home, including:

Door Lock Price Chart

Door Lock Price Chart

Type of LockWhere It’s UsedCost
Pocket door locksInterior doors$7-$30
Knob locksInterior doors$7-$38
PadlocksStorage units, lockers, gates, sheds, and outbuildings$15-$40
Privacy LocksInterior doors like bedrooms and bathrooms$15-$80
Sliding door locksBack glass exterior door$20-$300
Electronic lockExterior doors$48-$330
Keyed Entry LocksetsExterior doors on a home or business$50 to $200
DeadboltsExterior doors$90-$250
Keyless locksExterior doors$100-$500
Smart locksExterior doors$135-$400

Smart Lock Prices

Smart locks feature the latest in technology and security. They are more expensive, but the options are worth the price tag. This table will give you more information on various smart lock products. Keep in mind that some brands will offer multiple smart features in one product.

Smart Lock Prices Chart

Smart Lock Prices Chart

Types of smart locksFeaturesCost
Keypad deadboltUse a code to enter$50-$150
Keyless entry door lockKeypad used to enter$50-$300

Uses fingerprint for entry

Some commercial locks use DNA, iris scans, or breath analysis

Fingerprint / touchscreen

Uses fingerprint for entry

Can be opened with a code

Home connect

Locking controlled from anywhere on smartphone or any internet-connected device

Works with home security systems such as Google Home, Alexa, and Nest


Unlocks automatically as long as your smartphone is nearby

Able to track who is locking/unlocking with cell phone

Send loved ones or friends an e-key

Set to lock after 30 seconds or more


Control who enters

Locks automatically

Unlocks automatically when you arrive

Works with Alexa, Siri, Google, and with all Android and Apple products


Emergency Locksmith Cost

Anyone might need an emergency locksmith at one time or another. Maybe you lose your keys and can’t get in the house after a late night visit to a friend, or you accidentally lock your keys in the car but don’t realize it until you are trying to leave a restaurant at 8:00 at night. So what would you expect emergency locksmith prices to be? 24-hour locksmith prices are only different for after hours, holidays, or weekends. You should be prepared for an additional cost of $20-$50 for after hours, and holidays or weekends may be more.

How to Hire a Locksmith

There are many locksmiths and locksmith services available in most areas. The Federal Trade Commission has given guidelines for finding a quality locksmith. Here are some suggestions:

  • Choose a local company and research their address to make sure it matches the address listed online.
  • Do a quick internet search with the name of the locksmith and words like “complaint” or “review” to find out more about them.
  • Get an estimate of the cost upfront and confirm the services it will cover.
  • Anyone who works at your house should have insurance in case they damage your property while on the job.

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Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Security System Installation Cost

Some locksmiths also offer security system installation services as well, which can include things like high security locks ($119 to $339) and security cameras ($250 to $950). If you’re having a locksmith visit after a break-in, this is a good time to discuss further security measures.

Bike Lock Key Replacement

A locksmith can also help you remove a bike lock and make you a new key. If he has to come to you, you will usually have to pay the trip charge which is usually about $60-$100. Making the key itself is about $10. If you are able to take the bike to them, you may save some money and costs should be around $15-$20.

Motorcycle Key Replacement Cost

Having a motorcycle key lost or stolen is frustrating. A locksmith is able to make you a new key, though, and it will cost you $85-$100.

Luggage Key Replacement

Losing a luggage key isn’t fun, especially if you have clothes inside the luggage. A trained locksmith can open the luggage for you and create a new key. The price tag for this service will run you around $50 or more.

Filing Cabinet Lock Replacement

A filing cabinet lock is a great way to secure your important papers. However, if you lose the key or if it is stolen, getting a new key made is vital. A locksmith can remove the old lock, install a new one, and/or make you a new key. Costs for these services are $60 and up, depending on the type of lock and cabinet.

Mailbox Key Replacement

Most mailbox keys are inexpensive to replace. However, if your mailbox key is electronic or is a key card, you may end up spending more to have it replaced. If you have a USPS box or are living in an apartment complex, you will need to get your key from the source - either the post office or the apartment office. However, if you have a locked mailbox that you personally own, it will cost you $60 to get a new key.

Mailbox Lock Replacement

If your personal mailbox lock needs to be replaced, you will end up paying $75-$200, depending on the type of lock you need.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • It is a good idea to hire a locksmith who is registered with Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA). This organization does proficiency testing and certifications. You can rest assured that if a locksmith is registered with ALOA they have passed the requirements for certification as a professional locksmith.
  • If a break-in has occurred, you have purchased an existing home, or your keys have been lost or stolen, it is probably wise to choose to change your door locks rather than rekeying. This is a safety issue to safeguard your family and belongings.
  • You can DIY some of these lock-related projects. However, depending on the complexity of the lock, it may be a difficult, time-consuming task. Rekeying is especially tedious and installing a new lock with bells and whistles may be better accomplished by a professional.
  • You can clean your existing locks by using graphite powders or Teflon-containing sprays. These can be purchased at your local hardware store and are preferable over WD-40. WD-40 leads to more dirt and grime. Try to get as much of the spray or powder inside the lock itself. Wipe off any leftover product to avoid a mess.
  • Today’s locks have new technology so you will want to choose a locksmith that has familiarity with smart locks, Home Connect, biometrics, electronic locks, and all the latest technology. Obviously, if your locks are just simple products, this isn’t a requirement.


  • How much should a locksmith cost?

The average cost to hire a locksmith is $100 to $200.

  • How do locksmiths work?

Locksmiths use different techniques to unlock different items. They also adjust, repair, rekey, and install locks on houses, cars, motorcycles, buildings, mailboxes, bikes, filing cabinets, safes, and luggage. A house or car is usually a rekey situation where the locksmith rearranges the pins within the lock to accomodate a new key. Your local locksmith can also help if you get locked out of most anywhere and can help with installing security systems.

  • How much does a locksmith cost to unlock a house door?

If you do not need a rekey, unlocking your house door will run $85 to $100. Rekeying can run as much as $175.

  • How do I find a good locksmith?

Researching the internet, looking for reviews, and getting referrals from friends are all good ways to find a good locksmith. You can also look for a registration with the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA).

  • What is the average price for a locksmith?

The average price for a locksmith is $85-$175 per project.

  • How much does it cost to get your car unlocked by a locksmith?

If you need to have your car unlocked it could be a case of lost or stolen keys, or maybe you locked them inside the car. A professional locksmith can help you get the car unlocked for a cost of $80-$150.

  • Should my landlord pay for a locksmith?

It depends on the circumstances. If you lose your keys, most likely your landlord won’t do that. However, if the key he/she gives you doesn’t work or if a lock breaks or becomes disabled through no fault of your own, a landlord should pay for a locksmith.

  • How much does a locksmith charge to program a key fob?

The average cost to program a key fob is $50-$200.

  • How to get a key made for your car?

The average cost to get a key replacement for your car is $5-$10 plus labor.

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