Locksmith Service Cost

In this guide

Car and house locksmiths
Services
Types of locks
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to hire a locksmith?

Locksmith services are one thing that everyone hopes they never need, but probably will at one point or another. Whether you lock yourself out of your home, lose your keys, lock your keys in your car, or just want to install some new locks on your front door, a reputable locksmith can help.

The average cost of a locksmith service that includes changing a lock, rekey the door, repair the molding and a new deadbolt ranges between $380 - $500.

There are many locksmiths and locksmith services available in most areas. It’s important, however, that you follow certain guidelines, such as those put out by the Federal Trade Commission, to ensure that you find a quality locksmith who won’t take advantage of your situation:

  • Look for a local company, and make sure that their address matches what’s 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.
  • Ask for an estimate of the cost, and confirm that it covers all services you will require. Request that they bring this estimate with them in writing when they arrive.
  • Make sure that the locksmith has insurance in case they damage your property while working.

Car and house locksmiths

The majority of locksmiths will offer services for both homes and vehicles. The cost of the locksmith service will depend greatly upon what type of lock you’re trying to open, as well as the property itself; commercial properties are priced differently than residential, as are cars. If your car was made after 2005, you may want to check with the locksmith you call to find out if they have keyless entry services; most cars built after this year can be opened by typing in a code from the VIN number into a locksmithing device.

Services

There are many factors that can affect the cost of your locksmith services. If this is an emergency situation, many locksmiths will charge a flat emergency or call fee of around $30 just to come to your home. Making an appointment ahead of time for things like lock changes may help you avoid this kind of fee.

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
Labor$50/hour plus service call fees
Lockout$30 to $60
Key duplication$4 to $74 depending on the type of key
Re-Keying a Cylinder$5 to $20
Car locks$50 to $120
Keys by code$10 to $70
Fitting a new key$35
Padlocks$13 to $18
Repair door frame$125 - $300

Types 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:

Type of LockWhere It’s UsedCost
Keyed Entry LocksetsExterior doors on a home or business$50 to $200
Privacy LocksInterior doors like bedrooms and bathrooms$8 to $16
DeadboltsExterior doors$10 to $50
Keyless locksExterior doors$75 to $200
PadlocksStorage units, lockers, gates, sheds, and outbuildings$5 to $25

Enhancement and improvement costs

Security system

Some locksmiths also offer security system installation services as well, which 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.

Biometric locks

If you’re always forgetting your key and you’re worried about security, you may want to consider a biometric lock. Biometric locks use your fingerprints to open the bolt, and many have a keyed option as well. Some use a combination of the two for additional security. Biometric locks typically cost around $145 to $675 for the lock.

Keyless entry

Another option for people who frequently lock themselves out or misplace their keys is a keyless entry system. Keyless locks usually rely on a code of your choosing to lock and unlock the door. They typically cost about $74 to $140 for the lock.

Additional considerations and costs

  • To ensure that there are no surprises at the time of your locksmith service, be sure to give all the information possible over the phone at the time you schedule the call. Ask for details and complete pricing, as well as what the final price will be, and have the locksmith bring it in writing at the time of the service.
  • Always call roadside assistance first if you need to unlock your car; locksmiths should only be called as a last resort.
  • Some locksmiths may charge a mileage or gas fee to travel to your location. Most will charge only a flat rate of $25 to $30, but some may charge more or per mile if you are far from their shop. Be sure to inquire what this fee is over the phone before scheduling the service.
  • When the locksmith arrives, ask for identification and a business card to confirm their identity and that they work for the company you spoke with over the phone.
  • While most locks today do require drilling to open if you have locked yourself out, it is possible to DIY the installation of a new lock or deadbolt on your exterior or interior doors to avoid service and installation fees.
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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Asheville, NC
-18%
Athens, GA
-9%
Chicago, IL
+40%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fenton, MO
+14%
Glendale, CA
+14%
Goodyear, AZ
-2%
Gulfport, MS
-3%
Hugo, MN
+8%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Leesburg, VA
+10%
Maywood, IL
+40%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
Newark, NJ
+27%
North Hollywood, CA
+11%
Passaic, NJ
+26%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Round Rock, TX
-5%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Tucson, AZ
-19%
Vallejo, CA
+6%

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