What’s the Average Price for Locksmith Services Across the Nation? Results In for 2013

There might come a time when it is necessary to hire a locksmith.  Keys for the home or a car can be lost and occurrences such as these might happen at very odd times and during emergency situations.  Among the major concerns someone might have about hiring a locksmith would be the fees associated with the service.  A locksmith is a commercial enterprise and anyone who opts to hire such a professional will not want to suffer price shock when the bill comes due.  Based on research, it would seem that the costs associated with locksmithing is not overly costly.


An Interesting Study has been Performed

The Locksmith Ledger is a respected trade resource that performs an annual survey of its subscribers.  In 2013, the data pulled from the research reveals some fairly reasonable fees for the work associated with hiring a locksmith.  Currently, the average national service price of $68 was the common one in 2013.  The average price two years ago was only $2 less.  Therefore, the increase is really only a minor one.

The general average on the hourly rate of hiring a locksmith is about $45.  This is a $5 increase over the average cost of $40 in 2011.  $5 is not extremely substantial, but those dollars can add up over jobs that might take several hours.


Costs Increase with Certain Jobs

Not every lock is the same and neither will every locksmithing job.  Generally, there has not been much of an increase over basic household door locksmithing work.  Such locks are not entirely complex in design.  The exception to this would be high end security locks or doors with several locks on them.  Doors to automobiles can be much more involved to open.  Those who require their auto doors opened discovered that the costs went up in 2013.  The average price of auto door openings was around $62.  The complexity of unlocking a car door factors into the cost, but there is another factor that drives the price up.  This factor would be, and still is, fuel.


The Issue of Having Auto Car Keys Made

When someone loses his or her car keys, he may be far away from home and also far away from a locksmith’s office.  Since the locksmith has to travel to the location of the auto, the cost of fuel and travel have to be factored into the service fee.  The prices of the service call might be revealed in advance as the locksmith might have a sliding scale quote that can be presented to someone who calls for a long distance response.  Some locksmiths could even offer a single set price and then there are those who might put forth a single, hourly rate.

Regardless of the situation surrounding the loss of car keys, getting the car door open is not going to be very cheap, but the costs are not going to be enormous either.


Having the Key Plates Made

In addition to the actual locksmithing, there are going to be costs associated with the cutting of the keys.  These costs can range tremendously based on what type of key is needed.  A key for a suitcase can cost as little as $10 and a foreign car key can run upwards of $70.  The keys to a padlock can run about $23.  This only covers the cost of cutting the keys.  There will also be a nominal fee for the actual blank key.


The Logic of the Poll

A few things do have to be understood about these particular polls.  For one, they are not scientific in any way.  They are based on surveys from readers of the publication.  Once the reader provides the necessary information, then the reader can take the steps to respond.  Since the readers are being honest in their responses, the figures offered are legitimate ones.  However, a scientific survey and research firm was not hired as the costs would likely have been prohibitive.  Based on the responses procured, we do have a clear idea of what these fees will likely be.


  1. Less than 1% annual inflation for locksmith services is good, but it doesn’t make it any easier when you have to pay that amount because you stupidly lost your key!! Most annoying thing ever!!!

  2. Interesting post. Fortunately I have Free Locksmith Insurance with by credit card which means if I do lose my keys they will come and open the door and give me free keys the very same day – one less thing to worry about. Great post, thanks for sharing.

  3. This is a nice post.It has a good tips here. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I am very thankful to you for providing some details about household door locksmithing work. Really it is an informative post.

  5. Thanks for sharing this informative post with the people and letting them know about the locksmith services and about their hourly rates etc. People should understand that sometimes cost increases with the nature of locksmith service. BTW a helpful post for all the people who want to read prior to availing services.

  6. Thanks for sharing these informations to the readers. The information given in this page is large enough to understand the importance of the locksmith. Keep sharing more about the same.

  7. My mother is getting older and more forgetful each day. Unfortunately we don’t live near each other so she can’t call me for help whenever she needs it. I need to get her a locksmith and put the number on speed dial for her. I would hate for her to be locked out of her house or car ever.

  8. Thanks for sharing this! I have been trying to figure out how much it would cost to get some new keys for my home. It is good to know that it could cost around $20 per key. If I get two keys, then I will be spending under $50, which is my limit!

  9. You are right that some lock smith jobs can be more expensive then others. Such as as stated if the client is far away from home and also far away from a locksmith’s office. Since the locksmith has to travel to the location of the auto, the cost of fuel and travel have to be factored into the service fee.

  10. It is really good to know more about locksmiths and how they generally run their business. It is also interesting that locksmiths provide so many services. Now that I know more about the different costs of locksmiths, it sounds to me like it is definitely worth it to be able to get so many different services. I have been looking to get new keys since I have lost a few. It would be really nice to find out how much a key for my home would cost. Thanks for sharing more about these different costs!

  11. Indeed, the more complicated the lock the more it will be. I would suggest finding the easiest way to have them unlock the lock before calling. Doing that can save you lots of money.

  12. I wouldn’t say it’s minor to go from 2 – 68 dollars. It’s interesting to hear it’s 68 dollars, though, because I don’t think I paid that much last time I needed a locksmith. I wonder if their websites show what they are averagely charging.

  13. That is really interesting that the costs are changing. Couldn’t you say that most of everything have gone up? With the extra taxes that have been implemented across the country, it might have pushed this business to need more money.

  14. Over the past few years, i have used locksmith services for various needs. It never once occurred to me to consider that there could be fixed or standardized prices for specific locksmith services. This makes me a bit cautious to have a locksmith issue now. I am glad that I am seeing that there are standard prices for different jobs.

  15. I\’m guessing that with the latest technologies going on now days that the price of having an auto locksmith will increase even more. Well, mainly because door locks are now becoming more automated and can be controlled with a smart phone. Still, an auto locksmith would be needed in order to get unlock those type of doors if ever it malfunctions.

  16. This was a great post. Thanks for all the tips especially the ones about car locks and keys. I’m better off now knowing that it could take a little more time and money on my part. Do you know of any other differences from the commercial locksmiths that charge hourly to the ones that have a flat set price?

  17. Anyone who knows me knows that I am notorious for loosing my keys. Don\’t know why I do, but it is something that happens on a very regular basis. I\’m just grateful that we have locksmith services that help people like me make and replace lost keys.

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