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How Much Does a Locksmith Cost?

Locksmith Prices


There are many different reasons that people need locksmiths. A locksmith can open your car doors if you got locked out or give you a feeling of security by installing some locks on the doors of your home. Whatever the reason, locksmiths provide a very valuable service. They help us keep people in or out, depending on the situation. Itís a great service. Without them, weíd have no security.

Things to Remember:

A locksmith needs to earn a living like the rest of us. If he needs to make a service call to your house or car then it will cost $40-$70, minimum. Itís going to take him time to get to the location, do his work, and drive back. Therefore, he needs to charge that. Itís similar to the case as an electrician or plumber making a service call. It doesnít matter how small the job is. Itís going to take an hour of their time, total, so they need to charge you that.

Average Locksmith Prices in the USA

Labor Charges
Service Call $60-$75
Hourly Rate $60-$80
Auto Opening Call $50-$75
Key Duplication
American Single Cut $2-$4
American Double Cut $3-$5
Foreign Single Cut $3-$4
Foreign Double Cut $4.50-$6.50
Sidewinder Auto Key $50-$70
Transponder Key $55-$75
Flat Steel $5-$7
Tubular Key $6-$8
Bit Key $9-$11
Safe Deposit Key $6-$8
High Security Key $13-$15
Best/Falcon Key $4-$6
Key From Broken Sample $6-$9
Re-Key Cylinder / In Shop
Key-in-knob $14-$17
Rim / Mortise $8-$12
Set To MK system $15-$18
High Security $17-$20
Pick or Shim Cylinder Open $4-$6
Best $15-$18
Safe Deposit $15-$35
Tubular $15-$20
Auto Locks - In Shop
Standard fitting US Ignition Key $50-$75
Standard fitting GM Vats Key $75-$90
Standard fitting Foreign Ignition Key $75-$90
Standard fitting Transponder Key $85-$100
Standard fitting Sidewinder Key $110-$130
Rekey Door/Trunk Key $25-$35
Standard fitting Motorcycle Key $70-$90
Keys by Code
American Single Cut $10-$15
American Double Cut $15-$20
Foreign Single Cut $15-$20
Foreign Sidewinder $50-$60
Suitcase $5-$10
Tubular $20-$30
Motorcycle $15-$25
Fitting First Key
By Impression $30-$40
By Reading $30-$40


We have provided a very general guideline for prices that locksmiths charge. Itís important to find this out because knowledge is power. If you donít know what you should be charged for something there is a higher chance you could be ripped off. There are plenty of stories out there, like this one, where people get ripped because they arenít aware. There can be large discrepancies in price for the same job.

The very best way to make sure you get a fair deal, and this goes for most large purchases, is to gather multiple quotes. If you get multiple quotes you have a far lesser chance of getting price gouged.

Get three free quotes from locksmiths in your local area. All of the locksmiths we will connect you to are licensed and insured professionals. Compare pricing and get the best deal on your lock project. There is no project too small.

Author: Ashley Smith