How Much Does a Locksmith Cost? Average Costs by Services

There are a lot of different factors which can affect the amount you will pay for a locksmith.  First, there is the locksmithing service you need, such as whether you need to open a car door or have a key fitted.  Then, there are various other factors such as the distance the locksmith has to travel for the job, the time of the call, the amount of time the locksmith spends fixing the problem, and the cost of living in that particular region.

Most of us don’t call locksmiths unless it is a direly needed service – such as when we get locked out of our homes and need to get in quickly.  In these situations, clients don’t have much time to spend shopping around for the best price.  People could save themselves a lot of money and hassle by picking a reputable, cheap locksmith in advance and having the number handy in case a locksmithing emergency occurs.

We compiled US national averages for locksmith costs to help you get an idea of what most locksmiths charge.  Do keep in mind that these are only averages and costs can vary significantly, particularly depending on where you live.

Locksmith Service Call Costs

On average, it cost about $52 to have a locksmith come to your home or business and open a lock.  Most locksmiths will charge a fixed rate for these service calls.  However, they may also add a price per mile travelled. If the lock in question is particularly advanced, such as having multiple security layers, then the locksmith may charge by the hour.  The average hourly rate for locksmiths was about $60.  For service calls for opening car doors, the average rate was just a bit higher than for opening home doors: $53.

Duplicate Key Costs

Getting a basic single-cut key duplicated is only going to cost you about $1.60 at a locksmith.  Double-cut keys are going to cost more at about $3.30 each. Some keys will cost more (between $3.50-$13) including: foreign keys, flat steel keys, tube-shaped keys, safety deposit box keys, and high security keys.  You can also expect to pay more for duplicating a key which is broken: about $7 each.

“Smart keys” for cars are going to cost you much more to duplicate and fit with a transponder at a locksmith, but the price is still almost always much lower than at a dealership.  Expect to pay about $80 for a smart car key, though this can get up to over $200 for some models.

Re-Pinning Keys

Re-pinning is the process of making a new key from a lock.  If you get this done in a shop (meaning you take the entire locking mechanism to the locksmith), then you can expect to pay about $10 for a basic lock.  High security keys are going to cost about $15 to re-pin.