Locksmithing Careers

The highly skilled graduates of the Locksmithing program have a wide a variety of career options, from a self-employed locksmith to lock-shop supervisor at a major university.

A sample of job titles:

  • Locksmith
  • Crew supervisor locksmith
  • Safe repairer
  • Lock technician
  • Certified Master Locksmith (CML)
  • Service technician
  • Certified Master Safecracker (CMS)
  • Forensic locksmith
  • Road service locksmith
  • Safe technician
  • Certified Master Safe Technician (CMST)
  • Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL)

Job prospects

Below is a general guide to wages, salaries and industry growth for locksmiths. The federal government reports employment statistics for “Locksmiths and Safe Repairers”.

Employment and Job Growth - from the US Department of Labor, Occupational Information Network (O*NET®).
  • In the US, Locksmiths and Safe Repairers held about 22,000 in 2008.
  • Employment of Locksmiths and Safe Repairers is expected to grow nationally by 7-13% during the 2008-18 decade.
For more detailed information, visit O*Net Online at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/summary/49-9094.00

Salaries and Wages

Specific salaries are determined by many factors including education, training, years and type of experience, economic conditions, location, whether you work for yourself or a company, etc.

Locksmith with 5 years experience living in Massachusetts (from http://www.payscale.com/

  Annual Salary, average Hourly Wage, average
 Working for a company $42,687
 Working for College or University $43,498 
 $44,521 $21.32

For additional information, visit http://www.payscale.com/.

The Best Opportunities for locksmiths

Employment levels, wages and salaries for locksmiths vary by industry and state.

The following information is from the US Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009, Locksmiths and Safe Repairers.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation: 

 Industry Annual Salary, average  Hourly Wage, average
 Investigation and Security Services $35,360 $17.00
 Colleges and Universities $44,220 $21.26
 Elementary and Secondary Schools $44,410 $21.35
 State Government $45,730 $21.99
 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $47,640


Top paying industries: 

 Industry  Annual Salary, average Hourly Wage, average
 Federal Executive Branch $50,750 $24.40
 Scientific Research and Development $48,150 $23.15
 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $47,640 $22.90
 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $46,440 $22.33
 Local Government  $46,410 $22.31
Top paying States for this occupation:


 State Annual Salary, average
 Hourly Wage, average
 District of Columbia  $51,090 $24.56
 $50,730 $24.39
 New Jersey 
 $45,910 $22.07
 Massachusetts $43,900 $21.10
 Illinois $43,510 $20.92
For more information visit: US Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009, Locksmiths and Safe Repairers. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes499094.htm.