Careers

Graduates of our Locksmithing & Security Technology program work for schools, security firms, small businesses, and on their own. They have a variety of career options, such as:

  • Locksmith, safe technician, or safe repairer
  • Forensic locksmith
  • Certified Master Locksmith (CML)
  • Certified Master Safecracker (CMS)
  • Certified Master Safe Technician (CMST)
  • Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL)

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Locksmiths and Safe Repairers held about 17,800 jobs in 2015. The Occupational Information Network (O*Net) predicts that there may be a decline of locksmithing careers from 2014-2024. However, the projected decline is less than 2%, and they estimate there will be roughly 10,700 job openings from 2014-2024.


SALARY AND WAGE DATA

Payscale estimates that the average annual salary for a locksmith was $37,064 in 2016. The average hourly wage was $16. Employment levels, wages, and salaries for locksmiths vary by industry and state.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the industries with the highest levels of employment for locksmiths in 2015 are as follows:

  • Investigation and Security Services – Median annual salary: $38,760 | Median hourly wage: $18.63
  • Colleges and Universities – Median annual salary: $48,990 | Median hourly wage: $23.55
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools – Median annual salary: $43,450 | Median hourly wage: $20.89
  • State Government – Median annual salary: $54,880 | Median hourly wage: $26.39
  • General Medical/Surgical Hospitals – Median annual salary: $52,210 | Median hourly wage: $25.10

The top paying industries for locksmiths are:

  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing - Median annual salary: $62,220 | Median hourly wage: $29.92
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services - Median annual salary: $58,370 | Median hourly wage: $28.06
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors - Median annual salary: $56,990| Median hourly wage: $27.40
  • Local Government - Median annual salary: $54,880 | Median hourly wage: $26.39
  • Junior Colleges - Median annual salary: $54,000 | Median hourly wage: $25.96

Finally, the top paying states for locksmiths are:

  • California – Median annual salary: $50,330 | Median hourly wage: $24.20
  • Florida – Median annual salary: $34,310 | Median hourly wage: $16.50
  • Texas – Median annual salary: $39,190 | Median hourly wage: $18.84
  • New York – Median annual salary: $44,110 | Median hourly wage: $21.21
  • New Jersey – Median annual salary: $47,310 | Median hourly wage: $22.75

View the School's gainful employment report on Locksmithing & Security Technology here.

Note: Due to privacy concerns, on-time completion rates are withheld when fewer than ten students in a graduating class received Title IV, or "federal," financial aid during their enrollment at NBSS. Because our programs are small, this information may be withheld or appear low in any given year.

Typical earnings rates are based on the earnings of our graduates as reported to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and therefore may not be an accurate reflection of potential earnings in a given field.
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