What You Need to Know About Locksmith Prices

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When it comes to any financial decision, you want to be certain you are making the very best choice possible.  You work hard for your money, making many sacrifices to ensure that you can provide for yourself and your family.  And this means that getting a good deal on any service is of utmost importance to you. 

Knowledge protects you when working with locksmiths.  When it comes to many services, we have a frame of reference, allowing us to determine on our own how good of a deal we are getting.  And when we lack that frame of reference, there are often guides online to help.  However, this isn’t always the case.  The perfect example?  Locksmiths.

In general, we don’t have a good idea of what locksmith services should cost.  As we require them less than once a year, in most cases, we don’t really know what is good and fair.  And since there isn’t a high cost involved, online guides tend to be lacking.  You could check out websites, such as, to get a better idea, but these are always specific to a company and might not reflect what is normal in your area.

To help, we are going to give you a guide to locksmith pricing, as well typical prices to expect for a variety of locksmith services, allowing you to protect yourself as a consumer. 


Think of the Listed Price as a Starting Point


While not all locksmith companies will have websites, those that do should list their prices.  However, you should not go into the transaction anticipating that these prices will be exactly what you pay.  Instead, consider them to be the starting point.  Under perfect circumstances, the list price is what you will pay.  Under less than perfect circumstances, you can expect the price to increase.

Should this increase be significant?  No.  If it is, start asking questions and get a second opinion.  However, the price may go up due to several factors.

  • The problem is different or worse than thought.  Since you aren’t an expert on locks, you might misdiagnose the problem or underestimate its severity, leading you to expect one price but be asked to pay another.
  • The company upcharges for travel.  You should ask about this before you schedule the service.  If the list price only includes the service, you can end up paying a lot more when all is said and done.
  • The company upcharges for emergency service.  Also ask about this.  If the company tacks on a fee for emergency response time, you should know in advance. 




Like many services, your locksmith may offer you upgrades that will increase the price of your service.  However, don’t automatically write these off.  Locksmith upgrades are not designed to take your money as much as they are designed to improve your security.  Your safety is worth everything in the world, but don’t expect to pay that much.  Ask the locksmith to explain his reasoning for recommending the upgrades, and give them strong consideration.  Will it increase the bill?  Yes, but you are worth it. 


And Now, the Prices


The exact cost will vary, but these prices are quite typical for the majority of the United States. 

  • Lock Change: $25
  • Lock Rekeying: $20
  • New Lock Installation: $60
  • Lockout Services: $25
  • Key Extraction: $30

And now that you know, you should feel secure in any locksmith transaction you have in the future.  Knowledge is power, and we hope we have put the power in your hands.  

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