Locksmiths, or lock experts, are responsible for all aspects of installing and servicing locking devices, such as door and window locks for buildings, door and ignition locks for automobiles, locks on such objects as combination safes and desks, and electronic access control devices. Locksmiths are often considered to be artisans or craftspeople who combine ingenuity with mechanical aptitude. There are approximately 16,970 locksmiths employed in the United States.
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Entry-level locksmiths with no experience generally start out with wages between minimum wage ($7.25) and $8 an hour ($15,080 and $16,640 annually), although in some areas wages may be higher. Experienced locksmiths earned an average of $41,450 annually in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Locksmiths with considerable experience and a large clientele earned more than $6...
Locksmiths who are self-employed often work up to 60 hours per week; apprentices and locksmiths working in industries and institutions, however, usually work standard 40-hour workweeks. Some locksmith businesses may offer after-hour services. These employers may require locksmiths to answer service calls at any time of the day or night, including weekends.
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Employment for locksmiths will decline by 9 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Despite this prediction, there will be some openings as a result of current locksmiths leaving the field. Additionally, population growth and an expanding public awareness of the need for preventive measures against home, business, and auto burglary will create a need for security device...