How Much Does A Locksmith Cost – A Locksmith Talks Prices


How Much is a Locksmith?

The top ranked search results for “How much is a locksmith” all get it wrong. Those sites that Google think are important are not written by locksmiths. They’re written by marketing teams for large companies that have no clue about locksmith prices. So ignore those service subscriber websites trying to tell you how much a locksmith costs.

I own a locksmith company, ACME Locksmith. We have serviced over 140,000 customers. This is the real information on how much locksmiths cost, and how we will price locksmith services.

Locksmith prices almost always depend on the service being performed. Most of these services are charged on a “per service” basis. That is, you agree to a price to perform a specific service and when that service is done you are charged that price. Locksmiths charge a flat rate for most work, not for how long that service might take.

Here are the 2021 locksmith prices for the most common locksmith services:

How Much Does a Locksmith Cost for These Services?


Arizona Locksmith Prices vs National Locksmith Prices
Locksmith Service *National Average Locksmith Price in 2021 Typical Arizona Locksmith Price in 2021
 Service Call Price $80-$100 $75-$100
 Cost to Unlock a Door or Car. $77 $30
 Cost to Rekey a Home Lock
(See Article – Cost to Rekey a Home)
$20.50 per cylinder $17 per cylinder
 Cost to Rekey a Business Lock
(See Article – Cost to Rekey a Business)
$25 per cylinder $21 per cylinder
 Cost to Duplicate a Car Key
(See Article – How Much Do Car Keys Cost)
$65-260 Depending on Key $60-240
 Cost to Make a Cabinet Key $27-$40 $20-$30
 Cost to Drill a Safe $378 $300


*For national locksmith prices, this article uses charges taken from a nationwide professional locksmith survey conducted in 2017 and has been adjusted for an inflation rate of 8%

Price Notes:
If you live in a city with a high cost of living, your cost may be slightly higher. For those living in a low-cost city, your locksmith will charge a little bit less.

Arizona Locksmith Cost is shown as a comparison because we are an Arizona Locksmith Company.

2017 is the last year they conducted the national locksmith pricing survey, and what a locksmith charges has gone up in the past 5 years. For the pricing shown in the table above we’ve adjusted for inflation at 8% between 2017 and 2021.

How Much do Locksmiths Charge to Unlock Cars & Houses?

How Much is a Locksmith
Locksmith Prices, How Much Does a Locksmith Cost?

During standard hours, the cost to unlock a house will be under $150. The cost to unlock a car is also under $150

The unlock fees is composed of the service call charge and the cost to do the work (the unlock). Using the table above you can find those costs.

Most locksmith companies, including ACME Locksmith, will charge under $140 to unlock a door in Arizona during standard hours. The national average price to unlock a car door in 2021 will be about $157. Expect to pay a locksmith 150-175 to unlock a home or car door in most areas, less in areas with lower cost of living.

Most locksmith services include charges for a service call and then additional charges for the work performed. Service calls in most major metropolitan areas hover between $75-125. In the Phoenix, AZ market a locksmith service call is on the low end of that scale. Expect to pay more when you are in a major city, less when you are in a more rural area.

Run, run, run from anyone quoting $19-$39 service call rates. They will rip you off.

The average cost to rekey a home in 2021 is $175.

The cost to rekey a home can vary based on several factors (number of locks being the biggest factor). Many homes cost less to rekey and some will cost more. Check out our article The cost to rekey home locks for a detailed cost analysis on home rekeying.

The average cost to duplicate a car key in 2021 with a transponder chip (a key that needs to be programmed to the car) will be under $150

There are a ton of variables involved in locksmith car key cost. Key blanks can be from $7 to several hundred dollars. The charges a locksmith incurs when adding a key to the vehicle range from $0 to $75, etc…. All of these impact the price of a car key. Check out our detailed article How Much Does a Duplicate Car Cost? for more information.


The graphic below (click to enlarge) shows the national average locksmith charges. These averages represent costs actually reported by hundreds of locksmith companies all around the US in 2017. Locksmith Prices in 2021 shown and discussed in this article are based on a 2017-2021 inflation rate of 8%.

Depending on your locations, rates can be expected to vary slightly. The table shows what locksmiths charge for a wide variety of services while the table above covers the most common lock & key services.

If you are in the Phoenix Arizona market, you can schedule your locksmith service with ACME Locksmith online and save up to $10.

National Average Locksmith Prices – Click to Enlarge – Source Locksmith Ledger

Get More Information on Pricing:

How much does it cost to rekey house locks?

How much does it cost to rekey a business?

How much does it cost to get car keys made?


How to Get the Cheapest Priced Locksmith Service

The cheapest locksmith you find will not be the one that gave you the cheapest quote. When you ask a locksmith, “How much does your locksmith service cost” some locksmiths are going to give you the cheapest price you’ll hear just so you hire them, and it’s a scam. There are no $19 to $39 locksmith services.

ACME Locksmith has spent considerable resources education the public on locksmith fraud, and one thing is always certain. You will find the cheapest locksmith and get the best price, when you are quoted an exact price upfront. No exceptions.

The cheapest locksmiths will quote you charges close to those shown in the table above.

These are standard industry prices because all professional locksmith companies know exactly what it takes to perform these services. In general Arizona locksmiths will charge less than the national averages above. A New York City Locksmith will cost more. So how much a locksmith costs is related to where you are located.

But no matter where you are, when you call a credible locksmith you will find that:

1) They quote you an exact price for common services upfront and
2) The credible locksmiths all charge within a few dollars of each other.

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