How Much is a Locksmith?
The top ranked search results for how much locksmiths charge in 2022 are all wrong. Those sites that Google “thinks” 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 in Arizona, ACME Locksmith. We have serviced over 140,000 customers. This is the real information on how much locksmiths cost, and how we price locksmith services.
Locksmith cost always depends on the specific service being performed because most services are charged “per service.” When hiring a locksmith, 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 2022 costs for the most common locksmith services:
How Much Does a Locksmith Cost by Job?
|Arizona Locksmith Prices vs National Locksmith Prices|
|Locksmith Service||*National Average Locksmith Price in 2021||Typical Arizona Locksmith Price in 2022**|
|Service Call Price||$90-$125||$80-$120|
|Cost to Unlock a Door or Car.||$77||$30-40|
|Cost to Rekey a Home Lock
(See Article – Cost to Rekey a House)
|$30 per cylinder||$12 (in store) – $20 (onsite) per cylinder|
|Cost to Rekey a Business Lock
(See Article – Cost to Rekey a Business)
|$25-35 per cylinder||$20-30 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 plus keys||$20-$35 plus keys|
|Cost to Drill a Good Safe||$378 and up||$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 18%
**The cost shown is cumulative. Start with the service charge price, and then add the cost of the service you are hiring for.
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 cost charge a little bit less.
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 18% between 2017 and 2022.
Most locksmith services include charges for a service call and then an additional cost for the work performed. Service calls in most major metropolitan areas hover between $90-125. In the Phoenix, AZ market a locksmith service call is a bit lower.
Run, run, run from anyone quoting $9-$49 service call rates. They are scam locksmiths and will rip you off.
The Cost for a Locksmith to Unlock a Door
The total unlock charge are 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 in Arizona will charge under $150 to unlock a door in Arizona (car or home) during standard hours. The national average price for a locksmith to unlock a car door in 2022 is $171. Expect to pay a locksmith $150-180 to unlock a home or car door in most areas, less in areas with lower cost of living but slightly higher in expensive cities. This is the prices from reputable automotive locksmith services or residential locksmiths.
The Cost to Rekey a Home
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.
Nationally, the average cost to rekey a three door home is $250. This is the cost of the service call to get the locksmith out to your location and the cost to take the locks offer the door, rekey them, and reinstall them. Depending on how many key holes your doors have this price will vary. The price shown assumes six key holes.
Ain Arizona, the cost to rekey a 3-door home is about $220. Check out our article The cost to rekey home locks for a detailed cost analysis on home rekeying, things to consider, and ways you can save money. We also cover Is it Cheaper to Rekey or Replace Locks?
The Cost to Duplicate a Car key with a Chip
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. But for a chipped car key (a key that needs to be programmed to the car) a locksmith should be charging around $150 for the key, cutting, and programming of the 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 prices. These averages represent costs actually reported by hundreds of locksmith companies all around the US in 2017. Locksmith Prices in 2022 shown and discussed in this article are based on a 2017-2022 inflation rate of 18% – most of which comes from just last year.
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 use our Phoenix lock service, and schedule your service online and save up to $20.
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How to Find the Cheapest Locksmith
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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Robert has been the Owner of ACME Locksmith, Arizona’s #1 Rated Locksmith, since 2007. ACME has provided locksmith service to over 160,000 Phoenix houses and businesses.
- Over 1400 5-Star Rated, Verifiable Arizona Customer Reviews
- Super Service Award Winner Eight Years Running
- Selected as an Angie List Phoenix-Best Contractor
- BBB International Marketplace Excellence Award Finalist
- BBB Ethics Award Winner – The Only Locksmith to Ever Win this Award