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Locksmiths

Overview

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 17,800 locksmiths employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Decline
Personality Traits

Hands On

Problem-Solving

Technical

Career Ladder
Self-Employed or Specialist Locksmith

Master Locksmith

Locksmith

Apprentice Locksmith