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Locksmith pay rates vary from state to state, city to city and even from town to town. If you are a locksmith in New York City, Boston, Chicago or Los Angeles you can expect to make between $50-$85 per hour between the hours of 7am and 5pm. If a locksmith answers an emergency call after 5pm or on a weekend or holiday he can charge up to double whatever the regular day rate is.

In the Southern states, even in major metropolotan areas like Atlanta, GA a locksmith is likely to be paid less but he will still likely charge $$40-$60 per hour.

In more suburban and rural areas where the population isn't as dense the cost per hour a locksmith charges will be about half what a locksmith in New York City will charge.

Any way you look at it, a licensed locksmith can earn a very comfortable living.

Don't forget to take into account the cost of Insurance, Advertising, Gas, maintenance, Toolage, Equipment like key machines, cloning tools, key-blanks and software. Then there are all the specialty tools like a scope for safe work. It could cost you upwards of $50,000.00 to $70,000.00 just to set up a mobile service to do Commercial ,Automotive, and Residential service for the first year. Most guys start out small and gradually expand as their experience and working capital grow. It is a good trade, Plumbing and Electrical are also very rewarding trades always in high demand as well.

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If you really want to know how much a locksmith makes then call around and ask local companies in your area how much they pay. I you have no experience they may start you off as an apprentice. If you have no experience it may be a better question "Is this what you want to do?" It is a fair question if you are looking for a career that will be financially rewarding, but keep in mind that if it is a field that requires you to be good with your hands, very technically minded and have very good problem solving and mechanical reasoning skills to excel. It may be several years before you develop the skills to command good pay or venture out on your own. If you do end up with your own business there is fierce competition and it requires a great deal of investment to maintain a presence in the market place. If I had it to do all over again I might become a dentist! The hours are much better.

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The price will vary depending on the lock that requires changing, but a good locksmith should charge anything between £45 and £60.

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For which country the United Kindom, or USA? can vary quite dramatically by country.

A few great locksmiths:

http://www.fastkeys.co.uk/

http://www.locksmiths.co.uk/

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Depending on location and position in the company, on average, I would say anywhere from $2500 to $4500 a month.

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Well, most of the locksmith companies offer services 24x7 days a week. Professionals are always available for helping people at any time of the day.

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