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Locksmiths install, repair and maintain locks for homes and businesses.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements.
You could:

Some experience in carpentry or engineering might be useful, but isn’t essential.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent practical skills
  • good customer care skills
  • a patient approach, with the ability to pay attention to detail
  • problem-solving skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • fitting locks to doors and windows
  • selling, servicing and repairing locks and other security devices
  • cutting copies of keys and making new keys
  • fitting combination locks and timing devices to safes
  • repairing locks on motor vehicles
  • providing a call-out service to people locked out of their home or business or after break-ins 
You might also sell, install and maintain other security mechanisms and systems, and fit safes and security devices like closed circuit television (CCTV).

You could specialise in a particular area, like repairing and key cutting for antique locks.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week, which could include evenings and weekends. If you work for a firm that provides a 24-hour service, you may have to work some nights to respond to emergency call-outs.

You could be based in a shop, but most locksmiths travel to visit customers on site.

Some of your work will be inside, but you may also have to work outside in all weather conditions.

6. Career path and progression

You could work for a national company, run a franchise or become self-employed.

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Last updated: 12 September 2018