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

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand

How to become a Locksmith

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
  • training offered by the professional body

Direct application

You could contact local locksmithing companies to see if they are prepared to take you as a trainee. 

You'll find it helps if you have good practical skills, and experience of carpentry or joinery.

Other routes

 You can also start to train as a locksmith by taking a course through the Master Locksmiths Association.

Master Locksmiths Association qualifications are recognised throughout the industry.

More information

Further information

Find out more from the Master Locksmiths Association about careers in locksmithing.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work well with others
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

You'll usually be expected to have a driving licence.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

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

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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