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Hiring Professional Locksmiths: How much should you pay?

Last updated: 21st May 2019

Hiring professional locksmiths will cost you an average price of around $60/hr. However, due to specific circumstances and factors, prices can still change. The highest rate that you can expect to pay for locksmithing services is around $80/hr, but the cost can be as low as $45/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Locksmiths on the site from December 2016 to December 2017.

Locksmith prices from real customers

Jane from Vic
The locksmith she hired worked on her front security door, which was a normal metal door with a fly screen. This door can’t be locked — there are two metal bars at the top and bottom of the door, which should be sliding into the grooves in the door frame, but none of them were working.
Harman from WA
He needed a Gainsborough double cylinder renovator deadbolt installed on top of an existing lock.

Taking lock-related problems into consideration

In general, locksmith prices depend on the type of service required. An average locksmithing job costs approximately $178.35. Take note, though, that a car locksmith may charge differently from those who specialise in handling home locks.

Locked out by high costs? Learn the factors that truly matter

There are three major factors considered when totalling locksmith prices:

1. The type of service rendered

Locksmiths offer a variety of services, and they charge different rates for each type of job. Some tasks are more complicated, so they will definitely cost more. Here are some of the services that locksmiths provide:

  • Duplicating keys (simple key and key cards)
  • Programming a car key transponder
  • Making new keys (for lost keys)
  • Opening broken or faulty locks
  • Changing house and/or window locks

2. The urgency of the job

Take note that not all locksmiths offer emergency or mobile services. However, you can expect a 24-hour locksmith to charge higher rates for emergency services.

3. The type of lock

The type and complexity of a particular lock will determine the amount of time needed to finish the job. Here are some types of locks used in different properties:

  • Bored cylinder locks
  • Sidebar locks
  • Tubular pin tumbler locks
  • Case locks
  • Electronic or biometric locks

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Unlocking the rates for each state

Locksmiths based in New South Wales have an average rate of around $60/hr. Clients in Victoria, on the other hand, pay an average cost of about $45/hr for a locksmith’s service. This is definitely lower than the $90/hr average price in Queensland, which is the highest average rate across Australia.

Do not wait until you get locked out of your car or home before scouting for a reliable locksmith. Be ready for such emergencies by knowing the contact details of a dependable professional in your area. Just log on to so you can connect with the best locksmiths near you today.


Pricing information correct as at December 2017.

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