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How to become a Locksmith

A practical guide to finding work as a professional Locksmith engineer

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There are a range of skills and knowledge that are required to become a professional locksmith. It can be a challenging role, although the customer satisfaction and daily problem solving can be rewarding.

It is important to consider the type of company you would like to work for. For example, many established companies now offer nationwide services 24 hours a day, all year round, a good career for those that do not want to be limited in their work.

Working Hours & Conditions

When it comes to typical working hours, it is largely dependent on the company you are working for. As we now live in an age where we expect services quickly and efficiently, there are many companies that provide a 24-hour emergency response. This means that you would be less limited in the hours you can do, and working hours are varied.

In terms of working conditions, these can vary according to the type of locksmith role you decide to follow. If you are an experienced locksmith, it is likely that your environment will be more varied on a day to day basis, from businesses to domestic properties.


Newly qualified locksmiths can earn between £24,000 and £26,000 a year. With experience, earnings can be up to £30,000 or more.

This can however, be dependent on your employer and where you are living in the UK (unless you work for a nationwide company).

Self-employed locksmiths will set their own rates, although may miss out on incentives such as bonuses and overtime pay that can be available with an employer.

Above is only a guideline of salaries in the security industry.

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