An average locksmith service call will cost from between $50 to $200 (plus parts) depending on the services needed.
If it's an emergency and you're locked out of your home or car it will cost more, especially on nights and weekends. If you need a lock re-keyed, repaired, or replaced during normal business hours, it will be on the lower end.
Locksmiths are trained to install, repair, and unlock locks in homes, businesses, cars, and safes.They are most often called when someone is locked out of their home or car.
They can also setup security systems in homes and businesses that require secure access.
Most states require licensing for locksmiths. They must go through a training program, apprenticeship, and pass a background check.
Locksmith scams are a huge problem. People need one when they urgently need to get back in their house and are distracted from doing proper research. Scammers take advantage of this. They advertise online with generic sounding names.
When they show up, they will demand cash and the price will be several times more than you were quoted. They will usually drill through or break a lock that could have easily been picked.
To find a real locksmith, look for local businesses with a real retail location and good reviews on trusted websites. Look them up in the Better Business Bureau and your state's licensing website.
Avoid locksmiths with a generic name that claim to be local but don't have an address.