Locksmith - How to enter the job

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Locksmiths maintain, repair, install and replace locks, keys, safes, electronic locking devices and access control systems in businesses, private homes, building sites and vehicles.


Apprentice locksmiths with one to three years' experience usually earn

$15-$20 per hour

Qualified locksmiths with more than three years’ experience usually earn

$25-$29 per hour

Source: NZ Locksmith Association, 2015.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a locksmith are average as, although there is a current shortage of qualified locksmiths, opportunities are expected to peak by 2019.

Last updated 28 January 2016