Pay for locksmiths varies depending on experience, allowances and location.
Apprentice locksmiths may start on the minimum apprentice rate but usually start on about $15 an hour, with their pay increasing up to $20 as they gain skills and unit standards.
Qualified locksmiths with one to three years' experience usually earn between $20 and $25.
Qualified locksmiths with more than three years' experience can earn between $25 and $29.
Self-employed locksmiths may earn considerably more than this, depending on the success of their business.
Locksmiths can also earn a commission if they are entitled to a percentage of any after-hours call-out fee.
Source : New Zealand Locksmith Association, 2015.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Locksmiths may do some or all of the following :
install and repair locks, safes, alarm systems and electronic locks
cut or make keys to fit locks and reset combination locks
open jammed locks and safes
advise clients on locks, safes and general security needs
develop and design master key systems
unlock vehicles and make replacement keys if necessary
develop and design electronic key systems and alarms, including transponder keys
help law enforcement agencies with tenancy evictions, repossessions, search warrants, and forensic investigations.
Skills and knowledge
Locksmiths need to have knowledge of :
master keying, key making and key cutting
different lock types, safes and locking mechanisms
lock repair methods and locksmith workshop equipment
security alarm systems
electronic security systems.
work regular business hours, but may also be on call and have to work at night or during weekends
often work from a mobile workshop in a van and travel within their region to do jobs
may work in workshops and travel to jobs at businesses, private homes and vehicles.
To become a locksmith you need to complete a three-year apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Locksmithing (Level 4).
Competenz, an industry training organisation, oversees locksmith apprenticeships.
Locksmiths must not have any criminal convictions that have a term of imprisonment attached. A security guard licence may be required and it is helpful to have a driver's licence.
Useful subjects include NCEA Level 2 English, maths, workshop technology and computing.
Locksmiths need to be :
careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
thorough and efficient
honest and reliable
good at problem solving, with the ability to think laterally
able to work alone and unsupervised.
Useful experience for locksmiths includes :
basic engineering and mechanical workshop skills
metalwork, woodwork and carpentry
work with electronic equipment
customer service experience.
Locksmiths need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).