Bathtub Costs

Installing, replacing, or upgrading a bathtub may become necessary for repair or remodeling.

You will find that the cost to replace an average bathtub depends upon the condition of the existing plumbing and bathtub area (if modifications are necessary), the new bathtub material and finish, faucet and drain choices, any surroundings upgrade, and labor rate.

In the following tables the Labor Cost figures are what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the installation.

Bathtub replacement: remove and dispose of existing bathtub; install new bathtub and accessories; upgrade wall surroundings.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Bathtub:  identical dimensions replacement 60" x 30" standard enameled-steel unit; surroundings not included.$143each1$143
Faucet and drain set: install standard tub-shower units.$216set1$216
Upgrade wall surroundings: install standard three-piece wall covering units with towel bar and molded shelves. High-impact co-polymer plastic, resistant to mold and mildew.$124set1$124
Materials Cost$483each1$483
+ Labor Cost (plumber)$42per hour3$126
+ Labor Cost (remove, replace, upgrade)$36per hour6$216
Total Cost$825each1$825


Bathtub replacement: remove and dispose existing bathtub; install new tub-shower unit and accessories.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Bathtub:  identical dimensions replacement 60" x 30" Lascoatâ„¢ two-piece fiberglass tub-shower unit with towel bar and molded shelves, resistant to mold and mildew.$484each1$484
Faucet and drain set: install standard tub-shower units.$216set1$216
Materials Cost$700each1$700
+ Labor Cost (plumber)$42per hour3$126
+ Labor Cost (remove and replace)$36per hour5$180
Total Cost$1,006each1$1,006


Bathtub replacement: remove and dispose of existing bathtub; install new high-grade bathtub and accessories; upgrade wall surroundings.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Bathtub:  identical dimensions replacement 60" x 30" Kohler Villagerâ„¢ bathtub, almond color.$656each1$656
Faucet and drain set: install high-grade tub-shower units.$557set1$557
Upgrade wall surroundings: ceramic tile-look wall kit with rounded corners, bullnose edges, and engraved white grout. PVC finish resists stains, mold and mildew.$266set1$266
Materials Cost$1,479each1$1,479
+ Labor Cost (plumber)$42per hour3$126
+ Labor Cost (remove, replace, and upgrade)$36per hour7$252
Total Cost$1,857each1$1,857

Other considerations and costs

  • These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
  • Job minimum charges may increase the cost.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.

DIY considerations

  • The remove, replace, and wall upgrade tasks may be suitable for DIY, however the plumbing tasks are likely best left to a certified professional.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

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