Ceramic Tile Floor Costs

Tile flooring is installed in cement over concrete or other hard, prepared surfaces. Ceramic tile is a common choice of material for interior or exterior floors.

You will find that the cost to install an average ceramic tile floor depends upon material and finish grade, surface area and material volume, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Tile flooring: 500 sq.ft. with 120 feet of perimeter base board; include costs for miscellaneous material, equipment, and waste.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Ceramic tile: transport all material and install 500 sq.ft. of Grade 1 tiles 5/16" thick in 3/4" layer of mortar cement on top of prepared floor base.$2.24per sq.ft.525$1,177
Cove base: 120' of 2-1/4" cemented matching cove-base.$2.58per foot120$310
Upgrade: additional cost to include a 1-1/4" concrete compression and leveling layer between tiles and floor base.$1.11per sq.ft.525$584
Material Cost$4.14per sq.ft.500$2,072
+ Labor Cost (standard)$36per hour60$2,160
+ Labor Cost (upgrade)$36per hour8$288
Total Cost$9.04per sq.ft.500$4,520

Other considerations and costs

  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.

DIY considerations

  • This project is not highly suitable for DIY.
  • Quite beyond a concrete pour, ceramic tile requires artisan skills.


  • 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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