How Much Does It Cost To Install A Kitchen Countertop?


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Kitchen Countertop Costs

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Installation of new kitchen countertops can add a lot of value to a home. It can be done separately or as part of a larger kitchen renovation. The cost to replace or install countertops should also include professional labor rates, as this is not usually a DIY project.

Kitchen countertop installation has a lot of variables that will impact your overall project cost. The countertop material, size, and difficulty of installation are just a few factors involved in costing this job. Whether this is part of a larger kitchen renovation may also impact what you spend on counter installation, as in the case of calculating costs for the removal of existing materials and cabinet preparation.

Kitchen countertop Installation: per material, 30 sq.ft.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Granite $58 per sq.ft. 30 $1,740
Marble $95 per sq.ft. 30 $2,850
Slate $40 per sq.ft. 30 $1,200
Travertine $27 per sq.ft. 30 $810
Limestone $40 per sq.ft. 30 $1,200
Quartz $68 per sq.ft. 30 $2,040
Laminate $29 per sq.ft. 30 $870
Wood $96 per sq.ft. 30 $2,880
Labor Cost $13-$30 per sq.ft. 30 $390-$900
Total Cost $40-$126 per sq.t. 30 $1,200-$3,780

Other considerations and costs

  • This cost estimate does not include the optional counter edge and corner treatments that may be required for certain installations. Add approximately $15 per linear foot for edging and $60 per corner treatment, if needed.
  • Taxes and permits are not included in this cost estimate.
  • The price of your countertop material may vary depending on whether it is a full slab, tile, or a prefabricated product.
  • The difficulty of installation will affect total installation costs. Items like excessive cutting, tight corners, or unusually-shaped spaces to work with can increase labor rates significantly when compared to a simple slab installation.
  • If you are already paying disposal or removal costs as part of a larger project, you may not need to add these costs to your kitchen countertop installation.

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DIY considerations

  • Countertop materials vary and some may be more suitable for DIY projects than others. Some slabs of granite and marble, for example, can weigh over 200 pounds and cannot be moved by a single person safely.
  • You can save on removal and disposal costs by taking out your old counters on your own, even if you choose to hire professional countertop installers to put in your new counters.
  • Doing the work yourself may save money now, but it costs an average of $350 to repair faulty countertop installations later on.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
How much does it cost to install a kitchen countertop in your city?
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$4,000
  • Bronx, NY$3,287
  • Brooklyn, NY$2,739
  • Philadelphia, PA$3,417
  • Washington, DC$2,966
  • Atlanta, GA$2,683
  • Miami, FL$2,440
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$2,556
  • Minneapolis, MN$2,999
  • Chicago, IL$3,494
  • Houston, TX$3,604
  • San Antonio, TX$2,419
  • Austin, TX$2,739
  • Denver, CO$2,314
  • Phoenix, AZ$2,442
  • Las Vegas, NV$2,680
  • Los Angeles, CA$3,020
  • San Diego, CA$2,740
  • San Jose, CA$3,310
  • Seattle, WA$2,423

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