Swimming Pool Costs

A swimming pool can add value, comfort, and enjoyment to your home. If done badly, any pool can detract from property value and personal safety.

The cost to install an average pool depends upon type, material and finish grade, finished surface area and material volume, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

Type and cost summary

In the following table the Cost figure is based on average pools of typical size 12’ wide x 24’ long, creating 288 square feet of water surface or 612 square feet of finished pool surfaces; and includes 20 mile transport range, material, equipment, and waste.

Above-ground steelRapid installVisible structure$3,481

DIY friendlyElevated-deck

Easily removedCheap feel
In-ground vinyl linerSome customizationExcavate/build$18,517

Ground-deckLiner damage

Costly removal
In-ground fiberglassDurableExcavate/insert$28,047

Ground-deckLow customization

Lower maintenanceCostly removal
In-ground concreteHigh customizationExcavate/build$30,833

Highly durableCostly repair

Ground-deckCostly removal

In-ground pools typically require excavation and removal work followed by onsite construction activity. Above-ground pools avoid that expense and construction disruption.

Other considerations and costs

  • Typical upgrades and accessories are reviewed in the related Cost Guide.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Typical additional residential site clearing and preparation tasks range in cost from $0.50 to $1.50 per sq.ft. depending on amount and size of material, and transport.
  • These pool examples do not include engineering attention to customization.

DIY considerations

  • The above-ground pool is DIY friendly, vendors often provide DIY packages.
  • In-ground pools leave little DIY opportunity, other than upgrade accessories.


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

Cost to install a swimming pool in my city

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