How Much Does It Cost To Install A Swimming Pool?


(12' x 24' in-ground vinyl liner pool)
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Swimming Pool Cost

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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.

The Cost of Swimming Pool Installation

Type Pros Cons Cost
Above-ground steel Rapid install Visible structure $3,481
  DIY friendly Elevated-deck  
  Easily removed Cheap feel  
In-ground vinyl liner Some customization Excavate/build $18,517
  Ground-deck Liner damage  
    Costly removal  
In-ground fiberglass Durable Excavate/insert $28,047
  Ground-deck Low customization  
  Lower maintenance Costly removal  
In-ground concrete High customization Excavate/build $30,833
  Highly durable Costly repair  
  Ground-deck Costly 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.

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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.
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Cost by city

(12' x 24' in-ground vinyl liner pool)
  • New York, NY$29,745
  • Bronx, NY$24,443
  • Brooklyn, NY$20,372
  • Philadelphia, PA$25,414
  • Washington, DC$22,053
  • Atlanta, GA$19,953
  • Miami, FL$18,147
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$19,009
  • Minneapolis, MN$22,300
  • Chicago, IL$25,982
  • Houston, TX$26,799
  • San Antonio, TX$17,989
  • Austin, TX$20,369
  • Denver, CO$17,210
  • Phoenix, AZ$18,158
  • Las Vegas, NV$19,929
  • Los Angeles, CA$22,455
  • San Diego, CA$20,377
  • San Jose, CA$24,613
  • Seattle, WA$18,020

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