How Much Does It Cost To Install A Saltwater Pool?


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Saltwater Pool Costs

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Installing a saltwater pool can vary in price significantly from one project to the next, due to considerations like the size, material, shape, and type of pool installed. Included in the installation price is the saltwater chlorination system that converts a standard pool into saltwater.

The benefits of saltwater pools are that they offer lower maintenance and they don’t need chemical treatments like chlorine pools. They are a great long-term option and like a standard pool, they can be built or bought in any number of shapes, sizes, and materials.

Saltwater pool installation: by type of pool and for a 12’x20’ pool size, with all materials and professional labor included.

Item Cost
Inground saltwater pool $23,000-$33,000
Above-ground saltwater pool $3,500-$7,500
Existing pool conversion to saltwater $600-$2,000


Other considerations and costs

  • The saltwater chlorination system is the biggest feature of any saltwater pool. Whether you are purchasing one to convert an existing pool or as part of a new pool installation, make sure that you choose a quality system.
  • The cost of saltwater pool installation is basically just a couple of thousand dollars more than what it would cost to install a chlorine pool, for the cost of the saltwater system.
  • While these pools are a little more expensive to install, they offer much lower maintenance costs and fewer maintenance requirements, which makes them a better long-term investment than a standard chlorine pool.
  • If you need concrete work or decking installed along with your new saltwater pool, that will incur an additional cost. Consider working with a pool installation service that can do all of the work at once to save on labor costs.

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DIY considerations

  • Installing a pool is not a DIY job. You should always hire professionals to handle major installation and plumbing related to your new pool. Not only do they know what they are doing, but they will also generally offer a warranty that could come in handy in the future.
  • If you have an existing pool, most saltwater conversion systems come with simple instructions for connecting the system and converting your chlorine pool to saltwater.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(Varies by type of installation)
  • New York, NY$25,702
  • Bronx, NY$21,120
  • Brooklyn, NY$17,603
  • Philadelphia, PA$21,960
  • Washington, DC$19,056
  • Atlanta, GA$17,240
  • Miami, FL$15,680
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$16,425
  • Minneapolis, MN$19,269
  • Chicago, IL$22,450
  • Houston, TX$23,156
  • San Antonio, TX$15,544
  • Austin, TX$17,600
  • Denver, CO$14,871
  • Phoenix, AZ$15,689
  • Las Vegas, NV$17,220
  • Los Angeles, CA$19,403
  • San Diego, CA$17,607
  • San Jose, CA$21,268
  • Seattle, WA$15,570

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