Asphalt Equipment Pad Costs

Asphalt is a common material choice for an exterior equipment pad.

You will find that the cost to install an average asphalt pad 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.

Equipment pad: 500 sq.ft. and adequate for vehicle parking; include costs for miscellaneous material, equipment, and waste.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Asphalt pad: excavate, prepare, spread, tamp, and sealant finish 500 sq.ft. of 3" thick asphalt slab with aggregate/sand base and 20 feet of pad access header.$2.41per sq.ft.525$1,267
Upgrade: additional cost to install 6" thick asphalt atop 6" aggregate base.$1.99per sq.ft.525$1,045
Material Cost$4.62per sq.ft.500$2,312
+ Labor Cost (base)$36per hour16$576
+ Labor Cost (upgrade)$36per hour12$432
Total Cost$6.64per sq.ft.500$3,320

Other considerations and costs

  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Additional hand-excavation of typical soil will cost around $50 per cubic yard.
  • 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 flatwork examples do not include engineering attention to curves or inclines.

DIY considerations

  • This project is not highly suitable for DIY requiring a special set of tools and skills.
  • Beyond construction skills, asphalt is applied hot and delays can cause poor results.


  • 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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