Concrete Staining Cost

Concrete staining is a common approach to improving the appearance and/or functionality of concrete surfaces like driveways, parking aprons, walls, and floors.

The cost to apply average concrete staining depends upon the area and condition of the surface, the type of stain, special preparation 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.

Concrete staining: 500 sq.ft. concrete slab; prepare surface with sweep, scrub, wash down, and apply sealant. Include transport, material, equipment, and waste.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Rustic acid-wash stain: dark and marbled appearance.$0.32per sq.ft.525$170
Upgrade: additional cost to apply decorative acrylic sealant: wet look, non-yellowing, solvent based.$0.28per sq.ft.525$144
Material Cost$0.63per sq.ft.500$314
+ Labor Cost (basic)$36per hour20$720
+ Labor Cost (upgraded)$36per hour15$540
Total Cost$3.15per sq.ft.500$1,574

Other considerations and costs

  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.

DIY considerations

  • This project is suitable for DIY requiring no special set of tools or skills.
  • The acid-wash nature of the process dictates the use personal protection measures.


  • 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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