How Much Does It Cost To Install A Walk-In Tub?

$2,280

(economy soaking tub)
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Walk-in Tub Installation Costs

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A walk-in bathtub offers a seamless barrier that allows people to simply roll or walk into the tub without obstructions. These are necessary in homes of people with limited mobility and can be a great addition to a home where older adults live when they want to maintain independence but can’t handle a standard bathtub or shower anymore.

These tubs are unique because they require a door that is water-tight, so installation and maintenance is best done by a professional. Some of these tubs can be upgraded with whirlpool jets or other features, while some are standard soaking tubs.

Walk-in tub installation: by type of tub unit, mid-range materials, and labor.

Item Unit Cost Total Cost
Economy soaking tub $1,800 $1,800
Other materials $100-$500 $100-$500
Labor Cost (approx. 4-hour installation) $45 per hour $180
Total Cost   $2,080-$2,480
Item Unit Cost Total Cost
Whirlpool tub $4,000 $4,000
Other materials $100-$500 $100-$500
Labor Cost (approx. 6-hour installation) $45 per hour $270
Total Cost   $4,270-$4,770
Item Unit Cost Total Cost
Air bath $5,500 $5,500
Other materials $300-$600 $300-$600
Labor Cost (approx. 4-hour installation) $45 per hour $180
Total Cost   $5,980-$6,280
Item Unit Cost Total Cost
Bariatric tub $8,000 $8,000
Other materials $200-$400 $200-$400
Labor Cost (approx. 5-hour installation) $45 per hour $135
Total Cost   $8,335-$8,535
Item Unit Cost Total Cost
Combination tub $8,500 $8,500
Other materials $300-$500 $300-$500
Labor Cost (approx. 6-hour installation) $45 per hour $270
Total Cost   $9,070-$9,270

Other considerations and costs

  • Labor rates average $45-$65 per hour for walk-in tub installation. The chart above reflects total costs, but you should get an estimate that includes a breakdown to ensure your labor rates are comparable.
  • If you choose a whirlpool or air tub, expect to pay as much as double what you would pay for traditional installations, due to the motor and electrical wiring required.
  • If the space needs to be modified or your plumbing or electrical needs upgraded, that will incur an additional cost.

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DIY considerations

  • These tubs are a specialty item and require proper installation. Fortunately, most places that sell the tubs also offer installation services. This is, for the most part, not a DIY project.
  • If you want to save on labor costs, you can remove your old tub and do as much prep work as possible before the new tub installation.

References

  • 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

(economy soaking tub)
  • New York, NY$3,663
  • Bronx, NY$3,010
  • Brooklyn, NY$2,508
  • Philadelphia, PA$3,129
  • Washington, DC$2,715
  • Atlanta, GA$2,457
  • Miami, FL$2,234
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$2,341
  • Minneapolis, MN$2,746
  • Chicago, IL$3,199
  • Houston, TX$3,300
  • San Antonio, TX$2,215
  • Austin, TX$2,508
  • Denver, CO$2,119
  • Phoenix, AZ$2,236
  • Las Vegas, NV$2,454
  • Los Angeles, CA$2,765
  • San Diego, CA$2,509
  • San Jose, CA$3,031
  • Seattle, WA$2,219

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