How Much Does It Cost To Instal A Wire Fence?


(4’ height with 300 feet of fencing)
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Wire Fence Costs

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Installing a wire fence has a number of cost variables to consider. First, there are a number of different types of wire that you can use for fencing, depending on what you are trying to keep out (or in). Fencing is usually measured in linear footage, with labor rates being calculated based on footage or hourly work required, depending on the type of contractor that you hire to do the job.

Wire fences are ideal for agriculture and gardening when you don’t really need the privacy or ornate look of a high-end fence, but you need an affordable solution to protect your crops, plants, or even just your family. You will also need to factor in the cost of all of the fence posts, hardware, and access gates that you will be adding to determine the total project cost.

Wire fence installation: various wire fencing material costs, along with labor rates and other expenses. 4’ height with 300 feet of fencing required.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Barbed wire fencing $1.50 per foot 300 $450
Steel and wood posts: 50-70 posts, spaced every 4-5 feet. $15-$30 each 300 $450-$900
Fence gate: four feet or six feet wide. $65-$95 1-2 $65-$190
Material Cost $3.22-$5.13 300 $965-$1,540
Labor Cost $55 per hour 30 $1,650
Total Cost $8.75-$10.63 300 $2,625-$3,190


Wire fence installation: by type of wire fence.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Smooth wire or deer wire fencing $1.20 per foot 300 $360
Barbed wire fencing $1.50 per foot 300 $450
Coated wire fencing $1.75 per foot 300 $525
Woven wire fencing $2 per foot 300 $600


Other considerations and costs

  • Hardware costs are minimal. Staples or nails will cost around $20 for the entire project, depending on the type and quality that you choose. Some fence installers will include basic hardware like nails and staples and only charge for larger hardware or specialty items, like hinges or latches for your fence gate.
  • You can turn your wire fence into an electric fence, which will add about $1,000 to the project for electric fencing, insulators, grounding rods, and other necessary parts and equipment.
  • Adding razor wire to the top of your fence can help keep predators or trespassers out. This will incur an additional cost for materials but the added labor will be minimal.
  • All corner posts should be made of solid wood and set in concrete for the security of the entire fence structure. You can use standard steel posts along the fence line to save money, but make sure the corners are reinforced with the best posts.

DIY considerations

  • A more experienced DIYer can probably handle installing a wire fence with the assistance of a friend or two. The process involves a lot of labor, post hole digging, and some concrete work, so you may need to outsource some of the work or rent equipment from your local home improvement store to get the job done.


  • 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

(4’ height with 300 feet of fencing)
  • New York, NY$4,658
  • Bronx, NY$3,828
  • Brooklyn, NY$3,190
  • Philadelphia, PA$3,980
  • Washington, DC$3,454
  • Atlanta, GA$3,125
  • Miami, FL$2,842
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$2,977
  • Minneapolis, MN$3,492
  • Chicago, IL$4,069
  • Houston, TX$4,197
  • San Antonio, TX$2,817
  • Austin, TX$3,190
  • Denver, CO$2,695
  • Phoenix, AZ$2,844
  • Las Vegas, NV$3,121
  • Los Angeles, CA$3,517
  • San Diego, CA$3,191
  • San Jose, CA$3,855
  • Seattle, WA$2,822

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