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Cost to Install Tile

ProjectAverageMost Spent
200 Square Foot Floor$3,000-$4,000$2,700-$13,000
30 Square Foot Backsplash$1,500$1,000-$1,900
750 Square Foot Countertop$3,500$2,400-$4,750
Most homeowners spend between $861 and $2,685 or an average of $1,763 to install porcelain or ceramic tile flooring. For all tile projects, the costs range from $13.50 to $83 per square foot. Generally, you'll pay about $15 to $20 per square foot for the materials and installation. The average is $1,500 for a backsplash and $3,500 for a countertop. That includes a typical $5 to $10 per square foot for the tile, and $4 to $14 per square foot for a pro to do the work.
Tile is one of the most versatile floor, countertop and wall materials available to homeowners today. They are specially coated to make them impervious to water or ingrained dirt and easy to clean and maintain. Durability is likely the number one reason most people install tile. With correct installation from an experienced tiler, it can last up to 20 years without major repairs.
ItemPer Square Foot
Tile$0.50-$15 indoor
$1-$35 outdoor
Other Materials$6-$9
Removal of Old Surface$2
Preparing Area$1-$5
Total$13.50-$63 indoor
$14-$83 outdoor
To put tile in your home, the range sits at $13.50 to $63 per square foot. If you want to install it outdoors, you may pay $14 to $83 per square foot. Materials and labor make up most of the expense.

Tile Cost Calculator

Material Cost Per Square Foot
Porcelain Wood Tile$3-$12$3-$35
Rectified Tile$0.50-$15$1-$35
When contemplating a tile project, homeowners can choose anything from high-end, designer tiles to the least expensive ceramic. Before beginning your search for the perfect style of tile, consider a few factors such as composition, strength, quality, use and placement. Some products are too thin or weak for flooring.

Price of Porcelain vs Ceramic

Ceramic tiles range from $0.50 to $35 per square foot. Ceramic is softer and less durable than porcelain, so they generally cost less. Porcelain tiles range from $3 to $35 per square foot. Thin porcelain tends to hit the higher end of the cost range for indoor units. They come from a special process that provides supreme durability with minimal thickness.
With either material, you need to know the individual tile's Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) Wear rating to discover where you can install it. This scale runs from 1 to 5+ . Ceramic tiles are generally set from 1 to 3 while porcelain tiles rate up to 5+ . Experts recommend a level of 3+ for flooring projects. Units with a PEI Wear rating of 1 or 2 are only appropriate for wall application, like a kitchen backsplash. Residential or commercial floors require materials with a rating of five.
For more on the differences between these two tiles, check out our Porcelain vs Ceramic Comparison Guide.

Porcelain Wood Tile Cost

Wood-look tile made of porcelain comes to about $3 to $35 per square foot. They're often cut into rectangular planks, but usually still price by the square foot. They are appropriate for homeowners who want the style of solid hardwood and the durability of tile.

Rectified Tile

Rectified tile costs within the same general price range of $0.50 to $35 per square foot and reflects a process used on many materials after production. Rectification means that the tiles are cut after firing to ensure a precise size and edge. It is widely available in different materials and styles.

Slate and Other Natural Stone

The average price to buy slate tile or natural stone ranges from $5 to $35 per square foot. Materials cut to size feature a unique look, since each stone is different. Many homeowners love the natural appearance for flooring, countertops, backsplashes and bathrooms.


Glass tiles cost $5 to $15 per square foot. As a rule, glass may not be appropriate for flooring. Instead, this option is ideal for backsplashes, countertops or a bathroom shower surround.

Measuring a Room for Tiles

Our ceramic tile calculator can help you figure out how many tiles you need. As you shop, keep in mind that products sold by the square foot may not measure exactly 12". Homeowners should plan to purchase more than the absolute square footage of the space for references from satisfied clients to accommodate the space of the room and the possibility that the pro will need to cut some of the tiles.
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Labor Cost to Install Tile

The labor costs for tile installation ranges from $4 to $32 per square foot. Flooring installation goes from $4 to $14 per square foot, compared to $25 to $32 per square foot for countertops and backsplashes. Although this expense is usually set by the square foot, some pros may charge by the hour. In that case, hourly rates go from $30 to $120, depending on the size and the complication of the project.

Porcelain Tile Installation Costs

Laying porcelain tile starts at $4 to $25 per square foot. Larger tiles and bigger rooms tend to lead to lower incremental prices. This cost may include:
  • preparing the surface
  • laying down the mortar
  • placing the tiles
  • applying and sealing the grout

Labor Price of Laying Ceramic Tile

Since ceramic and porcelain tiles are similar, the price range of $4 to $25 per square foot is also about the same.

Tile Floor Installation Cost

For tiles measuring about 12" on a prepared floor, homeowners will pay about $4 to $10 per square foot for indoor installation. The type of flooring foundation and the room configuration affect the rate contractors charge. For example, having ceramic tile installed on a cement floor will likely cost more. Installing it on a wood foundation in good condition may cost less, because you'll need fewer materials and less time to complete the job.

Average Charge for Tiling a Bathroom Wall

The cost to surround your shower with tile will set you back about $2,000 on average for a space measuring about 90 square feet. This includes preparation of the wall surface, installation of backer board, placement of the tiles and grout.

Laying Kitchen Backsplash or Countertop Tile

The cost to put in a backsplash sits about $25 to $32 per square foot. This increase is due to the smaller size of the tiles and intricate design work needed to complete the job. Installing tile around a fireplace will price similarly. These tiles are used to improve kitchen backsplash areas, decorate furniture and create original artwork.

Cost to Install Backer Board

If you have wood sub-flooring, you may need to pay $5-$8 per square foot for a material called "backer board." It's commonly used in bathrooms, and the installation expense usually comes as part of the total labor costs. Wood sub-flooring is a less-than-ideal foundation for tile because it naturally warps if exposed to high levels of moisture. When the surface loses its integrity, the tiles can pop off or break. Backer board provides a level cement surface on which to lay the material. Use special screws to secure the cement sheets in place.
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Other Cost Considerations

Cost Factors for Installing Tile
ItemCost Per Square Foot
Other Materials (e.g. underlayment, backer board) $6-9
Removal of old flooring, countertop or backsplash$2
Preparing area$1-$5
Cost to repair sub-floor$40-$65
Cost to install new sub-floor$10-$20

Price of Installing Tile over Existing Flooring

A contractor generally cannot install tile on top of existing flooring. You will need to pay about $2 per square foot to remove the old flooring, plus the $4 to $14 per square foot for permanent placement.

Cost to Remove and Retile a Floor

Retiling a floor costs $4 to $10 per square foot in labor. This is like a new installation, with a few exceptions. Start by removing the tile. You will probably have to replace backer board as needed, at $5 to $8 per square foot. If the flooring is already set and is still in good condition, you may save some money on preparing the surface for the new materials.

Cost to Lay Tile on Concrete

Homeowners may need an extra $3 to $10 per square foot to resurface the sub-floor before an installer can put in the tile. The cost factors involved with installing it over concrete flooring are the additional labor hours and materials needed to smooth and level the floor surface in preparation for laying.
While a smooth, level cement floor is an ideal surface on which to lay tile, those conditions are somewhat rare. For a cement floor, the installer must perform these tasks:
  1. Ensure that the floor is clean, smooth, dry and free of holes or divots.
  2. Use a product called Thin-Set to seal surface cracks or fill small holes.
  3. Apply a latex primer to the flooring surface to prepare it for installation.
  4. Determine if the surface is level and lay down a self-leveling compound if necessary.

Outdoor Tiling Estimator

Buying outdoor tiles will set you back $1 to $35 per square foot, depending on the material. You'll pay another $4 to $14 for installation. Manufacturing tiles that will endure the hardships of outdoor installation isn't cheap, but fewer outdoor floor installations will give you such a refined and stunning look. You may not have the budget for a complete patio or walkway in ceramic tile, but even a small stoop or some other tiling accent can add significant beauty to your outdoor landscape.

Slip Resistant Tiles

Tiles that provide better traction on a wet outdoor surface cost about $2 to $35 per square foot. Outdoor versions need to be slip resistant for obvious safety reasons. This can mean foregoing sealant or glazing common to other tiling installations. High end outdoor tiles contain grit embedded in the glaze to create a finished product that also provides superb traction. The rougher texture of unfinished styles will also make them more difficult to clean, so homeowners should factor maintenance into their decision.

Laying Porcelain Pavers Cost

Installing porcelain outdoor pavers prices at $4 to $14 per square foot. More than just slip resistant, outdoor tiles must also be able to withstand repeated freezing and thawing. You'll need materials and installation that meet these guidelines:
  1. Dense tiles with an absorption rating 3% or lower, graded "vitrified" or "impervious".
  2. Consistently-sized units, with variation less than 1/8".
  3. Permanent bonding to the flooring substrate.
  4. Installation to a concrete slab reinforced with steel, to prevent cracking and separating.
Ignoring any of these rules can lead to tiles that are quickly in disrepair.

Outdoor Decking Tile

At $5 to $15 per square foot and the possibility of making it a DIY project, outdoor decking tiles can be a relatively inexpensive alternative. These products are interlocking, so they don't need precise substrate bonding. They are used to spruce up existing installations. For example, a wood deck or porch, which has fallen into disrepair, but still has its structural integrity, can have decking tiles laid directly over the original material. Decking tiles may not have the same longevity as standard outdoor tiling, but they are a cost-effective choice for many homeowners.
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DIY vs. Hiring a Tiler

Doing this project yourself can cost $9.50 to $51 per square foot, compared to $13.50-$83 for a pro. Since permanently installing tiles in your home or yard requires such precision, it is a task best left to a professional. With a wide selection of materials available at local stores, many people try to install it themselves. However, difficult flooring configurations and the inexperienced nature of some DIY installers makes this a less desirable option than hiring a professional.

Selecting a Tile Contractor & Getting a Quote

Before you sit down with a contractor to talk about a new project, search for ratings and reviews from qualified tiling professionals near you. Make a list of questions related to your home and the design you have in mind. Ask for references from satisfied clients and a portfolio of the installer's work. Request quotes from multiple contractors, to get more information about the price you'll pay in your area.
For tips and questions to ask perspective pros, read our guide on Hiring a Professional Tile Installer.
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Tom Woltjer More than 1 year ago
I have a small condo in Edmonds with remodel in process. I need someone to install about 40-50 sq/ft of subway tile. Area is prepped and I have the tile. I need this done in the next few days. Is anybody available?
Linda Sindeldecker More than 1 year ago
I have been trying to get a quote for floor tiling - tiles already purchased. No answer. It's been a month - still no answer. 264 sq feet. How do you get someone to respond?
Jose Granizo More than 1 year ago
It all depends on the size of tile and the type of tile. It can run anywhere from $3 SQ FT to $5 SQ FT
Jose Granizo More than 1 year ago
It can range anywhere from $3 to $5 a Sq Ft depending on size and type of tile
dustin schouten More than 1 year ago
do you need  someone to install??
Lori Cote More than 1 year ago
I would like a rough estimate on labor for 32ft. backsplash in the kitchen all prepped up.
Evin Jovany Mejia More than 1 year ago
i will be happy to do the job call me 786-217-5069
john mendenhall More than 1 year ago
minimum charge here is $400+ setting material and grout.
 It sure helps to know where you are as prices vary regionally.  
Joyce Bamburg More than 1 year ago
With only installing 130 ft. I'm going to do it myself.
I just wanted to know if I could do it over the existing tile?
Audrey thompson More than 1 year ago
what is labor rate for 11' linear run (two rows) totaling 22 (12x12) tiles, and 5 outlet cutouts?? I supply the marble tiles and grout. Need answer soon!!
jeff groman More than 1 year ago
min charge 150
a baker More than 1 year ago
Why so many dated comments?
tom costa More than 1 year ago
i have a small shower area 72sf, tub out,wonderbrd. on and sealed,back wall 5'x8' with window, 2 side walls 2'x8' one with nitche, i have 3"x6" subway tile and need and have  accent stripe. thanks Tom
Carlton Baker jr More than 1 year ago
What is the cost to put 13 ×13 tiles I have 273 Sq feets 
Holly Bray More than 1 year ago
I have 15 sq ft of subway tile backsplash, needing someone to install. Salem OR
Daron Allen More than 1 year ago
I meant to put tile surround
Daron Allen More than 1 year ago
What would it cost to do a tub surround in a mobile home 27"×54"
Tom OConnor More than 1 year ago
I have a shower/tub area that I would like to have re-tiled. I plan on tiling the 3 walls above the tub which would be roughly 1 wall at 5'x6' and 2 walls at 3'x6'. aprox  66 sq. ft.  I have already removed the tile and put up hardi backerboard but dont feel comfortable with tiling part.    What would labor and material cost (no  tiles) be to install tiles (point up) and a border in the middle.  Located in North Dallas area.
Danielle Bean More than 1 year ago
I need approx. 200 square feet of porcelain tile installed on my kitchen floor. The vinyl and subfloor need to be removed and cement board installed so when tile is down, the kitchen floor is flush with carpet. I live in Spokane, WA
Ruben Luna More than 1 year ago
No comments at this time because I have not been contacted by installer yet
Gladys Stith More than 1 year ago
Why does it take so long for people to get back to you with an estimate, over 2 weeks already.
Joi Biddle More than 1 year ago
quite informative
Margarita Garcia More than 1 year ago
Good information. I'm happy with this page, very informative. Thanks.
Melanie Radice More than 1 year ago
We have what seems to me as a very easy job for someone that works with tile. It's a small living room that has cheap laminate, which we can remove ourselves if needed. No odd angles, and we have the tile, a "wood" look ceramic, so no big grout job either. Any Pro interested in giving me a quote?
john mendenhall More than 1 year ago
it certainly helps to know where you are located .
Go to NTCA to get list of accredited installers in your area.
William Endorf More than 1 year ago
Page was helpful
Gregory Bryant More than 1 year ago
I currently have ceramic tile on my kitchen floor. Some of them are cracked and need to be replaced. The tile is about ten years old. Is it possible to just replace the damaged ones or will it be too hard to find replacements? If so, how much to replace the entire floor? The kitchen is about 240 sq ft.
john mendenhall More than 1 year ago
unless you have some "leftovers" it may prove difficult to find them now.
Cracked tiles are and indication of substrate  movement  or improper application of mortar
 leaving voids susceptible to cracking .
 These issues would need to be addressed for a proper installation.
Jayetta Embry More than 1 year ago
I'm looking to have tile installed in small bathroom 5x5 area.  Currently have lineolium on the floor.  What should I expect to pay if I can ever find someone to give me a quote?
john mendenhall More than 1 year ago
expect a minimum charge of $200+
Kathy Amatuli More than 1 year ago
I'm trying to get a quote on labor to install 52 sq ft of ceramic tile for a kitchen backsplash.  There is no existing backsplash.  
chris miller More than 1 year ago
I have a shower/tub area that I would like to have retiled. The tile I have chosen is 18x18. I plan on tiling the 3 walls above the tub which would be roughly 1 wall at 5'x6' and 2 walls at 3'x6'. I calculate that to be 66 sq. ft. The estimate for labor ONLY was $1500. Is that reasonable? Location: Reno, Nevada
Jean Tilton More than 1 year ago
I've had 2 estimates already with 2 answers on installation process. I want to take up Lineolium out of upstairs bathroom. I have a wood sub floor under the lineolium. What is the best process for laying tile on that floor once the linelium has been taken up? Do I need underlayment then tile? Or put down backerboard then tile?
jeff groman More than 1 year ago
backer board would be best way
Beverly Adamson More than 1 year ago
Backer board is best, it won't have a tendency to warp like underlayment - you don't want your tiles popping!  The rule I use is: if it's in a wet area, or if you are tiling, use backerboard/wonderboard.
Ruth Hurston More than 1 year ago
Joan Gadler More than 1 year ago
Knowledge is power. Thank you.
ursula baukol More than 1 year ago
Thank you. This information makes it easier for me to get the job done right.
Dawn Matthews More than 1 year ago
If you have a laminate floor down, do you have to remove it?  Can you install wood looking tile over the floor?  I believe the floor below is concrete. 
Rick Jordan More than 1 year ago
As a contractor who has done many hundreds of tile jobs in the past, I can confidently say, you guys have lost your marbles. I would never step into a house willing to complete a job for any less that $12 a square foot. This includes only: bringing equipment to job site, set up equipment, layout, cutting tile, spreading thin set, buttering tiles (thin setting back of tile), cutting tile, laying tile, adjusting tiles to be spaced equally and level, cleaning up, packing up equipment, coming back another day to grout, setting up for grouting, spreading grout, wiping 3 or 4 times until perfect, cleaning up, packing up all tools again, coming back another day to seal grout, and finally leaving you with a final product. You saying $3-$5 a square foot is outrageously low for the whole process. The price I stated $12 a square foot would also require me to come in to a perfectly demoed room, with a proper sub floor already in place and screwed off. Price off all materials is extra.
Mike J More than 1 year ago
Seemsyyou are like the rest of young contractors today. Going to become a millionaire without a college education.
Matt Wagner More than 1 year ago
Are you that ignorant?  What young contractor has done hundreds of tile jobs?
Or are one of those guys who doesn't listen and read something before replying and ends up looking like a fool. 
My how to tile book was published by an international book company and that book was sold in all the home centers.  Ive done hundreds of tiling jobs,(should I turn up the volume on your earbuds Mike J So you hear that?). So no young buck here.
I will charge $12-18 per foot for all the reasons Rick mentions. If it's a tub or shower surround on the second floor, have no doubt my price is closer to the $15-$18 range. 
It ain't by the foot really. It's by the hour. you want to wallow in poverty and end up working for $15 an hour all your life Mike. Be my guest.
Mark Bartholomew More than 1 year ago
Not to mention that your company now "OWNS" that job...
Jamie Ehrhardt More than 1 year ago
Wow.  Must be a location thing.  I had my tile done for $2.25 sq ft in AZ and just got a quote for $3 in TX.  $12-18?  Not gonna happen

Deborah Benenati More than 1 year ago
No wonder the Illegals get the jobs, and they are very qualified, with quality work. I am witness to the quality. Nobody wants to pay for piece work as you have specified .People want to know the job cost, not your cost to put concrete on each tile evenly, then slap it on the floor, which you call buttering tiles...YEAH RIGHT! There are too many people in this country right now who when they retire, the paycheck get less and less each year. Again, I wish you luck, if Hillary is your next President, you will price yourself right out of business. try becoming a hairstylist. How much do you think someone can charge for a haircut..that is only an example of what I am trying to tell you on pricing the job, not each hair you cut.  Good Luck with the next election!
Patricia Radosin More than 1 year ago
If the Donald becomes President, you won't have any illegals to hire, will you? That means you will have to pay the $12+ per tile or go without. I am retired but I don't want to take away someone's right to earn a decent  living. Since you know so much about tiling why don't you put some concrete on each tile evenly and slap it on the floor to supplement your income? (sic) Also, I don't get your point about being a hair stylist. If you are exceptional hair stylist, you command more money per cut. If the client has long hair, you charge more money. If you live in San Francisco you can expect to pay more per tile than if you you lived in Marion, SC. It's as simple as that. 

Mark Studt More than 1 year ago
That was easy, thanks
Audrey thompson More than 1 year ago
kitchen backslpash
jeff groman More than 1 year ago
were is job located
Jane Ogea More than 1 year ago
Very helpful.
Jane Ogea More than 1 year ago
Thank you, I wasn't aware that there were installers in my general area .

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