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How Much Does A Dock Cost?

Typical Range: $3,077 - $26,176

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Cost to Build a Dock

Building a boat dock costs an average of $14,242 with a typical range for $3,077 and $26,176. The average pier runs $100 per linear foot or between $15 and $40 per square foot. Prefabricated or assembled types run as low as $1,000 while high-quality permanent ones run between $50,000 and $75,000.

Pricing varies depending on the type, quality and the difficulty of installation. Choosing a preassembled, aluminum floating dock or a permanent wood and concrete version affects your project price. Choice and budget depend on water depth, climate, location, and fresh or saltwater application. A professional can help you choose the right one. Ultimately, this determines the total project price.

On This Page:

  1. Boat Dock Prices by Type
    1. Floating
    2. Pilings
    3. Pipe
    4. Crib
    5. Suspension or Cantilevered Articulating
  2. Cost to Build a Pier
  3. Dock Construction Costs per Square Foot or Linear Foot
  4. Boat Dock Cost Calculator
    1. Dock Decking Costs
    2. Wood vs. Aluminum & Composite
    3. Install a Boat Lift
    4. Boathouse or Covered Dock
  5. Boat Dock & Pier Project Costs
    1. Building on a Lake vs. River
  6. FAQs
  7. Hiring a Professional vs. DIY

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$3,077 - $26,176
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$1,300 - $65,000

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Boat Dock Prices by Type


$15-$35 per sq. ft.


$20-$40 per sq. ft.


$1,000-$10,000 total


$10,000-$50,000 total



Prices vary between floating and permanent types.

  • Floating: are easy to move and remove from the water as needed
  • Permanent: crib, suspended and piling.
  • Pipe can come in either type

Floating Dock Prices

A floating dock costs between $15 to $35 per square foot, depending on the choice of decking. This includes the dock and labor to install. Prefabricated aluminum types, the cheapest, come in at $1,500. It’s constructed by placing decking over airtight barrels, drums or marine floats.

  • Least expensive.
  • Small ones are easy to remove from the water.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Less stable.
  • Best for lakes or sheltered coves.

Pilings Dock Costs

Piling dock building and installation runs $20 to $40 per square foot. Machinery drives or jets pilings, generally 10”-12” in diameter, into the lakebed..

  • More expensive than floating due to complex
  • Permanent and durable if maintained properly.
  • Customize it into boathouses, gazebos and party decks.

Pipe Docks

A prefabricated aluminum pipe dock will cost between $1,000 and $10,000 total. A basic straight roll-out runs $1,500 to $3,500. You’ll pay an additional $500 to $5,000 for setup and installation.

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Not permanently affixed for easy removal.
  • Come with wheels or stationary posts.
  • Good for lakes with calm waters.

Crib Docks

Crib docks cost $10,000 to $50,000 or more. Constructed by filling one or more square wooden “cribs” with large rocks then capping with a deck. They are essentially small, synthetic islands that you can connect to each other and the shore with decking.

  • Requires a permit due to environmental concerns. Check with your pro or the local zoning or building permit office for specifics.
  • Good for cold, northern waters.
  • Not suitable for extremely deep
  • Can last 50+ years.

Suspension or Cantilevered Articulating Docks

Engineering challenges make these unique, uncommon and expensive. Because of this, you’ll need to contact a local engineer near you to get a project quote. A suspension dock is built to overhang the water, like a suspension bridge with only one side.

  • Low environmental impact. Good for areas with a fragile underwater ecosystem.
  • High aesthetic value.
  • Requires more time to plan and construct.
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Average Cost to Build a Pier

A wood pier runs $100 per linear foot and up while a full steel version can top $500 per linear foot.

  • In the US. Although the terms are used interchangeably, some slight perceived differences persist. A pier sometimes refers to an elevated, fixed dock, often for commercial use and with railings. A “dock” tends to refer to water-level structures in a marina or residential area.
  • Outside the US. A “dock” is the water your boat sits in while tied to a “pier.”

Dock Construction Costs

Construction often include labor in the project quote. According to some homeowner reports, labor accounts for roughly half of the total price. So the average project of $10,000 includes $5,000 in labor or $50 per linear foot.

Average Dock Costs per Square Foot

The average dock runs between $15 to $35 per square foot. However, with high-end materials like exotic hardwoods or concrete, you can easily double that price.

Dock Pricing Per Linear Foot


Linear Foot Cost*




15-20 years

Aluminum & Composite


20-30 years



50+ years

Wood Pilings


Depends on salt or freshwater and treatment.

*Both price and lifespan vary due to the quality of materials that go into the final project.

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Boat Dock Cost Calculator


$10-$15 per foot

Drums or Floats

$75-$400 each


$100-$600 each


$50-$100 each



Mooring Whips

$300-$500 each


$4-$40 per square foot

Boat Lift

$1,000-$15,000 each


$10,000 to $50,000+

Wood vs. Aluminum & Composite Dock Prices

Expect to pay anywhere from 20% to 50%more on an aluminum frame with composite decking than you would on a wooden one. You can also blend aluminum framing with wood, aluminum planks or grates, or plastic for various budgets.

Dock Decking Costs


Per Square Foot





Pressure Treated Pine


Exotic Hardwoods like Ipe, Camaru & Tigerwood

$15 to $25






$8 to $15


$150-$300 per linear foot*

*Includes labor.

  • Wood decking costs: $5 to $12 per square foot for pine and cedar. Exotic hardwoods run $15 to $25 per square foot.
  • Composite decking prices :$30 to $40 per square foot. Expensive but requires no maintenance. Impervious to water and lasts far longer than wood
  • Concrete Fixed or Floating Dock:$150-$300 per linear foot. When installed and maintained correctly, it can last 50+ years.
  • Plastic: $4 to $10 per square foot. It’s usually sold as part of a kit for wood or aluminum frames. Some modular systems like an EZ Dock use plastic modular “blocks” for building the entire structure.
  • Aluminum decking:$8 to $15 per square foot. Highly corrosion resistant. Comes in non-slip planking and flow-through grating.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Boat Lift?

A boatlift will add between $1,000 and $15,000 to the project. Adding a boat lift canopy adds $500 to $2,000. Various styles, materials and build qualities can suit different purposes and fit all types.

  • Freestanding: $1,000 to $15,000. Vertical, pontoon, and cantilever.
  • Pile Mount: $1,500 to $8,000. Single or 4-pile.
  • PWC or Jet Ski Dock: $1,000 to $2,000. Floating or fixed drive on.

Cost to Build a Boathouse or Covered Dock

Boathouses run $10,000 to $50,000+. Price depends on the size, materials and included options, like a lift.

Boat Dock & Pier Project Costs

Besides actual pier work, there is a variety of additional projects you’ll need to consider before beginning your project.

Seasonal Dock Removal and Install

Seasonal removal or install runs $150 to $500 or more depending on the length or number of sections. This only applies to floating or sectional types with easy removal.

Seawall or Bulkhead Cost

Steel and concrete seawalls run $250 to $1,000 per linear foot for a basic installation. Engineering, permitting, plumbing and electrical needs will increase that price. Residential wood bulkheads tend to fall on the lower end.

Cost of Building a Dock on a Lake vs. River

Since both are freshwater, the difference comes down to moving vs. still water. Floating varieties don’t work on rivers.

  • Rivers require fixed, permanent docks at $80 to $150 per linear foot.
  • Lakes can use any type, permanent or floating for as little as $1,500.

Some Considerations When Choosing a Dock

Building a dock is a large-scale project for many homeowners. It involves considerable planning and decision-making before starting construction. You must choose the type, materials, electrical capabilities and budget that work for you.

To determine the best type and materials, boat owners should consider:

  • Regional specific construction regulations.
  • Climate and location. Is your boat on a frozen lake or hurricane-prone coastline?
  • Water depth and bed composition. Helps determine the length of piles.
  • Salt or fresh water. Different materials and treatments required for each.

Running Electrical to the Dock for Mooring or Lifting

Running electricity runs up to $1,000 depending on the distance. Dockside electricity provides mooring and lifting features and added lighting.

Renting a Slip in a Marina vs. Building a Private Dock

With no waterfront property, it might make more sense to use a marina for $3,500 to $10,000 per year. But for about the same price you can have a private dock installed that will last 15 years or more.

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How Much Does It Cost to Dock a Boat or Yacht?

It costs anywhere from $0.50 to $2 per foot of boat per day or $150 to $1,000 per month to dock a boat or yacht. Mooring fees vary between marinas. A storage cradle for the offseason can run anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000.

How Much Does an EZ Dock Cost?

EZ Docks vary in price from a few hundred to a few thousand depending on the configuration you need. They are modular floating types made from plastic and sometimes aluminum.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair A Dock?

Dock repair costs an average of $1,500 depending on your location, type and materials.

What is a Dock Piling?

A dock piling is the upright posts driven into the lake or seabed. The frame either attaches to these for fixed decks or wraps around them for floating types to allow travel up and down the piling during water level changes.

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Hiring a Professional Boat Dock Buildervs. DIY

Boat docks are a maintenance and safety hazard if done incorrectly or with the wrong materials. Building one is a big project that takes specialized knowledge, skills and experience. Use a professional who specializes in boat dock installation.

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