How Much Does a Paver Patio Cost?

Typical Range:

$2,400 - $7,000

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Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated January 6, 2022

Reviewed by Cati O'Keefe, Expert Home Building & Sustainability Contributor.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Paver Patio Cost

Pavers usually cost $8 to $25 per square foot to install although high-end stone paver installations can hit almost $50 per square foot. Installing a typical, 280 square foot paver patio costs an average of $3,400 or 2,400 to $7,000.

For large or complex jobs that include additional prep work or artistic designs, you might pay $10,000 or more.

We’ll cover all the following cost considerations in this guide, including:

the average cost to install a brick pavera patio is $3,400 or $2,400 to $7,000.
  • Project size.

  • Location and accessibility.

  • Local permits and code requirements.

  • Landscaping and grading.

  • Outdoor living addons.

  • Material choice.

  • Adding plumbing, gas or electrical.

Average Cost$3,400
High Cost$7,000
Low Cost$2,400

Paver Patio Costs per Square Foot

DimensionsTotal Square FeetCost Range
10x10100$800 - $2,500
12x12144$1,150 - $3,600
12x16192$1,550 - $4,800
16x16256*$2,050 - $6,400
16x20320*$2,550 - $8,000
20x20400$3,200 - $10,000
24x24576$4,600-$14,500

*Most common square foot range for outdoor patios.

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Paver Price List

Not including labor, tools or other costs, you’ll typically only pay $0.50 to $1.50 for most common varieties of brick pavers, depending on how many you purchase. Natural stone costs a bit more at $3 to $20 each. For the most affordable prices, contact a brick yard and buy in bulk.

Brick and Paver Prices*
TypeEachAverage Per Square Foot
Brick (Real Clay)$0.25 - $4$4 - $8
Thin Clay (Half Bricks)$0.25 - $3$3 - $5
Tumbled Concrete Brick$0.50 - $5$3 - $5
Thin Concrete Pavers$0.50 - $10$2.50 - $5
Interlocking Concrete$0.50 - $15$3 - $6
Stone Style Concrete Pavers$8 - $15$5 - $7
Natural Stone & Slate Pavers$3 - $20$7 - $16

*Does not include labor, equipment or other fees.

Brick Paver

Brick pavers generally cost $0.25 to $4 per brick or $4 to $8 per square foot, but expect higher prices if you choose unusual sizes, rare colors or odd shapes. These prices are for the brick alone, not including sand, cement, base, labor or equipment.

Some price quotes for brick pavers include:

  • Red brick pavers: $0.25-$4 per brick or $300-$700 per pallet (i.e. 56 sq. ft.)

  • Gray brick style concrete pavers: $0.50-$5 per brick

  • Dry laid brick paver patio: $4-$8 per square foot. Dry laid uses any type of brick, stone or concrete paver held together with dry sand.

  • Wet laid brick paver patio: $6-$12 per square foot. Unlike dry laid, it uses cement or mortar to permanently set the pavers together.

Clay Brick Pavers

Clay bricks, which cost an average of about $5 per square foot, are superior to concrete stones with longer lasting colors, less maintenance, longer brick life and eco-friendly options. However, they come in limited colors and sizes.

Thin Paving Bricks

Thin brick pavers cost anywhere from $0.25 to $3 each or about $3 to $5 per square foot. They’re used like tile for decorative upgrades like covering already existing concrete patios and walkways. They’re not thick enough to stand up to heavy foot traffic or a driveway unless used on top of a concrete pad.

Concrete Pavers

Precast concrete pavers made from cement that look like traditional brick cost $0.50 to $10 each. Larger pavers that look more like stone tile can reach $15 each. They come in a wide array of popular colors, shapes and sizes.

Pavestone

Pavestone, a popular brand of tumbled concrete pavers, costs anywhere from $0.50 to $3 each. They come in dozens of sizes, colors and shapes to fit almost any design. They, along with a couple of other brands, make a synthetic bluestone concrete look alike.

Natural Stone Pavers

Natural paving stones prices, like slate, range from $3 to $20 each, depending on the material and size. Stone patio installation costs $3,900 to $15,000. You’ll likely pay less for stones sourced locally, as they’re expensive to ship. The most common types you’ll find in patios include:

  • Flagstone: $10–$30 per square foot. A sedimentary rock made from various other rocks, typically sandstone.

  • Tumbled granite brick: $18–$50 per square foot.

  • Marble: $15–$35 per square foot.

Slate Pavers

Slate look-alike concrete pavers cost $11 to $30 per square foot. They come in a wide range of colors and are much more durable than real slate. Most pros recommend not using the real thing outside as it’s not a durable material when used as hardscaping.

Interlocking Paver

You’ll spend $3 to $6 per square foot for most interlocking concrete pavers. These pavers either have a design for locking together or ridges to help lock them in place once set. Usually, your pro uses a mix of cement dust and sand to help set them in the bed under the stones.

Permeable Pavers

"Permeable pavers can mimic the way ground absorbs water, which means when it rains, the water will drain through the pavers instead of puddling on them, which reduces dangerous slick surfaces and helps water seep back into the ground."

Cati O'Keefe, Expert Home Building & Sustainability Contributor.

You’ll pay a wide range of prices for other paving systems depending on the types, brands, sizes and materials they’re made from. For exact prices, contact a professional.

These environmentally responsible options include:

  • Permeable system pavers include any interlocking paver system that allows water to flow through and underneath to a system of drainage. Often, they’ll help refill ponds or aquifers.

  • Grass pavers, a type of permeable paving system with varying costs, uses open cell design to allow grass to grow through them but still provide a solid surface to drive or walk on.

  • Rubber and composite pavers often include recycled materials. They’re not as durable as stone or concrete but provide a usually inexpensive option.

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Paver Installation Costs by Project

Just for labor alone, you’ll pay $50 to $80 per hour or $4 to $11 per square foot. A 300-square-foot patio takes about 35 to 40 hours to complete for a pro. The largest variance in your total budget is labor. Mostly, it varies from location to location depending on the contractors overhead, experience and ability. Generally, you’ll pay more for labor in areas with a higher cost-of-living index.

While this might seem like an easy DIY job, always consult a professional to see if there are any underlying concerns you’ll need to deal with, like drainage, grading or code-related issues.

Paver Walkway Cost

You’ll pay somewhere between $8 to $25 per square foot to create a paver walkway. It costs no more or less than a patio because it's essentially the same thing. One's just a little narrower than the other. The exact same materials, processes and labor costs are involved.

  • Residential pathways. Sometimes called private or personal sidewalks, these run on private property and don’t have to conform to any special rules or regulations beyond building codes.

  • Sidewalks. The raised side of a road designated for pedestrian use is actually owned by your city and falls under special rules and regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which designates dimensions and materials. Check with your local code or building department to see if you can install one as a paver to match your other pathways. The municipality you live in often has specific rules and regulations governing the construction and maintenance of all sidewalks.

  • Walkways. Typically refer to public commercial walking areas, like paths through a park or outdoor shopping area.

Patio

Just like with other projects that involve laying pavers, you can expect to pay between $8 and $25 per square foot when you hire a pro to create a patio for you. If your design is particularly complex, or if you live in a higher cost of living area, you’ll likely pay closer to $25 per square foot than $8. If your design is simple, and your cost of living is low, you’ll likely pay closer to $8 per square foot.

Driveway

Driveway pavers must be designed to withstand repetitive car traffic as well as heavy foot traffic. Driveway pavers should be made from concrete, natural stone, bluestone, brick, cobblestone, marble, or paving stones.

Pavers can add serious curb appeal to your home since they can be matched specifically to your overall aesthetic. They are also simple to repair over time, as only individual pieces will need fixing rather than the whole driveway. Pavers have a lifespan of 50 years or more.

Around Pool

Adding pavers around a backyard pool can increase curb appeal and ensure you have plenty of space for outdoor entertaining. Because many pools are curved or intricately designed, you may have to pay for design work, as well as the actual cost of installing pavers.

Once you’ve worked with a pro to outline your design, you can expect to pay between $8 and $25 per square foot to create a brick patio around your pool.

Full Backyard Pavement

Fully paving your backyard runs $8 to $25 per square foot. But you might also incur additional costs for complex excavations. It’s popular in urban areas with small outdoor spaces to simply turn the whole thing into a hardscaped outdoor space. It’s less maintenance, looks good and doesn’t cost a ton for the small spaces behind row houses and apartments.

Cost Factors to Lay Pavers

Beyond just the bricks and labor, you’ll need to consider quite a few other elements in your project, including intricate designs, other job supplies like sand and cement, outdoor living elements and the overall size of the project.

Patio Installation Costs
FactorCost
Materials Cost$0.50 - $1.00 per square foot
Labor$8 - $25 per square foot
Outdoor Living Additions$300 - $25,000
Landscaping$1,000 - $6,700
Utilities$500 - $2,000

Materials Cost

In addition to the bricks or pavers you choose, you’ll also need to plan to pay for additional materials such as specialized equipment, sand, and base materials (usually gravel). If you choose to lay pavers without creating a solid base of gravel and sand, you can expect your pavers to ultimately sink, shift, or become bumpy and uneven. In general, these materials cost $0.50-$1.00 per square foot.

Labor

Whether you’ll be laying pavers for a driveway, patio, or walkway, labor costs are typically uniform. You can expect to pay between $8-$25 per square foot. The biggest factor that impacts labor cost is usually where you live. Areas with a higher cost of living usually have higher labor costs while areas with a lower cost of living typically have lower labor costs.

Intricate Designs

Intricate designs could increase the price of your project. It varies by installer and design. Interlocking bricks are popular with many builders since they create a cohesive, flowing pattern throughout the patio.

These make it possible to design unique circular or angular patterns within a space, which blend well with landscaped gardens. Of course, square and rectangular bricks can also be used to create beautiful patio designs as well, especially if you use mixed sizes.

Landscaping

Often overlooked and not included in the price of a patio, landscaping can elevate the look of your new paver project. In many cases you’ll hire a landscaper to do your entire outdoor area. Check with them to see if they include any of this in the price.

Utility Installation

Generally, adding water, gas or electrical lines don’t come as part of a patio install.

Fire Pit and Outdoor Living Options

You can spend anywhere from $300 to $2,000 or more on fire pits and other built in outdoor living options. Pools, kitchens and spas can run up to $50,000 or more.

  • Fire pit installation costs $300-$1,400. You’ll spend on the lower end when you install one as part of your patio.

  • Outdoor kitchen costs $5,500-$22,000. The range includes all plumbing, electrical and gas lines needed.

  • Pool installation costs $17,000-$45,000. One of the most popular things to put a patio around, you’ll want to consider it when you plan your backyard.

  • Hot tub prices range from $3,500-$15,000. No room for a pool? Consider integrating a hot tub into your design.

  • Patio cover costs $5,000-$25,000+. These can even hit $50,000 or more if you have a fully enclosed and insulated room that essentially becomes part of your home.

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DIY Paver Patio Cost vs. Hiring a Pro

Basic patio installation makes for a decent DIY project. As long as you call the dig line, so you don’t accidentally cut any electrical or plumbing lines, it’s hard to make catastrophic mistakes. While it makes for a good weekend project, don’t expect it to be easy. It’ll take 40 to 50 hours for the average homeowner. Make sure to review the common mistakes below and fully understand the process before starting.

If you are considering installing the patio yourself, you'll have to look at the building site and make some important observations. Is the ground relatively flat? Are there large stones and boulders, or clay in the soil? If so, you might need the help of a professional. Find a professional patio installer near you today for worry-free and hassle-free installation.

DIY Material Costs

To complete the patio on your own, you'll need access to a number of supplies, including crushed gravel and landscaping fabric. You’ll need to rent a sod cutter for $65 per day to properly remove the sod and prepare the ground for the patio as well as a wet masonry saw for cutting pavers cleanly, which typically rents for $60 per day.

Additionally, you’ll likely need to invest in a lot of on-the-ground learning and should plan to spend many more hours than a pro would on the project.

Here are costs of some of the materials you will need:

  • 12-inch spikes: $10

  • Gravel: $200

  • Sand: $5

  • Edging: $50

  • Rake: $10

  • Rubber mallet: $5

  • Broom: $10

Common Paver Mistakes

Installing a brick paver patio is typically a smooth process if you know what to expect. Plan ahead, and don’t make these common paver mistakes.

  • Poor leveling: Make sure the surface is perfectly level before installing or you’re in for a long redo.

  • Hand cutting: Unless you’re experienced at hand cutting pavers and bricks, use a wet tile or concrete saw.

  • Inadequate edging: Without proper edging, the patio will end up spreading.

  • Improper bed material or drainage: Always make sure you use enough gravel or road base to allow proper drainage or you’ll end up with standing water on your patio.

  • Not tamping properly: If you don’t tamp the gravel and base properly, you’ll end up with an uneven surface over time

How to Install Pavers

Installing a basic brick paver patio can be a relatively easy DIY weekend project. Gather the supplies and equipment you need for the project and do your research. Always remember to fully understand the process before starting and understand exactly how to deal with common problems that might arise.

While this isn’t a comprehensive guide on how to do it, you’ll generally follow these steps:

  • Remove the grass.

  • Level the dirt.

  • Lay out the edging.

  • Pour the gravel or road base.

  • Measure and dry fit the pavers.

  • Install the pavers.

  • Fill the joints with cement dust and then sand.

  • Seal the patio with the proper sealer for the material you’re using.

FAQs

How do I calculate pavers needed?

To calculate your paver needs, determine how many pavers cover a square foot then determine how many square feet you need. Expect an additional 10% to 20% for breakage and waste.

How much do pavers cost per square foot?

Pavers cost $1 to $16 per square foot to purchase, not including installation. It all depends on how many you buy, the type of material you choose and where you source it.

How much is a pallet of pavers for a pool deck?

A pallet of pavers can range anywhere from $400 to $2,000 depending on the type of paver.

How can you get the best prices on pavers?

The best prices on pavers come from shopping around. To get the best price compare these three sources:

  • Landscaper price: These pros usually get a discount when they buy, which means it could be more cost-effective to use a landscaping company for your project.

  • Local building supply store: You’ll often pay the most here but check to see if there is overstock or good deals on bulk purchases.

  • Factory direct: If you have a local brickyard or concrete paver factory, get a price for buying directly from them.

How much does it cost to have pavers installed?

You’ll spend around $8 to $15 per square foot to have pavers installed. Roughly half of a patio or walkways cost is labor.

Are driveway pavers different from patio pavers?

The only difference between driveway pavers and patio pavers is the load-bearing abilities of them. You can use any driveway paver for a patio, but not all patio pavers can stand up to the load of a car.

How much does it cost to seal pavers?

Sealing concrete or stone pavers generally costs about $50 for DIY materials or $150 to $300 for a professional.

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