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Last Updated: October 19, 2020

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Rebar Prices

Rebar installation costs $300 to $2,500 with an average of $800. Residential rebar (#3, #4 or #5) costs an average of $0.75 per foot for materials alone or $0.18 to $2.55 per linear foot depending on length and quantity. Including labor, you'll spend $0.90 to $1.60 per square foot to install it.

However, steel prices fluctuate, sometimes wildly throughout a year depending on economic conditions. This guide gives current averages as of the end of 2020. Always check with your local metal supplier or contractor for current pricing. Unless you're doing a DIY project, your contractor includes rebar prices in other concrete projects.

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Average Cost$800
High Cost$2,500
Low Cost$300

Rebar Cost Per Foot

Rebar costs $0.18 to $6.80 per linear foot, not including installation. Residential customers typically won't exceed $2.55 per foot. With labor, you'll spend about $1.20 to $4.55 per linear foot for most home building projects. The price varies drastically depending on a few key factors, including:

  • Length of stick or bar purchased: You'll pay 50%-70% less per foot for a 20-foot stick vs one that's only 2 feet.

For Example:

A 20ft length of #3 grade 60 rebar costs around $8 per stick or about $0.40 per foot.

For the same thing, only 2 feet long, you'll pay $2.20 or about $1.10 per foot.

  • Buy in bulk: You'll pay less per foot the more you buy at once.
  • Size purchased: You'll pay more as the diameter increases. We'll go into specific sizing costs below
  • Grade 40 or 60: Depending on the seller, you might pay a little less for one grade 40 over grade 60, but this depends on how much they have in stock and current steel prices.
  • Your location. The higher the cost of living, the more you'll probably pay for rebar and the labor to install it.

Rebar Installation Cost Per Square Foot

Rebar costs $0.90 to $1.60 per square foot to install. Most of the cost come from labor. Materials run $0.20 to $0.30 per square foot. Labor costs make up the rest, or $0.70 to $1.30 per square foot.

Residential #3 Rebar Cost

Grade 40 or 60 #3 rebar costs $0.18 to $1.25 per linear foot. It's the smallest size and typically used in low or non-load bearing applications, such as a patio or driveway.

Grade 40 and 60 Size#3
Diameter3/8 inch
Weight per foot0.38 lbs.
Weight per 20 feet7.52 lbs.
20 foot pieces in 1 ton266
Cost per foot$0.18 - $1.25
Cost per pound$0.47 - $3.29
Cost per ton$950 - $2,200

Residential #4 Rebar Prices

Grade 40 or 60 #4 rebar costs $0.30 to $2.00 per linear foot. Pros use the mid-sized grade for driveways and the foundation floors and walls.

Grade 40 and 60 Size#4
Diameter½ inch
Weight per foot0.67 lbs.
Weight per 20 feet13.36 lbs.
20 foot pieces in 1 ton149.7
Cost per foot$0.30 - $2.00
Cost per pound$0.45 - $2.98
Cost per ton$900 - $2,300

Residential #5 Rebar Cost

Grade 40 or 60 #5 rebar costs $0.45 to $2.55 per linear foot. It's generally the largest sized used in residential construction, usually for foundation grade beams, foundations and footings.

Grade 40 and 60 Size#5
Diameter5/8 inch
Weight per foot1.04 lbs.
Weight per 20 feet20.86 lbs.
20 foot pieces in 1 ton95.9
Cost per foot$0.45 - $2.55
Cost per pound$0.43 - $2.45
Cost per ton$850 - $2,500
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Rebar Sizes and Prices Per Foot

You'll pay $0.18 to $6.20 per foot depending on the length you purchase and diameter. Most hardware stores identify rebar by its diameter. However, some will use industry sizing. The smaller the number, the smaller the diameter:

Standard size (metric)DiameterCost per foot
#3 (#10)3/8"$0.18 - $1.25
#4 (#13)1/2"$0.30 - $2.00
#5 (#16)5/8"$0.45 - $2.55
#6 (#19)3/4"$0.75 - $3.70
#7 (#22)7/8"$1.30 - $5.05
#8 (#25)1"$3.25 - $6.20

Rebar Prices Per Ton

You'll spend anywhere from $850 to $2,500 per ton. If purchased all at once, you'll spend on the lower end or $850 to $1,200. However, unless you're a contractor or wholesaler, you'll almost never purchase by weight.

SizeCost per Ton
#3$950 - $2,200
#4$900 - $2,300
#5$850 - $2,500

Rebar Cost Per Pound

A typical stick of 1-foot long #4 weighs about .67 pounds or 2/3 pounds. At an average price of $0.75 per foot, that means rebar costs $1.12 a pound in single sticks. However, quantity and size affect the end price. By the truckload, it costs between $0.20 and $0.80 per pound. You'll never buy it by weight for home projects, but instead by the foot or by the stick. Wholesalers or commercial contractors may purchase it by the ton.

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Rebar Costs by Type

Steel$0.18 - $6.80 per linear footBasic untreated steel. Weldable.
Stainless steel type 304 or 316$2.50 - $16 per linear footImpervious to corrosion and provide a maintenance-free application.
Galvanized+10% - 15% over untreated steelThe galvanization process provides an exterior coating of zinc to combat long term corrosion.
Epoxy coating$300 - $400 per 50 lb. box. Epoxy-coated rebar costs 10 cents per pound more than uncoated steel (known as black rebar). Most pros favor using galvanized or stainless steel over epoxy coated due to its issues with chlorides. Many civil projects do not use it due to its problems with increasing corrosion.
Fiberglass Cost varies by location and supplierGlass Fiber Reinforced Polymer Rebar (GFRP). These fiberglass rods provide a lightweight, corrosion resistant alternative to steel. They have similar or better tensile strengths.

Rebar Stirrups Price

Rebar stirrups cost $5 to $20 or more each. Price ranges come from sizing. You can purchase them anywhere from 6" on a side to 36" on a side or larger. Usually made from #3, they're square or rectangular in shape and made to wrap around the vertical bars in a column to help keep them from buckling.

Rebar Scrap Prices

After project completion, sell rebar scraps for prices ranging from $0.04 to $0.20 per lb. Most metal scrap yards take it and pay the local current rate. With steel prices fluctuating constantly, you can hold onto your waste and sell it when prices are high.

Rebar Installation Cost for Labor

Labor costs to install rebar run $0.70 to $1.30 per square foot or $100 to $150 per hour. For every 500 square feet – about the size of a two-car garage – you'll spend $350 to $650 on labor alone.

Rebar Grade 40 and 60 Prices

Grade 40 rebar usually costs less than grade 60. However, that's not a rule since prices vary by supplier depending on their stock and current steel prices. Often, grade 40 is just grade 60 that didn't pass the test. So, it's the same size and cost the same to make and transport, it just isn't rated to grade 60 standards.

Rebar Grades Explained

Most residential projects use #3, #4 or #5 of grade 40 or 60. The grade tells you how many thousands of pounds per square inch the rebar can withstand, listed as "ksi". It has two ksi ratings, yield and tensile. Yield is how much it can take before it hits a point where it starts to deform or can't return to its original shape. Tensile measures how much it takes for it to fail or break.

  • Grade 40 has 40ksi minimum of yield and 60ksi minimum tensile.
  • Grade 60 has 60 ski minimum yield and 90ksi minimum tensile.
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DIY Rebar Installation vs. Hire a Pro

If you can follow engineers plans and have the tools to cut, bend and tie it, you can DIY this project. But most of the time, the tools to do the job cost as much as the job itself. So, it just make sense to leave this one to the professionals. Plus, improper installation can lead to cracked driveways, floors and walls. Although unlikely, you can even end up with structural sagging or collapse. Save your time and peace of mind and hire a local concrete foundation installer or concrete floor installer near you.


What is rebar used for?

Steel reinforcing bars are known commonly as rebar or deformed steel due to its textured surface that provides good adhesion to concrete. They provide structure and support for concrete projects.

  • Driveways & Patios: You can use 3/8" diameter (size #3) for concrete slabs such as driveways and patios.
  • Walls & Columns: For walls, columns, and piers, use 1/2" (size #4) diameter or greater.
  • Foundations: Building foundations need 1/2" diameter or more commonly #5 (5/8 inch).

How many pieces of rebar are in a bundle?

You'll find anywhere from 6 to 50+ pieces in a bundle. Bundles aren't a standard unit of measure. It depends on the seller, the length and diameter of the sticks.

How much rebar do I need?

You'll need enough to meet the engineer's specifications for spacing in your project. Use our rebar calculator to determine how much you need. You may also want to use our concrete calculator.

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