How Much Does Shower Installation or Replacement Cost?

Typical Range:

$3,235 - $10,366

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Updated June 9, 2022

Reviewed by Jeff Botelho, Licensed Journeyman Plumber.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Installing a new shower costs $6,801 on average, with a typical range between $3,235 and $10,366. The total depends mostly on the size, style, and material used. For example, a standard shower size is 32-by-32 inches, and may cost $750 to $3,000 just for the product without factoring in installation costs.

Your new shower installation or replacement project could also be influenced by the materials you choose for shower tiles. Ceramic, one of the most common materials, ranges from $0.50 to $15 per square foot, depending on quality. Other materials like engineered marble may cost $8 per square foot, while cultured marble could cost as much as $65 per square foot.

Get all the info you need to budget and get your shower installation or replacement project in motion below.

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Shower installation costs an average of $6,450, ranging from $325 to $14,000

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National Average $6,801
Typical Range $3,235 - $10,366
Low End - High End $325 - $14,650

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 5,200 HomeAdvisor members.

Shower Replacement Cost Factors

Here are some factors to consider that'll impact your budget when calculating shower replacement costs.

Size

A 32-by-32 or 36-by-36 inch shower are the two most common sizes. Expect to pay more for both the product and the cost of shower installation when getting a bigger size.

Type

A standard shower, bathtub and shower combo, corner shower, and custom-design shower are just four of the types of showers you might install. Basic models that can be installed into pre-existing spaces in your home will cost the least amount.

Materials

A 32-inch-square acrylic stall runs from about $750 to $3,000. On the other hand, a custom tile shower of the same size ranges from $4,200 to $8,500

Demolition and Removal

Replacing your shower costs $1,200 to $6,350, including the removal of the old unit. If you need to add new pipes or relocate them, you’ll pay an additional $600 to $1,600.

Removal of your old shower costs $50 to $100. If you have to pay for debris to be hauled away, expect that to cost up to $250 extra.

Showerhead and Faucet

Installing a new showerhead and faucet ranges from $50 to $1,000, including $20 to $900 for materials. If your shower is in good condition, this can be a great way to spruce it up without the hassle of tearing out the old one.

A premade, jetted, full-body shower unit costs $600 to $1,200. This style features several sprayers coming from multiple points on the wall and ceiling. Adding a custom-placed jet requires separate piping, increasing the total project price.

Labor

The labor involved in a shower installation or replacement usually costs $400 to $1,000 in addition to the price of materials. 

Permits

In some states, such as California, you will need to obtain a builder's permit to install a new shower in your home. Adding elements to an existing bathroom could cost as much as $250 simply for obtaining a permit to get the work started. 

In certain cases, failure to pull permits for building can result in fines of $500 per day or more. In California, the fine could be a one time fee of $5,000.

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Shower Installation Costs by Type

Some shower installation projects look different than a standard 32x32 inch model. Here are some types to consider.

Walk-In Shower Costs

A tile walk-in shower costs $4,200 to $8,500 for a 32-inch-square model. If you need to add plumbing, special features, or expensive materials, the total will run higher.

“There are accessible acrylic and fiberglass units available that can be walked into or even have a wheelchair rolled into them,” says Jeff Botelho, Expert Review Board member and plumber. “They’re typically manufactured with a thin, rubber threshold that runs the length of the floor and keeps water from flowing out of the shower space.”

Unit PartsCost of Labor and Materials
Shower Stall$700 – $1,600
Custom Shower$1,000 – $3,000
Shower Door$600 – $1,350
New Faucet$50 – $900
Adding Plumbing$600 – $1,600

Tub-Shower Combo

The price to put in a tub-shower combo is similar to the cost to install a bathtub, which averages $4,200. This includes about $400 to $2,000 for the bathtub, $500 to $1,000 for the surround, and $1,000 for installation. You might consider this type for the following reasons:

  • Good for Resale Value: At least one bathtub in the home makes it easier to sell.

  • Style: Tubs offer as many stylish options as a walk-in shower.

  • Easy to Maintain: Refinishing is often easier and less costly than replacement.

If you want something quicker, the cost to install a bathtub or shower liner ranges from $1,800 to $5,000. This process involves applying a liner made of acrylic or PVC and using heat to attach it to the existing surface.

You also have the option to resurface the bathtub. “This is usually a good option for older cast-iron tubs,” says Botelho. “The process involves sanding the old ceramic finish and then recoating the entire tub. When done properly, it can make an old tub look brand new again.”

Bathtub to Shower Stall Conversion

The cost to convert a bathtub to a shower stall ranges from $1,200 to $8,000. This includes:

  • Removing the tub

  • Preparing the surface

  • Installing the new stall

Shower Costs by Material

There are three common shower installation materials most homeowners choose from.

Tile

Tile is a classic option for showers. It's waterproof, stylish, and comes in a variety of designs for homeowners to choose from. Tiling a shower costs between $2 and $17 per square foot, on average.

Marble 

As a higher-end material, adding cultured marble or stone to your shower brings a sleek and elegant vibe to your home’s bathroom. The total cost for such a project ranges from $700 to $2,450. Expect to pay $42 to $65 per square foot for raw materials.

Fiberglass or Acrylic Insert

Today, home improvement stores sell shower stalls, kits, and inserts that make renovating your shower or adding a new one much simpler. They include all the components you need for installation.

A fiberglass insert may cost between $400 and $2,000 while an acrylic insert costs $500 to $2,000. Using a prefabricated shower, which is made of plastic and much lighter as a result, is a good way to save money on a standard-sized shower. Expect to pay $300 to $500 for an insert.

Cost to Add Shower to Half Bath

The price to add a shower to a half bath ranges from $900 to $12,500. You’ll need a space at least 5-by-7 feet to accommodate three fixtures. This might require you to change the position of the walls and plumbing.

If you want to add a shower to a half bath, you may need these additional services:

Other Shower Installation Costs

If you aren't buying an insert or prefabricated kit, additional materials beyond the shower itself and surrounding tiles may be required for your shower installation or renovation project. 

Below are some costs for materials and labor for these items.

FeatureCost of Parts and Labor
Shower Door$600 – $1,350
Bath Fan$250 – $550
Accessibility$400 – $800
Plumbing$600 – $1,600
Shower Pan$250 – $400
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Shower Pan

Installing a shower pan costs $250 to $400. You’ll pay more to add a new drain or prepare the surface.

Shower Door

Installing a shower door costs $600 to $1,350, including $350 to $800 for materials. Depending on the bathroom layout, you may or may not need a door.

A shower door is easier to clean than a curtain, but it can cut down on the available space while stepping in or out. With a variety of colors and styles, you can choose one that suits your aesthetic.

Adding or Upgrading a Bath Fan

The cost to install a bath fan averages $400, including $100 to $300 for the equipment. If you want one with added lighting or heat, expect to pay about $100 to $200 more for these features.

Fans are a necessary component of bathrooms. Without them, humidity accumulates in the room and can lead to mildew or mold buildup. Replacing one might be a reasonable DIY project, but you’ll want to hire a pro for a new installation.

It’s very easy to wire a fan incorrectly—causing it to draw air into the space rather than exhausting it out—and it requires cutting through the exterior wall of the home, which can be a tricky job.

Showers Designed for Older Adults 

To make the shower more accessible to older people or people with disabilities, you may need to pay an additional $400 to $800. Many shower stalls come with pre-molded grab bars, but installing more may cost about $100 to $200 per bar. Adding a bench runs an extra $300 to $500.

Although a custom walk-in shower tends to cost the most, you may prefer this option. Many stalls have a 7-inch curb that may be difficult for people to step over.

Installing Shower Plumbing

Hiring a plumber costs $600 to $1,600 per fixture, depending on the size of the project. If you have to run a new drain line, you may pay about $1,000 to $7,000.

It can be easy to forget about these possible expenses, particularly if you’re putting a shower in the same place. Before you start the project, ask a plumber if you need to relocate the drain or pipes.

In some cases, your plumbing needs repair before you can begin the installation. This is usually easier to do once you remove the old unit.

DIY vs. Hire a Professional

Since installing a new shower is a complicated process that’s easy to do incorrectly, you’ll want to hire a professional shower installer near you. A pro can:

  • Grade the floor for proper draining

  • Confirm that the liner is sufficiently waterproof

  • Provide a seamless installation

Remember that your installer may not be a licensed plumber. For a completely new shower or a larger bathroom remodel, you’ll probably need both pros.

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FAQs

Are walk-in showers a good idea?

Walk-in showers can be a good investment if you already have one bathtub in the house. They make entering and leaving the space easier and offer many luxury features.

How big should a walk-in shower be?

A walk-in shower should be at least 32 inches square, not including the space needed for a door. Very large ones, more than 64 inches square, can feel cold.

How much water does a 20-minute shower use?

A 20-minute shower uses 50 to 100 gallons of water. This assumes that the average showerhead sprays 2 1/2 to 5 gallons per minute.

Do plumbers install shower pans?

Some plumbers install shower pans, but it tends to be a different service than what this pro typically does. You may need a professional shower installer for the job.

Can you tile over a shower pan?

You typically can’t tile over a shower pan. This product can’t provide a flat installation for the tiles, which means they may crack if you step on them.

Does Thinset stick to a shower pan liner?

Thinset doesn’t stick well to a shower pan liner. You’ll probably need a thicker mortar for the job.

What type of mortar do you use for a shower pan?

Most of the time, you’ll use either Portland sand mix or cement mix to create the mortar for the shower pan.

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