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How Much Does An Above Ground Pool Cost?

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Above Ground Pool Cost

The average price to buy and install an above ground pool is about $2,671. The cost usually ranges from $734 and $4,609 or more. Kits from big box stores are typically less expensive and can be a DIY project. Expect to pay more for oval-shaped pools, leveling, installation, hook ups, and extras like slides or a pool deck.

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National Average $2,671
Typical Range $734 - $4,609
Low End - High End $200 - $16,500

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Above Ground Pool Prices

Prices vary based on the size, shape, depth, and material used for the pool walls and structure. Above ground pools generally come in round, rectangle and oval designs. Round pools are easiest to install and are cheaper on average than other shapes.

above-ground pool in Ionia, IL
by Wolbers-Possehn Pools, Ponds & Landscapes, Inc., Ionia, MI.

Above Ground Pool Prices by Shape

Size Average Cost Before Installation
12' round$820 - $1,570
15' round$820 - $2,100
18' round$1,240 - $2,700
24’ round$1,300 - $2,900
30’ round$1,600 - $4,500
24'x12' oval$1,480 - $2,720
33'x18' oval$1,800 - $3,530
41'x21' oval$4,010 - $4,840
12’x24’ rectangle$1,200 - $2,800
9’x18’ rectangle$820 - $2,100

Pool Prices by Material

Material Cost

Above ground pools are typically made of steel, resin, aluminum or a hybrid. Steel is cheapest but can oxidize or corrode. Resin won’t rust but is more expensive than steel. Aluminum is most expensive and rust-resistant.

The thicker the material, the higher the weight and more expensive it will be to install. Investing in a high quality material up front will help your pool stay in shape longer, and likely help it retain its value at resale. Keep in mind that above ground pools do not retain as much value as inground pools do and will probably only earn back a maximum of 7 percent on your investment.

Above Ground Pool Packages: Kits and Installation

Above ground pool kits include standard items like liners and skimmers. Some kits include extras like covers, maintenance kits, pumps, filters and ladders. Check with each manufacturer to see what they offer.

You can find an above ground pool kit online, with a local manufacturer, at big box stores like Home Depot, through a dealer or by consulting a pool professional. You may get a discount if you purchase a unit during the off season – not in the heat of the summer.

Here are a few popular above ground brands:

  • Kayak
  • Doughboy
  • Gibraltar
  • Intex
  • Radiant
  • Bestway
  • Atlantic Pools
  • Aqua Leader
  • Embassy
  • Namco
  • Sharkline
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Above Ground Pool Installation Cost

On average, you’ll pay from $1,000 to $3,000 in labor costs for this project. Installing a pool takes from one to three days in most cases. It’s most expensive to install a pool in the summer, when the weather is hot and pool installations are popular. It’s a good idea to plan this project for the off-season to save a bit of cash.

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Above Ground Lap Pools

A vinyl above ground lap pool costs about $6,000 with labor included. Resin and fiberglass options are available for around $3,000 each before the cost of labor.

Raised Saltwater Pool Costs

The cost to install a saltwater pool is as low as $12,000. Saltwater pools are possible to build above ground.

Above Ground Pool Prices Installed Near You

Each state and municipality has its own permitting process, rules and regulations for installing an on-ground model. Be sure to check the process required and the cost to get a building permit before completing this project.

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Above Ground Pools with Decks Cost

The cost to build an above ground pool deck runs from $300 to $3,000. Materials, deck size and extra features all factor into this price.

above-ground pool in Deltona, FL
by Summit Construction Solutions, Inc. Deltona, FL.

Average Costs of On Ground Pool Features and Add-Ons

Electric Install$350 - $1,500
Heater$300 - $2,000
Pool Cover$100 - $1,000
Fencing$1,500 - $10,000
Lighting$30 - $120
Fountains & Waterfalls$30 - $130

Above Ground Pool Electrical Install Cost

You’ll pay anywhere from $350 to $1,500 to hire an electrician to install wiring for your pump, filter and heater. 

Heated Above Ground Pool Prices

Adding a heater to your pool costs between $300 and $2,000 depending on the model. Heaters can be gas, electric or solar.

Pool Cover

Winter covers start at less than $100 and go up to more than $1,000. The size and shape of it will cause the most variation in price. Hire a pool cover service to see what will fit best in your space.

cement luxury above-ground pool in San Antonio, TX
by Emerald Pools and Spas. San Antonio, TX.

Ground Pool Fencing

A pool fence costs from $1,500 to $10,000 on average. Many states and municipalities require safety fencing around pools. It commonly comes in mesh, chain-link, wood, vinyl, plexiglass or ornamental designs.


Underwater and floating lights range from $30 to $120 on average. The price varies depending on wattage, manufacturer and features like solar chargers, color lighting and fountains.

Fountains & Waterfalls

A stand-alone fountain runs from $30 to $100 on average. You can add a waterfall to your above ground pool for as little as $130 before landscaping costs.

Other Considerations

Don’t forget to think about these other considerations before you commit to a project:.

  • Permits and codes. You may have to pay to acquire a building permit for this project. There may be limitations on where you can place your pool in relation to power lines, underground utilities, etc. Check with your local authorities.
  • Existing landscaping. If your ground slopes or there are trees and rocks in the way of a project, you’ll need to pay to fix the problem. Some communities have codes regarding tree removal.
  • Insurance. Ask your insurance carrier how installing a pool will affect your rates. Many will require you to put up a protective fence or child-proof gate before they’ll even consider coverage.
  • Property taxes. Above ground pools aren’t considered structures by most communities. They don’t normally affect property taxes.
  • Electrical requirements. Your pump and filter will need electricity to run. Check with the manufacturer and consult a professional electrician to make sure everything is done correctly. You’ll pay an additional $30 to $250 per month on your electric bill to run the pump, filter and heater.
  • Soil stability. Pack down the surface of the soil before adding leveling sand to hold your pool. You can also install a concrete slab for about $6 per square foot for a level surface.
  • ROI. The return on investment of an above ground pool varies depending on where you live. Warmer states will typically see a higher ROI for this project. Attractive options with decks or patios will also do better.

Above Ground Pool Maintenance Costs

On average, maintaining your pool costs $115 per month. Generally, it’s a bit cheaper to care for an above ground model than an inground one thanks to the smaller average size. For maintenance, you’ll need to:

  • Skim it regularly
  • Clean out the pump filter
  • Clean it regularly
  • Test the water’s chemical balance
  • Add chemicals as necessary

Hire a professional pool service to keep things in shape for $85 to $150 per month on average.

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Inground vs. Above Ground Swimming Pool Prices

Installing an inground pool costs $35,000 to $65,000 on average. It costs much more than an above ground pool installation.

Semi Inground Pool Cost

A semi inground pool costs from $6,800 to $20,000 on average. The price varies based on the size, shape, materials and prep work required to install it. This option is partially above ground and partially below. It’s often cheaper than an inground model and is ideal for those who live on a slope or hill.

DIY Cost to Build vs. Hiring a Pool Installation Pro

It costs $1,000 to $3,000 or more to have a professional install your pool, in addition to the cost of the kit. This project involves ground leveling, laying down sand and running electricity to the pump. If you choose to DIY this project, you’ll pay about $200 for the cost of sand, plus the additional cost to rent equipment as needed.


How much does an above ground pool cost to run?

It costs about $115 per month maintain your above ground pool. You can expect to pay an additional $30 to $250 per month on your electric bill to run the pump, filter and heater.

How long do above ground pools last?

Above ground pools can last 15 years or more if properly maintained.

Are above ground pools worth the cost?

Above ground pools are worth the cost if you’re looking for an affordable alternative to an inground pool. The ROI for an above ground pool is higher for homes with warmer climates. Above ground pools with attractive coverings, decks or patios will also see a higher return on investment.

Where can I get a cheap above ground pool installed?

You can hire an above ground pool installer to set up your unit, or check with the manufacturer to see if they include installation with your pool kit purchase.

Can you put an above ground pool in the ground?

Some above ground pool manufacturers can partially bury it in the ground to create a semi-inground pool. 

How much does it cost to move an above ground pool?

The cost to hire a moving service to relocate your above ground pool varies. The size of the pool, its weight and the distance you’d like to move it all factor into the cost. Be sure to ask your movers ahead of time if they can take on this project, as not all pros offer this service.

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