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How Much Does It Cost to Put in a Pool?

An average pool installation costs $24,901 with a typical range of $12,813 and $37,501. This includes both above and in-ground types. In-ground models fall on the higher end of this range at $35,000 to $65,000, or $50 to $125 per square foot for basic work without addons and upgrades. Above ground types range from $1,500 to $15,000. All of these figures include labor which makes up anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of the total.

A swimming pool is a major addition to a home and can add countless years of enjoyment to your property. When considering this project, account for all factors that affect the cost. Combining most features and options in the initial construction saves you money in the long-term but increases your up-front costs. For a more affordable project, consider postponing additions like a waterfall, spa or patio.

On This Page:

  1. Swimming Pool Installation Cost Calculator
    1. Inground Construction
    2. Above Ground Pool
    3. Spool, Cocktail or Small Pool Costs
    4. Lap or Endless Pool Prices
    5. Plunge Pool Installation
    6. Saltwater Pool Prices
    7. Spa or Hot Tubs
  2. Indoor Pool Cost Calculator
  3. Cost Factors
    1. Running Cost of an Inground
  4. Pool on a Budget
  5. FAQs
  6. Building Your Own vs. Hiring a Pool Builder Prices

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Swimming Pool Installation Cost Calculator

Installing a swimming pool costs $1,500 to $65,000. Include features like a waterfall, swim out spa or lagoon style layouts and you might pay in excess of $100,000. The type you choose helps determine your budget.

Swimming Pool Installation Costs
TypeMaterials + Labor
In-ground Gunite/Concrete$35,000-$100,000+
In-ground Fiberglass$20,000-$60,000
In-ground Vinyl*$20,000-$50,000
Above ground$1,500-$15,000
Cocktail or Spool$20,000-$25,000
Lap$40,000-$60,000
Plunge$20,000-$25,000
Endless Pool$23,000-$40,000
Hot Tub or Spa$3,500-$36,000

*Requires replacement after 10 years.

Inground Pool Construction Costs

In-ground pools cost anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000 or more. However, you can expect to pay an average of $40,000 to $50,000. The excavation represents a large percentage of the price. Material types for in-ground designs also add to the expense.

Concrete/Gunite$35,000-$65,000
Fiberglass$20,000-$37,000
Vinyl Lined$20,000-$40,000

*These ranges represent the typical ranges most homeowners pay. Your project could run higher or lower.

Cost to Add an Above Ground Pool

Building above ground pool runs $1,500 to $15,000. While you can save considerably by skipping the excavation, an above ground pool does not add the same value to your home as an in-ground variety since most consider them aesthetically unappealing.

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Spool, Cocktail or Small Pool Installation Costs

Spools cost $20,000 to $25,000 with labor. The name comes from a combination of either “small” or “spa” and “pool,” depending on who you ask. They usually come equipped with powerful jets, much like a spa, only larger. These “cocktail pools” offer an outdoor oasis at half the price. They’re perfect for homeowners with tight spaces or smaller budgets. .

Average Cost to Install a Lap or Endless Pool

Lap pools run $40,000 to $60,000 with labor. They’re generally narrow and long, commonly 10 feet by 40 feet. For the space and budget conscious, consider an Endless Pool for $23,000 to $40,000. They’re far shorter with an artificially-generated current to keep you swimming endlessly.

Cost to Get a Plunge Pool Installed

Plunge pools cost $20,000 to $25,000. Often not much larger than a hot tub, they’re often incorporated into larger backyard landscapes. They usually don’t have jets or currents but act more like a traditional swimming hole for those short on space.

Price to Make a Saltwater Pool

Saltwater pool installation costs $12,000 to $25,000 while converting from chlorine to saline costs $1,000 to $5,000. The only real difference is in the plumbing, it has an identical structure to chlorinated types. These types use a chemical process to chlorinate the water at lower levels. It maintains the levels for you. It’s also much healthier for your skin and eyes.

Already have a pool? There’s no difference in the actual structure. Conversion only requires:

  • A salt system, also called a salt chlorine generator, installed in your current plumbing.
  • A sacrificial zinc anode to absorb any corrosion.
  • If you add a heater, consider a cupro nickel heater which withstands salt corrosion better than other types.

Spa or Hot Tubs

Spas and hot tubs cost $3,500 to $15,000 for standard ones that fits 4 to 6 people. For a swim style, like the Endless Pool with a large jet that makes a current and fits 8+ people, you’ll pay $36,000 or more. Labor usually falls between $150 and $500 with an additional $100 to $500 for delivery.

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Indoor Pool Cost Calculator

The total for installing an indoor unit from scratch starts at $200,000. If you already have a structure to put it in, like a garage, pool house or basement, an indoor swimming pool costs $20,000 to $100,000.

If you’re building from scratch, you’ll need to consider various design and budgeting choices, including:

Indoor Swimming Pool Design Upgrades and Prices
Standard$20,000-$100,000
Endless Pool$23,000-$40,000
Pool House$80-$300 per square foot
Dehumidifier system$10,000-$30,000
Decking or patio$3,000-$12,000
  • Small freestanding styles, like Endless Pools, make great additions without pricey upgrades.
  • Consider a pool enclosure priced at $5,000 to $20,000 for an affordable alternative.

Cost Factors to Build a Pool in Your Backyard

Excavation$3,000-$13,000
Size$50-$125 per square foot
Materials$25,000+ Difference
Heating$1,500-$5,000
Filtration$500-$3,000
Covers, Water Features & Other Extras Including waterfalls and fountains$600-$20,000
Maintenance$500-$4,000

Questions to Ask While Designing a Pool

A few questions to ask yourself before talking to your installation professional. Your answers will determine your budget and final project price.

  1. What’s the main use? For example, if you want it for exercise, consider a lap pool. If you’re entertaining, go for a lagoon style.
  2. Are there other pools in the neighborhood? If they are common, that means it’s an expected feature when you go to sell your home. If it’s a standout, then it comes down to the type of buyer. You’re just as likely to find buyers who want it as a feature as you will ones who are turned away by the upkeep costs.
  3. What’s the climate like? More hot weather means more time in the water. Plus, you’ll find more in southern states, so more buyers expect to see one in the backyard.

Swimming Pool Excavation Costs

Excavation costs $3,000 to $13,000. Over half the price comes from dump trucks hauling the dirt away. You can save money by spreading the dirt around your property or using it to create unique landscaping designs.

Pool Size

You’ll spend anywhere from $50 to $125 per square foot on an inground pool. The single largest installation cost factor is its size. The larger it is, the higher the costs. It takes more equipment, materials and labor hours as the bigger you go.

Pool Materials

While inground pools run $20,000 to $60,000 on average, the type of material you choose dictates the final price. Do you want cement, tile or vinyl lined? Solid concrete costs more but it will last longer than vinyl. And while you might love the look of porcelain tiles, you may not want to incur the expense.

There are as many price points as there are types of materials, so it is important to talk to your pool installation professional about which is best for you. You can create some high-end looks with less expensive materials, such as stamped concrete over tile.

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Heating and Filtration

You’ll need a combined $2,000 to $8,000 on heating and filtration. Although you can find low-priced heating and filtration systems, remember that they work around the clock. Don’t skimp on these. Cutting corners leads to costly repairs and maintenance later.

  • Pool heaters cost $1,500 to $5,000 depending on how many gallons you need to keep warm.
  • A water filter runs an additional $500 to $3,000.

Pool Extras

Do you want a diving board? How about a whirlpool attached to the main one? A forced current system is great if you're looking for an intense workout. Do you feel you need cement benches or a covered deck adjacent to it?

Price of Pool Extras
Waterfall$1,500-$5,000
Spa$3,500-$15,000+
Diving Board$300-$5,000
Screens & Enclosures$4,800-$14,300
Covers$600-$2,200

All these extras can add a lot to your project. Save money by adding these after the initial installation. Just be sure to tell your pro what extras you're considering so they can let you know what makes sense to install now and what you can install later.

Running Cost of an Inground Pool

You’ll spend anywhere from $500 to $4,000 per year to run it. After it’s installed, you’ll need to consider these increased costs of utilities and maintenance. The two largest factors include size and whether you have a heated or non-heated type.

Yearly Pool Maintenance Cost
TypeYearly Maintenance
In-ground Concrete/Gunite$2,700-$4,000
In-ground Fiberglass$1,000-$1,500
In-ground Vinyl$1,100-$1,700
Above ground$1,000-$1,200
Cocktail or Spool$800-$1,500
Lap$1,000-$4,000
Plunge$800-$1,500
Endless Pool$1,000-$2,000
Hot Tub or Spa$500-$1,200

Budget Pool Estimator

If you’re on a budget, follow these tips for an affordable oasis.

  1. Cut the size. Shaving the area in half can cut your budget by even more than half. It also takes less in upkeep and electricity.
  2. Choose a fiberglass shell. These premade options run almost 50 percent less than a concrete option.
  3. Go above ground. Ditch the digging and put in a freestanding oval for as little as $1,500 professionally installed. Add a deck for $5,000
  4. Choose endless for exercise. Endless Pools are small, self-contained and provide all the benefits of a lap style for half the price.
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FAQs

Can I Finance My New Swimming Pool?

You can use a swimming pool loan or a home equity loan to finance it.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Pool House?

It costs anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 or more to build a pool house.

How Much Does It Cost to Put in a Pool by State?

You’ll pay from $25,000 to $100,000 or more to put a pool in depending on the state you live in.

Pool Installation Cost by State
Arizona$40,000-$50,000
Florida$25,000-$35,000
California$30,000-$100,000
Texas$30,000-$40,000
Nevada$50,000-$70,000
Colorado$40,000-$50,000+
Hawaii$60,000-$70,000

Is it Worth the Cost to Get a Pool?

Unless you’re going to use the it regularly, the ROI of 7 percent isn’t worth the upfront price. Get it because you want one, not for the meager increase in market value.

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Building Your Own Pool Costs vs. Pool Builder Prices

DIY pools save you nearly 50 percent off the project total. Some DIY jobs come in under $1,000.However, only attempt this project if you’re a competent and experienced DIYer with some construction background. And in most cases, use an above ground kit designed for the DIYer. One mistake can mean a collapsed wall and thousands of gallons of water destroying your landscape and possibly damaging you and your neighbor’s homes.

Hire a certified, insured and competent pool installation professional near you to avoid costly mistakes.

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Pam JOHNSON More than 1 year ago
I AM LOOKING INTO HAVING A IN GROUND POOL BUILT IN MY BACKYARD; IT WOULD BE SMALL IN SIZE AND INTENDED AS A REFRESH AND RELAXATION POOL. THE POOL WOULD BE SELF CLEANING AND HAVE A HEATER AVAILABLE (DEPENDS ON COST). I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE POOL DECK ALONGSIDE FOR LOUNGE CHAIRS AND TABLES. PALM TREES SURROUNDING POOL AREA.
Noam Weiss More than 1 year ago
I have a budget of 50K for a standard swimming pool and a Spa and still cannot get a decent quote for it , they start at 60K. Your costs are very innacurate.
rob hager More than 1 year ago
I was hoping to have some websites listed after I went through this exercise, but only a few names and email addresses. I need to visually see their work and know more about them before I email anyone. not interested in this service, but thanks.
walentin dimitrow More than 1 year ago
Information for swimming pool:Low cost $200/ High cost$50000/--------very helpful!!!!!!
Kathy Post More than 1 year ago
Above ground pool around deck off by sliding doors oval 15x25 something like that Ihave a small yard
Paul Koons More than 1 year ago
I live in the High desert and what is the best type of pool for my backyard where we have extreme Heat in summer and extreme cold in Winter. Cement , Tilled , or Vinyl? Thanks for your help.
Thanh Dinh More than 1 year ago
I just wonder how much is cost to built a 20' X 40' in ground rectangle  pool?  Texas 76134 zip area. Thanks
Sylvia Abate More than 1 year ago
I have used home adviser before, when I lived in CT and found it to be very helpful.. I am hoping to have the same positive results with my searches in SC.
carol moore More than 1 year ago
im really looking forward to the guys coming out and sizing up my yard and giving me the exact estimate. I dont think it will bee too big but atleast I wont have a pop up.I figure if i bought this home I should just try to do this right the first time.
Kathy Post More than 1 year ago
Cost of above ground pool around deck oval shape 15x26 approx.
Dana Hunter More than 1 year ago
Looking to get a low-cost concrete or fiberglass pool more on the small side 3 to 5 feet with stairs, a bench, heater, filtration and a paver patio. Eventually would want to screen the pool in.
Alex Vara More than 1 year ago
We just want a small pool 10 x14
Pam Leonard More than 1 year ago
We have stone on our property. So even with the above ground pool it was very costly to level off and remove 6-10 inches. We have 3 piles of huge rocks. I mean 20ft high X 15-20ft wide. We had electric brought underground from the house to the pool. It never ends. It was 18 X 44, and was destroyed by a neighbor with two shots from his riffle. We now need a quote to replace:-(
Kim Weinstock More than 1 year ago
I am curious on cost of inground gunite pool with diving board, lights in pool, with steps built inside pool, and filtration system. 
Ciro Bozzo More than 1 year ago
I'm looking to get a lap pool 5 feet deep  approx 10x23 feet wit heat pump and cleaning accesories !! 
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i am looking for a price for a semi or recessed pool  could someone help me
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i would like a price on a semi or recessed pool  could someone help me
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I have an inground pool that is now a hole in the ground I'm thinking of getting a semi inground howev er I would lIke a huge semi inground. I think the replacement for an inground is just to exspensive.
Judy Kereszturi More than 1 year ago
First time pool builder, want something small and cost effective, using as refreshed and relaxing. Want flat surface around pool for chairs to lounge. Will want screening now or later to keep pool clean.
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I am looking for a reputable company to build an In-ground concrete pool, approximately ~ 14-15 x 28-30 feet, not exactly rectangular but with some shape to it, with an "attached" spa with a cascade, would prefer a heating system.
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