How much will your above ground swimming pool installation cost?

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National average fixed price

  • Lowest price:$10
  • Most common low price:$50
  • Most common high price:$52
  • Highest price:$150

How much does an above-ground pool cost?

The average above-ground pool costs $2,618, while the range is between $1,500 and $3,500. If you’re looking for a low-end, above-ground pool, you can expect to pay between $90-$317. However, if you’re willing to spend more and select an above-ground pool in a high-end cost range, you can expect to pay between $4,250-$5,000

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Many factors go into the cost of installing an above-ground pool. Read on to learn more about the above-ground pool installation costs, cost factor considerations, maintenance tips, how to find an above-ground pool installer and much more.

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Above-ground pool installation cost factors

Above-ground pool installation professionals determine the cost to install your pool based on multiple components. For example, they might consider the following factors:

  • Do you already have the pool? If you already purchased an above-ground pool and just need someone to help you set it up, the pro will likely charge you less.
  • Does the pro have to travel far to install your pool? If you don’t have a pool installer who is local, you may need to hire someone who needs to travel further. And they might have travel fees.
  • What type of above-ground pool do you want? Buying and installing different types of pools (aluminum, hybrid, vinyl, steel, resin, inflatable etc.) will incur different costs. 
  • What’s your pool’s shape? There also might be different prices for rectangular, circle and oval pools.
  • How big is the pool? Above-ground pools aren't one-size-fits-all. They come in a variety of sizes, with the most common sizes being 12, 18, 24 or 30-feet round. A bigger pool might require more time and labor to install, which can drive the price up.
  • What pool brand or manufacturer do you want? There are many different above-ground pool brands. Different pool brands come at different price points.
  • Are there any pool accessories that you want? For example, if you also want a pool cover, heating system, lighting, a slide, vacuum, steps, etc., expect to pay more. 
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Above-ground pool prices by size

One of the primary factors that impact the cost of an above-ground pool is the size. Below is an example of above-ground pool costs by size: 

Pool size

Estimated price range

12-foot round

$1,082 - $2,050

18-foot round

$1,170 - $4,886

24-foot round

$1,418 - $5,846

30-foot round

$2,323 - $4,301

Prices do not include the installation cost.

Above-ground pool prices by material 

In addition to the above-ground pool’s size, the type of material also impacts the cost. The following table breaks down the price ranges by pool type from various retailers:

Pool material

Estimated price range

Aluminum frame





$83-$1,150 (the high range includes inflatable above-ground pool kits)

Resin frame


Steel frame 


Prices do not include the installation cost. 

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Cost of related pool projects

Installing an above-ground pool in your yard may also call for other projects to be completed — which can impact the overall cost. For example, you should consider the following when planning your project:

Pool permit fees

Installing an above-ground pool will require a permit in most areas. Check with your city or township to find if pulling a permit is required where you live and if there are additional fees you’ll have to pay.

Pool fencing cost

Adding a gate or fence can be important for safety and privacy, especially if you have young children or dogs who may be around the pool area. Expect to pay at least between $500 and $600.

Hot tub cost 

For a full backyard spa experience, you may also want to install an above-ground hot tub or spa to warm up if the pool water becomes too chilly. The average cost to install a hot tub is $262, but prices can range from $75-$700.

Pool deck cost

Adding decking to your above-ground pool will create a space to sit, lay and lounge during swimming breaks. On average, building a deck costs $6,670, but costs can reach as high as $15,179. However, you might find lower prices for above-ground pool deck kits.

Site preparation cost 

The ground needs to be prepared to successfully install an above-ground pool. It needs to be level and smooth to assemble the structure. Depending on the condition of your yard, you may need excavation services.

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How to install an above-ground pool 

While above-ground pools are less time and labor-intensive to install than in-ground pools, there’s still a level of labor required that is best left to a professional. 

The type of above-ground pool you install will impact the installation process, but here is the general process a contractor will follow:  

  • Ensure the ground is level.
  • Install patio blocks and bottom plate, and assemble the rails.
  • Create the pool floor and base.
  • Set up the pool wall and uprights.
  • Prepare and create the cove.
  • Install, hang and adjust the pool liner. 
  • Fill the pool up with water.

Above-ground pool kits also have instructions on how to install your pool.

Related content: How much does an in-ground pool cost?

Above-ground pool maintenance tips

Owning an above-ground pool also comes with associated maintenance and cleaning costs. Here are a few maintenance tips for your above-ground pool to help ensure it lasts as long as possible and doesn’t require too many expensive repairs in the future: 

  • Check the pH, chlorine and water levels.
  • Shock the pool once a week.
  • Run and clean the pool filter.
  • Empty and clean the skimmer.
  • Ensure the water is circulating to prevent algae growth.
  • Winterize and close the pool when the season is over.

Remember to factor these costs into your budget, so you don’t incur any surprising fees. To ensure you stay on top of maintenance, consider getting cost estimates for weekly or monthly maintenance from pool cleaning professionals near you

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Who installs above-ground pools? 

A pool installation company or an independent contractor can work with you to install your above-ground pool. Follow these steps to make the best choice when hiring a professional.

How to find above-ground pool installers

You can use Thumbtack to locate top-rated installation services near you. After you pull up a list of nearby pros, narrow your search by reading their profiles and customer reviews.

Questions to ask potential companies

After you identify some of the best installation companies and contractors, contact them and start asking questions. For example, ask them:

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • Do you provide a warranty?
  • How many years have you been installing above-ground pools?
  • Do you have examples and photos of past projects?
  • Do you have a list of references I can contact?
  • How long will it take to complete the installation process?
  • What other credentials, certifications and technical skills do you possess?

Project details to provide

Another question you’ll need to ask is, “How much will it cost to install an above-ground pool in my yard?” But before you do, you need to give the pros a few details about your project and pool. For example, let them know: 

  • The pool’s size, shape and material 
  • Whether you need them to provide the pool or if you already purchased one
  • Where you plan to install the pool
  • If you plan on adding fencing or decking
  • If there are any additional pool accessories you want

How to get free estimates

Getting a few cost estimates from different professionals is the key to making a cost-effective decision without sacrificing quality. With Thumbtack, you can contact local above-ground pool professionals and ask for free price quotes. 

As a general rule, it’s best to get at least three estimates for any home improvement project. However, don’t necessarily choose the cheapest option — choose the option you feel is fair, honest and priced within the average range. 

For more information, read our Smart Hiring guide and our guide on How to Hire a Contractor.

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Find above-ground pool companies near you 

Now that you have insight into how much above-ground pools cost, the different types of above-ground pools and how to maintain your pool, you’re ready to begin the installation process Use Thumbtack (download the app or search online) to find an above-ground pool installer near you.


What is the best thing to put around an above-ground pool? 

A pool deck and fencing can provide safety, privacy and comfort. The most common and affordable material for a deck is pressure-treated wood. Hardwood and composite materials come at a higher price point. 

What accessories do you need for an above-ground pool?

Pool accessories can range from necessary maintenance accessories (vacuum, steps, etc.) to recreational accessories (slide, lights, etc.).

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How many years do above-ground pools last?

An above-ground pool’s lifespan depends on the level of use, the material the pool is made up and maintenance. Here are some life expectancy estimates from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors:

  • Pool cover: 7 years
  • Pool water heater: 8 years
  • Vinyl liner: 10 years
  • Pool filter and pump: 10 years

How do I prepare my yard for an above-ground pool?

A professional will need to assess your yard to best determine the preparation steps that make the most sense for your pool.

How do we know these prices?

Millions of people ask Thumbtack for help with their projects every year. We track the estimates they get from local professionals, conduct our own research and then we share those prices with you. The prices reflected in the article above are for informational purposes only and are subject to change at any time. Contact a professional near you to receive a personalized cost estimate for your project.


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