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How much will your in-ground swimming pool construction cost?

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How much does it cost to build a pool?

The average cost to build an in-ground pool is $21,202, with high-end options costing up to $87,199- $108,290. Vinyl-lined in-ground pools cost about $10,000-$25,000, concrete pools cost $30,000-$50,000Fiberglass in-ground pool prices range from $20,000-$60,000, and in-ground saltwater pools cost $25,000-$80,000.

How much does a pool cost?

In-ground pool cost

$10,000-$108,290

Concrete pool cost

$30,000-$50,000

Fiberglass pool prices

$20,000-$60,000

Vinyl pool costs

$10,000-$25,000

Saltwater pool cost

$25,000-$80,000

Above-ground pool cost

$1,500-$3,500

On the other hand, the average cost to put in an above-ground pool is $2,618, with prices generally ranging from $1,500-$3,500.

Keep in mind these numbers represent national averages and cost estimates. The cost to build a swimming pool will depend on a many factors, including the materials, labor rates and overall pool design.

Check out the cost guide below to learn more about the various pool cost factors, and find out how to get started on your own pool project.

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Pool installation costs

Building and installing a swimming pool costs anywhere from around $2,000 (for above-ground pools) to over $100,000 (for in-ground pools). To get a more accurate estimate for your project, make sure you’re considering all of the cost factors that play into the total price of a pool installation. 

The first (and biggest) cost factor to consider is whether you want to put in an in-ground pool or an above-ground pool, as both incur different costs. Both pool types also involve a variety of material costs, deck costs, customization costs, and size preference costs that will significantly impact the all-in price. 

Installing a pool will also require the help of a pool expert (or several professionals), so factor in the labor cost into your estimate as well. 

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How much does an above-ground pool cost?

Compared to in-ground pool options, above-ground pool prices are significantly lower. The average cost of an above-ground pool is $2,618, with high-end options costing upwards of $4,250-$5,000.

National average cost

$2,618

Average cost range

$1,500-$3,500

Low-end cost

$90-$317

High-end cost

$4,250-$5,000

While some above-ground pool kits contain DIY instructions, you can still hire an above-ground pool professional to help piece the pool together or customize one for your property.

Typically, above-ground pool options are sold in pre-manufactured sizes that increase in price as they increase in size. As an inexpensive pool alternative, most above-ground pool options commonly use vinyl material to line the pool. You can also find pools with steel, aluminum or resin frames, or hybrids. Below are some example prices for do-it-yourself, above-ground swimming pool kits:

  • A standard 12-foot round pool kit: Prices start at $1,000.
  • A standard 18-foot round pool kit: Prices typically hover around $3,000. 
  • An oval or rectangular pool kit: Prices start at $2,400-$4,400 or more.

Most do-it-yourself pool kits include the pool liner, a filter and pump, and a ladder. Extras such as a heater, pool lights or small water features are available as add-ons. Expect additional costs if you desire a surrounding deck (hire a contractor to build a deck or buy an above-ground pool deck kit at retailers) and a set of stairs to accompany the pool. 

Inflatable pool kits provide the most economical options. Pools made by Intex, for example, run as low as $49.99 for a 10-foot-by-30-inch pool. High-end, heavy-duty Intex pools, such as a 24-foot by 52-inch model, run $1,199.99 with a sand filter included. Inflatable pools, of course, won't add any value to your home — just a little fun in the sun.

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How much does an in-ground pool cost?

While the average cost of an in-ground pool is around $21,202, prices can range from $10,000 to over $100,000. There are a variety of installation and design factors that will considerably influence in-ground pool prices. Before construction begins, you’ll need to decide on the pool's size, depth, material and any optional add-ons (like a spa or hot tub) to calculate an estimate.

For example, U.S. Pools in Roswell, Georgia, estimates it costs $50,000 for their standard 18-by-36-foot pool. Their in-ground pool construction costs include minimal groundwork, a vinyl liner and a concrete deck surrounded with decorative coping around the pool edge. Standard equipment, such as an automated sweep system and a standard heat pump, is included in that price.

You can expect that the larger and deeper the pool becomes, the higher the final cost will be. The labor and equipment cost for excavating the installation area will increase as well. These costs may include clearing any large trees or root systems, or the removal of dense rocky soil that would negatively impact the installation area. 

Another major influence that will heavily impact the total cost of your in-ground pool will be the material you choose. Typically, there are three types of pool materials to choose from: concrete, fiberglass and vinyl.

Concrete pool cost

Concrete pools are constructed using a gunite or shotcrete application method. Concrete pools generally cost around $30,000-$50,000. To construct a gunite or concrete pool, contractors must create a rebar framework. Then, they spray and mold the concrete to your preferred shape.

Fiberglass in-ground pool prices

Fiberglass in-ground pools cost around $20,000-$60,000¹, depending on the pool size and shape. These pools are durable, pre-manufactured options that are installed directly into your property in one piece. As they require significantly less labor than concrete, fiberglass pool costs are typically more affordable and are considered the middle point between concrete and vinyl pool. 

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Vinyl pool costs

Vinyl-liner pools cost $10,000-$25,000¹, and they’re generally the cheapest pool material option. Labor and material costs are not as high compared to other options. To construct a vinyl pool, the contractor will install walls, and a custom-cut sheet of vinyl is laid over a bed of cement, sand or another mixture. 

In-ground pool with hot tub prices

The average cost to install an ing-round pool with a spa is $50,200². This hike in price can be attributed to an upgraded pump, revised filtration system and pool heater cost, as well as increased labor costs. 

Saltwater pool cost 

The cost of a saltwater pool ranges from $25,000-$80,000. You can expect the cost to install a saltwater pool to increase depending on the material you choose and the pool’s size. Depending on the pool material type you settle on, labor costs are also going to vary as various pool types (such as gunite) require more installation time than others. 

Excavation costs will also vary depending on your pool’s size and any obstructions that need to be cleared throughout the space. And if you decide to add on any features, such as a spa, surrounding deck or heating system, additional costs will need to be factored into the final price. 

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Lap pool cost

For those who truly love to swim, a lap pool offers the opportunity to exercise from the comfort of your own property. The cost of an in-ground lap pool can quickly exceed $100,000³ for a 25-yard or 25-meter pool.

The basis of a lap pool installation price begins with the material you choose to build your pool. As previously mentioned, concrete, vinyl and fiberglass options will vary in price depending on several factors, including the size and labor cost. With a full-length lap pool measuring 25-yards long, you should expect all costs to be higher than a traditional pool install.

Pool material

Cost per square foot

Vinyl

$21/sq. ft.

Fiberglass

$35-$65/sq. ft.

Concrete

55-$72/sq. ft.

As with all pool options, the excavation cost is a top contributing factor when pricing out a lap pool installation. Because lap pools are significantly longer than the common pool, expect excavation labor cost factors to be considerably more compared to the average pool. 

While add-on costs will also vary depending on your preferences, a common add-on feature for lap pools is pool gutters or infinity edges. These additions help control waves and messy overspills created by fast and turbulent swimming.

Endless pool cost

According to manufacturer Endless Pools, installing an endless pool costs $31,900 but can vary depending on the size and surrounding add-ons you choose. 

Essentially the condensed version of a lap pool, endless pools offer swimmers a unique treadmill-like endless swimming experience. You can install an endless pool indoors (if space allows) or outdoors, and you can use a smaller amount of water. 

Many endless pool options are above-ground, so minimal to no excavation is needed. The installation time and overall labor cost are also minimal compared to traditional pools, as pre-assembled endless pool system installs only take a few days to complete. 

As with all pool options, endless pool prices will vary depending on the upgrades you desire. And if you decide to construct a patio surface around the endless pool, your final installation cost will increase as well. 

Pool maintenance cost

The true cost of owning a pool also includes routine maintenance. This is important to keep in mind, as maintenance and upkeep will help preserve your swimming pool’s lifespan and protect your investment.

Basic, regular cleaning is essential toward maintaining safe and swimmable chemical levels in your pool. Here’s how much pool maintenance costs:

  • Weekly pool cleanings: $80-$200 per month 
  • One-time cleanings: $150-$300
  • Pool opening and closing: $85-$350 (up to $500 for closing/winterizing)
  • Acid washing: $175-$255
  • Pool repairs: $150-$1,200

A pool will need to be acid washed every few years to avoid green water-inducing algae buildup and mineral deposit stains on your pool’s lining and surface. 

If you live in a seasonal climate, you may need to open and close your pool annually. When winterizing your pool, a professional will introduce chemicals and algaecides to protect the pool from harmful growth throughout the winter. You may also need to drain and protect your equipment and pipes. And when it’s time to open your pool, a professional will clean and reintroduce the necessary chemicals to bring your pool back to swimmable conditions. 

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Swimming pool cost considerations

When deciding on a pool type and the various design elements to include, consider all of these pool installation cost factors before you begin the construction process:

Material costs

The base cost for your pool is going to vary significantly depending on the type of material you choose. Concrete, fiberglass and vinyl are your main options.

Pool site preparation cost 

Whether it’s the removal of simple hedges to enormous trees, landscaping and excavating cost are going to vary significantly depending on your property.

Spa or hot tub costs

In addition to a new pool, you may want to add on the luxury of a hot tub or spa. Adding and installing these items will require additional labor costs and system upgrades. The average cost to build an in-ground pool with a spa is $50,200.

Pool fence cost

If you don't already have one, the price to install a new fence is between $13-$50 per linear square foot. Most homeowners spend $478-$1,684 on new fences, depending on the size and material.

Luke Beerman of Freedom Fence Builders in Raleigh, North Carolina, says that pool fences typically range from 200-350 feet, and it costs $4,000-$7,000 for a standard home pool fence. Some homeowners fit above-ground resin pool rims with DIY safety fencing for $200-$300.

Pool deck cost

Adding a deck surround to an above-ground pool can help reinforce the walls, strengthen your pool and prolong its life. Depending on the size of your pool and the decking materials you chose, expect to pay an additional $2,500-$4,000 or more in deck construction costs.

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Retaining wall cost

Building a retaining wall can add $2,000-$15,000 or more to your project.

Pool pump heater costs

Pool heater costs should also be added if you live in a typically cooler climate and desire a continually warmed pool. Depending on where you live, your usage and the season, running a gas pool heater can cost less than $100 annually — or more than $3,000 a year.

Swimming pool accessories

There are many ways you can customize your swimming pool — just be prepared to pay more for pool accessories such as fountains, waterfalls, lights, slides and more. 

Landscaping and hardscaping costs

In addition to a retaining wall, deck, patio or fence, you might want to consider adding other landscaping elements to your yard. For example, a hardscape walkway could cost $200-$2,000 or more. If you'd like additional landscaping, expect to pay about $50 per hour for a landscape designer. Other costs, such as extensive outdoor lighting systems, may run $1,500-$8,000.

How to hire a pool builder

Are you ready to take that leap and get your pool project started? Don’t rush to find a local pool builder. Follow these best practices when hiring your pool contractor or company:

  • Find the right professional. If you desire additional services (perhaps you want someone to build a pool deck or install a pool heating system), make sure you're working with a contractor that can confidently complete all your wishes.
  • Give them the details. When seeking cost estimates, try your best to provide as much detail as possible. From personal preferences to estimated property sizes, providing information upfront will help the contractor give you an accurate estimate and possibly save you from hiccups later on down the line. 
  • Request free estimates from three pros. Always request a free estimate from at least three contractors and companies. Doing so will allow you to compare and contrast multiple options to help make a cost-effective decision. 
  • Ask for professional proof. To protect both yourself and your property, request proof of a contractor’s license and supporting insurance. This will help you avoid signing on someone who is unqualified and unfit to complete the job, reducing the overall risk of complications down the line. 
  • Always ask questions. Before signing onto a job with a contractor, get all of your inquiries answered. From anticipated time frames to the proof of previous work, asking these extra questions can ensure you’re hiring the best contractor for your pool. 
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Now that you understand the cost factors that play into a pool installation, you're ready to use Thumbtack to start searching for the best local pool contractors and companies. We do the hard work — like locating local options and gathering reviews — for you, so you can hire a pool contractor with confidence.

FAQs

How much does it cost to heat a pool?

If you use a gas pool heater to warm a 1,000-square-foot outdoor swimming pool, prices can vary dramatically depending on where you live, the season and if you use a pool cover. The Department of Energy found that annual costs can range from $96-$3,600.

How much does a pool cost per month in electricity?

Swimming pool owners spend approximately $500 more on energy every year, according to a 2012 study. Running the pool pump alone can add $300 to your electric bill every year. 

What's the cheapest in-ground pool?

Typically, the cheapest in-ground pool is a vinyl pool, with costs ranging from $10,000-$25,000. Compared to concrete ($30,000-$50,000) and fiberglass pools ($20,000-$60,000), building a vinyl pool is the cheapest way to go.

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Are in-ground pools worth it?

To determine if building an in-ground pool is worth the cost, ask yourself:

  • How often will my household and I utilize the pool?
  • Would potential buyers be interested in buying a home with a pool?
  • Are swimming pools common in my region and neighborhood?

If you answered yes to all three questions, installing an in-ground swimming pool could be a good investment. 

What is the most expensive part of building a pool?

Sometimes, it’s the additional projects that can drive up the price of building a pool. For example, building patios and decks can drive up costs. These additional projects include construction costs, and often staining, painting and sealing costs. 

You might also be considering adding fences, retaining walls and other landscaping features — all of which will increase the total cost.

Additional sources:  Realtor.com¹, Association of Pool & Spa Professionals², U.S. Masters Swimming³

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