How Much Does A Pool Cost?

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Anything you can imagine, when it comes to fun features for your swimming pool or functional outdoor living space.Every person in the swimming pool industry knows that many potential customers have the same first question. How much is a pool going to cost me? And everyone in the industry rattles off the same answer, not to be disrespectful or curt, but because it is the only honest answer. And that answer is this, the cost of your pool will depend on what you want to include in your pool. And also any landscaping and outdoor living space that will be included in the project.

Some potential pool owners begin rattling off a wish list, while others look perplexed and ask what the options are. However, to continue with the line of honesty, many factors are going to come to bear when pricing a pool. And it all begins with the location of the build. And then it carries over to the features and functions that you would like to include in the proposal.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Swimming Pool?

If you live in a warm climate, want to enhance your outdoor living space, or increase the value to your home, adding a swimming pool to your property can be a great project. Swimming pools provide a place to entertain friends and family or cool off on hot days. They come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and can be filtered or cleaned using various techniques. All these variables impact the overall cost of building a swimming pool.

The national average range to build a swimming pool is $3,000 – $100,000 due to the enormous variety of projects involved. The average homeowner will spend around $50,000 for a 12 x 24-foot in-ground fiberglass 1 swimming pool with a concrete deck.

Swimming Pool Installation Costs

Swimming Pool Costs
National average cost $50,000
Average range $3,000-$100,000
Minimum cost $1,500
Maximum cost $110,000

Build Swimming Pool Cost by Project Range

Metal-frame above-ground pool with ladder and no deck
Average Cost
12 x 24-foot fiberglass in-ground pool with concrete deck
Concrete infinity pool with enclosure

Swimming Pool Costs by Type

Pools are available in a wide variety of options and types, depending on location, size, and what you plan to do with them. Most pools are used outdoors, but a few are designed for indoor use as well:

Type of pool Average cost
Above-Ground Inflatable $200-$1,000
Above-Ground Metal Frame $500-$3,000
Above-Ground Hard-Sided $2,000-$7,000
Above-Ground Lap Pool $7,000-$10,000
Spool $12,000
Plunge $20,000
Endless $29,000
In-Ground Vinyl $37,000
In-Ground Fiberglass $50,000
In-Ground Lap Pool $50,000
In-Ground Saltwater Pool $50,000
In-Ground Concrete $60,000
Natural Pool $70,000
Infinity Pool $100,000

In-ground Pool Costs

In-ground pools are the most popular and common pool installation. They are typically made of one of three materials – vinyl 2, fiberglass, or concrete. Each one has its own cost, pros, and cons to consider, as well as maintenance and installation timelines:

All three materials create a beautiful pool with a variety of shapes, sizes, and depths. Of the three, vinyl is the least expensive and one of the fastest and easiest to make. But it requires the most maintenance, including replacing the liner every 7 years on average. Vinyl is also the least likely to enhance your property or provide a good ROI.

Fiberglass is also a fast pool to install, going in within just a few weeks. Sizes and shapes are more limited, and custom pools are not usually an option. The shell can last 25 years, however, and fiberglass pools often resist algae, making them easy-to-maintain.

Concrete pools take the longest to build, up to 12 weeks. They can, however, be the longest-lasting pool and provide the most options for customization, including appearance, size, shape, and depth.

Above-ground Pool Costs

Above-ground pools can be just as enjoyable as an in-ground pool, while also being less expensive and generally easier and less invasive to install. They can be put in with or without decking and come in a range of materials, sizes, and appearances.

Depending on the pool’s size, shape, and material, they cost anywhere from $800$7,000 for the pool itself, not including labor or decking.

Indoor Pool Costs

Indoor swimming pools are a great investment if you want to swim year-round or avoid some of the common cleaning issues with an outdoor pool, such as debris and leaves. Indoor pools allow you to swim no matter what the weather or time of year. Without sunlight, they may grow algae more easily and require continuous maintenance. They may also have additional heating costs for the pool and the surrounding area in cooler weather and may become hot and muggy during warmer weather. The pool itself costs between $40,000 – $60,000 on average, with additional costs for the housing structure and surround.

Indoor in-ground swimming pool inside a dedicated room of the house

Infinity Pool Costs

Infinity pools make a beautiful addition to any yard or property. They create a waterfall illusion with the water flowing continuously over the edge of the pool into a small basin where it can be recycled. The pool creates a stunning visual effect, which can be very appealing. They are easy-to-maintain with the constantly flowing water, helping to prevent algae buildup. The small basin the water pours into can also make an excellent kiddie pool. Infinity pools are expensive, however, averaging around $90,000 – $105,000. They also require a sloping property to really show off their edge. Otherwise, they are not as impressive. A slope of this kind, however, can be dangerous to have near the pool.

Woman bathing in an infinity pool located on a rooftop

Lap Pool Costs

If you swim regularly for exercise, a lap pool can be a great addition to any property. This is a long, thin pool measuring roughly 8-feet by 50-feet. They can be made of vinyl, fiberglass, or concrete, and because of their unique dimensions, they often fit into spaces where a standard pool may not. They cost around $50,000 completely installed and require the same amount of maintenance as other pools. Like other pools, it should be fenced for security.

Lap pool surrounded by a wood deck

Natural Pool Costs

Natural pools make beautiful additions to many yards. This pool uses natural plants to filter the water, rather than chlorine or salt, so it is considered better for the environment. It consists of two parts – the swimming area and the regeneration zone, where the water is filtered. The two areas need to be roughly the same size, so they require about twice the amount of space. They can be made of a few different materials and can have many features, including waterfalls and infinity edges. The plant medium can also be made of various aquatic plants. The pool is low-maintenance once set up but can become home to aquatic animals and insects over time. They cost around $70,000 on average.

Natural pool in a house yard

Plunge Pool Costs

If you have a small area and want your pool for soaking or cooling off, rather than exercise, a plunge pool is an option. This small pool is usually about 13-15’ long, 6-8’ wide, and 3-5’ deep. They may include a waterfall feature and typically have a concrete deck. This is a great option for small properties and for those who just enjoy the water without wanting to swim. However, they need just as much maintenance as a larger pool, requiring filters, heaters, and chemical treatments. They cost about $15,000 on average.

Private plunge pool in a terrace

Saltwater Pool Costs

Saltwater pools are in-ground pools made of vinyl, fiberglass, or concrete that have a saltwater chlorine generator. They cost roughly the same as a standard pool of the same type, around $50,000 for a 12 x 24-foot fiberglass pool, but they have lower ongoing costs. The salt can feel better on your skin, with the water having a softer, silkier feel. The pools may need less maintenance because they do not need to be “shocked” like with chlorine. The salt can damage your landscaping, however, and may corrode some parts of the pool, such as the ladder, stone decking, or the O-rings in your filters.

Salt water pool built in a backyard with a concrete deck

Pool Deck Costs

When building an in-ground pool, you need to add a deck. Decks provide a non-slip area around the pool and help protect your landscaping, enhance the pool area, and provide a more appealing visual for the yard. Decks come in many materials, including concrete, pavers, stone, or wood. The average pool deck 3 costs around $7,000 installed.

Cost Factors to Build a Pool

Many factors impact the total cost of building a pool. The pool type is just one consideration, as is the material that it is made from. In addition, the pool size, location, how difficult the terrain is to excavate, added features, shape and design, and finish all impact the final cost. Things like decking, heaters and filters, stairs, ladders, pool covers, lighting, and fencing also affect the price.

The following cost ranges provide an idea of how various factors determine the total cost of the pool:

Cost Factor Average Cost Range
Excavation $450 – $3,250
Blasting Rocky Terrain $600 – $7,200
Above-Ground Pool $1,500 – $12,000
Labor Costs $5,000 – $15,000
Finishing Costs $10,000 – $20,000
Vinyl Pools $19,000 – $63,000
In-Ground Pool $19,000 – $150,000
Concrete (Shotcrete) $33,000 – $110,000
Fiberglass Pools $38,000 – $80,000
Concrete (Gunite) $50,000 – $150,000

Labor Costs to Build a Pool

Labor costs vary, depending primarily on the pool type. In-ground pools tend to have higher labor costs than above-ground pools, while concrete and fiberglass have higher labor costs than vinyl. Labor costs are also impacted if blasting is needed with the excavation and whether the deck is installed at the same time.

On average, labor costs to build a pool range from $5,000 – $15,000 but can go higher for custom pools with specialty designs.

Design: Top Swimming Pool Shapes

Swimming pools come in many shapes and configurations. The standard shapes are rectangular, round, and oval, but pools come in a nearly endless variety of forms, depending on the material used.

Vinyl pools can be made into many shapes, including freeform shapes and “kidney” designs. Fiberglass is more limited because it must be made in a mold, so each manufacturer has a set number of molds they can pour. They may have some freeform shapes or kidneys, but the majority tend to be rectangular.

There are virtually no limits to a concrete pool. They can be designed in standard shapes and freeform designs, as well as custom shapes, including but not limited to:

  • Exclamation points
  • Question marks
  • Mickey Mouse ears
  • Figure 8s
  • Lazy L
  • Geometric shapes

Keep in mind that deviating from a standard shape increases the pool’s cost. Rectangular, round, and oval pools are usually less expensive to build than freeform, kidney, or custom shapes.

Pool Excavation Costs

The excavation cost for an in-ground pool varies depending on a few factors, including the pool’s size, shape, and depth and the terrain. If the yard is rocky and difficult to dig in, it will require blasting at an increased cost. Any excavation also has dirt-hauling costs added to the total excavation cost.

On average, expect excavation costs to range from $500 – $3,500, with an additional $200 – $400 for dirt hauling and $600 – $7,200 for blasting very rocky terrain.


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