How Much Will It Cost to Retile a Bathroom?

D.P. Taylor
Written by D.P. Taylor
Reviewed by Robert Tschudi
Updated June 27, 2022
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It typically costs between $450 and $10,000 to retile a bathroom, with an average of $2,000 including labor

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Few things are more striking in a home than a newly retiled bathroom. Replacing worn and cracked tile with a sleek, modern new look can really add a "wow" factor to your home's interior—and it could be part of a bathroom remodel that raises your home’s value.

If you think that you’re way past the point of repairing your bathroom tile and you're ready for a complete retiling, it's time to come up with a budget and a plan. To do that, you'll need to understand how much it costs to do the job. This guide breaks down the costs and all the factors that affect it.

How Much Does It Cost to Retile a Bathroom by Square Foot?

It costs on average $12.50 per square foot to retile a bathroom. However, other factors can go into the price, such as the quality of tile you choose or how much you're paying for labor. Also, if you have to do extensive rerouting of the plumbing supply and waste lines, it can boost the price significantly.

All in all, the average price for a bathroom retiling is $2,000 including labor, but the range typically falls anywhere between $450 and $10,000.

Of course, if you pick the trendiest bathroom tiles available for your project, the cost may go up. The cost for individual types of tile breaks down as follows:

Type of TileCost
Ceramic$0.50 – $15 per sq. ft.
Travertine tile$3 – $15 per sq. ft.
Slate$4 – $15 per sq. ft.
Granite tile$5 – $15 per sq. ft.
Limestone tile$5 per sq. ft.
Marble tile$8 per sq. ft.

Another $600 to $800 will go toward labor costs for the typical bathroom unless you can do the job yourself. So if you wanted to retile a 100-square-foot master bath with marble tile, it would cost you $800 for the tile and $600 to $800 for the labor for a total of $1,400 to $1,600.

What Kind of Bathroom Retiling Job Can I Get on My Budget?

You probably know how much you have available to spend. The question is, what will that get you? Here’s a quick range of prices and what each will buy, generally speaking:

$120

You could get the job done for this price for a standard 40-square-foot bathroom if you found some inexpensive tile at $3 per square foot and did all the work yourself (and already had the tools on hand).

“Most tile stores have two great things for the budget-conscious homeowner: remnant tile and free design advice,” says Bob Tschudi, Expert Review Board member and Raleigh, NC-based general contractor. “We have found some incredible finds, especially for smaller spaces, just by asking.”

$450

Although theoretically you could achieve the price above, this is most likely the low end of what you can expect to pay even if you get inexpensive tile and do much of the labor yourself. This is a more realistic price tag because you’ll probably need to hire some help, and you’ll likely run into random issues that will add extra expense, such as having to order more tile than you thought. Also, expect to do some regrouting.

$2,000

This is the average price tag for a retiling job. Chances are, you'll need to hire professionals to do this job right, especially if you want to have a diagonal or herringbone pattern. With $2,000 set aside, you can be reasonably confident you'll be happy with the result.

$4,500

If you've got a big master bathroom, say 200 square feet or more, you might be able to get it done for this price if the grout is in good condition. Even with the most expensive ceramic tile, it would only cost you $3,000 for the materials, and then you could set aside another $1,500 for the extra labor to do a job of this size.

$10,000

This would be your price tag if you had a huge master bathroom of more than 200 square feet, got the most expensive ceramic tile available, had to do significant plumbing and framing work, and spent a premium on labor to get the job done.

“The best places to get the most value for your remodeling budget are the kitchen and bathrooms,” says Tschudi. “If you keep the water supply and waste lines in the same place, you can revitalize these spaces for a great price.”

How Much Does It Cost to Retile a Bathroom Yourself?

If you're confident in your skills and believe you could retile the bathroom yourself, you can significantly reduce the cost of this project. All you'd really have to pay for is the materials, so you could potentially get a retiling done for a couple hundred bucks if you really cut corners.

However, this is generally not a good idea. Tiling sounds easy, but it's not. You have to have the skill to cut and fit the tiles into difficult spaces. You don't want to put all that work and money into retiling your bathroom only to find out later that you'll have to pull it up and pay for someone to do it all over again.

You also have to consider how long you’ll be without the bathroom if you do it yourself. You could go weeks without access to the bathroom if you try to do the bathroom yourself, whereas a pro could wrap up the job much quicker.

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What Factors Influence the Cost to Retile a Bathroom?

As you can see, the range of costs when it comes to bathroom retiling is huge. You might spend only a few hundred bucks or up to five figures.

Here are some of the key factors that affect the price you pay:

4 cost factors for bathroom retiling, including room size and type of tile
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Size

Obviously, you can expect to pay much more to retile a huge 200-square-foot master bathroom compared to a little guest bathroom under the staircase. Since you're paying for material by the square foot, you'd multiply those costs based on size.

Type of Tile

The type of tile you choose may be just as important in terms of material costs as the size of the bathroom. You could get some inexpensive travertine tile at $3 per square foot, or get an expensive hand-painted ceramic tile on the market at $15 per square foot.

Shape and Size of Tile

Believe it or not, the shape and size of your tile can have a big impact on the price. If you have large square tiles and a perfectly square bathroom, that’s a much easier job than a bathroom with lots of edges and lots of small irregularly shaped tiles to lay.

DIY vs. Hire a Professional

Since labor costs are about $600 to $800 for a standard bathroom and much more for larger spaces, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by doing the job yourself.

FAQs About Retiling a Bathroom

Should I retile a bathroom myself or hire a professional?

If you have experience with retiling, have at it, but in general jobs like these should be left up to a professional. A pro has the right tools (wet tile saw, cutoff tool, utility knife, hammer, sander, grout trowel, plastic sheeting, and many other miscellaneous items) and the experience to cut and fit tiles into difficult spaces. They’ll also know the exact amount of material to order, so you don’t run out midway through the job, or order too much. As a result, you should consider hiring a tile contractor and resist the DIY temptation. 

How long do retiled bathrooms last?

Unfortunately, retiled bathrooms don't always get a lot of mileage. Because these tiles are constantly being walked on, they can wear out more quickly. However, a well-done tile job can last many decades, and with proper care and regular resealing, they can last 10 years or more before needing a retiling.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

If you’re doing a project like this, it’s a great time to remodel your whole bathroom. Consider replacing a dated or cracked vanity. Redesign your shower and update your showerhead to something more modern. Reglaze your bathtub if it is looking worn. Take this opportunity to turn your bathroom into the escape it should be.

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