How Much Does Fence Installation Cost?

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Updated June 13, 2022
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Highlights

  • Size is often the biggest cost factor when building a fence.

  • Fence installation costs typically run between $1,500 and $8,000.

  • Property type, material distance from services, and terrain can also impact the cost.

  • Budget tearing down an existing fence if you're upgrading your existing perimeter.

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Installing a fence means your kiddos and pups can run around the yard and play safely. Plus, a picturesque yard-fence combo can even increase your home’s value

Fencing prices will vary based on the length, type, and material. You can build something super affordable at $1,500, or it can cost as much as $8,000.

How Much Does Fencing Installation Cost by Linear Foot?

The cost to install a fence can vary based on the material used. For instance, a barbed-wire fence averages $1 to $6 per linear foot. Compare this to a composite material, where the price could be as high as $15 to $45 per linear foot.

However, the cost of barbed wire fencing per linear foot may be a little misleading—you actually need three to five strands to build an effective fence, which multiplies the price. With a composite material, you only need to pay for the panel and you don’t need to worry about strands.

Common prices for a residential backyard fence by linear foot include:

  • 100 linear feet: $2,300

  • 150 linear feet: $3,600

  • 300 linear feet: $6,900

If you need to protect livestock and land instead of humans, these are average fencing prices you’ll pay by lot size:

Lot SizeAverage Fence Cost
One-quarter acre$10,200
One-half acre$13,800
1 acre$19,500
2 acres$30,000
5 acres$43,000
10 acres$61,300
20 acres$87,000
25 acres$98,000
40 acres$122,500

Keep in mind that these prices are averaged by low-cost and high-cost materials. In reality, you may pay as little as $400 for a quarter-acre of barbed wire fencing or as high as $20,000 for a fully composite fence of the same length.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Fence Installation?

Beyond length, you also need to account for labor costs, materials, and what type of property you’re trying to fence.

6 cost factors for fence installation, including permits, labor, and distance from service area
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Residential vs. Land vs. Commercial

Because most residential fences are often a form of privacy fence, these fences use more durable and solid materials.

Land fences often border a rural property to keep livestock in. But, because privacy isn’t the main concern, these fences may end up costing about the same as a backyard fence, despite covering much more land.

Commercial properties tend to prioritize security. So often opt for a chain-link fence with pricey security wire at the top.

Distance from Service Area

How much material you need and how far away you are from the service area also impact pricing. Someone who lives down the road from the fencing company they hire and only needs a pallet or so of material won’t pay too much. Compare this to someone who lives an hour away from the service area and needs a semi-truck to deliver all of the materials, and you’ll see the price rises significantly.

Labor

As with any project, you’ll need to pay for the labor to get the job done. Along with service fees, a local fence installer charges by the hour. You can expect to pay around $50 per hour for fence installation. Depending on the length of the fence, this can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours.

Materials

Beyond the fencing material itself, you’ll need to pay for additional components required for the build. These items include:

  • Concrete for post bases: $0.30 per pound

  • Planks (wood fences only): $8 per plank

  • Top and bottom rails

    • Wood: $10 per rail

    • Wood with metal: $45 per rail

    • Vinyl: $85 per rail

    • Composite: $85 per rail

  • Panels (privacy fences): $275 per rail

  • Posts

    • Wood: $4 per post

    • Metal: $2 per post

    • Vinyl: $85 per post

    • Composite: $85 per post

  • Post caps: $30 per cap

  • Gates: $275

Replacing Existing Fence

Add another $3 to $5 per linear foot extra to remove your old fence. 

Permits

Permit requirements vary by city and local laws. Have your fence pro weigh in on whether you need one. The decision may come down to whether you're installing one in your front or back yard and how close it runs to the road. Fencing permits may cost anywhere from $50 to $500.

Existing Yard and Trees

If you need to alter your landscaping to accommodate a new fence, professional landscaping services may add to your total project cost. With costs for tree removal ranging from $8 to $15 per foot, you can expect to pay between $200 and $2,000 based on the size and "heft" of a tree. Land leveling also costs between $0.40 and $2.00 per square foot.

Gates and Other Features

Gates are considered a specialty feature because they require additional work and materials. While most gates won't cost more than $150, you could pay an extra $600 to add a drive-through gate.

How Much Does Fence Installation Cost by Style?

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There is an entire catalog of different fencing materials you can choose for your property, from wood to vinyl to metal. It gets more specific from there—you can choose wood with metal reinforcing, for example, or even pick a specific type of metal.

Wood

The cost to install a wooden fence is around $3,200 for a 200-linear-foot fence. This will fluctuate based on the type of wood you choose. Common types of wood fencing include:

  • Pine: $5 per piece

  • Redwood: $18 per piece

  • Cedar: $11 per piece

Metal

Iron, aluminum, and steel are all solid choices for metal fencing. The cost of a chain-link fence is lower than the cost of a wrought iron fence. Here are some common prices per square foot:

  • Chain-link: $15 per square foot

  • Wrought iron: $30 per square foot

  • Aluminum: $25 per square foot

  • Composite: $30 per square foot

Vinyl

Vinyl fences use a type of PVC plastic that holds up well against flying debris and stains. Expect to pay around $3,800 for a 200-linear-foot vinyl fence.

Composite

Composite fences combine two or more materials as a way to increase the strength of the fence. These fences require very little maintenance and last a long time. On average, a composite fence will cost around $5,000 for 200 linear feet.

Wrought Iron

An attractive option that enhances curb appeal, wrought iron fencing costs between $30 and $55 per linear foot.

Aluminum

Aluminum fencing costs between $17 and $90 per linear foot.  

Privacy Fence

Privacy fences consist of panels that don't allow anyone to peer into your yard. With most privacy fences costing $35 per linear foot, homeowners can expect to pay between $1,500 and $8,000 when adding a typical privacy fence covering 150 linear feet.  

Electric Fence

The cost to install an electric fence ranges from $1,000 to $2,500, or $1,750 on average. The cost per linear foot is between $2.40 and $3.90.  

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Fence Yourself?

When you install a fence yourself, you’ll need to rent equipment, pull the permits, and buy the material. A post hole digger, drill, circular saw, and shover will run about $300. Your price per square foot is about $10 less when you remove labor fees. To hire a professional, you’ll pay about $30 per linear foot.

Your local pro can likely complete your fence project in about 20 to 30 hours, saving you the hassle of sourcing permits, materials, and equipment.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Fence In Your Area?

Fencing installation costs can vary by location. Here's a look at what homeowners are paying on average around the country.

  • Tempe, Arizona: $1,948

  • Boulder, Colorado: $2,503

  • Los Angeles, California: $2,955

  • Norfolk, Virginia: $2,989

  • Miami, Florida: $3,011

  • Hartford, Connecticut: $3,279

  • Topeka, Kansas: $3,350

  • Green Bay, Wisconsin: $3,450

  • Portland, Maine: $4,622

FAQs

What is the average height of a fence?

Privacy fences in residential neighborhoods tend to stand between six to eight feet tall. Livestock fences that border large land plots range from three to six feet.

When’s the best time to install a fence?

The best time to install a fence is in the fall and winter—the slow season for fencing companies. You’ll find a more open schedule with companies and possibly a lower cost.

How long do fences last?

Fences will last anywhere from five to 30 years, depending on the material. Chain-link fences and barbed wire fences can be quick rust, which lowers their lifespans. Vinyl and composite are more durable because they don’t rust, and you don’t need to seal them regularly like you would wood fences.

Do I need to inform my neighbor I’m building a new fence?

Most homeowners don't need to legally inform their neighbors before constructing a fence. However, keeping them in the loop is the neighborly thing to do!

If you’re building the fence on a shared property line, notification might be required. Always use property records to ensure your fence stays within your property boundaries.

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