How Much Does It Cost to Install an In-Ground Pool?

Mariel Loveland
Written by Mariel Loveland
Updated June 7, 2022
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An in-ground pool typically costs around $55,000 to install

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Looking for a way to make you and your family feel like you’re on vacation without even leaving your own backyard? That’s where a pool comes to the rescue. The cost to install an in-ground pool is anywhere from $39,000 to $70,000, depending on the size and type of in-ground pool you choose.

How Much Does an In-Ground Pool Cost by Square Foot?

The typical in-ground pool is 12-by-28 feet and has a depth of around 6 1/2 feet. You’re looking at spending around $90 to $160 per square foot on average for this size pool. Though if you’re limited on space, we also have that covered. Here’s what you can expect to spend on a standard in-ground pool in some of the most common sizes:

Sizes (In Feet)Typical Price

While most pools come in these standard sizes, you do have the option for custom-made pools. When you hire a local swimming pool company, they’ll let you know what is possible and work hard to create your dream oasis.

How Much Does an In-Ground Pool Cost by Type?

The material you choose for your in-ground pool can impact your final price dramatically. Each material has its own pros and cons so it’s all up to your preferences.


Concrete pools cost around $50,000 on average but tend to have the longest lifespan. They’re also a great option for those that want to tile their pool. These pools may last upwards of 75 years, but also have the highest maintenance cost to ensure the concrete doesn’t crack.


Fiberglass pools will cost around $40,000, typically. With a lifespan of around 25 years, these pools are still easy to maintain and offer a happy middle ground between affordability and durability.


Vinyl-lined pools cost around $30,000 on average and are easier to clean and maintain compared to concrete options. They’ll only last around 10 years or so before the vinyl liner needs replacing, so plan accordingly.


Custom-built pools have only the limitations of local codes and imagination. Since custom-built pools are individualized, there are no clear terms on pricing. You should expect to pay a minimum of $80,000, but this will change based on size, style, and add-ons.

Pool MaterialCostLife Cycle
Concrete$50,00075 years
Fiberglass$40,00025 years
Vinyl$30,00010 years
Custom$80,000+Depends on materials

In-Ground Pool Cost Breakdown

Between permits, labor, and the landscaping needed to get the job done, installing a pool isn’t as simple as filling a hole with some water. There are several items on this list that you’ll need to consider when installing an in-ground pool.


Where you build your pool—both geographically and the exact location in your backyard—can impact the price. It generally costs more to build a pool in areas with a higher cost of living. You also need to keep excavation in mind. Where do you want to put the pool on your property? Costs will increase if you have to:

  • Relocate underground plumbing

  • Level an area that is sloped

  • Demolish an existing patio or backyard structure

  • Remove trees

For example, the cost of tree removal alone could add an additional $200 to $2,000 to your project.


Building an in-ground pool in a backyard is one of the biggest projects you can take on as a contractor. It involves everything from heavy machinery to dig the basin of the pool to ensuring that the pool has no cracks or issues that could cause leaks or other problems.

On average, labor accounts for around 33% of the total cost of the project. So if the average in-ground pool costs about $55,000, around $19,000 of that is for labor. This comes out to roughly $55 per hour in labor.


Permits vary from location to location and range anywhere from $450 to $1,800. Hire a local swimming pool installer to handle getting the right permits; failure to do so could end up costing you both time and money. 


Once the pool is finished, you can’t dive in without water. The cost to fill a pool is typically around $60 to $1,250. Keep in mind that water is cycled in and out of the pool constantly, so a higher water bill is to be expected.

If you went with a saltwater pool, you’ll need to pay for the salt to be added. An average 20,000-gallon pool requires about 11 bags of salt, which comes out to around $60


You can complete your oasis by adding plants and stones. Adding these landscaping options will truly make it feel as if you see a mirage off in the distance, but it’s really your backyard and it won’t disappear as you get closer.

Common landscaping options include:

  • Stones: $700

  • Grotto plants: $3,300

  • Sodding: $1–$2 per square foot

How Much Does an In-Ground Pool Cost by Style?

Large in-ground swimming pool
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Your pool isn’t limited to one set of stairs and a rectangle shape. Here are some other styles to consider:

Beach Entry

Imagine the ocean breeze as you slowly walk down deeper into the water. But instead of having to travel hours to the beach, you simply open up your patio door and enter your pool this way.

Beach entry pools use a slope rather than stairs to enter the pool. These don’t typically cost more, as this is technically an easier feat to accomplish than stairs. So pools with this feature will stay in the $55,000 range.

Lagoon Style

A lagoon-style pool is designed to look like something you might find in nature, compared to a standard rectangular pool shape. Most lagoon-style pools are custom built and may include items like a waterfall and diving area. Since these are often custom, expect to pay around $100,000 or more.

Infinity Pool

An infinity pool gives the appearance that your pool doesn’t have an end in sight. Instead, it fades off into the horizon as if you were looking off the coast. An infinity pool costs around $80,000, with a typical range of $55,000-$130,000.

Lap Pools

With lap pools, you’re looking for ways to stay cool and in shape. These pools are set up to resemble Olympic-style pools that you can do laps in. Lap pools cost about $44,000 on average.

Spool Pools

Spool pools are small in-ground pools (they’re typically around 300 square feet) that have spa features such as jets and heating systems. Spool pools cost about $22,650 on average but large luxury options can cost upwards of $50,000.

How Much Do Pool Extras Cost?

This is your in-ground pool, so why not add on some items to give you the ultimate backyard relaxation zone? You can upgrade with a diving board, waterfall, or even a water heater to use the pool for more months of the year. Prices for these features are:

Pool Lighting

Want to use your pool at night? Consider adding pool lighting, which costs around $200 per light.

Diving Board

You can’t get a perfect cannonball without a diving board, which costs anywhere from $300 to $5,000 to install (plus the cost of labor).


Pool slides are fun for kids of all ages, but to be safe, you can only install them if your pool has a depth of at least 36 inches. Most pool slides cost between $1,500 and $5,000, although very high-end models can cost more than $20,000.

Pool Heater

A heater allows you to keep using your pool once temperatures outside start to dip. Even in the summer, some people find heated pools more comfortable. The cost to install a pool heater depends on the type:

  • Gas or propane pool heater: $1,000–$4,500 

  • Solar pool heater: $2,000–$7,500

  • Pool heat pump: $2,000–$6,500

  • Electric resistance pool heater: $500–$5,000

This doesn’t include labor costs. If you’re installing heating, expect to spend an additional $500 to $2,000 on labor. 


Many local municipalities require homeowners to fence in their pool as a safety precaution. Even if it isn’t required, it’s still a smart addition for families with children and pets. Generally, the cost of a pool fence is anywhere from $15 to $25 per linear foot. Most homeowners end up spending between $1,500 and $10,000.

Pool Covers

Most people prefer to cover their pool when it’s not in use—especially as the seasons change. Covers reduce evaporation and keep out debris like falling autumn leaves. Some also retain heat and act as a safety guard that prevents children and pets from accidentally falling into the water. The cost depends on the type of pool cover you choose:

  • Winter Pool Covers: $75–$225

  • Solar Pool Covers: $75–$300

  • Solid Vinyl Pool Covers: $1,200–$1,300

  • Mesh Pool Covers: $1,500–$3,000

  • Automatic Pool Covers: $12,000–$22,000


Waterfalls add a relaxing natural element to your pool—even if your contractor makes it out of artificial boulders. It’s no surprise that they’re one of the most popular water features for in-ground pools. You can expect to pay between $1,500 and $5,000 for this extra.

Saltwater Filtration System

All in-ground pools need filters, but saltwater pools require a special filtration system. Expect to spend around $2,000, in addition to increased maintenance costs since salt tends to erode equipment over time. 

How Much Does It Cost to Install An In-Ground Pool Yourself?

This is not a project you’ll want to do yourself. One wrong move, and you could end up with a flooded backyard and thousands of wasted dollars. Leave this project to the professionals; you can sit back and pretend the tub is a pool while you wait for them to finish.

FAQs About In-Ground Pools

Should I get an above-ground or in-ground pool?

In-ground pools are more durable and have a longer lifespan, but above-ground pools are an excellent option for homeowners on a budget. The cost of an above-ground pool is $800 to $5,000 for materials and $1,000 to $3,000 for labor. Compare that to the average in-ground pool, which costs $55,000. Weigh the pros and cons of above-ground vs. in-ground pools before you decide.

Is an in-ground pool worth the cost?

It depends on the reason you want a pool. An in-ground pool only adds around 5% to 8% to the value of your home and requires careful maintenance, but this is a luxury product that lasts for decades. Many homeowners enjoy the way it makes their backyard feel like a summer vacation, year after year.

How much does it cost to repair a pool?

The cost to repair a swimming pool is typically around $900, depending on the issue at hand.

How do you maintain a pool?

There are a few key pool maintenance tips you’ll want to follow. Ensure the chemicals are at an appropriate level by checking at least once a week. Skim your pool daily to keep it free from debris, and vacuum it once a week.

How long does it take to build a pool? 

The amount of time it takes to build a pool depends on whether you’re building an above-ground or in-ground pool. The average timeline is about 12 weeks for in-ground pools, including the time it takes to get permits. If you’re building a large, complex in-ground pool made of concrete or gunite, it could take up to six months. But if you opt for an average-sized above-ground pool, it can go up in as little as two days.

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