How Much Does Shower Installation Cost?

Matt Marandola
Written by Matt Marandola
Updated December 22, 2021
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The average cost to install a shower is around $5,600

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Whether you’re upgrading a tub into a shower or simply upgrading your existing unit, there’s a niche shower type for you. Because showers can vary in design, size, and type, the total cost of shower installation falls between $2,400 and $8,800.

How Much Does Shower Installation Cost by Size?

The standard walk-in shower is around 32-by-32 inches. If you’re using a prefabricated shower without a door, expect to pay around $1,150 for installation and materials. This would bring the cost per square foot to around $210.

You also have the option of adding a shower to an existing bathtub. This requires removing the existing tub to put in an option that can support both. So if you’ve wanted to get a bigger tub as well, you can now have the best of both bathing worlds.

The average cost to install a tub shower is around $3,000. If the standard tub-shower combo is 30-by-60 inches, then you’re looking at paying around $240 per square foot.

How Much Does Shower Installation Cost Near You?

While the cost of living will play a major factor in the labor costs, the final cost of installation will come down to the size and design of the shower. That’s why someone in a New York apartment may pay less than someone in a house in Minnesota—If you’re working on a tight space budget, then you can only go for what’s available.

Common shower installation prices throughout the U.S. include:

  • California: $3,650

  • Texas: $4,250

  • Florida: $2,900

  • Colorado: $4,400

  • Michigan: $4,600

  • New York: $3,600

  • Minnesota: $5,000

  • Massachusetts: $4,450

How Much Does Shower Installation Cost by Type?

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Some people want only a shower, some want a tub-shower combo, and others might want a full-on steam shower that doubles as a sauna. However you prefer to get clean, here’s what you can expect to pay.

Walk-In Shower

While the average walk-in shower is 32-by-32 inches, you can customize this size to your liking. You can even have a shower that’s half your bathroom! Or maybe you’re operating on a very limited amount of space and need as tiny as possible while still being comfortable and functional.

You’ll also need to consider the cost of tiling or special features, such as a rainfall showerhead. With these considerations in mind, expect the final price of a walk-in shower to sit anywhere from $1,000 to $8,500.

Tub-Shower Combo

A tub-shower combo is perfect for those who want to soak after a long day of work. Like the walk-in shower, you can customize a tub-shower combo to have special features such as jets for the tub or a door rather than a curtain for privacy. Expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $8,500.

Steam Shower

A steam shower offers the luxe feeling of a spa without having to leave the house. These showers create warm steam to help you get your sweat on. The cost of a steam shower is typically around $4,350, and you’re likely going to be limited to a walk-in version.

Accessibility Showers

Accessibility showers offer a helping hand when it comes to entering the shower as well as having some stability while you clean off. Accessibility showers typically run around $600 extra compared to an unupgraded shower. This includes the installation of a grab bar and bench.

How Much Does Shower Installation Cost by Style?

While there are plenty of prefabricated showers out there, you can entirely customize a shower to your liking. You can opt to put your own ceramic tiles in that fit your aesthetic or maybe you simply want a bathtub and shower liner that goes over the existing one.

Shower Tiles

Shower tiles can range anywhere from $1,800 to $6,850. This entirely comes down to what type of material you want to use. Ceramic tiles start at $0.50 per square foot, while natural stone tiles can cost as much as $15 per square foot.

Bathtub and Shower Liner

A bathtub and shower liner simply goes over the existing fixture and takes less time and effort than completely gutting the area and installing something new, though your liner options are pretty limited. On average, the cost of installing a shower and tub liner is around $3,400.

Keep in mind that while, yes, this usually only replaces the tub portion of the shower, it can still make it feel as if you’re stepping into a new shower.

Custom Jets

There are plenty of prefabricated options for jetted showers, which tack on an extra $900 on average to the final price of installation. But if you want custom areas installed, you’re looking at spending upwards of $1,000 extra on top of the initial $900 in labor and materials to route the plumbing correctly.

Custom Drainage

Maybe you don’t want a simple hole for drainage and want something more elegant that speaks to your style. Like jets, replacing the shower drain requires custom plumbing which can tack on an extra $750 to $1,250 in labor and material costs.

Shower Installation Cost Breakdown

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While the shower itself tends to be the beautiful backdrop of a bathroom, the accessories also play a crucial role. Items such as doors and showerheads will end up affecting the final price. You also need to consider where you’re installing the new shower as well.

Labor

Labor will run you anywhere from $400 to $2,000, depending on the complexity of the job. To ensure you’re getting the best quotes, contact at least three different shower installers near you. The final cost of labor will depend on the scope of the project, as more customizations and limited space will make the job more time-consuming.

Accessories

Items such as a door, showerhead, tub faucet, and even the bathroom fan can really be the final cherry on top of your new shower.

For showerheads, the common options on the market include:

  • Full body: $600

  • Rainfall: $90

  • Handheld: $100

  • High-pressure: $75

  • Adjustable-pressure: $200

Adding in a door will cost around $550 on average. If you know your bathroom fan needs an upgrade, it’ll cost you an extra $400 as well.

Location

Where you’re installing your new shower will depend on the final price as well. If you’re installing a new shower into a half bath area, then you may end up paying around $6,500 because of the need for new plumbing, walls, and fixtures.

If you’re starting from the ground up by completely adding in a new room, the cost of adding a bathroom is around $15,000 on average.

Replacement and Disposal

If this new shower is replacing an old one or going in where a tub used to, that old material needs to go somewhere else. To remove the old unit, clear debris, and prepare the surface for the new tub, expect to pay around $750 extra.

How Much Does Shower Installation Cost to Do Yourself?

The only time you should really install a shower yourself is if you’re installing a shower or tub liner. Installing a liner yourself is typically only around $500 for the liner, caulking, adhesive, and sealer.

Any other project should be handled by a shower installer and a plumber. Not all shower installers are licensed plumbers, so you should contact a local plumber near you to prep them for your upcoming project.

FAQs About Showers

How much water does a shower use per minute?

The average shower will use around 4 gallons per minute.

How much space do you need to install a walk-in shower?

Showers need a space of around 50 inches in length and width to fully accommodate a 32-by-32-inch walk-in shower.

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