How Much Does an Above Ground Pool Cost?

Typical Range:

$831 - $4,943

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Published January 10, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Updated: September 13, 2021

Above Ground Pool Cost

Above ground pools are an affordable alternative to in ground pools with an average cost of $2,876. For even greater savings, homeowners can often find kits for as low as $800.

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National Average $2,876
Typical Range $831 - $4,943
Low End - High End $200 - $18,500

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 185 HomeAdvisor members.

2. Average Cost of an Above Ground Pool

Prices typically range from around $800 to $4,500 or more and vary based on:

  • Size

  • Shape

  • Depth

  • Material

  • Labor

  • Add-Ons

3. Above Ground Pool Prices by Size & Shape

Size Average Price Before Installation
12' round$820 - $1,570
15' round$820 - $2,100
18' round$1,240 - $2,700
24’ round$1,300 - $2,900
30’ round$1,600 - $4,500
24'x12' oval$1,480 - $2,720
33'x18' oval$1,800 - $3,530
41'x21' oval$4,010 - $4,840
12’x24’ rectangle$1,200 - $2,800
9’x18’ rectangle$820 - $2,100

a. Above Ground Lap Pool

A vinyl above ground lap pool costs about $6,000 with labor included. Resin and fiberglass options are available for around $3,000 each before the cost of labor.

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4. Above Ground Pool Cost by Material

Above ground pools are typically made of steel, resin, aluminum or a hybrid. Steel is cheapest but can oxidize or corrode. Resin won’t rust but is more expensive than steel. Aluminum is most expensive and rust-resistant.

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5. Labor Cost to Install an Above Ground Pool

On average, you’ll pay from $1,000 to $3,000 in labor costs for this project. Installing a pool takes from one to three days in most cases. It’s most expensive to install a pool in the summer, when the weather is hot and pool installations are popular. It’s a good idea to plan this project for the off-season to save a bit of cash.

If your area requires a permit or if you need to make adjustments to your existing landscape, you should expect to pay more.

6. Average Costs of Above Ground Pool Features & Add-Ons

Electric Install$350 - $1,500
Heater$300 - $2,000
Pool Cover$100 - $1,000
Fencing$1,500 - $10,000
Lighting$30 - $120
Fountains & Waterfalls$30 - $130

a. Cost of Above Ground Pool With Deck

The cost to build an above ground pool deck runs from $300 to $3,000. Materials, deck size and extra features all factor into this price.

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b. Above Ground Pool Electrical Installation Cost

You’ll pay anywhere from $350 to $1,500 to hire an electrician to install wiring for your pump, filter and heater.

c. Pool Heaters, Covers & More

Other popular add-ons include:

A stand-alone fountain runs from $30 to $100 on average. You can add a waterfall to your above ground pool for as little as $130 before landscaping costs.Compare Project Costs From Top Local ProsReturn to Top

7. Above Ground Pool Installation Cost Factors

Don’t forget to think about these other considerations before you commit to a project:.

  • Insurance. Ask your insurance carrier how installing a pool will affect your rates. Many will require you to put up a protective fence or child-proof gate before they’ll even consider coverage.

  • Property taxes. Above ground pools aren’t considered structures by most communities. They don’t normally affect property taxes.

  • Soil stability. Pack down the surface of the soil before adding leveling sand to hold your pool. You can also install a concrete slab for about $6 per square foot for a level surface.

a. Brands

Your choice of brand can impact your final cost due to the materials used and designs offered. Some of the most popular brands include:

  • Kayak

  • Doughboy

  • Gibraltar

  • Intex

  • Radiant

  • Bestway

  • Atlantic Pools

  • Aqua Leader

  • Embassy

  • Namco

  • Sharkline

8. Above Ground Pool Prices Installed Near You

San Francisco, CA$5,300
Denver, CO$2,700
St. Louis, MO$3,600
Cincinnati, OH$1,600
Philadelphia, PA$1,100
Boston, MA$1,900
Atlanta, GA$1,700
Austin, TX$1,500


a. Can I install an above ground pool myself?

This project involves ground leveling, laying down sand and running electricity to the pump. If you choose to DIY this project, you’ll pay about $200 for the cost of sand, plus the additional cost to rent equipment as needed.

b. How much does above ground pool maintenance cost?

On average, maintaining your pool costs $115 per month. Generally, it’s a bit cheaper to care for an above ground model than an inground one thanks to the smaller average size. For maintenance, you’ll need to:

  • Skim it regularly

  • Clean out the pump filter

  • Clean it regularly

  • Test the water’s chemical balance

  • Add chemicals as necessary

Hire a professional pool service to keep things in shape for $85 to $150 per month on average.

c. How much does an above ground pool cost to run?

It costs about $115 per month to maintain your above ground pool. You can expect to pay an additional $30 to $250 per month on your electric bill to run the pump, filter and heater.

d. How long do above ground pools last?

Above ground pools can last 15 years or more if properly maintained.

e. Are above ground pools worth it?

Above ground pools are worth the cost if you’re looking for an affordable alternative to an inground pool. The ROI for an above ground pool is higher for homes with warmer climates. Above ground pools with attractive coverings, decks or patios will also see a higher return on investment.

f. How much does it cost to move an above ground pool?

The cost to hire a moving service to relocate your above ground pool varies. The size of the pool, its weight and the distance you’d like to move it all factor into the cost. Be sure to ask your movers ahead of time if they can take on this project, as not all pros offer this service.

g. How much do inground vs. semi-inground vs. above ground pool costs compare?

A semi inground pool costs from $6,800 to $20,000 on average. The price varies based on the size, shape, materials and prep work required to install it. This option is partially above ground and partially below. It’s often cheaper than an inground model and is ideal for those who live on a slope or hill.

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