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Reviewed on April 16, 2020 by Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Strategist and Home Expert.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Average Cost to Install an Inground Pool

The average cost of installing an inground pool is between $38,637 and $70,574 or an average of $53,176. Basic maintenance adds $1,200 to $1,800 yearly. Increased utilities and repairs cost an additional $1,800 to $3,200 every year.

Custom features like waterfalls and hot tubs will add anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000 to your project total. Your price will depend on the type - concrete, vinyl or fiberglass - as well as the size and location.

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National Average $53,176
Typical Range $38,637 - $70,574
Low End - High End $18,400 - $100,000

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the average cost to build an inground pool is $51,750 or between $23,000 and $100,000

Considering an in-ground pool as the warm months come upon us? A watery oasis makes for an attractive backyard focal point that adds home value. These attractive water features give you a place to relax by or entertain around. Unlike above-ground styles, there is a feeling of luxury and permanence. Custom water designs also blend seamlessly into your landscape and outdoor designs.

Inground Pool Prices Installed

You'll spend anywhere from $20,000 to $65,000 or more to install a pool depending on the type of material you choose. In-ground models are available in three types: concrete, vinyl and fiberglass. They have similar initial pricing for turn-key installation, but there are great differences in the lifetime cost.

Pool Installation & Maintenance Costs by Material
MaterialAverage CostNotes
Concrete/ Gunite$35,000 - $65,000
  • $2,700 - $4,000 annual upkeep
  • Lasts 50 - 100 years
  • Best for custom tile
Fiberglass$20,000 - $60,000
  • $500 - $1,500 annual upkeep
  • Lasts 25+ years
  • Easiest to clean/maintain
Vinyl Lined$20,000 - $40,000
  • $1,100 - $1,700 annual upkeep
  • Replace liner every 10 years
  • Lowest up-front fees

Gunite, Shotcrete or Concrete Pool Cost Per Square Foot

The initial price of installing one runs $30,000 and $50,000. Expect to pay an additional $27,000 to $40,000 over a 10-year period. Upkeep includes acid washing and re-plastering. Often the largest, they require more electricity and chemicals to keep them clean and swimmable.

  • Both “Gunite” and “shotcrete” are concrete. The only difference is the water ration involved and how it is applied. Both use less water than form-set concrete and are applied using a pressurized spray.
  • Get an acid wash every 3-5 years. Concrete is very durable, but it can also be a haven for mold and algae if not properly maintained. Because this will strip a small layer away, the shell will have to be re-plastered at some point.

Vinyl Underground Pool Prices

Installing an underground vinyl pool runs $20,000 to $40,000. Over a 10-year period, figure maintenance at $11,000 to $17,000.

  • Versatile, nonabrasive and ease of maintenance. They come in a variety of shapes and custom designs.
  • Easy to clean. Many owners handle the cleaning themselves.
  • Sustainable. Because algae doesn't grow easily on vinyl surfaces, you’ll won’t need to use chemicals as often.

Cost to Build in a Fiberglass Inground Pool

A fiberglass pool costs $20,000 to $36,500. This includes delivery, installation and a basic deck or coping. Maintenance runs an average of $5,000 to $15,000 over a 10-year period.

  • Pre-made. These preformed shells get put into a leveled hole pre-dug to match its shape. It lends itself well to the experienced DIYer, but most people prefer the peace of mind of letting a professional handle the work.
  • These run smaller than concrete. The shells usually measure no more than 16 feet across. The size limitations are an acceptable trade-off for many people, considering that no acid wash or liner replacement is required.
  • Easy cleaning. They are possibly the easiest types to clean and maintain. There are no special requirements for the shell.
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Inground Pool Cost Estimator by Size

Average size swimming pools run $20,000 to $50,000. They’re around 14x28 feet with a typical depth of around 6 ½ feet. On average, you’ll spend anywhere from $50 to $125 per square foot . Adding upgrades, like a pool house, pushes that up to $300 or more per square foot.

Inground Pool Sizes (in Feet) & Prices
10x20$10,000 - $25,000
12x24$14,400 - $36,000
14x28$19,600 - $48,750
15x30$22,500 - $56,250
16x32$25,600 - $64,000
18x36$32,400 - $81,000
20x40$40,000 - $100,000
  • For head-first diving, the Red Cross recommends a depth of at least 9 feet. This size starts around the $20,000 range.
  • Large ones start at around $35,000. They are around 18x36 feet, and many have deep ends of 9 to 12 feet. These are often too large for suburban homes.
  • Depth affects the price. The deeper the hole, the more materials needed. Expect deeper designs to land closer to the $125 per square foot

Small Backyard Pools Cost

Small ones, like plunge, spool and cocktail pools run $10,000 to $25,000 or more. They generally measure about 10 by 20 feet long and 5.5 to 7 feet deep. They are used mostly for cooling off on hot days, but you can also fit them with swim jets for exercise.

Built in Pool Location

Location can affect the price depending on several factors, such as:

  • Southern or Northern State? On average, you’ll pay 15% to 25% more in the Northern States than places like Arizona, Texas or Florida.
  • Rock or loose dirt? Excavation costs $1,500 to $5,000. Hitting rock can add another $1,200+.
  • Accessibility. Hard to reach areas can add $10,000 or more to the project. If large equipment, like loaders, dump trucks and cement trucks can’t access the area, it drastically increases the project time.
  • Travel distance for the building crew to get to your house can add $100 or more.
  • Cost of living index. Expect hourly and project rates to reflect the cost of living in your area.
  • Hiring or renting equipment. If you decide on a fiberglass variety but don't have access to your backyard, you’ll need to hire a crane.

Backyard Built-in Pool Landscaping Prices

Landscaping costs $1,500 to $5,200 on average. It plays a large role in pool project pricing. For sloping yards, you might want to discuss these options with a landscape designer near you.

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Cost of Inground Saltwater Pools

A saltwater swimming pool costs $1,000 to $2,500 above the average, which would bring your total installation to $34,500 to $67,000. It costs less to maintain a saltwater system versus using chlorine.

Inground saltwater types:

  • Will run $100 in annual maintenance.
  • Require generators ranging from about $400-$2,000.
  • Adds up to $500 to your overall price of labor vs freshwater pools.
  • Will require corrosion-resistant features.

To learn more about how these two options compare, check out our saltwater versus chlorine guide.

Custom Pools Costs

"An indoor swimming pool is a fantastic addition to any home. Just make sure you're complying with local zoning laws before getting too deep into the design process." Dan DiClerico, HomeAdvisor Smart Home Strategist and Home Expert.

Upgrading to a luxury pool costs anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000. However, smaller upgraded features to your oasis can add anywhere from a few hundred to $30,000 or more.

When it comes to accessorizing, the sky's the limit. Many features are available to give even the most common pool a customized look and feel.

Beach Entry or Zero Entry Pool Costs

Zero entry pools, also called beach entry, fall in the same range as a standard one, or $50 to $125 per square foot. These have one or more sides that gently slope up to meet the land. Instead of steps to enter the water, you walk down a slope, just like a beach.

Lagoon Pool Costs

Lagoon styles cost $50,000 to $150,000. These luxury oases cost more because of the custom designs and add-ons such as waterfalls, grottos and tropical landscaping. They’re usually a free-flowing, asymmetrical design meant to create the feel of a tropical retreat.

Inground Swimming Pool Designs, Shapes & Prices

Regardless of shape, figure $50 to $125 per square foot for your swimming pool design. The most common shapes are rectangular, oval or kidney bean. Only your imagination and budget limits design potential.

Cost to Put in an Inground Pool with Hot Tub

A basic spa can add $5,000 to $8,000 to your base price. A hot tub is a popular feature for pools. If you need excavation service and customization, installing a built-in hot tub costs $15,000 to $20,000.

Pool Lighting

Lights average $100 to $300 each for 50-watt built-in lights, but higher wattages are available. Lighting can set the mood and provide some safety for night swimming.

Traditional incandescent lights and energy-efficient LED lights are available for a wide variety of prices depending on features such as light color, floating or fixed, and output.

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Landscaping Stones, Grotto or Plants

  • Landscaping rocks cost: $460-$1,000. The natural look of stone makes for a relaxing escape. Available in natural and artificial, the price depends heavily on the type, amount and configuration.
  • Plant installation costs: $1,500-$5,200. Keep in mind that leafy plants will drop their leaves, which could blow into the water.

Waterfalls or Water Features

Waterfall installation costs $1,500 to $5,000+. Elaborate ones can reach $30,000. Budget 10% to 15% of your total project for a water feature. They create an attractive focal point and go well with elevated hot tubs and spas.

Diving Board or Slide

  • Slides: $1,000-$14,000 depending on design and manufacturer as well as features, such as water jets.
  • Diving Boards: $300-$5,000. Installation pricing depends on the type you choose and on local codes and requirements. Discuss this with an installer before you buy a board.

Pool Decks

Pool decks, patios and coping cost $3,000 to $12,000. Fees increase by varying degrees if you choose a more elaborate design or an expensive material.


Pool heater installation costs $1,500 to $4,000. The operating cost will range from $100 to $600 monthly. A heater can extend your swimming into cooler months.

Fencing or Enclosing your Pool

Inground Swimming Pool Installation Cost Factors

Of course, there's more to it than putting it in and filling it. Before committing, consider the following:

  • Building permits cost: $450-$1,800 per permit. This project requires permits as a permanent addition to your home.
  • Call the Dig Line: Call 811 before digging. You need to make sure that there aren't any power or sewage lines beneath the spot you want to dig. A professional takes care of this.
  • Resale Value: In warmer climes, this is considered a plus to your property and can increase the resale value by up to 7%. However, you’ll rarely make back the installation price.
  • Packages: When getting a quote, find out what the package includes. A typical turn-key package includes the electrical systems, pumps, plumbing, a simple deck area, and often a basic safety fence. Some packages include the shell and delivery only. Get a description of what's involved in writing.
  • Property Taxes: Adding value upgrades like this can increase your property taxes. This increase depends on your state and municipal codes.
  • Pool maintenance services cost: $100-$200 per month. It’s time-consuming and messy. Consider hiring a contractor to do the dirty work. Also, pros also offer closing, or winterizing, and reopening services for the swim season.
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Hiring a Below Ground Pool Installer vs. DIY

An inground pool is a great addition to your home. It can also cause additions elsewhere, such as in taxes and maintenance fees. If you decide to get one, careful planning can help you avoid unforeseen costs.

While an above ground kit might make for an excellent DIY project, hire a professional for putting one in the ground. One mistake during a DIY job can mean professional repairs and replacement at the least. At worst, you might cause damage to your home or property. Fixing those mistakes might end up costing more than hiring a professional to start. Bring in a pro for a consult and find inground pool prices near you today.


What is the cheapest inground pool?

Go for a premade fiberglass shell, which typically runs $20,000 to $40,000, for the cheapest inground pool.

What's the most affordable inground pool shape?

The most affordable inground pool shape depends on your yard, but it’s usually an oval or rectangle.

How does the type of pool affect cost?

The type of pool you choose (above ground, in-ground, lap or plunge) all affect the price mostly due to size and labor needed to put it in.

What's a walk-in pool and how much does it cost to build?

At $50 to $125 per square foot, a walk-in pool, also known as a zero entry or beach entry, allows you to walk down a slope into the water rather than using stairs.

How much does an underground pool liner cost?

An underground pool liner runs $1,000 to $2,500 on average. However, it depends on what material you choose.

What does it cost to convert a liner pool to Gunite?

Costs will vary but expect it to run between $50 and $80 per square foot to convert your liner to Gunite.

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