Above Ground Swimming Pool Cost

How much does it cost to build an above ground swimming pool?

Above-ground pools are assembled onsite from a kit-package of material. It may be suitable for the DIY project; however professional installers can offer a better warranty.

The cost of an average above-ground swimming pool varies by location, shape, size, and decorative quality of the finish and surroundings.

The typical 19' diameter round (283 sq.ft. of water surface area) above-ground pool will typically cost around $13 per square foot when purchased as a kit-package of material. Adding all labor and typical extra features will raise that cost to around $29 per square foot. The DIY individual could save $1800 installing the pool, and $703 installing the typical extras.

Cost breakdown

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Swimming pool: with all material and equipment.$13.07per sq. ft.283$3700
Vinyl 1 cover: manually operated.$623per unit1$620
Perimeter sidewalk: concrete 2" thick x 3' wide.$1.91per foot70$130
Privacy fence 2: econo-vinyl 5' tall with one gate.$15.00per foot90$1350
Material Cost$20.52per sq. ft.283$5800
+ Labor Cost$8.84per sq. ft.283$2500
Total Cost$29.36per sq. ft.283$8300


The Total Cost shown above includes the two-man pool installation crew that will be on the job a total of 40 man-hours, or about 2.5 days for the pool installation crew. The Labor Cost also includes two workers for about 18 man-hours total to install the extras.

The typical example is a round swimming pool that is 19' in diameter and 3' deep. The pool has an internal surface area of 460 square feet and water surface area of 283 square feet.

The pool installation is complete with equipment, transport, pool material, all labor, and a smooth and colored finish. Also included is all pump 3 equipment to be installed including piping, valves, pump 3 and control, filter, ladder, and one lamp.

Also included are the extras of a perimeter sidewalk with small equipment pad, an electrically operated vinyl 1 pool cover, and an economy grade perimeter privacy and safety fence with one self-closing lockable gate.

Not included is any special site preparation cost or the water heating system.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Above-ground pool shapes are somewhat limited to round, rectangular, and oval.
  • An oval shaped pool of similar footprint 4 to the example will cost very little more.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • In addition to the pool size, other factors that must be considered are the shape and structure of the pool; the type, thickness and style of the liner; the kind of filter and pump 3; and the suitability of the space where the pool will be located.
  • When considering a DIY project bear in mind that warranty terms will likely be quite lower if the installation is not done by a professional. 
  • If necessary, land-clearing and site-preparation typical to a residential scale project including manual and mechanical removal of shrubs, trees, stumps, and boulders will typically range in cost from $0.50 to $1.50 per sq. foot depending upon the amount and size of the material, and the off-site distance of material transport.
  • While specialist providers may deliver excellent and rapid results it may be wise to consult a registered engineer especially if the design is complex or large.  
  • This construction may require approval from local administrative authority.
  • Fencing requirements will vary locally with approved minimum height between 4.5' and 5'. Common safety options are self-closing gates and child-proof latches.
  • Removable fence 5: many styles of swimming pool fencing are easily removable for seasonal storage, but this would mean that the installation of a sturdy and reliable pool cover would be required once the fence is down. If a removable surround is selected the homeowner will also have to consider the following requirements:
    • Lock in deck features that create a simple and reliable way to install the fencing in only a few minutes' time.
    • Patio caps 6 which cover the lock in mechanisms into which the sturdy poles are inserted.
    • Tear proof mesh fencing that will not rip if a child or animal climb on it.
  • Accessories: In addition to the pumps 3, ladders, and filters already mentioned, all kinds of pools will need cleaning tools and brushes, vacuum assemblies, covers, and chemicals. Many will also need handrails 7, thermometers and even heaters. These costs start at roughly $400, and can easily reach well into the thousands.
  • Chemicals - between the chlorine 8, pH testing strips, and other materials, the average pool owner spends roughly $80 per month for above-ground swimming pools and $95 per month for in-ground swimming pools.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
2 Privacy fence: A barrier or railing, typically composed of solid material, used to form a blockade around a yard, field, or other expanse of land to prevent encroachments from the outside
3 Pump: A device used to move air, liquid, or gas by mechanical means
4 Footprint: The entire area of ground covered by a building, including the exterior walls and porch or patio areas
5 Removable fence: A non-permanent barrier or railing, made of removable panels, used to enclose a pool, garden area, patio, or other outdoor space
6 Patio caps: A cover used to block off the hollow tube or pipe components of patio furniture, fences, and children's toys in order to prevent wasp nests and damage from dirt, water, and other elements
7 Handrails: A long bar designed for a person to hold onto, giving them support. They are usually found on the sides of staircases, and can also be found in bathrooms, for example, to help persons with disabilities
8 Chlorine: A chemical added to the water in a swimming pool to kill bacteria and microorganisms that can make people sick

Cost to build an above ground swimming pool varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Antioch, CA
+30%
Apopka, FL
+1%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baytown, TX
-12%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Cedar Rapids, IA
+6%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Conroe, TX
+21%
Corona, CA
+19%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Dallas, TX
+10%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Evansville, IN
+7%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Garland, TX
+8%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hialeah, FL
-2%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Houston, TX
+24%
Humble, TX
+16%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Katy, TX
+63%
Keyser, WV
-42%
Kissimmee, FL
-20%
Kokomo, IN
-24%
Lafayette, IN
-10%
Lakeland, FL
-13%
Lancaster, PA
+3%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Lincoln, NE
-13%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Meriden, CT
+21%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Mesquite, TX
+7%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Naples, FL
-3%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Ocala, FL
-25%
Opa Locka, FL
-1%

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