Ceramic Tile Shower Cost

How much does it cost to install a ceramic tile shower stall?

Many homeowners choose ceramic tile for their shower upgrades. For this project, we'll look at the cost of installing ceramic tile in a standard 9 square foot shower stall (with 90 square feet of tiling space), which averages $1000-$1500. It is recommended to always hire a professional for tiling projects.

Cost breakdown

  • Ceramic tile: the material averages $5 per square foot. It is recommended to always purchase 10%-20% more extra tile in case of breakage. Total cost (including extra materials) for this project would be $540.
    Mortar 1 adds another $75-$125, and sealer adds another $60-$100.
  • Labor: tile contractors usually charge a flat rate per square foot of tile that needs to be installed. The rate is normally $10-$15/sq.ft. depending on the contractor’s experience. This rate includes laying the tile pattern, cleaning and grouting 2, and planning the project out, but it does not include removing any existing tile.
    • For a 9 sq.f. shower, the labor costs for a tile installation would be $800-$1350.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • If you need old shower tiles removed, plan to add an extra $200-$400 to your total. If the drywall 3 behind your shower is damaged and needs to be repaired, add an additional $150.
  • More involved patterns, including the use of trim and decorative pieces, can increase total costs by around 15%-20%.
  • Different styles of tubs and showers can change the cost of the project. Although a shower/tub combination requires less tile, it is also more difficult to work around the tub area and can double the base price for just a shower stall if you add a new tub as well.
  • A waterproofing membrane can waterproof the backer board or other parts of the shower and will cost $25-$50 in materials and an extra $80-$160 in labor costs.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Installing new tile is a good opportunity to update the shower plumbing. This upgrade can add $500 to your total cost.
  • A new shower base 4 can increase your total costs. Low-end bases start at around $100, but you can easily spend up to $1000 or more, depending on the material.
  • Unglazed ceramic tiles provide more traction, but glazed tiles provide more design options and are the more popular choice. The tile prices are very similar, but glazed tiles don't require the extra cost of protective sealant, which averages $100.
  • Some tilers may provide discounts if you have the shower installed at the same time you install tile floors or countertops. Talk to your contractor about available packages.
  • Many homeowners save money by buying the tile themselves straight from a distributor or on sale. This removes the added cost of the contractor and can lead to significant savings.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Mortar: A mixture of Portland cement or lime or a combination of both, sand, and water used to bind bricks, stones, and concrete masonry units together
2 Grouting: A fluid form of cement used to seal the joints between tiles. It also makes the surface stronger because it bonds the tiles together
3 Drywall: Type of plasterboard, commonly used to build walls and ceilings, composed of gypsum that is layered between sheets of heavy paper
4 Shower base: Waterproof base that protects the subfloor of a shower

Cost to install a ceramic tile shower stall varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Alpharetta, GA
+9%
Anthony, NM
-29%
Austin, TX
+13%
Blythe, CA
-45%
Borger, TX
-9%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Carlsbad, CA
+13%
Cary, NC
-5%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Columbus, GA
-20%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
Destrehan, LA
+29%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Dublin, CA
+35%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fairfield, CA
+5%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Flagstaff, AZ
-27%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Humble, TX
+16%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kenner, LA
+25%
Killeen, TX
-27%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Lakewood, OH
+7%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Mcallen, TX
-35%
Melbourne, FL
-16%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Metairie, LA
+31%
Miami, FL
+1%
Midland, TX
-15%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Moreno Valley, CA
-6%
New York, NY
+77%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Plainfield, NJ
+38%
Plano, TX
+24%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%

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