Fountain Installation Cost

In this guide

Size
Materials
Type of fountain
Store-bought vs. custom
Power needed
Labor
Excavation
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to install a fountain?

Installing a water fountain on your property can greatly add to its beauty, as well as value. You can install a water fountain as a stand-alone feature, or as a decorative addition to a pool or pond

Several factors can influence the price you pay: size, materials, the type of fountain you choose, power needs, and labor. This guide looks at the average cost of installing a fountain, which averages $1,080 for a medium concrete tier fountain with a pump.

Size

The size of fountain you choose can have a big effect on your total price. The average fountain cost by size is listed below. Measurements are based on the widest points of the fountain body:

  • Small (34" max):  $250-$1,500
  • Medium (35"-62"):  $1,200-$3,500
  • Large (63"-100"): $3,000-$10,000

Materials

There are many fountain materials to choose from, and they each influence cost. Homeowners commonly choose materials that are durable enough to withstand outdoor exposure, and relatively inexpensive. These materials include resin & fiberglass 1, as well as concrete. However, there are a wide range of other materials that have their own aesthetics.

For instance, marble and copper may be more expensive than most other materials, but they each have a unique appearance that can add great visual appeal. Below, we’ve listed the most common types of materials used for fountains, along with their average prices:

  • Resin & fiberglass 1$160-$500
  • Rock: $200-$700+
  • Slate 2: $370-$550
  • Stone: $370-$2,000+
  • Copper: $550+.
  • Concrete: $200-$1,000+
  • Glass: $400-$1,800
  • Marble: $1,500-$10,000+

Type of fountain

TypeInformationCommon materialsAverage price
Bird bath

Shallow basin on a raised platform

that allows wild birds to bathe.

May not need pump 3 depending

on design.

Concrete & resin/fiberglass 1$60-$1,000+
Japanese

Simple spouts that open to basins,

or shallow square basins.

Concrete, stone & bamboo$150+
Wall (hanging)

Typically hangs on the wall

and has an ornate design.

Resin/fiberglass 1$150-$500
Tier

Multiple levels of basins that

spill into one another.

Concrete & resin/fiberglass 1$170-$1,500+

Disappearing

/ Pondless

No pools, the basin is filled with rocks

and water is immediately absorbed

for re-flow

Resin/ fiberglass 1$330-$630
Wall (freestanding)

Set on the ground against a wall,

usually has a pool

Concrete$600-$1,200+
Glass sheet

A framed sheet of glass upon which

the water flows

Glass$400-$1,800

Store-bought vs. custom

Store-bought fountains are usually far cheaper than their custom-made counterparts. But having your fountain custom built can allow you to make unique design choices, and create a fountain that is perfectly suited to your planned location. Custom pricing is highly variable, and depends on your choices of size, materials, style, and specific design elements. Count on paying at least $1,000+ for even small fountains that are custom-made.

Power needed

A fountain needs a 110V outlet to hook up to; if you don’t have one nearby you may need to install a new line. This can cost several hundred dollars. You will need at least one pump 3 to run your fountain. They cost $60-$400.

Labor

Fountain & waterfall companies, pond builders, and some pool builders provide fountain installation services. Plumbing and electrical setup is typically included. This labor cost usually amounts to $40-$65 per hour. Fountain installation usually takes 1 full working day ($320-$520). Some landscaping companies that specialize in adding water features may be able to do the installation as well and they charge $45-$75 per hour ($360-$600).

You may be able to DIY your fountain installation. If you DIY, you may still need to hire a plumber to set up the pump 3 and piping ($45-$65 per hour), and an electrician to connect the power supply ($65-$85 per hour).

Excavation

If the land you want to put your fountain on is too high or uneven, you may need to have excavation or regrading work done. This can add costs. Excavation typically costs $225-$420 per cubic yard (100 sq. ft. of soil). The amount of excavation work you may need completely depends on the desired location of your fountain: its size, its terrain, and the surrounding land. Consider the largest basin diameter of your fountain when you determine the size of cleared space you’ll need for your fountain. Regrading costs anywhere from $0.047 to $2.28 per sq. ft.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Roman waterfall fountain

Roman-style fountains are classical in design, usually featuring ornamental carvings and deep basins that the water flows into from small spouts. They can be either freestanding or wall fountains. Average prices are $400-$700+.

Solar water fountain

Solar fountains usually cost more than standard fountains, but they can save you a lot on energy costs. They also help you save money on electrical installation, which is very minimal compared to that needed for other fountains. Tier fountains and bird baths are the most common types to be pre-made solar ($250+). You can also outfit other fountains with solar panel & pump 3 kits ($50-$250). A high-end solar fountain pump 3 can provide power 24/7 ($100+).

Fountain bubblers

Fountain bubblers are relatively small fountains that bubble up small amounts of water, rather than having basins and moderate flows. Their focus is usually less on the water and more on the fountain designs. They typically cost $400-$600.

Auto-fill

Normally you’d regularly refill your fountain garden hose, but you can also use an auto-fill device ($100). This will automatically keep your fountain full. This is useful if you have a hard time remembering to manually refill your fountain - having the water level get too low can damage the pump 3. You’ll need access to a nearby water line for an auto-fill installation. Expect installation to take at least 1 hour.

Additional considerations and costs

Transport

Heavy fountains and fountain materials may require extra laborers to handle the delivery. You should expect to pay at least 1 hour’s wage to each extra laborer needed for the transport and delivery of your fountain ($40-$75 per hour).

Wildlife

Wildlife are often attracted to the sound of flowing water. When your fountain is running, you may notice a greater number of insects and animals in your yard. The most common animals to see are birds and dragonflies.

Maintenance

Routine maintenance will keep your fountain running well. Change the water every month, and clean the fountain every 2-3 months. Cleaning involves scrubbing off algae from the basins, gently scrubbing the pump 3, and adding algae-preventing chemicals to the water ($15 per bottle).

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
1 Fiberglass: Plastic that is reinforced with glass fibers. The fibers may be mixed randomly throughout the plastic, or come in the form of a flat sheet, or be woven into a fabric
2 Slate: A fine-grained rock, typically bluish-gray in color, that can easily be split into thin layers and is commonly used as a roofing material
3 Pump: A device used to move air, liquid, or gas by mechanical means

Cost to install a fountain 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
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Aston, PA
+26%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Bothell, WA
-6%
Carteret, NJ
+39%
Centereach, NY
+17%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Dallas, TX
+10%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Fischer, TX
-16%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Houston, TX
+24%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Livermore, CA
+35%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Mamaroneck, NY
+40%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Racine, WI
-7%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Richmond, VA
+4%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Scottsdale, AZ
-1%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Sunnyvale, CA
+31%
Tampa, FL
-2%
Toms River, NJ
+3%
Tucson, AZ
-19%
Turlock, CA
-12%
Valrico, FL
-5%
Virginia Beach, VA
-8%
West Palm Beach, FL
-2%

Labor cost in your zip code

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