Gravel Driveway Paving Cost

How much does it cost to pave a gravel driveway?

A paved driveway provides a stable and secure access surface for automobiles to move from the street to the house and perhaps a garage door entrance.

The cost to pave an average gravel driveway varies by location, shape, size, and labor rate.

A typical two-car driveway is 16 feet wide and 38 feet long without curves or slope, for a total surface area of 610 square feet. It will typically cost $1.30 per square foot to be professionally supplied and paved with gravel. The DIY Material Cost is around $0.58 per square foot.

Cost breakdown

Gravel Driveway (610 sq.ft.) 

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Material for a 4-inch thick gravel driveway with 2" sand base, with delivery.$0.58per sq.ft.610$360
+ Labor Cost$0.72per sq.ft.610$440
Total Cost$1.30per sq.ft.610$800


The driveway is a 4-inch thick gravel atop a 2-inch thick sand base. The required 7.7 cubic yards of gravel and 4 cubic yards of sand (including 4% loss) are delivered by truck.

The Total Cost includes the two-man crew that will be a total of 15 man-hours on the job, or one day for the crew. The included work is on-grade preparation of the driveway site, spreading base material, and final grading 1. Their work does not include any landscaping activity before or after the construction, nor any sub-grade excavation of the driveway site.

The DIY homeowner should count on at least 18 hours of work between two able persons, or one long day. The crew will need to be working safely at ground level. Normal shoveling tools are necessary.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Excavation by hand of sub-grade average type soil is $50 per cubic yard ($325 in this example) using hand tools and dispersing soil in the local area.
  • 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.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • While specialist providers may deliver excellent and rapid results it may be wise to consult with a registered engineer especially if the design is complex or large.
  • Engineering: whenever driveways have any sort of slopes, curves, or angles in them it usually means that costs are going to increase. This is due to the need for engineering to allow runoff to properly drain away from the home and into the street, and it usually also means more labor in preparing the surface.    
  • This construction may require approval from local administrative authority.
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1 Grading: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.

Cost to pave a gravel driveway 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
Annandale, VA
+24%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Carmel, NY
+6%
Charleston, SC
-1%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Chester, VA
-29%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corapeake, NC
-71%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Derry, NH
+28%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Eau Claire, WI
-5%
Edinburg, TX
-40%
Evergreen, CO
+11%
Exeter, RI
-10%
Florence, SC
-14%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Hixson, TN
+1%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Iowa City, IA
0%
Jackson, NJ
+3%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jonesboro, GA
-4%
Kansas City, KS
+16%
Kenosha, WI
+9%
Lafayette, LA
+20%
Lakeland, FL
-13%
Lewiston, ME
-17%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Mableton, GA
+10%
Midland, MI
-11%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Murfreesboro, TN
-7%
Naperville, IL
+47%
Nashville, TN
+21%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%

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