Bathroom Fan Installation Cost

The cost of installing a bathroom fan is $350 - $400.

In this guide

Type of fan
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations
FAQ

How much does it cost to install a bathroom fan?

A bathroom fan is a common and effective way to circulate air in a small space, allowing for better circulation and lower humidity. Adding a bathroom fan can help prevent future mold or water damage issues. For this example, we’ll look at the cost of installing a fan in a standard 5’x8’ bathroom, which averages $350-$400. DIY-ers can install their own bathroom fan but an  an electrician can be hired.

Type of fan

Most bathroom fans are installed on the ceiling. A standard exhaust bathroom fan costs $70-$120. A combination fan and heater costs $110-$210. A combination fan and light costs $100-$175. A combination fan, heater, and light costs $125-$225 on average.

There are two key factors in choosing a fan: CFMs and sones 1. CFM, or cubic feet per minute, is a measurement of airflow. The larger the room, the higher the CFMs you need. A standard 5’x8’ bathroom needs a fan with 70-90 CFM, while a larger bathroom requires a 100-plus CFM fan. Fans with higher CFMs are more expensive by around $30-$60. Sones 1 are the measurements to indicate how loud a fan is. Look for a fan with 2 sones 1, which is considered quiet.

Labor

Most electricians charge $65-$85 per hour and can install a bathroom fan in 2-4 hours, for a total labor cost of $130-$340. In general, replacing an existing fan with a newer model is easier and less expensive because the wiring is already in place.

Adding a new fan typically requires adding new wiring or reconfiguring old wiring or ductwork. If wiring or ductwork needs to be changed or rearranged, the installation can take longer and be more expensive. Electricians typically change the wiring in one to two hours, for a total cost of $65-$170.

To install or change air ducts, plumbers typically charge $45-$65 per hour and can finish the process in one to two hours, for a total cost of $45-$130.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Adding a speed control switch costs around $20-$50, plus and extra hour or so ($65-$85) for installation.
  • A noise-dampening addition or white noise machine can be added for around $50 on average, plus an extra hour ($65-$85) for installation.
  • A humidity sensor 2 typically costs $45-$65 plus an hour of installation. This device will automatically turn on the bathroom fan when the room’s humidity reaches a certain level.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Combination light fixtures and fans with decorative elements tend to cost more than basic light/fan models, with prices up to $200 or more.
  • A contractor supervising the project can increase costs by 15%-20%.
  • Removing and disposing of an old fan can add $50-$80 to the total cost.
  • Replacing an existing fan with a smaller fan can require an hour or two more work to fill in the hole left from the larger fan.
  • Installing a fan on a ceiling that is taller than 10-12 feet can increase the labor time and overall costs by up to 30%.

FAQ

  • How many CFM do I need for my bathroom fan?

A standard 5’x8’ bathroom requires between 70 and 90 CFMs, while a larger bathroom will require a fan with more than 100 CFMs.

  • What size of exhaust fan do I need?

The size of your fan should relate directly to the size of your bathroom. A standard size bathroom needs a fan that can handle 70-90 cubic feet per minute of airflow.

  • What is a Broan Vent?

Broan vents are designed to vent your kitchen or bathroom through a wall, and are usually installed in conjunction with a fan as part of a kit.

  • Do bathroom fans need to be vented?

Ideally, yes, as the humidity that is being pulled from the bathroom needs to go somewhere. Fans emptying into the attic space could lead to mold or mildew growth over time.

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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 Sones: A unit that rates sound level, used to define exhaust fan noise.
2 Sensor: Device that responds to a physical event or change in the environment by emitting an output signal

Cost to install a bathroom fan 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
Allentown, PA
+11%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bellevue, WA
+13%
Brockton, MA
+38%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Canton, MI
+16%
Carlsbad, CA
+13%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Cupertino, CA
+33%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Daly City, CA
+51%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Ewa Beach, HI
+31%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Gainesville, FL
-12%
Garland, TX
+8%
Hampton, VA
-18%
High Point, NC
-9%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntington Beach, CA
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jamaica, NY
+35%
Joliet, IL
+25%
Kalamazoo, MI
+2%
Kent, WA
+9%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Lockport, IL
+25%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Marina, CA
-2%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milford, MI
-5%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
New York, NY
+77%
Oceanside, CA
+8%

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