Shower Installation Cost

The average cost of instaling a shower is $930 - $2,000.

In this guide

Surround
Layouts
Shower mixing valves
Shower pans
Types of doors
Shower screen
Installation and labor
Shower vs bathtub
Accessories
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQs

How much does it cost to install a shower?

The majority of adults living in the United States today use showers rather than tub baths to cleanse themselves each day. Showers are quick, easy to use for those with disabilities, and use substantially less water than a bathtub, making them a greener solution as well.

Shower stalls come in many sizes, shapes, and materials. The most common and easiest to install is the prefab unit, 36x36 inches in size. Most homeowners spend between $815 and $930 on having this unit installed in their homes.

Surround

A shower is made up of several components including the pan, the walls or surround, the plumbing, accessories, and what you use to hold the water back from the rest of the room.

Shower walls or liners come in many types of material. Ideally, you want a material that is water resistant or that can be easily made water resistant.

Prefab stalls come in acrylic, cultured marble, and fiberglass 1, with few differences in price between them, most people pay between $400 and $600 for a 36 inch stall in any of these materials.

However, you can create a custom shower using a variety of other materials as well:

MaterialProsCons
Porcelain tile ($10/sq.ft.)Stain resistant, water resistant, versatileGrout 2 lines can stain
Ceramic tile ($5/sq.ft.)Versatile, most are water resistantIf crazed, requires sealing to prevent stains, grout 2 can stain
Glass tile ($20/sq.ft.)Easy to clean, water resistantExpensive, harder to install, grout 2 can stain
Stone tile ($20/sq.ft.)Beautiful, many options to choose fromRequires sealing, may stain, some softer stones will pit in water
Solid surface slabs ($100/sq.ft.)Custom shower stall, good for accessible bathroomsSeams can pop with heat, expensive
Stone slabs ($100/sq.ft)Beautiful, many options to choose fromExpensive, may stain, requires sealing


Layouts

Showers can be constructed in many shapes and sizes. Depending on the size and shape of your bathroom, how many users the shower will have at a time, and what needs you have for the space, including benches, performance showers, steam, or a tub. The most common types of showers are:

  • Neo-Angle: meant to be installed in a corner, the neo-angle shower has a straight front edge.
  • Tub/Shower combo: an alcove-style tub with a shower surround above it.
  • Walk-in shower: a stall shower with only a curb separating it from the rest of the room.
  • No barrier shower: a stall shower with no curb to allow for easier accessibility.
  • Wet room: in a wet room shower, the bathroom has no division from the shower itself.
ShowerProsCons

Neo-Angle ($400-$1,000)

Takes up less space

Good for small bathrooms

Sizes are limited

Hard to include things like benches or shower curtains

Tub/Shower combo ($500-$1,000)

Better for resale value

Usable tub for young children

Large step in for showering

Walk-in shower ($450-1,000)

Can be any size or style

Can accommodate steam or performance shower options

Not as good for resale
Barrier free shower ($750-$1,000)

Good for accessibility

Customizable to include, steam, benches, or performance shower options

Not as good for resale 

Wet room ($750-$1,000)

Seamless design

No curb

Good for accessibility

Not as good for resale

No curtain or glass


Shower mixing valves

In addition to the type of shower layout you choose, it is recommended that you also select a shower mixing valve and this  will influence total cost as well. There are two basic types of shower mixing valve available in the US:

Pressure balancing valves

A pressure balancing valve uses one handle. As you turn the handle the water gets hotter. It works by sensing changes in water pressure from the hot to cold lines and will swing to close off the line with more pressure to keep the two systems balanced. This system is less expensive both to purchase and install, but gives less control over your shower. A pressure balancing valve system will cost around $150-$400 for the complete set and trim. Installation takes about two hours at a cost of $45-$65 an hour, for a total cost of $90-$130.

Thermostatic valves

Thermostatic valves use separate handles for water temperature and water volume. You set the temperature of the shower to an exact degree, then use a separate valve to control the flow. In a thermostatic shower, you can have multiple water sources, each with its own volume control, allowing you to turn on one or all at once. This system is more expensive to purchase and install, but gives very precise control over your shower. Thermostatic shower valve kits complete with trim cost around $400- $1,200 and take three to four hours to install at a cost of $45-$65 an hour, for a total cost of $135-$260.

Shower pans

All-in-one shower stalls come with a built in pan or tray, which is the bottom or floor of the shower. However, if you plan on using tile, slab, or custom walls for your shower, you will need to purchase a separate shower pan 3 for the floor.

Shower trays are available in three main types:

  • Acrylic, ready-made pans, which are easy to install and left as is: $200-$500.
  • Ready-to-tile pans, which are quick and easy to install, and are ready for the tile of your choice: $500-$800.
  • Custom pans, which are built on site by your plumber and may be made of metal sheeting, concrete, or waterproofing materials $45 - $65 an hour, plus materials ($50+). Expect a 36x36 inch shower pan 3 to cost at least $650, up to as high as $1,500 if replacing an existing pan or using luxury materials.

All shower pans 3 are designed to slope to the drain. For pans which will be tiled, this means that the tiles must be able to accommodate that slope without cracking. For this reason, any tiles installed on the pan must be 2 inches or smaller.

Types of doors

Not all showers need or use doors. Some use curtains, while others use stationary panels, and some showers are installed in wet rooms that have no way to contain the water at all. However, the majority of showers do use some type of door. Many prefab shower stalls will come with a built-in 4 door, but others will need the door fitted separately. Any custom shower will require a custom-built door to match to get the exact fit.

Type of DoorProsCons

Spray panel ($100)

Can give a more open appearance to the roomFixed, does not move or open

Framed ($200)

Readily available, less expensiveHeavy frame detracts from the appearance of the shower

Sliding ($300)

Readily available, easy to installAlways blocks part of the shower even when open

French ($900)

Can fully open to give better accessExpensive, must be made to order

Frameless ($900)

Clean lines, no frame to detract from the appearanceExpensive, long lead time as doors are made to order

Decorative glass (Frosted, wave, bubble, tinted) ($50/sq.ft. extra)

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Can provide some privacy to the roomCan be difficult to clean, particularly if textured


Shower screen

If a shower door isn’t being used, and you are not using a wet room, then a shower screen may be necessary to contain the water. The term “shower screen” refers to any material used to contain the water. In some cases, a sliding glass door or a fixed panel can be referred to as a shower screen, but so can a shower curtain.

In some areas, folding shower screens are also available. These are accordian-like panels that fix to the wall and pull across the shower. They are uncommon and may be difficult to find. Some of the nicer, glass versions typically cost around $400-$700.

Installation and labor

The installation and labor costs when replacing a shower will vary widely, depending on the type of shower you are having installed.

A prefab acrylic shower stall is a fairly straightforward install that can be completed in about three to four hours. After the plumbing is roughed in, the unit is set in place and screwed into position on the flanges at the top and sides. Caulk 5 is used to fill the gaps, and the drain is set.

The trim for the valves, showerhead, and other accessories are installed last.

Typically, the cost of labor to install a shower stall is around $300 to $500. A custom shower in tile or slab will cost considerably more in labor, up to $2,000, and can take two to three days to complete.

Shower vs bathtub

It is generally recommended that at least one bathroom in a home contain a tub or a tub/shower combination to improve resale value and potential. Bathtubs make bathing children easier and add versatility to the home.

Showers use less water, however, making them more environmentally friendly. They are also faster and easier to use, as well as less expensive to install, $815-$930 vs. $1,100-$1,800. For homes with only one bathroom, it is usually recommended that a tub/shower combo be installed to gain the benefits of both.

Accessories

The shower stall is not the only component that requires purchase or installation. There are numerous other items that are either necessary or optional that can be included in the shower installation as well.

Shower AccessoryUseCost
Body spraysOptional water sources for massage$20-$60/each
ShowerheadTo direct the spray of water$30-$60
HandshowerAllows easier cleaning and accessibility$40-$100
Multi-use showerheadShowerhead with different settings for massage or soft spray$50-$100
Shower tilesShowerheads that fix in squares directly to the ceiling for a flush appearance$100
Rain headLarge showerhead that can give a deluge of water at once$60-$500
Grab barsMakes the shower safer and more accessible$140/three grab bars
Electric showerHot water heater attached directly to the showerhead for instant, eco-friendly hot water$400-$700
Shower barRow of body sprays in one bar$500-$1,000
Steam showerUnit that produces steam in an enclosed surround$600-$2,000
Shower towerValve, showerhead, body sprays, and handshower all in one column$1,000-$2,000


Enhancement and improvement costs

  • If you’re having a new shower installed, it may be a good idea to upgrade the bathroom fan to accommodate the steam. Bathroom fans cost around $350-$400.
  • If you are having a performance shower installed with more than one shower head and body sprays, you will likely need a hot water tank upgrade as well. New heaters cost around $600-$800 installed.
  • If you want a full body shower, consider having a performance shower installed, which includes a thermostatic valve, two shower heads, and three body sprays. This will increase the cost of the shower by at least $2,000.
  • You can have steam added to any fully enclosed shower for an additional $1,000 for the unit, to, enhance your experience as well.

Additional considerations and costs

  • If you are having an electric shower or a steam shower installed, you will need the services of an electrician as well, at a cost of $65-$85 per hour.
  • If you are replacing an existing shower, you may find water damage or mold behind the old shower if it was not properly sealed and waterproofed. Mold remediation services start around $500, while water damage restoration costs begin at $2,700.
  • If the plumbing or wiring in your bathroom is old and does not meet current regulations, it may require more extensive replacement. Check with your local government to find out what the current codes are in your area.
  • If you’re looking for a spa style shower, you may want to consider adding steam, which can increase costs by $1,000 for the unit, and an additional $2,000 to fully enclose the space. Or, you can also consider a performance shower with multiple body sprays at an additional cost of $2,500 for materials. When considering steam versus performance showers, be sure to also consider whether you want something relaxing (steam) or invigorating (performance) as your end result.

FAQs

  • How much does it cost to replace a tub?

The cost to replace a bathtub is around $2,500.

  • How much does it cost to put in a shower?

The average cost of a shower stall installation is between $810 and $930.

  • How much does it cost to put in a tile shower?

A ceramic tile shower costs around $1,600-$2,120.

  • How do you install a shower base?

Acrylic shower pans 3 are installed by screwing the flange down to the surrounding ledge.

  • How much does it cost to install a shower door?

The average cost to install new shower doors is between $600 and $900.

  • How much does it cost to remodel a shower?

    The cost to install a new acrylic shower is around $810-$930, while the cost of a new ceramic shower is around $1,600-$2,120. Tear out of the old shower may cost around $500-$1,000, depending on existing materials.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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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 Grout: 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 Shower pan: Waterproof base that protects the subfloor of a shower
4 Built-in: An item of furniture, such as a bookcase or set of cabinets, that is built directly into the structure of the room. Built-ins are therefore customized to the room and not detachable
5 Caulk: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant

Cost to install a shower 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%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Auburn, AL
-16%
Aurora, IL
+21%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Blythe, CA
-45%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Borger, TX
-9%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buena Park, CA
+19%
Burlington, NC
-17%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Carlsbad, CA
+13%
Columbus, GA
-20%
Cordova, TN
+25%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
Destrehan, LA
+29%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Dublin, CA
+35%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Flagstaff, AZ
-27%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Georgetown, TX
-5%
Grand Prairie, TX
+6%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Irving, TX
+10%
Kenner, LA
+25%
Killeen, TX
-27%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lexington, KY
+1%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Mcallen, TX
-35%
Melbourne, FL
-16%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Midland, TX
-15%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Nashville, NC
-35%
New York, NY
+77%
Oceanside, CA
+8%

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