Bathroom Remodel Plumbing Cost

How much does it cost to install plumbing in a bathroom remodel?

Plumbing is the most expensive area of a full bathroom remodel, but it's worth looking into as bathroom remodels provide some of the highest resale returns on investment. This costs guide is looking at the costs for plumbing a 40 sq.ft., first floor basic full bathroom.

Cost breakdown

  • Labor: professional plumbers typically charge between $45-$65 per hour. A full plumbing job including the planning, site preparation, fitment and installation of a toilet; bathtub, shower and sink; the hooking up of each fixture to current plumbing, and site clean up will take 46 hours and cost between $2070 and $2990.
  • Materials and supplies: the basic materials and supplies to complete the plumbing in a bathroom includes adhesives, fittings, sealers 1, and finishes. These can be expected to cost around $100.
  • Fixtures: the cost of the fixtures will depend greatly on the style and quality chosen. For a low cost bathtub expect to pay $400-$1500. A shower will cost between $450-$2000. A new sink will cost around $100-$500. A new toilet can be expected to cost around $100 and $250.
  • Removal and disposal fees: the cost to remove and dispose old plumbing fixtures, including toilet, sink, bathtub and shower will be around $150 and 10 hours of labor costing between $450-$650.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Change the floorplan of your bathroom by altering where the toilet, sink or bath is placed. It can cost $500-$1000 to move sink (or any plumbing appliance) more than three feet.
  • Upgrade fixtures based on your budget.
ItemLow CostMedium CostHigh Cost
Bathtub$400-$1500$2000-$4500$5000-$8000
Shower$450-$2000$2500-$4000$6,000-$10,000
Sink$100-$500$1000-$1500$2000-$6500
Toilet$100-$250$350-$500$550-$700

Additional considerations and costs

  • If moving any bathroom fixture, a permit will be needed. Permits vary by county, but typically cost around $75.
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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 : 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 plumbing in a bathroom remodel 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%
Athens, AL
-40%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Berkeley, CA
+39%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Buena Park, CA
+19%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Englewood, CO
+15%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lawton, OK
-38%
Leander, TX
+4%
Lewisburg, KY
-43%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Madison, OH
-15%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Plano, TX
+24%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%

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