How Much Does an In-ground Pool Cost? | Green Arbor Landscaping

The typical cost to install an inground pool for summer is between $25,000 and $60,000, with a national price of $45,000. Most homeowners, who become pool owners later, have many considerations when estimating the inground pool costs with either basic or luxurious backyard oasis for the outdoor area.

Inground swimming pool costs depend on several factors, including pool size, location, landscaping, custom upgrades like a water feature, pool cover, pool deck, pool fence, and which type of pool material you want: concrete, vinyl liner, or fiberglass.

With extra features for the in-ground swimming pool, you can expect to pay from $2,000 to $10,000 for add-on services. Other factors affecting the total cost to install an inground pool are permits, long-term expenses, property taxes, and so on.

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  • Inground Pool Cost by Type

    • Fiberglass Pools

    • Vinyl Liner Pools

    • Gunite/Shotcrete/Concrete Pools

  • How Much Does an Inground Pool Cost Per Square Foot?

  • Custom Inground Pool Costs

    • Semi inground Pools

    • Lagoon Pool

    • Lap Pools

    • Indoor Pool

    • Beach Entry Pools

  • Cost Factors to Install Swimming Pools

    • Pool Size and Shape

    • Geographical Location

    • Labor Costs

    • Landscape Condition

    • Permit

  • Additional Costs on Inground Pool Installation

  • FAQs about In Ground Pool Cost

  • Hiring Pool Builders for an Inground Swimming Pool Installation


Inground pools range from $32,000 to $65,000 installed a new in-ground pool, with a high-end design price up to $135,000 for an in-ground pool installation project. For an average size pool of 16 x 24 feet long, most homeowners expect to pay about $45,000 to install. Depending on different materials of pool installation, your final costs can vary differently.

There are three common types of underground pools, which have different pros and cons:

  • Fiberglass

  • Vinyl liner

  • Concrete (known as gunite or shotcrete)


Fiberglass Pools

Many homeowners prefer fiberglass pools due to their durability and low maintenance requirements. A fiberglass pool is a preformed shell that is put into an excavated hole to match the shape of the pool. On average, a fiberglass pool ranges from $20,000 to $65,000, including installation and delivery costs. You’ll expect to pay between $3,500 and $5,000 every 10 years for maintenance which lasts for 25 years or more.

There are four distinct types of fiberglass pools, in which the inground pool prices are different:

  • DIY Self-installation: between $12,000 and $30,000 without delivery costs.

  • Assisted installation: around $30,000 to $65,000

  • Standard fiberglass pool packages: between $40,000 and $85,000 with additional fees of $10,000 – $25,000 for accessories, fencing, patio, etc.

  • Turn-key fiberglass pools: from $75,000 to $135,000 (might require retaining walls, water features…)

fiberglass pool

Although the pool shell is limited by design, many homeowners prefer a fiberglass pool installed in their inground pool project thanks to its durability and low treatment required to maintain the shell. Also, they don’t need to take any action to resurface their pool shell beforehand. However, if the shell is of low quality that requires many chemical uses, you have to resurface it.

The cost to resurface a fiberglass pool is expected to be from $3,500 to $10,000.


  • Installation time is short – less than two weeks.

  • Low maintenance.

  • Super resistant to algae.

  • Typically does not need resurfacing.

  • Less maintenance of pH levels is required.

  • Smaller than a concrete pool – low amounts of electricity required

  • Easier to clean and maintain than vinyl or concrete pools.


  • Depending on pool shell quality, it needs resurfacing when exposure to chemicals

  • Slippery surface

  • The pool shell is no more than 16 feet wide

Vinyl Liner Pools

The initial cost of vinyl pools is really low, just around $22,000 – $44,000 on average. Despite the fact that the vinyl in-ground pool is now losing its market in this industry, many homeowners still choose it as their budget-friendly option for an inground pool. It is at a low initial cost that a vinyl liner pool becomes so appealing for you to customize any shape you want.

vinyl pool

However, the upkeep cost for a vinyl liner pool is much higher in comparison to a fiberglass pool – $13,250 over ten years. This is because this inground pool type is brittle and might wear and tear easily that needs replacing every 5 – 9 years with an average maintenance cost of $3,000 to $4,200 each time.

Besides, the turn-key vinyl liner pool house costs from $50,000 – $90,000 in general.


  • Easy to clean with a smooth and nonabrasive finish.

  • Budget-friendly – the most appealing attribute.

  • Pool equipment is available for online purchase or at any store for DIY projects.

  • Come in a variety of designs.

  • Resistant to algae growth.

  • Takes about two to five weeks to install.


  • Not durable as fiberglass pools.

  • Vinyl needs replacing more frequently.

  • Not as visually appealing as fiberglass or gunite pools.

  • Algae can grow underneath the liner.

  • The long-term cost is much higher.

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Gunite/Shotcrete/Concrete Pools

Concrete pool, also known as gunite pool, is the most expensive of any pool material – typically costs $50,000 and an additional $27,500 to maintain the swimming pool. This inground pool ranges from$30,000 to $70,000 to install and comes along with the longest lifespan among all above-ground pools.

concrete pool

These concrete pools can last over your lifetime with your own customized design without any concern. However, you might need high maintenance costs to ensure there are not any cracks to keep the pool cover safe since concrete is susceptible to cracking. This includes acid washing and replastering the pool house. A concrete pool requires washing every 3 – 5 years.

Washing this in-ground pool will strip away a finish layer that increases the need for replastering. The in-ground pool cost for an acid wash is about $290 to $400 and replastering starts at $2,000.


  • Can last for a lifetime.

  • Durable.

  • You can customize the shape and size of concrete pools


  • High maintenance required

  • Require chemicals and electricity to keep the pool clean and swimmable

  • Susceptible to algae growth and methods to get rid of algae will weaken the concrete structure.


The standard average pool you often see is about 14 x 18 feet with a depth of approximately 6 and a half feet. For this standard inground pool size, you can expect to pay around $50 – $125per square foot to install. This in-ground pool cost depends on how large your pools are and the depth you want. This is because a larger-and-deeper swimming pool requires more labor, time, and materials to estimate the cost.

pool house

That’s why installing a pool house or a luxurious indoor pool can cost up to around $100 to $500 per square foot. For a larger in-ground pool, you might pay $125 to $160 per square foot for a 9 – 12 foot depth on average.


Indoor Pool

Are you a year-round swimmer? Are you looking for a place for yourself to swim no matter weather? An indoor pool is an ideal option for those like you. No matter whether it is a rainy season, a full sun day, or a frozen surface, its convenience will allow pool owners to do what they want.

indoor pools

This luxurious function comes along with a high cost. Indoor pool prices usually range from $150 for a 12 x 16′ vinyl pool to $260 per square foot for a 16 x 32′ concrete pool installed. Or if you want to add more accessories and water features to your dream pool, pool contractors typically cost higher.

Semi Inground Pools

In case you are into both under and above-ground pools at the same time, a semi inground pool is definitely for you! A semi in-ground pool ranges a little higher than an above-ground pool but is more affordable compared to in-ground pools of the same size. It usually costs between $8,000 and under $10,000 to install.

Semi-inground swimming pools

This new pool, which is made from extruded aluminum or steel, will have a cheaper price – from $6,000 to $8,500 for a 12-foot-by-24-foot pool installation.

Lagoon Pool

In general, lagoon pools are more expensive than other pool designs because of their complexity, usually along with attractive add-ons. Most homeowners can lay between $50,000 and $150,000 with a national price of$100,000 to install lagoon styles. These custom designs provide a tropical appearance to the backyard that brings natural feelings of water items, including waterfalls, diving areas, and tropical plants.

lagoon pool

Lap Pools

A lap pool is a great way for you to keep fit by exercising every day. If your backyard is too small that it is hard to install a basic pool, a lap pool is designed to be thin and long to fit any backyard area. Inground lap pool installation costs many people around $30,000 – $70,000 with a typical average price of $40,000.

lap pools

This type of pool is designed just like Olympic-style pools with a depth of 6.5 inches. With differences in pool materials, the price for a lap pool installation is distinguished from each other. You can see the price range of each one for an average pool of 20 x 30′:

  • Vinyl: $54,000

  • Fiberglass pool: $70,200

  • Concrete: $78,000

Beach Entry Pools

The beach entry pool, known as a walk-in pool, has a sloped entry to walk into the inground pool like the way you come into the water on a beach without using stairs. Normally, the water in shallow areas is warmer than other entire parts of the pool. How wonderful it is to imagine the fresh wind as you slowly walk down into the water in the pool.

walk in pool

Beach entry pools typically cost per square foot with a range between $50 and $125. All characteristics of a walk-in pool are not expensive, especially when there is no need for any stairs. Therefore, they will stay at the national price of $80 per square foot and $55,000 for a completed pool area.

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Pool Size and Shape

The average size of a swimming pool is 14’ by 28’ and its price starts from $14,000. The larger you want your inground pool, the higher you have to pay for installation. That’s why many pools like lagoon or indoor pools cost homeowners more money than a hot tub or a plunge pool.

Geographical Location

Geographical location has a high impact on the price increase due to several reasons. Since the inground pool is a challenging task requiring many skills along with the right equipment and experienced labor, building that one on an uneven area makes the task much harder.

Consider these factors related to both local location and geographic location when estimating your total cost:

  • The northern States charge 20% higher than those in the Southern.

  • Hard for pool installers to access the building area.

  • Your site area is on a hill or slope which is not even – which will increase both labor and material costs.

  • There are too many rocks available on the site.

  • If your house is too far away from your pool contractors, you have to pay more for transportation fees.

Labor Costs

In general, labor accounts for one-third of the total cost of a construction project. Construction involves every work, including excavation, and using heavy machinery to paint to complete the pool cover.

In case the charged fee is counted followed by the number of hours they take, you obviously have to pay more. You can imagine that the labor team needs more time to complete a concrete pool than a fiberglass pool. On average, pool professionals usually charge $55 per hour for this project.

Moreover, if it requires more landscaping work, such as cleaning debris and removing root trees, labor costs can skyrocket and can vary differently depending on geographic location and pool material type.


Any building work requires permits from your local city or local governing authorities. This is to ensure safety and standard pool according to the local requirements. These permits range from $450 to $1.900 per permit. You’ll likely have a separate electrical permit besides a building permit.


Almost pool owners prefer hiring a professional for their pool installation instead of a DIY project due to its services. For the best result of an in-ground pool installation project, it’s better for most homeowners to find their local business. They have experience and the right tools for each work of this project. You can easily search the list of professionals near you with a large number of comments on the Internet.

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