How Much is a Yard of Concrete Cost?

The national average cost of concrete installation is between $105 and $160 per cubic yard (or $3 to $10 per square foot) for a typical yard of concrete across the U.S. Concrete costs per yard depend on many factors, including the type of pouring concrete, how much concrete you want, the size of your yard, the concrete thickness, and how far you live from the concrete contractors,…

In case homeowners order concrete less than a full truckload, the cost per unit is expected to be higher with the additional price of $40 per cubic yard.

When estimating the final cost for concrete installation, you need to consider several factors no matter whether you want a poured concrete driveway, patio, or slab. For these projects, a ready-mix concrete will save you a large amount of money.

Whether you want to install a new one or repair the existing concrete slab, learn and calculate the additional price, delivery cost, and types of quality concrete beforehand to hire a professional concrete company to finish your project.

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  • How much Does a Concrete Project Cost?

    • Concrete Slab Costs per Square Foot

    • Concrete Cost per Cubic Yard

    • Concrete Cost per Truck Load

    • Average Cost by Design

    • Concrete Prices for Different Projects

  • Other Concrete Cost Factors

  • Cost Estimates by Amount of Concrete

    • How Many Does a Cubic Yard Cover?

    • How Many Cubic Yards Do You Need?

  • Concrete Delivery Costs

  • Extra Services

    • Reinforcement

    • Stamped concrete

    • Grading Concrete Surfaces

    • Concrete Removal

  • FAQs about Concrete Costs


To calculate the concrete prices, you can expect to consider some factors. The cost could be charged by patio size (per square foot), the design complexity, thickness of concrete, the location where you live, the shape of patterns, etc., depending on how your concrete contractor charges.

Keep reading, we will give you a general insight into concrete yard costs to look up!


Concrete Slab Costs per Square Foot

The typical cost for a concrete slab is from $3 to $10 per square foot. Depending on the type and complex pattern of design, the cost per square foot can increase up to $25 in the average range. Since the cost is calculated by the square foot, the bigger your concrete slab is, the higher price you would expect to pay.

Concrete Cost Per Cubic Yard

  • Typical range: $105 and $160 per cubic yard

  • National average: $118 per cubic yard

With ready-mix concrete delivery and pouring, you’ll expect to pay at the typical range, depending on the concrete strength, which is measured in PSI of cement mixer (pounds per square inch). Most concrete jobs require the concrete mixer at 3,000 PSI for concrete slabs and floors, but you can tell the concrete contractor the total yardage and what PSI you want when ordering services.

When you hire a concrete company to install a concrete slab, the material and labor costs are measured per square foot, not per cubic yard.

Concrete Cost per Truck Load

A full truckload usually hauls 10 cubic yards of concrete or can vary through different companies. In general, if you get a full 10-yard truckload with bulk concrete, the cost ranges from $1,170 to $1,500 depending on the PSI, including delivery fees.

But if you get less than a full truck or order at the weekend, you’ll be charged a short load fee. So, you will expect to pay the additional fee of $9.50 per mile and about $50 per cubic yard.

Average Cost by Design

The complexity of design is one of the biggest factors impacting the average range of concrete cost. It might be a very simple design or even highly complex. For a highly complex design, the labor would spend more time, effort, and skill to finish the project. The more detailed and extravagant the concrete, the higher the labor costs!


basic design

A basic – simple concrete slab is usually along with one color hardener and a repeating pattern. This design often costs homeowners just from $8 to $12 per square foot. Because this pattern doesn’t require hand-edging, the labor team can use a simple square or rectangular pattern that is the least expensive. They can choose concrete forms with cobble, limestone, or brick running bond patterns to save the final cost.


mid-range concrete

A mid-range design can create more depth and interest for your patio than a basic one. It can include from one to two patterns with multiple colors along with various materials, such as European patterns, limestone, brick, or random stone,… Therefore, the cost for a mid-range design of a concrete patio is between $11.5 and $18 per square foot.


complex design

High-end designs are more complex with many different patterns, colors, and accents. In addition to the existing stone’s appearance, the contractors also apply hand accents to enhance the beauty of the concrete patio, therefore, the cost is much higher than any other type. You’ll expect to pay a price of between $18 and $30 per square foot.

An example of a complex concrete design is to use a random stone with more texture around the separate border stone. Then, hand color on the stone to provide more depth and variation in color for the design. It can also be added with more patterns and detail, such as pressing images of small animals into the concrete patio.

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Concrete Prices for Different Projects

There are many concrete projects, in which each project requires a different concrete mix. And of course, the concrete’s PSI is not the same. Concrete is used for driveways, garage floors, patios, etc. Some places which have to bear strong weight like a driveway need a higher PSI for a concrete slab, while walkways and patios don’t require much and cost per cubic yard less than a weight-bearing surface.

The higher the PSI, the more expensive it costs per cubic yard:

  • 10 x 10 concrete slab: 1.25 cubic yards at $375 in total (delivery + cost charge)

  • 30 x 4 concrete walkway: 1.5 cubic yards at $400 in total

  • 12 x 12 concrete patio: 2.0 cubic yards at $425 in total

  • 20 x 24 concrete driveway: 6.0 cubic yards at $650 in total

  • 24 x 24 concrete garage: 7.5 cubic yards at $1025 in total

10 x 10 concrete slab20 x 24 concrete driveway30 x 4 concrete walkway


concrete patterns

In addition to two common ways to calculate how much concrete costs, some contractors also charge by:

  • Concrete patterns: the price for a cobblestone design will differ from a Riverstone one, European fan, Yorkstone, Sandstone, or Fractured Earth. The range cost can vary from around$8 – $25 per square foot.

  • Concrete thickness: if you want a concrete yard thicker than the common concrete slab (between 4 – 6 inches), the labor costs to install would go up.

  • Location: If your home area is on a flat surface and easy to pour concrete, you will not have any additional fees. On the other hand, what if your soil condition is poor? What if your terrain is hilly? These conditions will add up to your final bill for a stamped concrete patio since poor soil means poor drainage, which requires you to hire a professional to solve these issues beforehand, as well as level the land.

  • Pre-mixed concrete bags: if you want pre-mixed concrete bags instead of bulk concrete, your final cost is not the same as the beginning.


The minimum delivery for ready-mix concrete is a concrete truck of about 10 cubic yards at the typical range cost of $105 and $160 per cubic yard. If less than 10 cubic yards of cement mixer, you’ll pay an additional fee of $50 per cubic yard of short load fee, or about $140 to $187 per cubic yard.

How Many Does a Cubic Yard Cover?

The square foot a cubic yard can cover depends on how thick your plain concrete slab is. Some stained concrete slabs are a minimum of 4 inches thick, but some can reach 8 inches thick.

A cubic yard of concrete at 4-inch thick covers 81 square feet; 5-inch thick covers 65 square feet; and 6-inch thick covers 45 square feet.

How Many Cubic Yards Do You Need?

One of the most important factors in deciding your concrete costs is how much concrete you need. Although you’re ready for all the installation, you still don’t know how much you need for pouring concrete.

First, measure the total size of your yard in cubic feet and convert it into cubic yards.

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With a wire mesh, reinforcing your own concrete driveways or slabs would improve the durability and strength of your concrete. This will help your yard of concrete resist poor soil conditions and prevent large cracks.

reinforce concrete with wire mesh

Wire mesh installation costs about $0.15 – $0.30 per square foot, while the reinforced concrete price is between $9.29 and $10.04 per square foot.

Stamped concrete

stamped concrete

Stained concrete or stamped concrete is some special types that you can look for. A stamped concrete design looks like other paver materials, such as natural stone, brick, etc. The costs vary depending on how complex the design is, from$2 to $18 per square foot.

Grading Concrete Surfaces

The concrete surface needs to bear strong weight for some useful purposes, including patios, driveways, and foundations. Therefore, you must check to ensure that there is no crack beneath your concrete. Grading is one of the most common works to ensure water drains away from your concrete and prevent water pool underneath, which leads to large cracks.

On average, grading costs approximately $60 per hour for equipment and labor costs. For larger projects, this process will cost you between $1,150 and $3,700 to clear the land beforehand.

Concrete Removal

Do you need to remove your existing concrete to make room for a new one? To hire a professional for concrete removal, you’ll expect to pay between $2 and $6 per square foot on average.


Where do You Order Concrete?

You can choose to call your local ready-mixed concrete supplier for large projects or purchase it directly from your local home improvement store for smaller projects. If you just need a small amount, purchase a 50-pound concrete mixer.

Or call concrete delivery companies to order for a 10-cubic-yard truckload or have them calculate the cubic yards of concrete depending on your dimensions and give advice on how much you will need.

What is the Minimum Amount of Concrete for Delivery?

The minimum delivery for ready-mix concrete is a truck of about 10 cubic yards at the typical range cost of $105 and $160 per cubic yard. If less than 10 cubic yards of cement mixer, you’ll pay an additional fee of $50 per cubic yard of short load fee, or about $140 to $187 per cubic yard.

How Long Does It Take to Pour Concrete?

For a team of 4-5 members, they will need approximately 8 hours to set forms and pour concrete completely. In case it just needs pouring, it takes from 1 to 1.5 hours to finish.

Note that you need to deliver or pour concrete right after water is added to the dry mixture within 90 minutes to avoid cement setting.


A yard of concrete installation can be simple work, however, it is not an easy one that you can finish within a few hours with little experience. In case you’re not sure about what to begin, the best thing you should do is to find skilled workers in this field to help you. There are many contractors which have experience and the right tools for each work of this constructed project.

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