How much does an above ground pool cost to install?
Ashburn, VA

How much does an above ground pool cost to install?

Ashburn, VA

How much does an above ground pool cost to install?

$1,100 – $3,500cost for above ground pool only
$1,800 – $5,000above ground pool + installation cost

Above ground pool prices range from $1,850 to $5,000 installed on average. The pool alone typically costs $1,100 to $3,500 depending on the size of the pool, the brand, and any additional features.

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$1,100 – $3,500 cost for above ground pool only

$1,800 – $5,000 above ground pool + installation cost

Above ground pool prices range from $1,850 to $5,000 installed on average. The pool alone typically costs $1,100 to $3,500 depending on the size of the pool, the brand, and any additional features.

Get free estimates for your project or view our cost guide below:
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Average Above Ground Pool Cost

The average above-ground pool kit costs $1,500 before installation and ranges from $850 to $8,200 depending on the size, brand, and any additional features. With professional installation costs at $1,000 to $3,000, above-ground pool prices average $1,800 to $5,000 installed.

Average above ground pool cost - chart
Average above ground pool cost - chart
Above Ground Pool Cost
National Average Cost $2,800
Minimum Cost $720
Maximum Cost $11,200
Average Range $1,800 to $5,000

  • Above-ground pools cost $2,800 installed on average, significantly less than the $35,000 average inground pool cost.

  • Above-ground pool prices are considerably lower inground pool prices because no hole needs to be excavated and all the pool parts are ready to install.

  • You can install an above-ground pool yourself but your investment will last longer if you have the ground leveled and the hookups installed professionally.

Above Ground Pool Prices

When estimating your costs, size will be the most significant factor for new pools. Bigger pools cost more up front and take longer to install. The manufacturer and pool quality selected also influence the price.

Doughboy and Kayak Pools are some of the best above-ground pool brands.

Above Ground Pool Prices Installed

Above-ground pools typically come in round, oval, or rectangular shapes. The shape of the pool selected doesn't affect the final cost, but the height of your pool, ranging from 48" to 54", affects the final price with taller pools costing more.

Above ground pool prices installed by size - chart
Above ground pool prices installed by size - chart
Above Ground Pool Prices Installed
Size Pool Installation Total
12' Round $1,100 $750 $1,850
18' Round $1,500 $950 $2,450
24' Round $1,800 $1,200 $3,000
30' Round $2,400 $1,800 $4,200
12′ x 24′ $1,500 $1,800 $3,300
15′ x 30′ $2,000 $2,000 $4,000
18′ x 33′ $2,600 $2,400 $5,000

Above Ground Pools with Decks Cost

The average cost of an above-ground pool with a deck is $2,500 to $11,200 installed, depending on the pool size and height. The deck alone can range from $2,800 to $10,000+ installed.

  • The cost to build a deck around an above-ground pool is $15 to $30 per square foot depending upon the materials and design.

  • A small deck system/kit that’s easy to put up as a DIY project costs $800 to $3,000.

Above ground pool decks cost - chart
Above ground pool decks cost - chart
Above Ground Pool Decks Cost
# of Sides Square Feet Average Cost
1 Deck End 56 $1,400
1 Side 112 $2,800
2 Sides 184 $4,600
3 Sides 256 $6,400
4 Sides 400 $10,000

Large rectangle oval pool with landscaping and decking on 1 side
Large rectangle oval pool with landscaping and decking on 1 side

Many people build decks around their above-ground pool to:

  • Provide extra support

  • Ease entry into and exit from the pool

  • Provide easier access for cleaning

  • Add an aesthetic appeal to the pool

Above Ground Pool Sizes and Prices

The average above-ground swimming pool kit to accommodate 4 to 5 people is 24’ round and costs $1,500 to $2,400. In some cases, the cost can be much higher depending on the quality and size of the pool. Semi-inground or saltwater-compatible pools also cost more.

above ground pool sizes and prices - chart
above ground pool sizes and prices - chart
Above Ground Pool Sizes and Prices
Size 48” Wall 52” Wall 54” Wall
12’ Round $1,150 – $1,220 $1,120 – $1,330 $1,075 – $1,650
15’ Round $1,300 – $1,490 $1,310 – $1,550 $1,260 – $2,168
18’ Round $1,420 – $1,650 $1,420 – $1,870 $1,580 – $2,200
21’ Round $1,670 – $1,990 $1,490 – $2,100 $1,720 – $2,400
24’ Round $1,610 – $1,940 $1,570 – $2,100 $1,840 – $2,500
27’ Round $1,900 – $2,300 $1,900 – $2,500 $2,100 – $2,800
30’ Round – – $2,200 – $2,800 $2,400 – $3,000
12’ x 24’ $1,290 – $1,550 $1,180 – $2,050 $1,430 – $2,500
15’ x 30’ $1,520 – $1,695 $1,620 – $2,400 $1,790 – $6,130
16’ x 32’ – – $1,370 – $2,330 $2,250 – $3,999
18’ x 33’ $1,670 – $1,935 $1,850 – $2,650 $1,960 – $8,240

Above Ground Pool Packages and Kits

Above-ground pool kits and packages cost $720 to $8,240 depending on the size and do not include professional installation. An “easy setup” pool, like an Intex, from stores such as Walmart, Lowes, or Amazon, costs as low as $49 for 8’ in diameter and includes a filter.

"Easy setup" pools typically only last a few seasons or less. Some models come with limited warranties of up to 5 years.

Semi above ground pool with fencing decking and lounge area
Semi above ground pool with fencing decking and lounge area

Pool Kit Equipment Packages

Additional equipment packages cost $720 to $1,410 depending on the shape and size of the pool, the wall height, frame type, top rails, skimmer wall hole, liner type, quality, accessories, and warranties.

  • The most basic pool package includes the frame, pool filter, pump system, pool liner, a ladder, and a full 2-year warranty.

  • More expensive above-ground pool packages typically include water jets, a skimmer, steel walls, a longer warranty, a more durable liner, and a set of steps.

  • Luxury packages often include decking, fencing, and a cover, but these are usually offered by above ground pool companies who also do the installation work.

Above Ground Lap Pool Prices

Some above-ground lap pools are available for $3,000 to $6,000. Higher quality, modular, above-ground lap pools cost $16,000 to $30,000. The range in cost relates to them having steel or polymer walls. Most above-ground lap pool kits are 30’ to 75’ in length and are available for those who only want to use the pool for exercise purposes.

Above Ground Lap Pool Prices
Pool Size Average Cost
12’ x 40’ $5,400 – $5,700
12’ x 60’ $6,300 – $6,600
8’ x 75’ $7,500 – $8,300

Semi Above Ground Pool Cost

Semi-above-ground pools cost about $1,600 for an 18' round and $2,400 for a 12' x 24' oval. Semi-inground pools can be installed up to halfway into the ground for $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the size. Excavation and leveling add a few hundred dollars to the final price.

Circle above ground swimming pool with fencing
Circle above ground swimming pool with fencing

Above Ground Pool Installation Cost

The cost to install an above-ground pool is $750 to $3,000 for the labor alone. Factors affecting the pool installation cost include the size and shape of the pool and the grade of the soil at the designated pool site.

Oval pools are more expensive to install than round pools. Rectangular pools cost even more because they require additional structural support.

Above ground pool installation cost (labor) - chart
Above ground pool installation cost (labor) - chart
Above Ground Pool Installation Cost
Shape Size Installation Cost
Round 12′ $750
Round 18′ $950
Round 21′ $1,050
Round 24′ $1,200
Round 27′ $1,500
Round 30′ $1,800
Oval 12′ x 24′ $1,800
Oval 15′ x 30′ $2,000
Oval 18′ x 33′ $2,400

How Long Does It Take to Install an Above Ground Pool?

Installing an above-ground pool takes 1 to 3 days, depending upon the size of the pool and the condition of your yard. This process involves digging an 18" deep electrical trench, electrical work, building the pool, and installing the liner, skimmer, and pump. Installing a perimeter fence or a deck system increases the project timeline.

Above Ground Pool Setup Cost

In addition to the pool kit and professional installation, there are pool setup costs and extra features you may want to add such as an automatic pool cleaner.

Above Ground Pool Setup Cost
Feature Average Cost
Water $80 – $1,200
Ladders and Steps $15 – $620
Electrical $350 – $500
Filter $40 – $770
Heaters $40 – $2,190
Winter Cover $20 – $450
Lighting $16 – $106
Fountains and Waterfalls $26 – $70
Fence $900 – $1,500
DIY Maintenance $5 – $15 per month

Doughboy above ground swimming pool with deck cover and stairs
Doughboy above ground swimming pool with deck cover and stairs


For a 24’ pool, filling the pool with 14,700 gallons of water costs $80 to $160 from the hose or $600–$1,200 to truck it in. Some fire departments offer this service too. Depending on your location, water source options may include city water, well water, or water delivery.

Well water must be filtered before using it in your pool. Bear in mind the capacity of the well to be sure you do not run it dry.

Ladders and Steps

Pool steps and ladders cost $15 to $620 depending on the quality and desired function. You have several options to evaluate when deciding on the ladders or steps you want to use to get in and out of your pool. Some are light enough that they require weights to keep them from floating. You may also consider safety features to help prevent swimmers, especially small children, from getting caught behind the ladder.

New above ground pool installed in backyard
New above ground pool installed in backyard

Above Ground Pool Electrical Install Cost

Hiring an electrician costs $50 and $130 per hour to wire above-ground pool equipment. Prices will likely total $350 to $500 depending on the size of the pool and the load of the pool equipment. Power is needed for the pool pump and filter.


The average cost of filters for above-ground pools is $40 to $770. Filters catch contaminants that otherwise collect in your pool. A good filter is vital to keeping your water safe and clean.

  • Filter options include sand, cartridge, or DE (diatomaceous earth) filter.

  • Most filters come in a package, including pump, filter, base, and fittings.


An above-ground pool heater costs $1,300 to $2,400 on average. If your pool is as large as an inground pool, the heater cost can be up to $6,000 with installation.

If you want to extend your pool season into colder weather, consider purchasing a heater for your above-ground pool. Types of heaters include gas, propane, electric, and solar. Cost factors include the brand, type, and engine power of the heater, as well as the capacity of your pool.

Pool Covers

Winter pool covers cost $75 to $250, depending on the quality and size. Winter covers help shield pools from winter weather and unwanted algae and debris, and if they are safety rated, they can prevent drownings. Some have reinforced stitching to bear the weight of ice and snow. Others come with a drainage system, so no water ever collects in the middle of the cover.

Pool enclosures cost $750 to $7,500 for an inflatable dome kit. An air blower inflates the dome to block rain, insects, and UV rays. The dome must be deflated before storms and during the winter.


Basic pool lighting costs $16 to $106 each. The total cost of lighting your pool depends on your goals. Lighting not only adds an element of safety to your pool but also helps create ambiance, from relaxation to festive décor.

Fountains, Waterfalls & Water Features

A pool waterfall costs $2,000 to $8,000 installed. Fountains and waterfalls enhance your pool experience with the calming, gentle pour of water.

Pool Fence

Pool safety fencing prices range from $12 to $15 per linear foot with most pool owners spending $900 to $1,500 for materials and installation. Prices depend on the height, the length or perimeter, the number of gates, and the surface on which the fence is installed.

Above ground pool installation with surrounding deck and patio
Above ground pool installation with surrounding deck and patio

Pros and Cons of Above Ground Pools


  • It can be installed within hours.

  • They come in many sizes and can fit in most backyards.

  • They can come with decking and locking gates.

  • Professional maintenance may cost less because every part of the pool is easier to reach.

  • The pools are usually smaller, so fewer chemicals and less cleaning are needed.

  • Above-ground pools are safer because it’s harder for children to access them due to their wall height.

  • When you move, you can disassemble the pool and take it with you.

Kids playing and splashing in above ground pool in backyard
Kids playing and splashing in above ground pool in backyard


  • It won’t last as long as an inground pool.

  • It probably won’t add to your home value. It might even cause your home to lessen in value because of the large brown patch on the lawn after you move it out.

  • Most above-ground pools aren’t safe for diving, as they aren’t deep enough.

Inground Vs. Above Ground Pool

Inground or built-in pools are more expensive to install but last longer than above-ground pools. Still, inground pools might negatively affect the resale of your home as not everyone wants the required maintenance and expense of owning a pool. Above-ground pools are easier to remove.

  • Sizes – Above-ground pools can be as large as an inground pool. Most above-ground pools have a uniform depth rather than having a deep end and shallow end in the pool.

  • Maintenance – Inground and above-ground pools require about the same maintenance. It is more difficult to clean an above-ground pool if it does not have a deck.

  • Longevity – The average above-ground pool lasts 7 to 15 years and above-ground pool liners last about 6 years. The durability of an inground pool depends upon the type of pool. Inground pools last at least 10 years, and some will last 20+ years.

Above Ground Pool Vs. Inground Pool Cost

The average cost to install an inground pool is $35,000 with most homeowners spending $28,000 to $55,000. The additional costs of pool ownership—essential maintenance, increased utilities, and repairs—add $2,500 to $5,000 per year.

Above Ground Pool Vs. Inground Pool Cost
Pool Type Average Cost
Above Ground Pool $2,000 – $5,000
Fiberglass Pool $18,000 – $65,000
Vinyl Liner Pool $25,000 – $45,000
Concrete Pool $29,000 – $60,000

The average cost to install an above-ground pool is $3,000 to $11,000 with maintenance costing about the same as that for an inground pool, although because above-ground pools are often smaller, they can cost less to clean and fill, and require fewer chemicals.

Above Ground Pool Considerations

As you consider installing an above-ground pool, also factor in these considerations:

Do I Need A Permit For an Above Ground Pool?

Check with local authorities to see if you are required to obtain a permit to install your pool. Also, check relevant codes that may affect the pool's location and installation.

Do Above Ground Pools Increase Property Tax?

Above-ground pools do not typically affect property taxes. According to most homeowners associations and communities, above-ground pools are not considered structures.

Will an Above Ground Pool Affect My Insurance?

Talk with your insurance provider to be sure you comply with your policy and are covered for any issues associated with owning a pool. Many policies require protective fencing for a pool to be covered by insurance. In most cases, guests are covered for any injuries that may occur while in the pool.

Do I Need A Fence Around My Above Ground Pool?

You need to install a pool fence for your insurance company to consider your above-ground pool a structure. A fence is also highly recommended for the safety of children and pets, as well as to provide privacy.

Additional Considerations

  • Pool Construction – Above-ground pools are typically made from steel, resin, wood, or aluminum, and the supporting frame holds an interior vinyl liner.

    • Resin pool frames don't get hot to the touch compared to metal, and they're less likely to rust or corrode over time.

    • Resin pools have steel walls, but the tracks, rails, and other parts are made from heavy-duty plastic.

    • Steel pools typically have walls, rails, and tracks all made of steel.

  • Grading and leveling the landscaping – The cost to level a yard for a pool is $500 to $1,000. A pool must be installed on even ground for maximum stability.

  • Pool Purpose – Depending on your purpose for installing a pool, additional features may enhance the safety or even the aesthetics of your pool. Will small children and pets be nearby? Do you plan to do a lot of entertaining near the pool? Will you need lighting for nighttime use?

  • Electrical Requirements – An above-ground pool needs electricity to run the pump and filter. You will need to run the service through a trench from the breaker box to the pool area. Check with an electrician to ensure all electrical components are correctly and safely installed.

  • Soil Stability – Once you excavate the surface of the soil for leveling, take a tamper and pack the ground down before adding sand. Research proper ground preparation, so you lessen the likelihood of significant settling under your pool.

Above Ground Pool Maintenance Cost

Pool maintenance costs $5 to $15 per month to do it yourself, or $80 to $150 monthly to hire a professional service. A one-time cleaning costs $150+ or more depending on the pool size and type.

  • The total cost to maintain your pool yourself can be under $100 per year.

  • Pool maintenance service costs $60 to $90 per hour.

  • The average total annual cost for chemicals alone for an above-ground pool is $60 to $180.

Above Ground Pool Maintenance For Beginners

Maintenance Tools & Materials Cost
Tool/Material Average Cost Purpose
Skimmer $20 – $60 Clear larger debris
Filter Cartridge $8 – $35 Replacement filters
Pool Brush $10 – $18 Clean sides and bottom of the pool
Pool Vacuum $28 – $126 Remove bits loosened by pool brush
Test Kit $10 – $22 Test balance of chlorine and other chemicals
Chemicals $60 – $180 Keep water safe for swimming

Pool Cleaning & Closing

When the time comes to close up for the season, winterizing your pool costs $250+. Winterizing includes a final pool cleaning, adding chemicals, protecting the skimmer, filter, and pump, and covering the pool.

Above Ground Pool Liner Replacement Cost

An above-ground pool liner replacement costs $350 to $1,600 depending on the quality, style, and size. This price range includes the cost of the liner and installation. Replace the liner of your above-ground pool about every 6 years.

Above Ground Pool FAQs

Does An Above Ground Pool Add Value To Your Home?

An above-ground pool will typically not increase your home's value. Since an above-ground pool is easy to remove, it will not detract any value from your home. An appraiser is more concentrated on the square footage and comparable sales when determining a value.

What To Put Under an Above Ground Pool?

Using 6” x 6” square pavers to level your pool, then spreading out a sand pad over the pool site is the traditional method. The standard depth of sand that should be used under an above-ground pool floor is 2 inches.

  • It's more important for the pool's bottom to be smooth instead of perfectly level.

  • Other options to put under an above-ground pool that sits on the grass include a commercial pad, concrete pad, or solid foam.

Where To Buy Above Ground Pools

Lowe's, Home Depot, Amazon, Walmart, and local pool supply stores are the best places to shop around to buy your above-ground pool. However, you may want to consult will pool installers first, as they may be able to get a better deal.

What Is The Tallest Above Ground Pool?

The tallest above-ground pool height is 54”, with other standard pool wall sizes of 48” and 52”. However, the waterline typically sits 8” shallower than the wall height since pools are not filled all the way to the top.

Can An Above Ground Pool Be Salt Water?

Yes, an above-ground chlorine pool can be converted to salt water for $600 to $1,100 depending on the size. A professional installs a salt water chlorination system and adds ample bags of salt. When purchasing your pool, make sure it's saltwater compatible.

Can You Put an Above Ground Pool in the Ground?

There are semi-above-ground pools designed to be installed up to halfway into the ground giving the pool a more appealing low-profile look. However, when you purchase the pool check to make sure it's compatible with being buried in the ground. If you are unsure, ask the manufacturer or ask a professionally-trained representative at your local pool business.

How Many Years Does an Above Ground Pool Last?

Above-ground pool liners typically need replacing every 5 to 9 years, while the pool itself will last around 7 to 15 years before the structure gives out.

Finding and hiring an above-ground pool installer

Before hiring a pool installer near you, be sure to:

  • Get at least three in-person estimates to compare.

  • Look for licensed contractors with experience installing above-ground pools.

  • Browse their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.

  • Select companies that are insured, bonded, and have been in business for 5+ years.

  • When comparing quotes, confirm they include equipment of the same quality.

  • Avoid selecting the lowest quote as quality may suffer.

  • Get a detailed estimate, contract, and warranty in writing before the work begins.

  • Never pay in full before the project starts. Use a payment plan instead for work completed.

Questions to ask

  • Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

  • How many above-ground pools have you installed?

  • Do you offer a warranty and if so, what does it include?

  • How long will the installation take?

  • What additional costs can I expect that aren't in the estimate?

  • What kind of maintenance will the pool require?

  • Do you offer an annual pool maintenance package? If so, what does it include?

  • Can you provide references from previous clients with contact information?