How much does an inground pool cost?
Ashburn, VA

How much does an inground pool cost?

Ashburn, VA

How much does an inground pool cost?

$80 – $250cost per square foot
$25,000 – $100,000total average cost

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$80 – $250 cost per square foot

$25,000 – $100,000 total average cost


Get free estimates for your project or view our cost guide below:
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Average cost of an inground pool

An inground pool costs $80 to $250 per square foot with installation or $25,000 to $100,000 total, depending on the size and material. Fiberglass and vinyl swimming pools cost less than concrete inground pools but don't last as long. Small plunge pools and semi-inground pools cost less than average.

Average inground pool cost - Chart
Average inground pool cost - Chart
Average inground pool cost
National Average Cost $62,500
Minimum Cost $16,000
Maximum Cost $200,000
Average Range $25,000 to $100,000

Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.

Rectangle inground fiberglass pool with decking and lounge chairs
Rectangle inground fiberglass pool with decking and lounge chairs
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Inground pool cost by size

The cost of inground pools varies by size. The average inground pool is about 300 to 400 square feet and 6 to 7 feet deep at the deep end.

Inground pool cost by size
Size (feet) Average installed cost
10x20 $16,000 – $50,000
12x24 $23,000 – $72,000
10x30 $24,000 – $75,000
12x28 $26,900 – $84,000
14x28 $31,400 – $98,000
15x30 $36,000 – $112,500
16x32 $41,000 – $128,000
18x36 $51,800 – $162,000
20x40 $64,000 – $200,000

Inground pool cost by material

Inground pools cost more but last longer when made of concrete. Fiberglass and vinyl pools cost less but typically don't last as long.

Inground pool cost by material - Chart
Inground pool cost by material - Chart
Inground pool cost by material
Material Total installed cost Details
Fiberglass $30,000 – $85,000
  • Lowest maintenance costs
  • Lasts 25+ years
Concrete $50,000 – $120,000
  • Most expensive to install and maintain
  • Lasts 50+ years
Vinyl $25,000 – $65,000
  • Moderate pricing
  • Liner needs to be replaced every 10 years

Fiberglass

Inground fiberglass pools cost $30,000 to $85,000 installed on average. Fiberglass pools are durable, flexible, and pet-friendly. This material isn't as customizable as concrete but doesn't require a liner replacement like vinyl. Fiberglass is algae- and mineral-resistant, unlike concrete and vinyl.

Fiberglass inground pool installation in residential backyard with custom pool landscaping
Fiberglass inground pool installation in residential backyard with custom pool landscaping

Concrete

An inground concrete or gunite pool costs $50,000 to $120,000 on average. Concrete pools are customizable and durable but susceptible to algae. Maintenance for concrete pools is also high because they need acid wash treatments every 3 to 5 years, which costs about $300 to $1,000.

Concrete pools need to be resurfaced every 10 to 15 years, which costs $8,000 to $10,000, depending on the size of your pool.

Vinyl

Vinyl inground pools cost $25,000 to $65,000 with installation. Vinyl pools are cheaper and easier to install but are susceptible to algae. Vinyl liners tend to tear or scratch easily, so they're not the most pet-friendly option.

Vinyl pool liners cost $3,000 to $7,500 for inground pools and should be replaced every 10 years.

Backyard inground vinyl pool with patio and lounge area
Backyard inground vinyl pool with patio and lounge area

Inground pool cost factors

The following factors will influence the total pool cost:

  • Maintenance Pool maintenance costs $80 to $150 per month on average, depending on the material. Maintenance includes cleaning, chemicals, opening or closing for the season, and any necessary repairs.

  • Location – Pools typically cost more in northern states compared to warm southern states where pools are more common. If your home is far away from the pool company or on a steep hill, the total price will increase.

  • Depth – Deeper-than-average pools cost more to build and require more water. The average pool is around 6 to 7 feet deep. If you plan on having a diving board, you may need a deep end of 9 or more feet.

  • Water typeSaltwater pools cost $1,100 to $2,200 to convert water in an existing inground pool. Saltwater is gentler on skin and hair than chlorine but costs more.

  • Homeownership costs – Installing an inground pool increases home value, but it may also increase your property taxes and homeowner's insurance.

  • Winterizing – Pools in cold climates need to be winterized every year, which includes lowering water levels, cleaning, clearing the water lines, and installing a cover.

  • Pool removalRemoving or filling in a pool costs $4,000 to $16,000 for inground pools or $300 to $2,500 for an above-ground pool.

  • Permit – A building permit for installing a pool costs $100 to $300. Most contractors include permit fees in their total price.

Labor and installation costs

Installing a pool is a complicated process that involves excavation, leveling, and removing trees if necessary. Pool installers typically charge more in labor fees for concrete pools because they're harder and more time-consuming to install than fiberglass or vinyl pools.

Inground pool installation costs
Project Average cost
Excavation costs $1,000 – $5,000
Yard leveling costs $500 – $1,000
Pool water delivery costs $400 – $2,400
Pool filter costs $300 – $1,700
Pool pump cost $300 – $1,600
Tree removal costs $150 – $2,000

Luxury inground swimming pool oval shape in backyard
Luxury inground swimming pool oval shape in backyard

Uncommon pool types

The following types of pools are less common and vary in cost:

  • Semi-inground – A semi-inground pool costs $7,000 to $25,000 on average, which is more than an above-ground pool but much less than a standard inground pool. Semi-inground pools are best for small yards and steep slopes.

  • Lap pools – An inground lap pool costs $40,000 to $70,000 on average, depending on the size and material. Traditional lap pools are rectangular, 6 to 9 feet deep, and are used to exercise and improve swimming skills.

  • Small / mini pools – Small inground pools cost $7,000 to $25,000, depending on the size, and are also called plunge pools or cocktail pools. Common sizes include 6' x 6', 10' x 16', and 10' x 20'. Mini pools are typically 4 to 7 feet deep.

  • Infinity pools – An infinity pool costs $55,000 to $130,000 and is also called a zero-edge pool or rimless pool because they give the illusion of a missing edge. Some infinity pools feature a waterfall on one side.

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Small inground Gunite and concrete pool with pool fencing
Small inground Gunite and concrete pool with pool fencing

Cost of inground pool upgrades

Custom upgrades or additions cost extra and extend the installation timeline. Common upgrades include:

  • Custom shapes – Rectangular or oval pools typically cost the least, while freeform, lagoon, L-shaped, kidney-shaped, or geometric pools cost more.

  • Waterfalls A pool waterfall costs $2,000 to $8,800 on average, depending on the material and design complexity. A sheer descent or sheet waterfall costs $400 to $1,600. A rock waterfall costs $1,500 for faux rock or up to $17,600 for a large waterfall made of real stone.

  • Beach entry – Beach entry, also called zero entry,costs $50 to $125 per square foot on average. These pools gradually slope and are warmer in the shallow end than traditional pools.

  • Hot tub – Adding an attached inground hot tub costs $8,000 to 25,000 or $6,000 to $15,000 when built at the same time as the pool.Hot tubs add value to a home but cost $30 to $100 per month extra to operate.

  • Lights – Inground pool lights cost $700 to $1,800. Some LED and fiber optic light systems can often be controlled from your phone. It costs a lot less to have pool lights installed during installation than afterwards.

  • Diving board or slide – Diving boards for inground pools cost $300 to $700 for a surface-mounted board. A pool slide costs $1,000 to $4,000.

  • Pool heater – An inground pool heater costs $1,600 to $5,200 installed, depending on the type and the pool size. Solar pool heaters cost $2,500 to $6,500 and are better suited to sunny climates.

  • Landscaping costs $3,000 to $5,000 on average, or $4 to $12 per square foot to add plants, trees, and shrubs around a new pool. Three common styles of landscaping design around pools are tropical, modern, and desert.

Rocked waterfall flowing into custom inground pool installation
Rocked waterfall flowing into custom inground pool installation

Inground pool safety features

Fences, enclosures, and covers can help keep pets and children safe around the water and prevent accidents.

Pool safety feature cost by type
Feature Total cost
Fence $5,000 – $15,000
Enclosure $4,000 – $14,000
Cover $1,000 – $20,000

  • An aluminum pool fence costs $30 to $45 per linear foot installed. These fences are typically 4’ to 6’ tall and are often a requirement for building safety regulations.

  • pool enclosure costs $5 to $15 per square foot or $4,000 to $14,000 total and are made with mesh, glass, plastic, or vinyl. Enclosures keep insects, debris, and pollen away from the pool and protect you from the elements so you can swim year-round.

  • A pool cover costs $8,000 to $20,000 installed for automatic or $1,000 to $3,600 for a manual cover. A pool cover keeps pets and children safe, retains heat in the water, and helps prevent water damage to the home.

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Modern built in underground rectangle pool design 14x28 pool size fenced in backyard
Modern built in underground rectangle pool design 14x28 pool size fenced in backyard

Inground vs. above ground pool cost

Inground pools cost $25,000 to $100,000 on average. In comparison, an above ground pool costs $1,800 to $5,000 with installation. Above ground pools may be cheaper and easier to install or remove, but they often lower the resale value of a home and don't last as long as inground pools.

Inground pool FAQs

Does an inground pool add value to a home?

An inground pool increases the overall value of a home by 5% to 7%, depending on the type and location. An inground swimming pool provides a 15% to 25% return on investment (ROI) when selling your home.

How long does it take to build an inground pool?

Installing a vinyl liner inground pool takes 2 to 3 weeks, while building a concrete inground pool takes 6 to 8 weeks.

How long do inground pools last?

Inground pools last 20 to 50 years on average, depending on the type:

  • Concrete inground pools last 50 years or more but need resurfacing every 10 to 15 years.

  • Fiberglass pools last 25 to 30 years but may need refinishing every 10 years.

  • Vinyl inground pools last 20+ years but require a new vinyl liner every 6 to 12 years.

How far do I drain an inground pool for the winter?

Drain an inground pool until it's 6 to 24 inches below the bottom of the tiles, skimmer, or jets. This makes sure there's no water in the pumping system during the winter, when temperatures drop and pipes can burst.

What is a semi inground pool?

A semi inground pool is installed in the ground and partially above the ground. Some are built with above ground pools that are framed and buried, while others are traditional inground pools with a retaining wall on one side. Semi-inground pools are best for small yards and steep slopes.

Getting estimates from inground pool installers

While hiring an inground pool installation company near you, follow these steps:

  • Compare at least three estimates for similar pool sizes.

  • Select pool companies that are licensed, insured, and certified.

  • Look for installers who are members of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP).

  • Read reviews on HomeGuide and Google and check out pictures of their work.

  • Ask if they offer warranties or guarantees.

  • Ask for an itemized estimate in writing.

  • Avoid making large upfront payments. Come up with a payment schedule instead.

Questions to ask inground pool installers

Ask these questions to find the best inground pool company in your area:

  • How long have you been installing inground pools?

  • Can I see a portfolio of other pools you've done?

  • Are you a member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)?

  • Which pool material do you recommend?

  • Do you also install pool covers or heaters?

  • How long should this project take?

  • Do you know if this area has a lot of rocks in the soil?

  • Does this material need to dry or cure before adding water?

  • Do you offer a maintenance plan? If so, how often would you visit?