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Cost of installing a swimming pool

Last updated: 21st May 2019 → Articles  →  Cost & Pricing Guides  → Cost of Swimming Pool Installation


Hiring pool builders will cost you about $70/hr on average. If you want a bigger or more complex pool with special features, installers will likely charge more, and your overall costs can go up to $71.25/hr. Simpler pools, on the other hand, are not as labour-intensive. That is why you can expect tradies to quote on standard pool installations for as low as $68.75/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Pool Installers on the site from July 2017 to July 2018.

Built-in factors that increase or decrease installations costs

There are many things to consider when starting a pool installation project, and these include permits and council approvals. Aside from these, though, you have to keep in mind the various factors that can affect the overall cost of your job.

Above ground or in-ground
The type of swimming pool you want is one of the main things that determine the price of your installation job. If you want something that’s budget-friendly, go for above-ground pools. Unlike in-ground pools, this type does not require excavation, so it will naturally cost you less.

Transporting materials to your location can be a challenge sometimes. In this case, you’ll need to pay shipping fees to have the materials delivered to where your pool is being built. This will definitely drive up your pool installation expenses.

There are three common types of materials used in building pools: fibreglass, concrete, and vinyl. Fibreglass is usually the most affordable, while the prices of vinyl and concrete are within the mid-to-high range.

Cost of pool installation

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How state figures in total cost

At approximately $70/hr, the cost of building a pool in New South Wales is the cheapest among Australian states. This rate is only slightly lower than the average price of pool installation services in Victoria, which is $72.50/hr. Queenslanders, on the other hand, are paying their pool installers steeper rates of around $88/hr.

Once you have considered these factors, the next step is to get quotes from qualified pool installers in your area. To find the best business for your needs, visit today.




Pricing information correct as at March 2018.

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