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How Much Does An Above Ground Pool Cost?

Most homeowners spend between $3,650 to $15,000 nationally.
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Nothing feels better on a hot day than a dip in a refreshing pool for some summer fun. Adding an above ground pool to an outdoor space is an affordable option for warm-weather relief and provides opportunities for bonding with family and friends, even if you can't go and enjoy the summer waves. Before installing a pool, it helps to know about the costs for materials and labor and the pros and cons involved with the project.

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National Install an Above Ground Pool Costs

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National Average Cost $16,926
Minimum Cost $200
Maximum Cost $62,211
Average Range $3,650 to $15,000
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Pool Prices

Most homeowners spend between $600 and $3,000 to purchase an above ground pool, such as an intex ultra, which doesn't include costs for professional installation. Some options will also include certain specifics, such as 'Hydro Aeration Technology'. This is considerably less than the cost to buy and install an inground pool. The final cost for installation of a pool depends on a variety of factors.

Pool Cost Factors

While location sometimes affects the price of an pool, size is the key factor that influences costs for this project. In addition, homeowners who opt for professional installation should expect to add from $1,000 to $3,000 to the total price, which includes labor for leveling the ground, dumping and spreading sand, and running electricity. Additional factors that affect pool installation costs include any required permits, tree or bush removal during site prep and higher insurance rates.

Pool Sizes

Above ground pools are limited to two styles. While some people prefer round pools, others opt for pools in oval shapes. Round pools are easier to install, and they make a good choice for singles, couples and small families. Oval pools make better use of yard space and allow more opportunities for lap swimming and water games like basketball or volleyball. The table below shows an average cost comparison of round and oval pools in varying sizes:

Pool Shape

Pool Size

Average Price


12 ft.



15 ft.



18 ft.



24 ft. x 12 ft.



33 ft. x 18 ft.



41 ft. x 21 ft.


Many homeowners appreciate the easy installation and price point of an above ground pool compared to an inground pool. While a built-in pool may add more value to your home, inground pool costs are considerably higher and the installation process takes much longer.

Above Ground Vs. Inground Pools

Adding an above ground swimming pool to an outdoor space is much more cost effective than installing an inground pool. Depending on the type of pool, professional installation of an inground model ranges from $20,000 to almost $80,000. In addition to higher costs for purchase and installation, you can expect more expensive repairs with an inground pool. Some advantages of inground pools over above ground products include longevity, improved curb appeal, deeper water levels and better opportunities for exercise.

Other Cost Considerations

A few extras help make splashing around in an above ground pool more comfortable, but they add to the final price of the project. These include pool heaters, heavy-duty pool covers, pool lighting, decking, slides and water toys. Additional purchases include tools for maintenance, such as a pool pump, a cleaning brush, a pool vacuum and a skimmer.


When comparing above ground pools to their inground counterparts, the former offer many advantages. They are easy to safeguard for families with small children or pets. Additional advantages include:

  • Lower cost
  • Easy to assemble and less-time-consuming installation
  • The smaller size accommodates a wider variety of outdoor spaces
  • Pools can move from house to house
  • Ease of maintenance and repair
  • No increases in property tax


While the installation of an above ground pool offers many benefits, it also comes with a few disadvantages. The availability is restricted to round and oval shapes and these pools are more susceptible to wear and tear than inground fiberglass pools are. Because of their size limitations, they do not provide as many opportunities for exercise compared to inground pools, and they may require a separate deck or steps for easy access. As with inground pools, if you plan to use a pool pump and filter, your pool will also require electricity. Lastly, if you leave it on your property, it may actually reduce the number of potential buyers if you list the home for sale.

Pool Maintenance

Just like other outdoor features, pools require regular maintenance for long-lasting use. Complete these five tasks to help keep pools functioning properly:

  1. Skim Pools on A Regular Basis. Dirt, leaves, insects and other debris can clog pool filters, lead to contamination and decay, and detract from enjoyment.
  2. Deep-Clean the Pool. With a soft-bristled brush, loosen dirt and debris from the sides and bottom of the pool. Remove all material completely with a pool vacuum.
  3. Clean Out Filters. Clogged filters may prevent a pool filter pump from working properly, which makes water unsafe for swimming.
  4. Ensure Safe Swimming with Water Testing. Handy kits allow you to test the pool water to determine the proper chemical balance. Ratios of chlorine and other chemicals need to be just right for optimal safety. Follow the directions provided with a pool test kit to get accurate results.
  5. Add Chemicals if Needed. If conducted properly, a water test indicates what chemicals need to be added for safe swimming.

In addition to expenditures for a pool brush, skimmer and vacuum, costs for pool maintenance run about $100 per year or less. If you prefer to avoid the hassle, opt for professional services for pool maintenance, which typically costs between $75 and $150 per month. In addition to regular maintenance, this service usually includes preparation for summertime use and winterizing the pool in the fall. See what else a pool service can do below:

Pool Construction

The above ground pools of today are stylish and durable. Typically made of resin, aluminum, wood or steel walls, the supporting frame pool set holds interior pool liners. While metal construction offers effective durability over wood, resin frames don't get hot to the touch, and they're rust resistant compared to metal frames. Some are also include a galvanized steel frame, which is a more durable material.

Pool Depth & Design Possibilities

Generally, these pools feature walls that measure 48” or 54” in height. While most pools come with ladders for entry, you might prefer to add stairs. To give the appearance of an inground pool for a much lower cost, many homeowners surround their pool with decking.

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A backyard pool offers unlimited possibilities for hot weather relief and outdoor fun. If you're ready to take the plunge and purchase an above ground pool, ImproveNet can help you find a local swimming pool professionals today.

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