How Much Does Toilet Installation Cost?

Typical Range:

$224 - $532

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Updated April 8, 2022

Reviewed by Jeff Botelho, Licensed Journeyman Plumber.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Toilet Installation Cost

Toilet installation costs around $373, with most people paying between $224 and $532 for a full toilet replacement, depending on the type of toilet and the difficulty of the job. This includes the cost of the toilet, labor, and equipment needed for the installation.

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National Average $373
Typical Range $224 - $532
Low End - High End $120 - $827

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 950 HomeAdvisor members.

Cost Factors

Toilet installation costs average $375, ranging from $120 to $830

While toilet installation averages at $372, there are other factors that can influence the total cost. 

Old Toilet Removal and Disposal 

Contractors often charge extra for hauling heavy toilets upstairs or away for disposal—anywhere between $50 and $200. Keep this in mind if you're replacing a toilet in a second-story bathroom, as it can impact the total cost of your toilet installation. Ask your pro if they include removal and disposal in their estimate for the new toilet installation.

Labor and Emergencies

Labor cost depends on how much time it takes your plumber to remove your old toilet and install the new one. If your pro finds issues during the installation, such as leaks in the flooring or pipes that need replacing, you may have to pay more for repairs. 

Another reason you may pay on the higher end is if your plumber is a specialist or has extensive experience. These seasoned pros will charge more than those with less experience in the field. Ask ahead of time about their hourly rate or flat fees. 

If you have to call a pro for plumbing services after hours or during a weekend or holiday, then expect to pay more for their time. Some plumbers will charge time-and-a-half for an emergency home visit, while some will triple it. On the other hand, you may pay an emergency fee of around $100 to $350, while some pros charge this amount on top of their emergency hourly rate. 

Installation Location

The location of the toilet in your home can impact the overall cost of the installation. For example, some pros may charge more for installing a toilet on the second floor. Additionally, if your pro diagnoses leaks or other issues during the installation, these can be more costly to repair on the second floor. 

Moving a toilet within your home costs about $3,000 and may require a pro to move vent lines, water pipes, and the drain. Installing a toilet in a basement can also cost more, which we go over below in more detail. 

Type and Brand

The cost of a new toilet can vary from $90 on the low end for a basic two-piece toilet to $1,500 or more for high-end brands, such as Toto and Kohler, and luxury features, like lighting, music, bidets, and self-closing lids. 

There are also different toilets to choose from, including low-flow, upflush, wall-mounted, and dual flush. Among these, dual flush toilets cost the least at about $350, and upflush toilets cost the most at about $950. Low-flow toilets help conserve water, and upflush toilets fit into small spaces. 

As the name suggests, wall-mounted toilets hang on the wall and cost about $675. These toilets save room and complement modern bathroom designs. Dual flush toilets provide two separate flush settings to save water on your bill and cost about $350

Complexity

The more complex the job, the longer it will take, and the more it will cost. Sometimes a pro’s estimate can reflect this cost. Other times, issues come up during the installation of a new toilet; these issues can complicate the process and add time and repairs to the overall cost. Ask for a final, itemized invoice for complex jobs that cost more than the typical toilet installation.

"One of the most common issues with toilet replacement is a broken flange. Repairing or replacing a toilet flange is a tricky project that should be done by a trained professional,” says Jeff Botelho, Expert Review Board Member, and plumber. “While a simple toilet installation is a relatively easy task for a moderately handy person, replacing the floor flange can be a dirty and time-consuming project. My advice to DIYers is always this: know when to say when."

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Leaks and Clogs

Leaks and clogs are unexpected issues that can reveal themselves during a toilet install and drive up the cost because they usually entail extra time and work.

Here are some of the issues you may find: 

  • Leaks in the wall or floor

  • Poor caulking that leads to leaks

  • Failure to replace a leaky flush valve

  • Improper wax ring seal replacement or compression

Depending on the problem, your plumber might have to replace the wax ring seal, install a new toilet flange, or replace the drain pipe. 

Flooring

Your pro may have torn out flooring during the installation or repairs to get to a leak, or they may have found water damage. You may have to replace the damaged flooring to prevent mold growth and repair structural damage. 

Tearing out old flooring and replacing it with water-resistant tile costs about $8 to $24 per square foot

Additional Plumbing 

The cost to install a toilet can increase if you have to do additional work after the job starts. Extra labor can increase the cost by as much as $800. In addition to the problems mentioned above, issues may include:

  • Unexpected leaks

  • A cracked flange causing a wobbling toilet

  • Improper wax ring seal replacement or compression

  • Water damage in drywall or flooring 

Cost to Install a Toilet in Basement

Installing a toilet in your basement costs on average $1,695. Most homeowners pay between $1,070 and $2,370. Most of the cost is from the cost of installing new plumbing. If you already have plumbing in your basement, expect to pay closer to $372.

Cost to Move a Toilet 

Moving a toilet costs $3,000, with most homeowners spending between $2,500 and $3,500. The cost of a plumber is often a major consideration when altering a bathroom floor plan, as they might need to relocate the drain and vent lines.

Cost of Toilet by Type

The cost of a new toilet ranges from $90 to $1,500 or more, depending on the brand and type of toilet you choose and any extra features you want. Models range from a basic, two-piece toilet with a round bowl to a high-end, square toilet with bidet technology, as well as lighting and music.

Different types of toilets have varying prices. The following table shows the prices of popular toilet types:

Type of Toilet Average Cost* Typical Range
Low- Flow Toilet $510 $380 – $620
Upflush Toilet $950 $600 – $1,300
Wall Mounted Toilet Installation $675 $150 – $1,200
Dual Flush Toilet

$350 $200 – $500

*Prices include parts and labor

Some cities offer credits to homeowners who buy and install low-flow, dual flush, or other types of eco-friendly toilets. Check with your city to find out if a credit could lower your final cost.

One-Piece Toilets 

On average, one-piece toilets start as low as $150 and go as high as $1,500. Due to their shape, you can’t take them apart, and they’re more expensive to ship. These toilets have a seamless look and fit into small spaces, making them a good fit for modern bathrooms. Although they are more costly than other options, they are easy to install and clean. 

Two-Piece Toilets 

Two-piece toilets are the traditional toilet shape that you can take apart (the tank separates from the base). These start as low as $90 but go as high as $875. If you’re looking for a wallet-friendly toilet, these are the easiest to repair and install. 

Smart Toilets 

Smart toilets cost $4,000 on average but start at $1,200 and go as high as $13,000 or more. With smart toilets, you get music, self-closing lids, seat warmers, UV disinfecting lights, and night lights. Some models also save on water and feature built-in bidets and touchless flushing. 

Toilet Bowl Cost

Whether you choose a round or an elongated bowl is a significant cost factor. A basic, round-bowl toilet with a two-piece design costs around $280. A toilet with an elongated bowl costs $290 on average. This type of toilet is gaining in popularity because it’s ADA compliant and easier for people with disabilities and older people to use.

Keep in mind that you’ll still have to add labor costs to these prices. Most plumbers charge $65 per hour and need between two and four hours to install a toilet.

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DIY vs. Hire a Pro

Installing a toilet yourself is more affordable than hiring a pro. However, it requires physical strength, as well as significant knowledge of plumbing.

It costs more to hire a local plumber to install a toilet, but it takes less time and you get a warranty that the job’s done well. Note that a different type of pro—like a handyperson—can’t install a toilet unless they’re a licensed plumber.

FAQs

How much does a toilet weigh?

A two-piece toilet weighs about 55 pounds and a one-piece toilet weighs about 88 pounds.

Can a handyperson install a toilet?

No, a handyperson can’t install a toilet unless they have a plumber’s license.

What is the best toilet to buy?

The best toilet to buy depends on your situation and preferences. Consider factors such as bowl shape, height, flushing technology, style, color, and price.

“For floor-mounted toilets, whether one- or two-piece, the most critical detail to consider is your toilet's rough-in dimension, or RID,” says Botelho. RID is the distance from the rough studs in the wall behind the bowl to the center of the toilet outlet (easily determined by the location of the two bolts fastening the bowl to the flange). “The wrong RID can mean the toilet won’t fit. Most toilets are 12 inch rough but some are 10 or 14 inches. Checking this measurement can save lots of time and aggravation if you’re doing the project yourself.”

How often should you replace your toilet?

You should replace your toilet after 25 years. However, if it’s damaged beyond repair, you should replace it sooner.

How much does a plumber charge to replace a toilet?

A plumber charges around $375 to replace a toilet. Most charge between $275 and $480. This typically includes the cost of removing and disposing of your old toilet. Note that the actual cost to replace a toilet depends on your location, the type of toilet, and the difficulty of the installation. A high-end, eco-friendly toilet with additional features can cost between $850 and $1,550 to install.

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