How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?
$6,606 - $16,611
$6,606 - $16,611
Updated February 15, 2022Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.
The average bathroom remodel costs $11,159 Most homeowners spend between $6,606 and $16,611. You can spend as little as $3,500 to $7,000 updating the essentials in a small or medium-sized bathroom. On a large or master bath, you could spend $25,000 or more. Labor averages 50% of the total project price at about $65 per hour. Expect pricing to vary regionally up to 20% due mainly to labor. Material prices stay roughly the same across the country.
Find more information below on the costs of common accessories included in a remodel, along with design ideas and considerations for hiring a local bathroom remodeling contractor.
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|Typical Range||$6,606 - $16,611|
|Low End - High End||$2,500 - $28,000|
Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 22,973 HomeAdvisor members.
While the cost to remodel a bathroom will be impacted by a variety of factors, where you’re located will play a major part in determining the overall price you pay. The top three cities in which it’s most expensive to remodel a bathroom are all situated on the West Coast and include San Jose, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Los Angeles, CA.
In general, completing a bathroom remodel in a city with a lower overall cost of living means you’ll pay less than trying to get the same work done in a more expensive city. The top three cities in which it’s least expensive to remodel a bathroom include Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH, and Oklahoma City, OK.
Bathroom remodel costs run anywhere from $2,500 to $25,000. Large master baths in luxury homes might even hit or exceed $50,000. The typical homeowner will spend between $6,000 and $15,000 for a complete tear out and replacement of all walls, fixtures and appliances.
Labor will run you anywhere from 40% to 65% of your total project. Ranges depend on your location. While material pricing doesn’t change much from place to place, a higher cost of living means higher wages.
Determining your bathroom makeover budget can be tricky. Consider the following:
Regional pricing differences: Expect to pay up to 20% more if you live in an area with high real estate prices
Quality of materials: A fiberglass shower surround might run only $300 Custom tile work can easily hit $3,000 or more
Changing the floor plan: Making your bath larger, like converting a half bath to a full bath costs an additional $5,000 or more
Type of fixtures, appliances, counters and finishes you choose: Make a plan that includes both design and budget before choosing what to buy for your bath remodel
Materials for the average bathroom remodel run anywhere from $2,100 to $9,000. Understanding how those prices break down individually helps determine where best to invest your money and time.
“This is where hiring an interior designer is worth their weight in gold,” says Bob Tschudi, Angi Expert Review Board member and general contractor in Raleigh, NC. “With the right advice, you can often achieve a high-end look without paying for high-end materials. Your designer will know how to do this.”
|Line Item||Typical Range*||Percent of Total Budget|
|Fixtures (toilets, sinks)||$200 - $1,800||10% - 20%|
|Showers||$300 - $3,000||5% - 25%|
|Bathroom vanity||$300 - $3,800||10% - 30%|
|Countertops cost||$200 - $1,000||5% - 10%|
|Lighting||$100 - $400||5% - 7%|
|Bathroom fan costs||$50 - $300||2% - $5%|
|Flooring||$200 - $1,350||10% - 15%|
|Entry doors and windows cost||$200 - $1,800||8% - 10%|
|Painting costs||$150 - $550||5% - 6%|
|Faucets and plumbing||$250 - $1,450||12% - 16%|
* Labor not included
Bathroom remodeling costs include labor at $50 to $75 per hour. Labor accounts for 40% to 65% of your total budget. Always ask for a detailed bid and invoice that breaks out all materials and labor, including demolition and disposal fees.
You’ll probably need a plumber, a general contractor who specializes in bathrooms and kitchens, and possibly other specialists (suck as a licensed electrician). Those prices break down further:
Interior bathroom demolition costs $1,000 to $2,300. Prices can go higher if you’re removing and moving walls to create a different footprint. For the experienced DIYer, this is a good place to save money by doing it yourself or assisting the contractor. However, a demo can get expensive quickly if you take out a load bearing wall, cut electrical lines or divert a water pipe. Avoid the risk by hiring a pro.
|Fixtures||Economy or Off-The-Shelf||High-End or Custom-Built|
|Toilet||$100 - $600||$1,000 - $6,000|
|Sink||$100 - $450||$700 - $4,000|
|Tub||$200 - $900||$1,000 - $6,000|
|Vanity Cabinet||$200 - $800||$1,000 - $6,000|
Determine your total budget for fixtures and plan accordingly:
Economy and off-the-shelf: $500-$2,000
Luxury and custom: $4,000-$22,000 or more
Building permits cost $350 to $1,800. Price is location dependent so contact your local building code enforcement or permitting agency for details. In most cases, your contractor takes care of all permitting and includes this in your project price. Note that getting a permit is easy; but passing an inspection can incur additional fees.
|Brand||Typical Prices (materials + labor)||Services|
|Re-Bath||$5,000+||Complete bath remodel services|
|Bath Fitter||$5,000+||Tub & shower surrounds|
|Bath Planet||$5,000 - $15,000||Tub & shower surrounds|
|Home Depot||$5,000 - $25,000+||Full bath remodels|
|Lowes||$5,000 - $25,000+||Full bath remodels|
|Luxury Bath||$5,500 - $9,000||Tub & Shower systems|
You'll pay an average of $125 per square foot for a bathroom remodel. However, materials might push that price up or down. Luxury appliances and finishes can quickly double or triple your budget.
|Bathroom size (square feet)||Total Price|
|3x5 (15)||$1,500 - $2,250|
|6x4 (24)||$2,400 - $3,600|
|4x8 (32)||$3,200 - $4,800|
|6x6 (36)||$3,600 - $5,400|
|5x8 (40)||$4,000 - $6,000|
|5x9 (45)||$4,500 - $6,750|
|7x9 (63)||$6,300 - $9,450|
|8x10 (80)||$8,000 - $12,000|
|9x10 (90)||$9,000 - $13,500|
Master bath remodels run $10,000 to $25,000. The average homeowner can expect to pay about $18,000 for a complete master bathroom renovation. This includes a separate tub, shower, double vanity and larger space for cabinets and fixtures.
"Relocations of plumbing fixtures or changing the layout of the bathroom make the biggest impact on bathroom remodeling costs. It doesn't matter the size of the bathroom, whenever you change location or layout for a bathroom's sinks, tub and toilet, that's where your expenses are skyrocketing"
- Meir Barzilai, Responsible Managing Officer & President of Design and Build of Treeium, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Small bathroom remodels cost $1,500 to $15,000. Simple cosmetic upgrades like paint, fixtures and lights run from $1,000 to $3,500. A complete tear out and replacement runs $5,000 to $15,000.
Small bathrooms are often less expensive to remodel than larger ones because they have less square footage. This means fewer materials involved to make them look brand new and less time needed to install them.
It might cost $1,000 to $15,000 or more just to expand the size of your bathroom. The variables involved in each unique space can make each project budget different. You’ll need to consider rerouting electrical and plumbing, adding structural headers and adding insulation.
Rerouting electrical wiring costs: $650–$2,200
Installing plumbing costs: $400–$1,900
Structural engineer fees: $350–$725
Drywall installation prices: $1,000–$2,900
Framing costs: $500–$1,500
Architect fees: $1,000–$2,000
It’ll cost anywhere from $1,500 to $9,000 to remodel a bathroom for handicap accessibility for people with disabilities. Each upgrade is circumstance dependent. For example, for one individual you may need to install railings and widen the doorway, for another you might install a walk-in bathtub.
|Installation (materials + labor)||Low Range||Mid-Range||High Range|
|Install bathtub||$400 - $1,500||$2,600 - $4,100||$6,000 - $8,000|
|Install cabinets||$1,200 - $3,500||$4,700 - $7,000||$8,000 - $13,000|
|Install countertops||$900 - $2,000||$2,800 - $4,100||$5,000 - $6,500|
|Install flooring||$800 - $2,000||$2,500 - $3,600||$5,000 - $7,000|
|Install lighting fixture||$120 - $900||$1,100 - $1,700||$2,500 - $4,000|
|Install shower||$450 - $2,000||$3,000 - $4,800||$6,000 - $10,000|
|Install sink||$190 - $900||$1,400 - $2,300||$3,500 - $6,500|
|Install toilet||$130 - $250||$340 - $480||$550 - $780|
Low range: economy grade or basic fixtures from home improvement stores
Mid-range: higher end home improvement offerings and specialty stores
High-range: custom made, one-of-a-kind or specialty order items
Bathroom cabinets cost $250 to $3,000 or more. Consider matching your kitchen and bath cabinetry when remodeling one or both. For a budget-friendly method, try refinishing them instead of buying new. Not only is it a fraction of the price, but most pros can match new installs with existing boxes.
"A large, walk-in shower has become the most desired feature of the master bathroom. At the very high-end, you could add a soaking tub in there, but a walk-in shower is definitely the top priority."
Dan DiClerico, HomeAdvisor Smart Home Strategist and Home Expert.
Shower remodeling costs $2,300 to $8,600 depending on the level of materials and time. On the low end you’ll find premade surrounds for a bathtub and shower combination, standard in many homes. For the luxury master bath, consider installing a separate shower and soaker tub separately. A walk-in shower remodel costs $5,000 to $15,000.
The economical choice are premade kits which range anywhere from $200 to $8,000. Companies like BathWrap and Bath Fitter costs vary depending on the styles you choose. Most provide free estimates.
Installing a bathtub costs $1,000 to $5,500 or more. There are many options from cast iron to fiberglass. You can also refinish a tub using a service or a DIY kit, including the following:
Miracle method services costs $500–$650 for the tub or $1,000–$2,000 for the tub and surround. The price includes all materials and labor.
Rust-Oleum kits run as little as $25. These kits mimic the miracle method for DIYers.
You’ll spend anywhere from $100 to $3,500 redoing a bathroom floor. Custom luxury installations can reach $7,000. Floor installation pricing ranges depending on what materials you use.
Vinyl Plank: $150–$800
Wood plank: $200–$1,700
You’ll spend anywhere from $100 to $1,000 or more redoing or installing new plumbing or electrical fixtures. Any issues with your plumbing or electricity during the renovation raises the bill. Check both electrical and plumbing before starting. However, you can’t plan for all issues that might arise during a renovation.
Including both labor and materials, expect to spend the following on electrical or plumbing upgrades:
Toilets cost: $225–$550
Sinks cost: $225–$600
Light fixture cost: $150–$900
New plumbing costs: $150–$500
New outlet installation costs: $130–$300
Water heater installation costs: $825–$1,600
Bathroom vanities cost $300 to $3,800. However, luxury and custom work in large rooms can quickly exceed $10,000. For most projects, a vanity, which includes both the counter and cabinet, is used.
|City or State||Average Cost Range|
|New Jersey||$8,000 - $18,750|
|Los Angeles||$12,000 - $25,600|
|Atlanta||$7,000 - $18,000|
|San Francisco||$11,000 - $25,500|
|Florida||$5,000 - $12,000|
|Minnesota||$5,500 - $12,600|
|Las Vegas||$7,300 - $16,000|
|Massachusetts||$5,600 - $12,600|
|San Diego||$10,000 - $23,500|
|Chicago||$5,600 - $13,600|
|Seattle||$6,400 - $15,300|
|Northern Virginia||$5,500 - $14,000|
|Boston||$6,800 - $15,600|
Cost data is based on actual project costs reported by HomeAdvisor members.
Bathroom repair costs run anywhere from $1,500 to $20,000 or more. Renovations and remodels differ significantly.
Renovating, or rehabilitating, refers to the process of repairing something to make it like new again. This includes fixing damage, repainting and resurfacing. Your fixtures and configuration stay as is.
Remodeling generally involves replacing or upgrading to new fixtures, tubs, showers and tile. This process often also involves new layouts and design work. The price of replacing a bathroom depends heavily on the size and quality you want, but it’s more expensive than renovating
Insurance sometimes pays for repair work, depending on the cause. Remodels are almost always out of pocket expenses entirely on the homeowner.
Bathroom makeovers cost anywhere from $300 to $3,000. Typically, updating entails simple and economical changes to gain dramatic results. Common upgrades include:
A fresh coat of paint
Addition of a new sink
Added wall shelves or artwork
You’ll spend $3,000 to $8,000 on the typical remodel. Anywhere from 40% to 65% of a bath upgrade cost comes from labor. However, doing any project yourself means no insurance and added fees if something goes wrong. Hire a professional for any work you’re not comfortable doing, such as the plumbing and electrical. Consider the pros and cons of DIY vs professional bathroom remodeling.
Bathroom remodels provide 60% to 70% resale returns as a home improvement project. However, this project isn’t cheap. It is essential to plan your remodeling ideas ahead of time. Then, hire a remodeling contractor for the job. Ask questions, set realistic expectations, get accurate cost estimates and budgeting from the start. Also spend time learning how to work with a bathroom contractor.
“The most cost-efficient bathroom remodel is to keep the existing infrastructure,” Tschudi says. “If you can keep the toilet, bath/shower, and sink/lavatory in the same locations, you will get the result you want at a fraction of the cost of a complete remodel.”
A remodel involves various areas of expertise: construction, plumbing, electrical and lighting. Get value for your money. Avoid additional repairs and maintenance from their mistakes. Talk to your contractor at the start of the project about:
How they deal with mistakes, damage and repairs
If they offer an expressed warranty or guarantee
If they have any previous reference work that demonstrates their skill
How they bid the project: by the hour, square foot or as a total
Other fees that might get tacked on, such as mold removal inside of walls
See our full list of bathroom contractor questions to ask
As part of a quote and schedule agreement, experienced contractors give you:
A written schedule
An itemized list of all materials, labor, permits and any other costs
A list of the construction tasks they’ll perform and prices for each
Deadlines for each task
Agreements for penalties if deadlines aren’t met
This helps prevent disagreements along the way. It also gives you clear expectations about how long the project should take to complete.
A few other points to remember:
Get everything in writing. This includes a payment schedule, contract with total amounts, guarantees and warranties.
Typically, don’t pay anything up front. Only pay for work completed. Often, you’ll pay at milestones, such as the halfway point of work.
Always check licenses and previous work. Don’t just take the contractor's word. Look at reviews and talk to previous clients. HomeAdvisor prescreens all contractors.
Inexpensive bathroom remodeling helps keep prices down and returns high. A few tips to help you save some money include:
Do the demolition yourself. Ripping out old tile and tubs isn’t fun and takes an eye for detail to avoid damaging pipes or electrical work. But it’ll save you about $1,000.
Do your own painting. Painting is a great DIY project. It takes a little skill for a professional finish, but it’s forgiving if you make mistakes.
Buy off-the-shelf fixtures in the clearance aisle. They might not be high end, but they’ll look new and help freshen up the overall look.
Reuse sinks and toilets. If it isn’t broken, try reusing it instead of buying new.
Resurface tubs, counters, cabinets and tile. You can cut costs in half by resurfacing rather than buying new.
For better ROI, get custom tile. If it’s in your budget, put in a tile surround for the tub or shower and floor. You’ll get a better return on the investment, especially if you plan to sell.
A one-day bathroom remodel costs anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. It typically involves installing a new shower kit, toilet, sink and vanity.
It will cost you $1,000 to $2,000 to completely gut or demo a bathroom.
High-end bathroom remodels cost anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000 or more.
Redoing a condo bathroom falls in the typical range of $7,000 to $15,000. Make sure you check with your Homeowners Association (HOA) prior to making any changes.
Repairing a shower room costs $200 to $5,000 depending on the type and extent of damage. For example, repainting might only run a couple hundred while replacing a fiberglass tub and surround can hit $5,000.
Retiling a bathroom shower costs $3 to $20 per square foot . Expect to pay the same for floors and backsplashes. Custom artistic work, such as mosaics in your bathroom surround, can run as high as $100 per square foot.
A mobile home bathroom renovation typically comes in at $3,000 to $7,000. However, your imagination and budget are really the only limiting factors.
Ask yourself these questions before planning.
Why do you want to remodel the bathroom?
Is it to modernize the functionality?
To update the style and color?
Who is it for: female, male, adult or kid?
How will it flow with the rest of the house based on the style you choose?
Does it fit your lifestyle? How you plan to design it reflects both your aesthetic taste and lifestyle, and all of this impacts your costs and price range for accessories.
Maybe you live a fast-paced lifestyle where you never have time for more than a quick shower in the morning.
Perhaps you like a long, leisurely, relaxing soak in a jetted tub at night.
Ask yourself if the design style should be classic or contemporary, mid-century modern or Bohemian chic.
Approach your contractor with many examples of your remodel ideas, including pictures from home decor magazines, links to design ideas on the web and paint chips from the hardware store. The more information a contractor has ahead of time, the more your bath remodel ideas will turn out exactly how you want it.
Here are some examples that might help you define how to remodel your bathroom: