How Much Do Ceramic Tile Installers Charge?

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If you’re tiling a room in your house, aside from materials, the next highest cost is labor.

While labor costs can vary greatly depending on the region, having a general sense of installation prices will allow you to budget appropriately. Plus, knowing these numbers can help you decide whether you should tile the floor yourself or if you can afford to hire out the job.

So, how much do ceramic tiles installers charge? 

We’ve looked at several scenarios below to help you get a good idea.

What’s the Average Labor Cost to Have Tile Installed?

The labor costs to have tile installed range from $4-$25 per square foot depending on where you live and which company does the work. According to Home Depot, floor tile installation is $6.50 per square foot. Your best bet for finding affordable quality work is to get several estimates from local companies.

How Much Do Ceramic Tile Installers Charge: The Data

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We looked at several sources to figure out how much ceramic tile installation costs for labor only. 

First, Home Advisor estimates that labor costs between $4-$25 per square foot depending on the location and experience of the installers.

The Home Depot, on the other hand, estimates that their tile floor installs run about $6.50 per square foot in labor charges.

According to Porch, the average installation cost runs from $10.09 to $15.46 per square foot.

These prices are for ceramic floor installs and do contain the cost of materials. Also, the price for installation goes up slightly for showers and walls.

Costs will also be dependent on the type of pattern you’d like your floors laid in and the levelness of your existing subfloor. The less prep work an installer has to do, the cheaper the install will be.

What Does Ceramic Tile Installation Include?

The labor included in ceramic tile installation will largely depend upon your individual space and what’s needed.

In general, ceramic tile installation will include the following:

  • Floor prep/installing cement backer board (if needed)
  • Tile layout and installation
  • Cleanup
Ceramic tile installation does not include ripping out your old floor. This is a separate cost that you need to consider if you have not done this yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ceramic Tile Installation

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How much does it cost to have old ceramic tile removed?

According to HomeWyse, it costs, on average, $1.54 – $3.30 per square foot to have ceramic tile removed. You can input your zip code on the Homewyse calculator to see specific estimates for your area.

How much does it cost to tile a 12 x 12 room?

A 12 x 12 room is 144 square feet. This means the average labor installation would cost $576 – $3,600. If we go with the Home Depot estimate of $6.50 per square foot, labor costs would be $936 for a 144 square foot room.

You’ll also need to factor in the cost of materials for an accurate estimate. Materials include the tile, concrete backer board, thin set, grout, and grout sealer.

How much does it cost to tile a 1,500 square foot house?

The labor costs for tiling a 1,500 square foot house will, on average, run between $6,000 – $37,500. As long as the subfloors are relatively level, you’re probably looking at the lower end of the estimate since many contractors give discounts based on the size of the job.

However, other factors influencing the price include the tile you chose and the pattern you want it laid in.

You should get several estimates for a space this large before hiring a company for your tile installation.

What are the labor costs to tile a shower?

It costs slightly more to tile a shower than it does to tile a floor. This is because shower tiles often require extra mortar to stick to the walls securely. For example, The Home Depot estimates the cost of labor for floor tile installation to be $6.50 per square foot and for shower tile to be $8.00 per square foot.


The cost for ceramic tile installers vary, mainly depending on location.

Other factors influencing the tile install price are the preparations a contractor needs to make before tiling your floors. For instance, if your floors are uneven, it’s going to cost you more in floor prep charges.

The best way to keep costs down is to do prep work yourself if necessary (and if you have the skills to do so) and get several estimates before hiring a contractor.

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Katie Barton lives with her husband and three daughters in an 1800’s style log cabin in southern Ohio. She thinks cleaning is relaxing and is considered the organizing go-to person by her family and friends. She runs the blog Cabin Lane where she shares about cleaning, decluttering, and minimalism. See full biography here.

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