The cost to remodel a bathroom depends on several factors. The size, the extent of damage (if applicable), the price of new fixtures, the part of the country you live in, the number of fixtures being replaced, and the cost of wall finishes, flooring, and paint can all influence the final price of a remodel.
In 2019, the National Association of Remodeling published a study that estimated the cost of a bathroom renovation to be right around $35,000 on average in the United States.
Fixr.com estimates that homeowners are currently spending between $15,000 and $20,000 on average, with up to $50,000 on the high-end.
HomeAdvisor, another popular source for remodeling information, says that homeowners are spending just under $11,000 at the time of this post, with $6,000 on the low-end and $15,000 on the high-end.
How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom in Arizona?
HomeAdvisor also has a ‘Bathroom Remodel Cost Calculator’ that lets users input their zip code and outputs the average cost for that area. For example, the cost to remodel a bathroom in the Phoenix, Arizona area is $11,185 on average. The tool also lists the ‘Typical Range’ for what homeowners are paying in Phoenix of $6,500 to $16,400, plus a ‘Low End’ price of $2,500 and a ‘High End’ price of $25,000.
Bathroom Remodeling Cost Breakdown
While there are plenty of different places to find information on how much it costs to remodel a bathroom, the numbers vary significantly. Due to there being so many factors that affect the cost of a bathroom remodel, it may be easier to calculate how much your renovation project will cost with a breakdown.
According to HomeAdvisor, the national average for bathroom materials is between $2,100 to $9,000 or about 30 to 60 percent of the total budget.
|Line Item||Typical Range*||Percent of Total Budget|
|Fixtures (toilets, sinks)||$20 – $1,800||10% – 20%|
|Showers||$300 – $3,000||5% – 25%|
|Batroom 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%|
Fixtures (toilets, bidets, bathtubs, and sinks) typically take up between 10 and 20 percent of the total budget and cost between $200 and $1,800 on average. A high-end toilet can cost between $1,000 and $6,000, versus $100 to $600 for a standard one. A high-end or custom-made sink can run between $700 and $4,000, with an economy one costing just $100 to $450. A premade tub from your local DIY store will cost about $200 to $900, but a high-end unit can run anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000. Shower units can take up between five percent of the budget on the low-end and 25 percent on the high-end. Showers come in all shapes and sizes, from premade models to fully custom-built, and cost anywhere from $300 to $3,000. The bathroom vanity often consumes between 10 and 30 percent of the bath remodel budget and, depending on the quality of construction, type of wood, and length of the unit, you can expect to spend between $300 and $3,800 on average. An off-the-shelf vanity ranges from $200 to $800, while a high-end unit costs $1,000 to $6,000. Countertop prices depend on the material used, costing about $200 for inexpensive laminate to up to $1,000 for a stone finish. HomeAdvisor suggests that countertops should take up somewhere between five and 10 percent of the budget. Lights, like many of the items detailed, can be relatively inexpensive (around $100) to high-end (upwards of $400) depending on the fixture(s) chosen. But lighting doesn’t take up more than five to seven percent of the budget on average. Bathroom fans are relatively inexpensive at about $50; however, if you need a more powerful unit, you can pay up to $300. The bath fan shouldn’t take up more than two to five percent of the budget. Flooring, due to having so many popular options available, will range anywhere from $200 to $1,350. Material and square footage play a significant role in determining pricing. Most people are spending between 10 and 15 percent of their total budgets on their floors. Door(s) and window(s) makeup about eight to 10 percent of the budget and cost between $200 and $1,800. Paint is relatively inexpensive and can cost between $150 to $500, depending on the number of square feet that need to be painted. Paint and painting usually take up about five to six percent of the total budget. Faucets and plumbing take up about 12 to 16 percent of the budget and cost between $250 and $1,450. This price depends greatly on the quality and style of faucets chosen as plumbing rates are relatively consistent.
Labor is calculated at roughly $50 to $75 per hour for most remodeling jobs across the country. This accounts for approximately 40 to 65 percent of the budget for a bathroom remodel. The extent of your renovation project will determine how many different people are required to get the job done. Below is a breakdown of average labor costs in the United States from HomeAdvisor.
- General contractor = $300 to $400 per day
- Plumber = $1,000 to $2,000 on average to complete the project
- Non-plumber labor = $4,000 to $8,000 in total
- Interior designer = $100 to $500
- Electrician = $50 to $100 per hour
- Drywall installer = $30 to $50 per hour
The bathroom demo shouldn’t take more than $1,000 to $2,300 to completely remove the old fixtures and dispose of them. Demolition costs should equate to roughly 15 percent of the budget.
Building permits, while necessary, don’t typically cost much to acquire. According to HomeAdvisor, permits usually range from $350 to $1,800 or around one percent of the total remodel cost. This number depends on your locality and the building codes enforced within it.
Frequently Asked Bathroom Remodeling Questions (FAQs)
Can I Remodel a Bathroom for Under $5,000?
A small bathroom can be remodeled for under $5,000; however, as noted above, the average bathroom ranges from $6,000 to $15,000. Many popular bathroom remodeling companies and services list their typical prices. Re-bath can do a complete bath remodel starting at $5,000. Bath Fitter can do tub and shower surrounds starting at $5,000. Bath Planet does tub and shower surrounds from $5,000 to $15,000. Home Depot will completely remodel your bathroom for an average cost of $5,000 to $25,000. Lowes also does complete bath remodels for $5,000 to $25,000 on average. Luxury Bath does tub and shower systems for $5,500 to $9,000.
How Much Does a Small Bathroom Remodel Cost?
A small bathroom, from 15 to 40 square feet, costs anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000. This number dramatically depends on the quality of materials and the amount of labor required. A 45- to 80-square-foot bath remodel project will run between $4,500 on the low-end up to $12,000 on the high-end.
|Bathroom size (square feet)||Total Price|
|3×5 (15)||$1,500 – $2,250|
|6×4 (24)||$2,400 – $3,600|
|4×8 (32)||$3,200 – $4,800|
|6×6 (36)||$3,600 – $5,400|
|5×8 (40)||$4,000 – $6,000|
|5×9 (45)||$4,500 – $6,000|
|7×9 (63)||$6,300 – $9,450|
|8×10 (80)||$8,000 – $12,000|
|9×10 (90)||$9,000 – $13,500|
What is the Most Expensive Part of Bathroom Remodeling?
The most expensive part of bathroom remodeling is either the cost of the materials used or the amount of labor required to complete the job. More often than not, materials makeup the more significant portion of a bathroom renovation budget.
What Should I Not Do When Remodeling My Bathroom?
Don’t go too cheap! When getting bids from various contractors, the cheapest option may not necessarily deliver the best results. Similarly, if choosing off-the-shelf, low-end materials, you may find that they don’t hold up as well as more expensive alternatives.
How Long Does it Take to Remodel a Bathroom?
A complete bathroom makeover can take between two to three weeks to finish, with very few projects exceeding more than five weeks. The amount of prep-work, the accessibility of materials chosen, and the contractor’s availability can all impact the completion date.