An Above Ground Pool is nowadays an essential component of our house. Especially in the harsh summer days when the sun rats make your scratch your head. You can obviously visit a Public Swimming pool, however, but they are always crowded, and if you think you can avoid the “Peak Hour” then let me tell you, it stays throughout the day. It is advantageous if you don’t already have an in-ground swimming pool in your backyard. It has a lot of advantages over the traditional in-ground pool from both economical and convenience point of view. 

So, if you are someone who is looking forward to buying one of these above ground pools and wondering about the overall cost, then this article is for you. The Above Ground Swimming Pool ranges from budget models to luxurious models. Most of the people make the choice of buying the swimming pool mainly because of the affordability and convenience it provides. How much precisely does an above ground pool cost? Well, this depends on various factors such as size, feature and material. Let’s find out everything in today’s article. We will also try to compare it with an In-Ground swimming pool so you can have a clear idea. 

Above Ground Pools Vs In-Ground Pool

The overall cost of the In-Ground pool is significantly very expensive as compared to the Above Ground Pool since you have to spend on the construction, decking as well as on accessories. However, they last much longer than the Above Ground Pools. You also have to rescale your home to make space for it. On that note, if you don’t own the house, then you are out of luck. The Above Ground Pools are more comfortable to remove. Thus you can get this even if you live on rent if you relocate you can take the pool with you. They can be installed a lot faster and, in most cases, only one day while an In-Ground pool takes several weeks to construct. The size of an Above Ground Pool can be as large as In-Ground Pool, and they both require about the same maintenance. An Above Ground Pool without a deck is also more challenging to clean. On Average, the above ground pool will last 7 to 15 years, and the pool liners will last around six years. On the other hand, an in-ground pool will last more than 20 years.

Average Above Ground Pool Prices

As said before the Above Ground Pool comes in a variety of different price ranges and size is one of the factors which plays an essential role in determining the cost. While you can get a large-sized pool for a few hundred bucks, but they will only last you a few seasons. Checkout some average price of the above ground pool according to the size. Bear in mind that the price may vary from Brand to Brand.

  • 12’ round – $1,050.00
  • 15’ round – $1,750.00
  • 18’ round – $3,050.00

The prices shown above are for round pools, and this is not the only shape it comes in. Below are the average prices for Oval or Rectangular pool.

  • 24’x12’ – $2,500.00
  • 33’x18’ – $3,100.00
  • 41’x21’ – $4,500.00

Pool Kits and Installation

The prices we have mentioned above are just for the pool, which includes the pool liners, edging, sides, pump and the ladder. There are pool kits available for DIYers which makes the installation of the pool much easier So if you decide to do it yourself then you just need to spend around $200, get the pool installation kit and call some of the buddies to help you in this project. The levelling the sand requires some help, and you just have to share some food and drink with people who came for help.

In another case, if you decide to get it done professionally, then you have to pay around $1,000.00 to $3,000.0 as the installation cost which requires levelling the ground, laying down the sand and making adjustments to run electricity for the pump. 

Features and Add-Ons

The pool already comes with a pump and a ladder, and there are few other accessories which you might want to buy along with your swimming pool. Some of these are just some added features, while some are a necessity to prolong the life of the pool. 

Winter Cover

Closing the pool is essential in the winter days when the pool is not in use. The weather can affect the swimming pool and can also damage it. Buying a pool cover will make sure the pool stays away from leaves and other debris. You can also choose to buy pool pillows which float on the water and support the pool cover.


Installing a heater in your above ground pool is great if you live in a warmer client. So, you can keep the pool open through the year. These are very affordable and cost only around $200 to $500 bucks. They run on either Gas, Solar or electric.

Pool Maintenance

Maintaining the pool is very important, and here you have to spare some bucks for chemicals which keeps the pool away from algae and bacteria. The total cost of maintaining the pool will come around $100 per year, and this does include the purchase of skimmer, brush and the vacuum.


If you want to buy a pool and at the same time, you don’t want to deal with the process and hassle of installing a built-in swimming pool and simply want something to splash around it quickly then an above ground pool is an excellent choice for you. You also don’t have to worry about the cost since they are very affordable and you will surely find something which fits in your budget.

Also, make sure to take proper care of your above ground swimming pool to prolong its longevity. This will last you several seasons, and the more it lasts the overall cost of the swimming pool falls. So, hopefully, this article was helpful for you and have found what you are looking for. In case you still have any doubt then don’t forget to let us know in the comments below. Suggestions are also welcome, and we will be back with another exciting topic soon.

Erica Puisis
Erica Puisis holds a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in outdoor structures and recreational spaces. Since joining our website as a platform in 2020, Erica has provided insights into above-ground pool selection, installation tips, and maintenance practices. Her background includes roles in civil project management and as a freelance outdoor living consultant. Erica is a keen swimmer in her leisure time and participates in community environmental initiatives.

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