Cost to install wall tile for a shower

Submitted by: thomp153 Corona, CA – Friday, July 20, 2012

I need to know how much it would cost to have a shower tiled. It is a small corner shower. The pan is 32×32 and it is a corner shower so only 2 walls will need to be tiled. However the walls need to be prepped for tile i.e. new dry wall or cement board.

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price: $500

Consensus Price: $880

High Price: $880



  1. Approximately 48 square feet of tile at $8 per square foot installation (approx $400) plus $10 per square foot materials ($480) for a total of $880. Exceeds the legal cost for an unlicensed handyman in CA.

  2. How much would it cost to just install the tile. Backer board and everything else has already been done. Just apply cement, place tile, cut and grout..
    Shower walls no tub..

    • For just a basic install I usually charge $4-$5 a square foot and of they want a diamond pattern or deceptive I’ll charge am where depending how big I’ll charge anywhere from $5+ $10

  3. I am trying to get a business started and not sure what to charge to tear out a old fiberglass tub and shower and install a shower pan (move drain about one and a half feet), install backer board, install tile. Not sure about faucet yet

    • Start by taking a guess in broad strokes about how many days you think it will take you to complete the task. 1 day? 2 days? 1/2 a day? Then figure the charge based on your daily rate. Or, when in doubt, charge by the hour.

What would a fair price be?