Kitchen Backsplash Installation Cost

The average cost of a kitchen backsplash is between $26 – $42 per sq. ft., including the removal and installation steps. Should you choose to do the work yourself, we estimate that the cost of backsplash installation falls to $18 – $28 per sq. ft. We discuss cost factors further down on this page.
Low Cost$18.00 – $28.00 per sq. ft.
Average Cost$26.00 – $42.00 per sq. ft. 
High Cost$38.00 – $100.00+ per sq. ft.

If you’ve selected a few kitchen backsplash options that beautifully complement your countertop selection, then you’re ready for backsplash prices to compare as you plan your budget. This page of backsplash prices and costs covers both materials and labor, so you’ll have a clear idea of what an installed backsplash will cost and how you can save money on the type you want. The cost of kitchen backsplash installation is usually between $13 and $118 per square foot, with the backsplash materials and installation included, as well as removal of the old backsplash, if there is one.

Kitchen Backsplash Installation Cost
Basic Cost EstimateAverage Cost EstimateHigh Cost Estimate
Expect to Pay$18.00 – $28.00 per sq. ft. $26.00 – $42.00 per sq. ft. $38.00 – $100.00+ per sq. ft.
Backsplash TypeTin / Tile / Glass BrickTile / Onyx / Glass / MarbleStainless Steel / Stone / Marble
Remove Old BacksplashNoYesYes
Replace / Repair DrywallNoYes / NoYes
Job ComplexityEasyModerateComplex
Pro or DIYDIYDIY / ProPro

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Types of Kitchen Backsplashes, Your Options

A backsplash offers protection for your walls while enhancing the beauty of your kitchen remodel. Some homeowners select the same material as the countertop, so the backsplash becomes an extension of it. Others prefer a contrast, something that stands apart as its own element making a unique contribution to the design.

A tile or brick backsplash gives you the most options since they are available in a vast array of styles, shapes and sizes. When a combination of styles is used, custom designs can be achieved. Tile offers durability and easy cleanup too, though textured bricks can be a challenge to clean. Natural stone backsplashes require a bit more TLC, but stone’s beauty attracts the eye as few other materials can. Metals and glass have their own allures, and each is easy to maintain and clean.

Backsplash Cost & Prices with Installation

What is the cost of backsplash installation? The backsplash prices chart below gives you the opportunity to compare the material and labor costs for your favorite backsplash options. You’ll also find it useful as you compile an entire kitchen remodel budget from our cost pages on countertops, cabinets, islands, sinks, flooring and other essential kitchen elements.

Table: Cost of Kitchen Backsplash: A Comparison at a Glance

Type of BacksplashMaterial Cost (sq. ft.)Installation Cost (sq. ft.)Removal Cost (sq. ft.)Total Cost (sq. ft.)
Tile Backsplash$4-$8$7-$20$3-$5$14-$33
Onyx Backsplash$10-$40$10-$18$2-$4$22-$62
Marble Backsplash$10-$95    $10-$18$2-$4$22-$117
Stainless Steel & Metal Backsplash$60-$90$6-$12$2-$3$68-$105
Tin Backsplash$3-$15$8-$15$2-$3$13-$33
Stone Backsplash$50-$100$8-$14$2-$4$60-$118
Glass Backsplash$5-$30$7-$20$3-$5$15-$55
Brick Backsplash$5-$16$7-$20$3-$5$15-$41

Factors Affecting Cost

As you browse the backsplash pricing table, you’ll notice significant ranges for some costs. Here are reasons for the spectrum of costs and other factors backsplash prices:

  • Material Type – Clearly, the material for the backsplash you choose will affect the cost of the backsplash. The cheapest type of backsplash you can buy are tile blacksplashes, as they are relatively inexpensive to produce. However, the price of tile backsplash will vary depending on the pattern, size, thickness and glazing finish of the tile. The most expensive backsplash will be marble, stainless steel or stone. With marble this is clearly because the material itself is more expensive to buy, just as you will find with the cost of marble countertops, however with stainless steel or stone it’s simply because the material is more difficult to work with and requires more specialist tools and experience
  • Material Grade – Not all materials are created equal! Stone, marble and tiles are all available in different grades of material and subsequently, the price will be affected by the grade you choose. Stone for example is available in good/better/best grades, and the price rises accordingly
  • Backsplash Removal Cost – If you have backsplash to remove, then the price of backsplash removal is usually quoted at $2 – $5 per sq. ft. You can save money by removing the old backsplash yourself, but beware of any damage that you do to the underlying drywall as this will cost money to repair
  • Drywall Repair – If there is old backsplash to remove, such as old tiles, then it’s likely the drywall will get damaged in the process of removal, it’s therefore important to factor in the cost of drywall repair into your job. A small drywall repair job will usually cost around $100 for patching, but clearly this price will vary depending on the amount of patching required. Since sheets of drywall can cost between $6.00 and $15.00 each, the sq. ft. of the repair job will be the main deciding factor in the price
  • Choosing Tile?  – Within each grade, the larger the stone tile is, the more it costs due to the relative rarity of larger stones to cut into tile.
  • Complexity – The design can impact the price of your job. For tile work, mosaic designs are installed at a premium cost. Also keep in mind that where more cutting is required, prices will go up. So before requesting estimates from a contractor, look at how much cutting you think might be required, a large amount of cutting will put the price up
  • Where you LiveYour area’s cost of living will determine where on the cost spectrum your backsplash estimates fall
  • DIY or Pro – Backsplash installation costs are, like removal, quoted per sq. ft. The cost to install backsplash usually be between $6 – $22 per sq. ft. Therefore, by doing the job yourself you can save significant amounts. For example, the average backsplash job will be around 25 sq. ft. Therefore by doing the job yourself you can save between $375 and $2,000 +. But you need the time, the skills and the tools to be able to do the job yourself
  • Handyman or Pro – Who you hire to install your backsplash will affect cost and possibly the quality of the work. Handymen services cost less than those of a backsplash installation specialist. If you’re using a general contractor that is coordinating the subcontractors such as the backsplash installer, you’ll pay a premium for that service.

Backsplash Installation Time Schedule

A kitchen backsplash will usually be installed by two pro’s. The time schedule for installation is shown below:

  • Backsplash removal – It will usually take between 2 – 3 hours to remove the old kitchen backsplash
  • Drywall repair / installation / patching – Usually, drywall repair will take 1-2 hours to complete and between 6-12 hours (overnight) to dry out ready for backsplash installation
  • Backsplash cutting and planning – Tile backsplashes don’t require any cutting but take longer to install, therefore you can expect preparation for tile backsplashes to take less time than others, but more time to install. Cutting and planning usually takes around 1-2 hours
  • Backsplash installation – To install backsplash, complete any grouting and cleanup the area you can usually expect it to take 6 – 10 hours in total

Ways to Save on your Backsplash

Removing the old backsplash will reduce costs, but proceed with caution. If you choose any of the natural stone materials, some lesser grades are beautiful and durable, so provide the opportunity to save money at little sacrifice to aesthetics.

Installing your own backsplash will reduce your costs to the supplies and tools required, but it includes the risk of costs associated with damaged materials and improper installation.

The most effective way to lower the cost of backsplash installation while protecting your investment is to request written estimates from several experienced installers with a good reputation. The service we offer is free, and there is no obligation. You’ll receive estimates from pre-screened, licensed backsplash installers in your area. Most backsplash installers also install countertops, so they can combine the two estimates into one.

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