How Much Does a Concrete Driveway Cost?

Common Range: $6.85 – $16.50 / Square Foot Installed

National Average: $11.75 / Square Foot

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Updated: October 14, 2022, by: Steve Hansen

Average Cost of Concrete Driveway Installation

The average installation cost of a new cement or concrete driveway is $11.75 per square foot, or $7,520 for a residential driveway that is 40 feet long and 16 feet wide, with a small parking pad at the area closest to your home or garage. When removal of old concrete or significant excavation is required, the cost will be higher. Coloring, acid-staining, stamping the concrete or embedding stone or tile in it all raise the cost even higher.

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Average Costs

Average Do It Yourself cost
$5.85 / Sq Ft
Average Contractor Installed Cost
$11.75 / Square Foot
Typical Cost Range
$6.85 – $16.50 / Sqft

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Overview of Paved Concrete Driveways

A concrete driveway can be very expensive, and there is a wide range of factors involved in installation or driveway replacement cost. The benefit of concrete over asphalt however, is a much longer lasting driveway that is easier to clean and proves a greater curb appeal for your home in the long run.

Note: Many refer to concrete and cement in the same way. This is slightly incorrect as cement itself is just an aggregate of the concrete and what is used as one part of the concrete mixture. To that end, we’ve interwoven both terms so there is no confusion between a concrete or cement driveway.

For a new concrete cement driveway, the topsoil is removed and up to 12 inches of base of stone, gravel and/or sand is installed. The base is compacted. Frames or forms are installed, and the concrete is poured over the base and finished.

For a replacement concrete driveway, old concrete or asphalt is removed, the base is graded and improved. Frames or concrete forms are installed, and the concrete is poured and finished. In either case, the cement driveway can be enhanced in a number of ways discussed below.

This cost estimate, or Costimate, explores concrete driveway prices for the basics and for the many factors that affect cost. Costs from other informative sources and homeowner-submitted prices can be compared below.

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Driveway Cost Breakdown

Concrete Cost Factors

Here are the most important factors affecting driveway cost.

  • Driveway Size – In most communities, driveways must be a minimum of 12 feet wide for a single car driveway. There is no length requirement, but it varies from 20 feet or less for homes close to the road to more than a 100 feet on large estates. 20×20 is minimum size for a parking pad. If you drive bigger vehicles, 24×24 is better. A wider drive and pad provide necessary walk-around room, so nobody has to get out of a vehicle onto the lawn or into a snowbank. Note: Small driveways cost more per square foot than large drives when other factors are comparable.
  • Driveway Depth and Strength – Most driveways are built with concrete 4 inches thick and a strength of 2,500 to 5,000 psi (pounds it can support per square inch), with rebar wire encapsulated within the concrete to provide further strength and prevent cracking. When a motorhome or heavy equipment will be parked on the driveway, 6 inches of 5,000 psi or stronger concrete is recommended. In general, cold climates require stronger concrete to withstand freezing and thawing cycles.
  • Driveway Shape – Rectangular drives are the easiest to install. Those with turns and a turnaround bring slightly higher labor costs.
  • Removal of Old Material – Asphalt is fairly easy to remove. Concrete removal is difficult and expensive, due to the use of jackhammers and the buried rebar holding it together. For either, you’ll also have disposal costs. The upside to removing a driveway is that its gravel and sand base can be used for the new drive, reducing material costs.
  • Site Conditions and Excavating Requirements – The need for excavating varies widely based on the terrain and other site factors. The most excavating is done for new driveways; very little is needed for driveway replacement. If there are low areas between the road and the house, fill will be brought in to level the terrain. If you have an automatic driveway gate installed, it may need to be removed to complete the new driveway.
  • Enhancements & Extras – Enhancements include pigmenting, acid staining, embedding tile or stone and stamping the driveway to make it look like pavers or flagstone. Extras are items like flaring the driveway where it meets the road for easier entry and adding a turnaround to the side of the drive, so you can enter traffic forward. A list of enhancement costs is below.
  • Time of Year – During the peak of the installation season, cost estimates will probably be higher.
  • Cost of Living – If the cost of living is high in your area, expect driveway estimates on the high side of the range. In more affordable areas, they will be average to a little below average.
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Cost of Supplies, Materials and Extras

Here’s the pricing for the common ways homeowners upgrade a basic driveway to customize if for their purposes.

The range of costs for concrete driveways starts at about $6.25 per square foot. Average cost is $8.75 for basic driveways and $12 – $18 per square feet for decorative drives. Driveways with multiple enhancements can exceed $20.00 per square foot.

  • $6.25 – $9.50 per square foot | Basic concrete driveway
  • $1.15 – $2.25 per square foot | Upgrading to a thicker, stronger driveway
  • $0.75 – $2.25 per square foot extra | Designing the drive with flares, curves, a turnaround or significant slope
  • $0.90 – $2.00 per square foot | Pigmenting the concrete
  • $3.50 – $6.00 per square foot | Acid Staining the concrete
  • $2.25 – $4.00 per square foot | Stamping the concrete
  • $6.00 – $12.00 per square foot | Embedded Stone, Pavers or Tile at Perimeter
  • $1.00 – $2.00 per square foot | Asphalt driveway removal
  • $3.50 – $5.25 per square foot| Concrete driveway removal
  • $150 – $300 | Adding a 4-6″ conduit buried beneath the driveway for future projects such as a lawn sprinkler system, electrical wiring for lighting or other project, or any other small task that would normally require trenching a path through the driveway.

Concrete Driveway Cost by Size

Driveway dimensions are Width x Length

These costs are based on the common range of $6.85 – $16.50 per square foot. Multiple upgrades like stamping, staining, coloring and/or embedding stone or tile in the concrete can push costs even higher.

$1,370 – $3,300 | 10’x20’

$1,925 – $4,620 |14’x20’

$2,470 – $5,940 | 18’x20’

$4,930 – $11,880 | 18’x40’

$3,300 = $7,900 | 20’x24’

$5,480 – $13,200 | 20’x40’

$4,100 – $9,900 | 10’x20’ plus a 20’x20’ parking pad*

$5,480 – $13,200 | 10’x40’ plus a 20’x20’ parking pad

$9,590 – $23,100 | 10’x100’ plus a 20’x20’ parking pad

$4,380 – $10,560 | 12’x20’ plus a 20’x20’ parking pad

$6,028 – $14,520 | 12’x40’ plus a 20’x20’ parking pad

$7,670 – $18,480 | 12’x60’ plus a 20’x20’ parking pad

$10,960 – $26,400 | 12’x100’ plus a 20’x20’ parking pad

*Parking pads are installed immediately in front of the garage

Design Costs

Circular Driveways – Add $200 to $500 in additional labor charges for framing curved driveway portions

Pigmented Concrete – Add $0.50 – $1.50 per square foot

Acid-Stained Concrete – Add $3.50 to $6.00 per square foot, though complex designs might cost more

Stamped Concrete – Add $2.25 to $4.00 per square foot based on design complexity

Embedded Stone, Pavers or Tile at Perimeter – Add $6.00 to $12.00 per square foot of embedded material.

Depth and Strength Upgrades

  • 3,500 PSI @ 4” thick – No Upcharge
  • 3,500 PSI @ 6” thick – Add $2.00 to $4.00 per square foot
  • 5,000 PSI @ 4” thick – Add up to $1.00 per square foot
  • 5,000 PSI @ 6” thick – Add $2.50 to $5.00 per square foot

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Permits, Inspection, and Labor Costs

Permits and Inspection

$0 – $200 | Not all cities or counties require a driveway permit. Check with your local building codes office to determine whether you or your driveway contractor will have to obtain one.

Concrete Driveway Installation Labor Cost

  • $3.25 – $10.00+ per square foot | Installing a concrete driveway is a labor-intensive project. The labor portion of the total cost is two-thirds to three-quarters of the total cost, especially when the drive has a complex design or is stained or stamped. Keep in mind that this part of the cost covers the contractor’s equipment costs, travel costs, insurance and  crew wages.

Installation Time

The size and scope of the driveway determine how long it takes to install.

For an average 700 square foot drive that includes a parking pad, here is a typical time frame.

  • 1-2 Days | Remove old driveway, if needed.
  • 1 Day |Prepare or install the base, set the concrete forms in place.
  • 1 Day | Pour and finish the driveway.
  • 1/2 Day | Remove forms and cleanup.
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DIY or Hire a Pro

This is a job that more than 90% of homeowners leave to pros, and that’s what we recommend you do too. It requires a knowledge of the right materials and depth for the base, the best concrete psi rating for your purposes, where to place expansion joints and finishing techniques to ensure the driveway looks and performs as it should. In most cases, there are also a lot of specialized tools and techniques used to put down a 30-year concrete driveway.

Staining and stamping are additional skills that take experience to master. A wide range of equipment and tools are used in each phase of the project. Many of them can be rented, but at significant expense. Finally, removing an old drive, if necessary and installing a concrete driveway is extremely hard work. Large, able-bodied crews are used on most driveway projects.

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Common Questions and Answers

What's the Difference Between Cement and Concrete?

Cement is one of the aggregates along with rocks, sand and other material that's put in to concrete to provide it's strength. If you refer to a concrete driveway as a cement driveway, they are nearly the same thing when used in this fashion.

How Long do Concrete Driveways Last?

With proper maintenance, cleaning and re-sealing, a concrete driveway should last 25-40 years.

How Long Do I Have to Wait to Drive on my New Concrete Driveway?

In most cases, you should wait at least 7 days to drive a car onto a new driveway. Walking on the driveway is OK within 48 hours after the job is completed.

How Often Should a Concrete Driveway be Resealed?

Concrete driveways should be cleaned and resealed every 3-6 years, depending on the type of climate you live. In areas of snow and ice where salt and other melting agents are used, it would be on the 3-4 year side. In sunny Florida with no snow, 4-5 years is fine.

What's Better - Concrete or Asphalt?

Concrete is harder and lasts longer, but it doesn't handle temperature changes or salt as well as asphalt. Concrete is more popular in moderate and warm climates. Asphalt is more common where winters freeze.

Is it cheaper to pour concrete or asphalt?

Asphalt driveways range from $3.00 to $6.00 less per square foot than concrete.

What is the cost per square foot to stain concrete?

Basic staining in one color with minimal design complexity starts at about $3.00 per square foot. For multiple colors and greater complexity, cost rises to $6.00 per square foot and as high as $10/sq. ft.

How much to pour a concrete garage floor?

About $6.00 to $10.00 per square foot, or $2,880 to $4,800 for a 20x24 garage. Add $1.00 to $4.00 per square foot for pigment or acid staining.

Reviewed and Edited by Steve Hansen of Costimates

steve hansen of costimates-sm Steve Hansen is the Lead Editor of Costimates. (Learn more) An avid home improvement professional with more than 35 years experience in both DIY projects and working as a construction foreman in residential new home building, upfits, repairs and remodeling.

"Like most homeowners, I became frustrated with the lack of quality information available on specific home improvement repairs and renovations. In 2015, Costimates was formed to help homeowners learn as much as possible about various projects and their costs so they could make better financial decisions."