How Much Do Granite Countertops Cost?

Common Range: $65 – $190 Per Square Foot Installed

National Average: $135 Per Square Foot Installed

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Updated: January 30, 2023, by: Steve Hansen

Average Cost of Granite Counter Installation

Expect to pay an average of around $135 per square foot to have granite countertops installed in your kitchen or bathroom. The most typical range, $65 – $190 per square foot, installed.

This granite countertop installed cost generally includes a site visit from a countertop professional near you to handle all measuring and the selection of the granite you want, all demolition and disposal for removing the old countertops, the new granite counters, delivery and installation, as well as all supplies, cutting and fitting done during the install. This is also the best time to install a new kitchen sink and faucet, since everything is going to be removed and replaced during the countertop installation.

Average Cost Range

Average Do It Yourself cost
$50 / Square Foot
Average Contractor Installed Cost
$135 / Square Foot
Typical Cost Average
$65 – $190 / Square Foot

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Overview of Granite Counters

Granite countertops remain one of the most popular choice of materials for remodeling and new construction according to The Spruce. They bring unmatched natural beauty to your kitchen or bath. The cost of granite countertops has come down in the last decade, but granite is still one of your pricier options. As you can see, granite countertop prices range from moderate to very expensive.

Cost factors are discussed in-depth below, so you’ll have a clear idea where on the range your type of granite countertop cost will be and where you might be able to save money. Material, supply and professional installation labor costs are itemized in square feet to show where the money goes and what your total cost may be. Our DIY or Pro recommendation below might help you decide whether countertop installation is a suitable project and what the risks are of doing it yourself.

See Costs from around the webs leading resources, as well as hear what the Pros below have offered for additional granite countertop price information.

Granite Countertop Cost Factors

Slab granite counters installed for less than $100 per square foot is quite reasonable, while premium granite costs about 50% to 60%more. The focus here is granite slab countertops because that is the type most homeowners prefer. However, granite tiles are available for your kitchen or bathroom counter. Cost for tile counter tops is $15 to $27 per square foot. Similar cost factors apply.

These cost factors will determine how much you’ll pay.

  • Slab Size: The goal in most installation is to have zero seams in a bath or just a couple in a kitchen counter. This means larger slabs are desirable. Since they’re also less common, they cost more. If you’re willing to work with smaller slabs and a few extra seams, you’ll save $10 to $20 per square foot.
  • Slab thickness: The norm for decades has been 1.25 inches (3cm) in the kitchen and .75 inches (2cm) in the bath. However, 2-inch (5cm) counters are trending for both applications. The thicker the granite, the higher the cost.
  • Color availability: Your options include white/off-white ($35-$55) tan ($37-$50) green ($30-$55) black ($30-$65), gray ($30-$60), gold ($40-$70), red ($60-$75) and blue ($65-$170). Even within each color, some shades are considered premium and cost more. A hue known as Blue Bahia ($140+), is the priciest color of them all.
  • Granite Level: Slabs are assigned a level from 1 to 7. Level 1 granite is very plain and/or has inclusions of soft minerals that make it weaker. Level 7 granite is full of hardier mineral inclusions of varied colors to enrich its beauty and strength. Most countertop companies have access to slabs in levels 1 to 5 or 6. Cost rises with each level.
  • Texture: Glossy or polished granite counters are standard and cost the least. Honed granite has a matte finish and a slightly higher cost. Leathered granite countertops have the highest price because they are less common and might need to be special ordered. The finish has a natural stone feel.
  • Edge cut: Squared edges have no extra cost. Price goes up with tiered cuts and bevels.
  • Source location: Granite is mined around the world. Price is partially a function of labor costs in the source country. Granite from India costs significantly less than stone mined in Norway and the US. Shipping distance factors into this cost too.

Granite Countertop Cost Calculator

Calculate the cost of installing granite countertops in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other area of your home by completing this easy to use cost calculator. Once done, your estimated costs will be shown at the bottom of the interactive form in both the total project cost as well as the cost per square foot.

Note: All fields are required.

Step 1: Setting Local Cost Variables

Your 5-digit Zip Code and State are used to help the calculator obtain and set local cost variables that are unique to your area. We’ll try to populate this automatically based on your location and browser settings.

Granite Countertop Cost calculator

Step 2 - Granite Countertop Size and Options

Step 2: Measure and Note the Granite Slab Sizes

When measuring for granite countertops, use the largest slab sizes as often as you can, and measure in square or rectangular sizes. Granite comes in large rectangular slabs and you'll be paying for the whole slab, regardless of use.

On corner ledge slabs, measure the area of A & B together as a square.

Step 3: Add Countertop Sizes and Options

In order for the cost calculator to work best and provide the most accurate cost calculation, tell us the size of each granite slab, one at a time, including the edge features you want. (Exposed edges are marked with an X on the drawing)

Granite Slab Size Entries

Length of Short Side in Inches
Length of Long Side in Inches
Exposed Edges are seen with an X in the image.

Step 4 - Finish Up with Project Details

Step 4: Finishing Up with Project Details

In this section, we need you to tell us if the old countertop needs to be removed. Whether or not you want cut outs for a sink, range, electrical outlets, etc.

Disposal as Well?
Check All that Apply

Last Step - Calculated Cost Estimate

Granite Countertop Calculated Cost Estimate

Based on the factors you entered above, we've determined you can expect to pay within the following price range to have granite countertops installed at your home.

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Next Step: Get Quotes from Local Countertop Pros

While we have made this granite countertop installation cost calculator as accurate as we can to fill a wide range of needs, the only way to get detailed and accurate quotes is by speaking to a local professional. If you would like to get free quotes from local, pre-approved companies in your area, click the button below.

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Granite Slab, Installation Supplies and Other Costs

Here are average granite countertop costs for the most common projects where it’s installed. Costs can be lower with the most affordable material and much higher when factors including premiums grades of granite are used for large, complex counters.

  • $715 to $945 – Small to medium size bathroom countertop.
  • $2,200 to $3,240 – Average size kitchen countertops.
  • $2,992 to $4,360 – Average size kitchen countertops with and island.

Your installer might itemize these supplies on an estimate as well.

  • $30-$170 | Slab cost per square foot, with an average of $47.
  • $14-$56 | Plywood and screws to install on top of the vanity of cabinets to support the bath or kitchen counters.
  • $12-$25 | Countertop adhesive and caulk.
  • $24-$30 | Granite sealer (optional – most counters are sealed at the factory).
  • $80-$300 | Edging (optional). If the edge isn’t factory cut, edging is sometimes applied on the job to give the counter a thicker or decorate appearance.

Permits, Inspection, Related Costs and Installation Time

Permits and Inspection Cost

  • $0 | A permit isn’t necessary for countertop installation.

Related Costs and Installation Time

Keep in mind that the table at the top of the page shows complete installed costs – granite, supplies and labor. We’ve itemized material costs. Here are counter top installation costs:

  • $9.00-$16.00 per square foot | Installation cost based on the size, number of slabs and complexity of the job. Most single-slab installations cost $185 for a bathroom counter to $600 for a kitchen counter. Multiple slab kitchen countertop installation costs an average of $925.
  • $85-$215 | Cost to remove and dispose of an existing countertop, if applicable. Cost is based on the size and type of counter removed.
  • $90-$125 | Additional sink hole cut. Most estimates include one sink hole. This is the estimate for a second bathroom sink or prep sink in the kitchen.

Countertop Install Time Schedule

An experienced crew makes the work go surprisingly fast. For bath counters, a two-person crew is sufficient. Large slabs for kitchen counters might require a third set of hands.

  • 1 hour or less | Remove the old countertop
  • 1-3 hours | Installation of a single slab counter
  • 4-8 hours | Installation of two or more slabs
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DIY or Hire a Pro?

I’ve installed laminate countertops, but not stone on my own. They didn’t require plywood support. Laminate is much lighter, easier to handle and cut.  Finally, at a much lower cost, there was a lot less money to lose by accidentally dropping a section of it.

One thing is for sure, if you want professional results, you should probably hire someone who makes a living installing stone countertops.

  • The material is heavy, and some slabs are best lifted and set in place by three people
  • It is easily chipped or broken if mishandled
  • Cutting granite is difficult and takes unique skills and tools
  • Countertops might require shimming to create a level surface for the plywood and granite

Our recommendation is to determine that the installer is licensed and insured, to protect your investment if the material is damaged during installation.

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Compare Costs from Leading Resources

  • HomeGuide: $50 - $200, Per Square Foot Installed
  • HomeAdvisor: $40 - $100, Per Sqft, Not Including Installation
  • Real Homes: $100 - $150, Per Square Foot, Installed
  • Countertop Guides: $95 - $250, Per Sq ft Installed
  • HowMuch: $100 - $300, Per Square Foot, Installed
  • HomeWyse: $95 - $140, Per Square Foot Installed

Common Questions and Answers

How Often do Granite Countertops Need to be Sealed?

How often you have to seal granite counters really depends on the type of sealer used. Lower cost water based sealers last between 1 and 3 years before it's needed again. Resin based sealers can last up to 10 years between applications.

Can Granite Counters be Painted?

Yes. You can paint over granite but need to take care to prepare the surface thoroughly before doing so. Paint will simply chip or peel off ill-prepared surfaces and especially a slick surface like granite.

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."