How Much Do Marble Countertops Cost?

Common Range: $40 – $220 / Square Foot

National Average: $95 / Per Square Foot, Installed

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Updated: January 30, 2023, by: Steve Hansen

Marble Countertops Cost Range

On average, marble countertops can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 per square foot, installed. However, higher-quality marble and larger countertops can cost significantly more. The cost of marble countertops can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type and quality of the marble, the size of the countertop, and any additional features or customization.

Average Cost

The average cost for marble countertops and installation is $81 per square foot. Your costs might be as low as $45 per square foot if installing yourself, or exceeding $150 Sq foot depending on the size, thickness, color and several other factors outlined below.

Average Do It Yourself Cost
$40 / Sqft (Marble Countertop Only)
Average Contractor Installed Cost
$95 Per square Foot
Typical Cost Range
$40 – $220 Per Sqft

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Overview of Marble Counters

Marble countertops are primarily seen in kitchens or bathrooms, made from marble which is a natural stone that is quarried from the earth. Marble is known for its durability, resistance to heat and scratches, and high end veined appearance. Marble countertops are a popular choice for homeowners who want a luxurious, classic look in their kitchens and bathrooms when remodeling or building a new home. Because marble is a natural material, no two marble countertops are exactly alike, which adds to their unique charm. A common drawback of marble countertops is it’s susceptibility to staining if not properly sealed and maintained.

Marble bath and kitchen counters offer unsurpassed beauty but do demand a bit more care than soapstone or concrete countertops.

Cost factors are discussed in detail below. They’ll help you pinpoint your possible costs more accurately. This page breaks down marble slab, design, installation supplies and labor cost. Prices from other sites are included plus costs submitted by other homeowners who’ve had this type of countertop installed in their home.

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Marble Countertop Cost Factors

Your cost for bath or kitchen counters will depend on factors related to the marble and to complexity of installation.

  • Color of the Marble: No other factor comes close to being as important as color in determining price. Color is a combination of the hue of the stone, the amount of mineral veining and mineral colors. The rarer the color, the higher the cost. Here are typical square foot costs for just the marble – Makrana (Cloudy white with limited brown and gray, $15), Pink ($30), Carrara (white with blue, gray and gold, $42), Statuario (off-white with gray and gold, $48), Travertine (black with $76), Danby (stark white to off-white with gold and brown, $84), Red Jasper (rich red with dark or light veins, $90), Cipolino Ondulato (blended white, gray/blue and purple, $100), Calacatta (white with dark gray, $125+).
  • Slab Thickness: Slabs 2cm thick are standard for bath counters and vanities. Slabs 3cm thick are used in kitchen counters, and they cost 35% to 50% more. Premium 5cm slabs cost up to 100% more.
  • Edges: Squared or lightly rounded “eased” edges are standard. When you add a complex shaped or tiered edge or glue on an edge, cost goes up. Glued edges are also called laminated edges.
  • Cutouts: Cutting marble and finishing cut edges is time-consuming, so costly.
  • Finish: Most marble has a polished finish. For a 10% to 15% premium, you can select a honed finish with a satin look. A honed finish hides scratches, fingerprints and water marks better, but isn’t as reflective.
  • Slab Size: Large slabs for islands, breakfast bars and peninsulas are rare and harder to install. Cost is at the top of the range per square foot.
  • Cost of Living: Prices for everything are higher on the Coasts and in major metropolitan areas than they are in rural areas and small towns in the rest of the country.

Marble Countertop Cost Estimator

Calculate the cost of installing marble countertops in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other area of your home, by completing this easy to use cost calculator.

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.

Marble Countertop Cost Calculator

Step 2 - Marble Countertop Size and Options

Step 2: Measure and Note your Marble Countertop Sizes

When measuring for marble countertops, use the largest sizes as often as you can, and measure in square or rectangular sizes. Marble, just like 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 marble countertop slab, one at a time, including the edge features you want. (Exposed edges are marked with an X on the drawing)

Marble Slab Size Entries

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Exposed Edges are seen with an X in the image.
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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.

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Last Step - Calculated Cost Estimate

Marble 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 marble countertops installed at your home.

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Next Step: Get Quotes from Local Countertop Pros

While we have made this marble 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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Countertop and Installation Supplies Cost

Specific Project Example Costs

  • Average bathroom marble countertops: $540 to $1,500
  • Average kitchen marble countertops: $1,925 to $4,375
  • Kitchen marble countertops with an island: $2,750 to $6,250

Cost of Installation Supplies

If you’re considering DIY countertop installation, your costs will be the marble slabs and these supplies.

  • $30-$125+ | Marble slab material only, based on color, slab size and thickness.
  • $12-$25 | Countertop adhesive.
  • $15-$45 per quart | Optional marble sealer. Countertop fabricators agree that honed marble must be sealed. They disagree over sealing polished marble. If your slabs aren’t sealed at the factory, ask the seller whether sealing is recommended/required.
  • $8-$12 per linear foot | Optional countertop edging to give it a preferred or thicker appearance.
  • $15-$60 | Optional cost of countertop supports ranging from brackets to full plywood underlay. Your installation characteristics will determine if support is needed and what type is best.
  • $40-$75 | Rental of a wet saw for sink cutouts.
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Permits, Inspection, Related Costs and Installation Time

Permits and Inspection Cost

  • $0 |A permit is not required for countertop installation. However, if you relocate the sink or faucets, you may need to have a plumber do the work and have the plumbing changes inspected.

Related Costs and Installation Time

The table above shows installed costs. We itemize it here for those considering installing your own marble counters.

  • $9-$17 per square foot | Installation labor. Cost is about $9 for single slabs when no cutting is required. Cost goes up with cuts, polishing cut edges for an undermount sink, joining seams and gluing on edging.
  • $100-$275 per cutout | Cutting a drop-in sink hole costs about $100. A cutout for an undermount sink costs about $275 because the edge must be finished.
  • $85-$215 | Optional removal and disposal of an existing countertop.

Countertop Install Time Schedule

Experienced crews work surprisingly fast. Your kitchen or bathroom counters will be installed by  two to four people.

  • 1 hour or less | Remove an old countertop
  • 1-2 hours | Install a single slab counter
  • 3-6 hours | Install two or more slabs
  • 6-8 hours | Install kitchen counters and an island or breakfast bar
  • 9-12 hours | Install a large kitchen job that include making sink cutouts and polishing cut edges
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DIY or Hire a Pro?

It depends on the job vs your experience.

Easy: A small, single slab of marble installed on a bath vanity or kitchen island can be a DIY project if you have experience shimming and attaching countertops.

Complex: Difficulty and the potential to mess up the job rises significantly with large slabs, seams, cutouts and polishing edges. Many homeowners don’t have the experience, tools or techniques to minimize risks.

When to Go Pro: We would leave large and/or complex marble countertop installation to licensed installers that do it every day and are insured to cover the cost of mistakes.

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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."