How Much Does a Tile Backsplash Cost?

Common Range: $10 – $40 / Square Foot

National Average: $28 Per Square Foot Installed

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Updated: December 14, 2022, by: Steve Hansen

Tile Backsplash Cost Range

The cost of a tile backsplash can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type and quality of the tile, the size of the backsplash, and any additional features or customization. On average, tile backsplashes can cost anywhere from $10 to $40 per square foot, installed. However, higher-quality tile and larger backsplashes can cost significantly more.

Average Installation Costs

The average tile backsplash cost is about $28 per square foot for professional installation. The full range is $10 – $40 per square foot depending on the material used and other cost factors.

Average Do It Yourself Cost
$20 / Sqft
Average Contractor Installed Cost
$28 Per Square Foot
Typical Cost Range
$10 – $40 / Sqft

new kitchen tile backsplash

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Overview of a Tile Backsplash Installation

A tile backsplash is installed on the wall behind a kitchen or bathroom countertop. It is designed to protect the wall from water, food, and other debris that may splash or splatter onto it. A tile backsplash typically covers the area between the countertop and the bottom of the wall cabinets. It can extend all the way up to the ceiling or stop at a designated height, depending on personal preference. Tile backsplashes are a popular choice because they are easy to clean, durable, and come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles to match any decor. They can be made from various materials, including ceramic, porcelain, glass, and natural stone.

A tile backsplash can breathe new life into an older kitchen and is an essential component of a complete kitchen remodel. They are often integrated into bathroom design, as a feature that compliments a shower tile project.

This Costimate gives pricing details for the tiles, installation supplies and labor. The itemized tile backsplash costs allow you to evaluate the savings of DIY installation, but see our DIY Yes or No recommendation before deciding.

We have included prices from other cost estimating sites for you to compare. There’s a place for homeowners to share the scope and cost of their projects too. Please consider returning to Costimates once your project is complete to share its details with other readers!

Sartoria square pure linen tile backsplash

Backsplash Installation Cost Factors

These backsplash cost factors will help you narrow a price estimate for your project.

  • Tile Type – You have an appealing array of options when it comes to tile. The most common sizes used as backsplash tile range from about 1-inch square to large-format tiles of 12-inches square. Rectangle tiles including popular subway styles are available in small to large sizes too. All but stainless steel tiles are produced in many colors and patterns. Many homeowners choose a combination of tile styles and colors to complete the backsplash.
  • Tile Size – Since large tiles cover more space, they install more quickly. A field of large tiles requires less grout work too. Materials and labor costs are slightly lower when using larger tiles.
  • Job Size – The cost per square foot goes down slightly as the size of the job increases.
  • Job Complexity – Obstacles such as GFCI outlets, corners, windows and exhaust vent hoods all cause costs to rise because they demand more cutting and precision setting of the tiles.
  • Who Installs the Tile – See details below.
  • Removing Old Backsplash – In remodeling jobs, an old backsplash would be removed during the demolition phase. This isn’t an issue for new construction either. If necessary, the cost of removing an old backsplash with disposal is $3-$5 per square foot.
  • Drywall Repair or Replacement – Backsplashes can be installed over drywall, since the kitchen sink isn’t a wet area in the same way a shower is. If the drywall must be replaced, it will raise your cost by $1.00 to $2.25 per square foot.
  • Cost of Living – Like all goods and services, tile backsplash price is affected by the cost of living for your area. It is highest in large cities, especially in the Northeast, East Coast and Northwest. Other metropolitan areas have average cost of living, and it is lowest in small towns and rural areas.
  • Artistic Work – The costs here are for basic tile installation including decorative combinations of tiles, borders and similar common designs. It does not include artistic mosaic work, which can cost $30 and up per hour for the labor.
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new backsplash installed behind stove

Cost of Ceramic Backsplash Tile and Installation Supplies

If you like to know where your money is spent, this itemized list will help. It also explains what your potential costs are if you handle the installation.

  • $3.25 – $7.50 per square foot | Ceramic backsplash tile.
  • $5.95 – $10.15 per square foot | Porcelain backsplash tile.
  • $10.00 – $12.50 per 4×8 Sheet | Mold-resistant drywall, 32 square feet each.
  • $15 – $22 per bag | Thinset tile mortar, sold in 50lb bags. Coverage is 50square feet per bag when spread with a trowel with ½” notches. It is up to 90 square feet when applied with a ¼” notch trowel.
  • $2.00 – $3.25 per square foot | Miscellaneous accessories including drywall screws, tile spaces, caulk, etc. Material and tool lists like this one from the Home Depot are available are available from home improvement stores and websites.
  • $50 – $150 | Miscellaneous safety gear and hand tools, based on the quality of the products you choose and what you might already have. These include safety goggles, hearing protection, gloves, straight edge, tape measure, notched trowel, grout float, manual tile nippers, bucket and sponges.
  • $55+ | Drill and mixing paddle for thinset mortar and grout (can be rented)
  • $185+ | Powered tile saw with tile blade (saw can be rented, but not the blade)
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Permits, Inspection, Related Costs and Installation Time

Permits and Inspection Cost

  • $0 | No permit is required for this work.

Related Costs and Installation Time

Here is what you can expect in labor costs – or how much you may save by doing the work yourself.

  • $8.75 – $20.00 per square foot | Backsplash tile installation cost. That’s a wide range. An unlicensed handyman will charge less than a licensed, insured contractor.

Cost might be even higher if the tile installer is selected by a general contractor, since GCs charge fees to hire and schedule subcontractors such as tile installers. Just be sure that whoever is hired to do the work is an experienced installer with proven capabilities.

Tile Backsplash Install Time Schedule

Backsplashes are usually installed by one or two people. Here is a typical time frame for one person to install a backsplash. You can expect the entire project to take 1-3 days, depending on the complexity of your project.

  • 1-3 hours | Remove old backsplash
  • 2-4 hours | Install new drywall, if necessary
  • 1-2 hours | Plan and lay out the installation
  • 4-12 hours | Install the tile, grout the tile and clean up the job area
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DIY or Hire a Pro?

The adage is that installing a tile backsplash isn’t hard. What is difficult is making it look like a pro did the work. If you have good skills and are meticulous about every step, it’s possible to get a finished look you’re very happy with. Learn all you can before starting the work including watching detailed tutorial videos.

For most homeowners, hiring a professional tile installer is the best approach. It ensures that the proper thinset mix and grout are used, important to the backsplash’s longevity, and most importantly, you’ll get professional results you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

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Compare Costs from Leading Resources

  • Thumbtack: $10 - $40, Per Square Foot
  • HomeAdvisor: $15 - $40, Per Square Foot Installed
  • Houzz: $6 - $30, Ceramic Tile Backsplash, Per Sqft
  • HomeWyse: $30 - $51, Per Square Foot

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."