Cost to Excavate Land

Updated: January 2017

Land Excavation Cost CalculatorZip Code
Cubic Yards
Item detailsQtyLow  High
Land Excavation Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to excavate land with favorable site conditions. Stake excavation location. Verify dig safe. Remove soil and rocks to specified depth. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
10 cubic yards$0.00$0.00
Land Excavation Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: Skid loader with excavation | demolition | loading attachment. Daily rental. Consumables extra.
10 cubic yards$0.00$0.00
Land Excavation Debris Disposal
Costs to load and haul away old materials, installation waste and associated debris.
10 cubic yards31.893836.2813
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
Totals - Cost To Excavate Land   
Average Cost per Cubic Yard  

Get an INSTANT, detailed estimate of the cost to Excavate Land! Our free calculator uses up-to-date, trusted data to estimate typical subcontractor costs for a Land Excavation project. For a basic 10 cubic yards project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Excavate Land ranges between $71.21 - $169 per cubic yard.

To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Zip Code Enter the Zip Code for the location where labor is hired and materials purchased.

2. Specify Project Size Enter the number of "cubic yards" required for the project.

3. Re-calculate Click the "Update" button.


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Cost to Excavate Land - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS!

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Land Excavation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Land Excavation jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Land Excavation. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Excavate Land - References

Land Excavation - Average Cost Per Cubic Yard

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Land Excavation costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.

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