Cost to Install a Retaining Wall

January 2022

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Retaining Wall Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: Dry Stack Stone interlocking block wall. Average 1.25 blocks per SF wall face. 3' above grade max height. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
129 square feet$2,096.03$3,162.52
Retaining Wall Installation Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to install retaining wall with favorable site conditions. Excavate up to 0.3m/1ft below grade. Set and compact gravel base. Set and level base blocks. Install filter fabric between wall and soil. Stack interlocking, dry fit blocks to no more than 8 courses tall, including cap block. This estimate is for a NON-STRUCTURAL wall NO HIGHER THAN 1m/3ft above grade! Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
129 square feet$2,096.03$3,162.52
Retaining Wall Installation Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to install retaining wall including: cutting and grinding consumables, mortar and reinforcement.
129 square feet$2,096.03$3,162.52
Retaining Wall Installation Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: 115 V wet masonry saw, 5 cubic foot mortar box and small plate compactor. Daily rental. Consumables extra.
129 square feet$2,096.03$3,162.52
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
   
Totals - Cost To Install Retaining Wall   
Average Cost per Square Foot  
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For a basic project in zip code 47474 with 120 square feet, the cost to Install a Retaining Wall starts at $31.47 - $43.40 per square foot*. Actual costs will depend on job size, conditions, and options.

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Cost to Install a Retaining Wall - 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! Explore the full range of retaining wall new installation labor options and material prices here.

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 Retaining Wall Installation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Retaining Wall Installation 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 Retaining Wall Installation. Add 13% to 22% 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.

References - Retaining Wall Installation

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Retaining Wall Installation Cost Infographic - critical areas of budget risk and savings

This infographic highlights decisions and site issues that can cause large cost variances in the typical Retaining Wall Installation budget.


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