Cost to install a drywall

All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2020

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How much does it cost to install drywall?

Cost of new drywall or gypsum panels installation calculated per sheet (4’ x 8’) as its manufactured dimensions or estimated as a charge per square foot. Every remodeling project associated with small drywall repair priced base on work complexity, time spent, and hourly rate of a drywall installer.

Average cost of a new drywall to get installed will vary from $41.5 to $60.0 per 4'x8'x5/8" sheet including labor and materials or from $1.30 to $1.88 per square foot.

Labor cost for drywall installation

Drywall labor cost breakdown1
Cost per 8' x 4' sheet2
Cost per square foot
Cost itemization3
Hanging drywall
$8 - $12
$0.25 - $0.38
Typing and mudding
$17 - $23
$0.53 - $0.72
Sanding and priming
$6 - $9
$0.19 - $0.28
Total cost
$31 - $44
$0.97 - $1.38

1 All prices in the chart are for basic installation or hanging, typing, mudding often refers as patching, sanding and primer application of gypsum boards in standard rooms with 8’ – 9’ high ceilings. Installation of drywall on arches, tray, coffered, vaulted, cathedral ceilings or on the custom build walls will result in significant price increase.

2 Labor cost estimated as a charge per 8’ x 4’ sheet accounting basic installation and finishing of minimum 120 gypsum boards excluding any preparation work. Smaller projects and partial drywall repair will be charged at a higher rate and will not be priced as a fee per sheet or square foot.

3 Approximate itemized estimate per sheet of drywall installation show the total price divided by separate task while performing wall boards installation and finishing. All charges are accurate for new construction projects or building home additions. For reframing and building couple new walls with requirements of a new drywall installation as well as small repair including fixing leaking ceiling different technique will be used for estimating the labor cost.

What will determine the price of drywall installation?

Complication of work is a main factor of establishing the total cost to install a drywall. Custom work on a multilevel ceiling, hanging and finishing drywall on arches, or other supplementary house design details will increase the cost of installation up to 100% or even more.

How much does it cost to repair drywall?

Drywall repair can be estimated only after inspecting the damage and analyzing the time necessary for fixing the problem. Usually expect to pay $35 - $50 per man-hour in labor for repair work.

Drywall prices chart and materials cost

Type of drywall
Price per sheet4
Additional materials cost5
Total price
Regular gypsum fire resistant drywall
4' x 8' x 1/2"
$8.0 - $11.0
$1.5 - $3.0
$9.5 - $14.0
4' x 8' x 5/8"
$9.0 - $13.0
$1.5 - $3.0
$10.5 - $16.0
Water and mold resistant drywall
4' x 8' x 1/2"
$10.5 - $13.5
$1.8 - $3.5
$12.3 - $17.0
4' x 8' x 5/8"
$11.5 - $15.5
$1.8 - $3.5
$13.3 - $19.0

4 Prices for drywall per sheet cannot be recognized as total cost of materials.

5 Additional materials cost includes expense for purchasing screws, drywall tape, sheetrock joint compound as well as drywall corner beads.

Is it different price for drywall installation on the walls and ceiling?

Usually on a bigger drywall projects installation of sheetrock on the walls and ceiling proportionally divided and there are no such thing as price for drywall installation on ceiling or walls in itemized estimate from a drywall contractor. But if a homeowner will hire an installer for the ceiling work only, or for the walls work only, the price will be 5% - 10% lower for plasterboard installation on the walls due to work simplicity.

Does the thickness of a drywall sheet will impact the cost of installation?

The thinner sheetrock is the less it weight and easier to work with while hanging, but finishing is the same process for any drywall. Usually thickness of gypsum boards will not affect the cost of installation significantly. Difference in labor expense between installation and finishing two of the most common used thicknesses of a drywall 1/2" or 5/8" will not exceed 10%.

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* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.