Backsplash Installation Cost

The ultimate guide for New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2024

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Backsplash installation cost can range from $700 to $2,000 in 2024.

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Backsplash installation cost typically vary between $700 and $2,000, influenced by factors such as the chosen materials, design complexity, dimensions, and local labor rates. The average cost of a backsplash tile installation is $1,350, including materials and labor, for a 25-square-foot wall section.

Cost by location


Gold outlined honeycomb tile backsplash

A white subway tile backsplash can bring style to your kitchen. The average cost to install a ceramic subway backsplash is $700 to $1,800 in New Hampshire or $800 to $2,000 in Massachusetts, but more expensive materials like marble will increase the cost.


A bathroom backsplash can create a stylish space, and the cost depends on the type of tile and the design you use. For glazed ceramic tile, prepare to spend around $900 to $2,500. For marble or glass, you may pay around $1,200 to $2,900 depending on the type of design you might prefer.

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Cost by project size

The average cost of a backsplash will run you approximately $10 to $45 per square foot. This cost reflects labor and materials. If you need to install drywall add an additional $10 to that square foot cost.

Your cost per square foot can vary depending on labor rates and inflation. If installers are in high demand, expect to pay more.  

Type of TileTile Cost (SF)Labor Cost (SF)Total Cost (SF)
Ceramic$2$8– $12$10 – $14
Hand Made$7$6 – $14$13 – $21
Glass$6$10 – $34$16 – $40
Metal$5$7 – $13$12 – $18
Porcelain$6$7 – $14$13 – $20
Travertine$8$8 – $14$16 – $22
Natural stone$8$7 – $14$15 – $22
Marble$12$20 – $33$32 – $45

💡 When buying tile, always add an extra 10% for breakage and cutting waste.

Cost by tile type


The most common type, glazed ceramic tile, is one of the least expensive tile. They can cost between $0.70 and $7.50 per square foot. On the contrary, hand made fireclay ceramic tile can be as expensive as marble.


Blue ceramic tile herringbone pattern backsplash

Generally, porcelain tile are more expensive than ceramic tile. Porcelain tile can cost from $3.50 to $12 per square foot.


Marble is one of the most expensive tile material. It can cost between $6 and $42 per square foot, and comes with higher maintenance. To prevent stains, marble requires regular sealing (first time around installation, then once every year).


Arabesque Glass Tile Backsplash in Manchester, NH

Because glass tile need special adhesive and are difficult to cut and install, their professional installation is the most expensive. Glass tiles average approximately $5.50 to $16 per square foot. 

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Cost by design type

Subway (also called brick pattern) is the most common and easiest to install. You can use this pattern horizontally or vertically. The average cost to install a subway or brick pattern backsplash in NH or MA is $700 to $2,000.

Herringbone and chevron patterns are less common and more expensive due to many cuts. The average cost to install a herringbone or chevron pattern backsplash in NH or MA is $900 to $2,200.

Additional cost factors

Additional materials

Drywall will need to be installed if you have the old backsplash removed. It can cost between $3 and $5 per square foot and usually comes in boards of 4’x8′. 

Besides tile, you will need thinset (mortar), grout and caulking. Sealer is needed if you have marble tile or slate.

Old backsplash removal

If the existing backsplash needs to be removed, it can average $10 to $20 per square foot. 

Debris disposal

The tile contractor might charge you up to $300 fee for debris removal.

Cost to DYI

Cost to install backsplash yourself

If you’re a handy person backsplash installation won’t be out of your reach. You can save up to 30% of your overall backsplash cost.

But there will be a significant investment in buying or renting tools. Tile tools can cost up to $3,000 and daily renting up to $400.

DIY costs vs. hiring a pro to install backsplash

If you don’t have experience, you may probably end up doing more damage than good. The professionals can save you time, money and efforts when you use their services.


Tips to reduce cost

  • Buy local and from big stores. Buying local can save you money on gas, plus big stores have cheaper products and better return policies.
  • Avoid buying online. Online tile buying has its challenges: differing product appearances, shipping costs, and supply chain disruptions can make it pricier and less convenient.
  • Use bigger tiles. Larger tiles can cost less to install than smaller ones since there is less labor involved.
  • Avoid complicated designs. Complex tile designs tend to cost more due to the time and expertise needed.
  • Do part of the project yourself. You can save a lot of money if you do part of the work on your own. Demolition and installing drywall boards can be easy to learn. 
  • Hire the best professional. Another trap is to hire the cheapest tile contractor. Looking for “the best price” can be detrimental, as quality is not “cheap”. We recommend to hire a tile installer that has: 
    • at least 5 years experience
    • plenty of 5 star reviews on different platforms (like Google, Houzz, Facebook etc.)

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Q & A

1. How much does it cost to install a backsplash in New Hampshire in 2024?

On average, installing a white ceramic subway tile backsplash might range from $700 to $1,800. For pricier materials like marble, expect the cost to increase. To get an accurate estimate, consider material choices and request quotes from local professionals based on your preferences.

2. How much does it cost to install a backsplash in Massachusetts in 2024?

On average, installing a white ceramic subway tile backsplash might range from $800 to $2,000. For pricier materials like marble, expect the cost to increase. To get an accurate estimate, consider material choices and request quotes from local professionals based on your preferences.

3. What are the affordable backsplash tile trends for 2024?

In 2024, budget-conscious trends are in. Look for simple yet chic options like subway tiles in calming blue, green, and gray hues. Earthy tones like terracotta and mixed materials bring depth without breaking the bank. 

4. How long does it take to install a kitchen backsplash?

If you hire a tile installer, usually can take two days. If you choose to DIY, that project time can take longer, three to four days.

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Steven Pitcher
Steven Pitcher
SAVU LLC came up in a search I did for having a backsplash done and I'm very pleased with the work, more importantly so is my wife. Vasile and Adam showed up on time and made the kitchen even more beautiful than it was in what felt like no time at all! Communication was great as was the pricing for the work. I highly recommend them for any tile work needed.
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penny smith
Vasile and Adam did an amazing job! They showed up on the agreed day, and right on time. All the planning, along with the quote was done by email and text which made it very easy. Vasile got back to me right away with any questions that I had. They completed my kitchen backsplash in 1 day because it was such a warm day. They went to lunch while the grout was drying, and then came back to finish. They were very efficient and friendly! I went with them because of all the great reviews I read on-line and they were all spot on. I would recommend them to anyone and I would use them again in the future when I am ready to tile my brick fireplace and my bathroom. Thank you Adam and Vasile!
Chris Beauchemin
Chris Beauchemin
Very satisfied with the whole experience. Our project turned out great. Vasile and Adam communicated with us and answered all our questions. The project took 2 days and the work area was kept clean and accessible at the end of the first day. Overall our project turned out better than we expected.
Charlene Daly
Charlene Daly
Vasile and Adam did an amazing job on our kitchen tile! They arrived each morning at exactly the time they'd said they would, they were professional, friendly, very quiet, and didn't leave any mess at all. I highly recommend them!
Oliver Gorst
Oliver Gorst
Overall great work on two bathroom floors. Clear communication, arrived when the said they would, and finished as expected with a really high standard of work. Would not hesitate to hire again.
Jeanne Cleary
Jeanne Cleary
Cannot say enough about the spectacular job Vasile did on our kitchen back splash - it's perfect! And his communication (timeliness, clarity) and his knowledge/expertise (my tiles were handmade and therefore a bit tricky - he knew just what and how to do) were above expectations. Vasile was very reasonable in price as well. So grateful we found him.
Sam Guagliano
Sam Guagliano
Vasile recently installed a bath tile floor and fireplace hearth and surround in our home. He and his Associate are great! They were timely and very clean which is refreshing. They offered alternate designs which were helpful for our projects. I plan to have him back for a few more tile projects over the next few years. I hired him based on the reviews and they were spot on. Best Sam
Michael McCoy
Michael McCoy
An absolutely perfect job! We’re giving our kitchen a facelift that includes a subway tile backsplash. It’s absolutely gorgeous. (Photos pending)
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Jaclyn Bouchard
We're so pleased with the outcome of our flooring project. Great experts with strong attention to detail. Also appreciated the excellent communication throughout the process!
William Pappalardo
William Pappalardo
I was very happy with the results of my bathroom floor ! The install was a true quality job , the price was exactly as quoted and arrival time was to the minute I was told . It seems that it is becoming increasingly difficult to get contractors that show up or complete the job . SAVU did both and clean up was perfect . The guys were very quiet ,respectful and professional . I have already received an estimate from them for a kitchen backsplash and floor . I would not hesitate to recommend this company , I was extremely satisfied !

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