Young man in goggles fixing drywall suspended ceiling to metal frame using electrical screwdriver on ceiling insulated with shiny aluminum foil. Renovation, construction, do it yourself concept.

People typically charge about $1,800, or between $955 and $2,550 to hang drywall. Low-end jobs can run about $450 while high-end jobs reach $5,000 or more. That means you should charge between $1 and $3 per square foot for materials and labor for an average project. Consider these factors when pricing out your services:

  • The size and complexity of the job.
  • Necessary materials.
  • Cost of transporting materials and equipment to the site.
  • Prep and clean-up.
  • Additional laborers.

On This Page:

  1. How Much to Charge to Install Drywall
  2. How Much to Charge to Hang and Finish Drywall
  3. How to Price Drywall Repair Jobs
  4. How Much to Charge to Install Sheetrock

How Much to Charge to Install Drywall

Service professionals generally charge between $1,000 and $2,550 to install drywall. To begin, you’ll need to know the measurements of the room. This will help you figure out materials, labor, prep time and clean-up. Here’s an example:

Calculating Drywall Estimates for a 10’ by 10’ Residential Room

Note: This room has 12-foot ceilings. To calculate the total square footage, you’ll need to multiply the room size (A) by the height (B) and add up the total (C).

A x B = C

Wall Measurements Total in Sq. Ft.
#1 10×12 120
#2 10×12 120
#3 10×12 120
#4 10×12 120
Ceiling 10×10 100
Total N/A 580

If this is a simple job with multipurpose drywall, you can estimate what to charge by multiplying $2 per square foot – the national average – by the total square footage in the room. This adds up to about $1,160.

How Much to Charge to Hang and Finish Drywall

The exact amount you should charge per job will depend on a combination of factors, with square footage being just one of them. Depending on what the homeowner needs, you may need drywall sheets of varying sizes, thickness and type. Local cost of living can also impact what you charge, as well as whether or not your state requires you to have a license. Finally, if there’s a general contractor involved, or if your team needs to tear down and haul out existing walls or debris, you’ll need to increase the price.

Here are a few guidelines to help you figure out what to charge based on these different factors.

Cost of Drywall Based on Thickness

Note: These estimates are based on a typical, 4’ x 8’ sheet.

Thickness Use Cost Per Sheet
1/4” Patch repairs, ceilings, curved walls $11
5/8” Walls and ceilings $12-$15
1/2” Walls and ceilings $10-$20

As noted, type of drywall can dramatically increase the cost of a project. For example, if a homeowner wants soundproof drywall, the material cost can be up to five times more expensive. Make sure to consider common types of drywall when estimating the cost of a job.

Cost of Common Drywall Types

Type Use Cost Per Sheet
Standard All-purpose $10-$20
Soundproof Walls and ceilings $50
Mold-resistant Bathrooms, basements, moist areas $13-$15
Fire-resistant Garages, rooms with furnaces or wood stoves, utility rooms $13
Moisture-resistant Bathrooms, basements, moist areas $14-$25

In 2019, drywall installers made an average of about $23 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s a look at how that number changes based on where in the country you live.

Average Earnings for Drywall Installers

Location Pay Per Hour
Nationwide $23
Los Angeles, CA $26
Honolulu, HI $24
Boston, MA $26
Birmingham, AL $22

Make sure to familiarize yourself with your particular market:

  • How much your competitors charge.
  • Common types of jobs in your area.
  • Supply and demand.

How to Price Drywall Repair Jobs

Since repair work typically takes less time and resources, service professionals usually charge between $50 and $75 per hole, or between $150 and $225 for a larger area. Remember that you may need a license for drywall work, particularly when it involves load-bearing walls.

How Much to Charge to Install Sheetrock

Sheetrock is a brand of drywall, and you will use the same formula to estimate an installation quote. You’ll also need to consider the same cost factors with Sheetrock as other brands of drywall, including the size of the job

If you’re ready to get to work, you can sign up for HomeAdvisor today to get drywall job leads. You can also research local drywall installers near you to learn more about the services your competitors offer.

Stay Up to Date on Trends
Get the latest marketing & business tips in your inbox.