How much do Push Piers Cost?

The one thing everyone wants to know, but not always the funnest thing to talk about, when they look to start a foundation repair project is the cost.  This article is going to dive into the cost of a foundation push pier system, what is included in that price, and what an average push pier foundation repair project costs.

To be clear, the pricing that is discussed in this article is for push pier systems that are installed in Southern California andArizona.  The price of a push pier system can vary, depending on what region of the US you live in.

Push piers have a price range of $2,000 to $3,000 depending on where the foundation repair project is located. 

The 5 States that have some of the higher range in costs include the following

  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • New York
  • Illinois

Now the reason that these states have a higher push pier cost is a variety of reasons.  Most of them circle back to the higher costs of doing business in these state.

Those items include higher workers compensation rates, business licenses, labor costs, state and local taxes, and liability insurance.

Now before you run out and move to one of the states not on the above list, we will breakdown the costs for Southern California and Arizona.  Which the prices between those 2 states also varies.

Here are the material items that are included in a push pier project with Dalinghaus Construction. 

  • The push pier bracket
  • The starter pipe
  • All of the other sections of pipe that would be needed to achieve the appropriate depth and pier capacity. 

The other on the job items that are included are

  • The excavation
  • The labor
  • Equipment rental and usage
  • Training
  • Tools
  • Travel

And lastly there are all of the overhead costs

  • Workers comp
  • Liability Insurance
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Admin
  • Office

    Now we know how we come up with the cost, let’s dive into the price for a push pier in Southern California

    The push pier price in Southern California ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 per pier.  This price ranges because of what the company is looking at including. Some companies only include enough pipe for up to 25 feet of installation and then charge for overages or what we call additional pier depth.  You will want to make sure to look for that when you are comparing bids.

    Dalinghaus Construction charges $2,400 for each push pier that we install and we do not have a pier depth clause.  Meaning we will install the pier system to whatever depth is needed to achieve the required capacity of the pier.  

    We also offer a push pier price of $2,000 per pier, but it does include a depth clause after 21 feet on installed material.  We charge $35 per foot of installed material after the 21 feet that will added to the project in the form of a change order after all of the piers have been installed.

    Choosing to have a push pier project with a depth clause is like gambling, unless you know the target depth from a geotechnical report.  Yes, you get a cheaper price up front which looks great, but the minute the piers start to go beyond the 21 foot mark it will start to add up in a hurry.

    We usually always recommend customers choose the unlimited depth option just to avoid additional costs and for a smoother running project.  The additional costs are not something anyone likes to have happen on a foundation repair project.  

    You haven’t been able to budget for the overage and we, as a contractor, always get questioned on if we really need to go that deep.  It makes for a more stressful project for all of us involved.  Always go with the no depth clause option.

    In Arizona, we charge $2,000 to $3000 per push pier.  We only offer the push pier system with no depth clause for our Arizona customers.  No depth clause foundation repair projects are the way to go.

    The average push pier project is relatively the same in both Arizona and Southern California.  The average push pier project is $24,000 for both states.  

The projects are usually between 8-10 push piers and usually take about 1 week to complete.  Engineering and permitting on the other hand is a whole other timeline!  


Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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