Cost to Install a Security Camera – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 530

$ 375

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 40% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Security Camera noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to install a security camera? The DIY cost to install a security camera yourself is $375 compared with hiring an electronics installer for $530.

An electronic surveillance system is designed to protect your home and property against intruders. Many homeowners hire a security company to install such a system, but if you’re considering adding one there are some designed for a do-it-yourselfer to install.

The components of a system include a 7-inch LCD display screen with a built-in video receiver/recorder and wireless digital cameras. The 2-gigabyte memory card included with the system will record hours of video, much more if the unit is in the motion detection mode. The system can be expanded to up to four cameras. Most of these types of surveillance systems record video on either a hard drive or flash memory.

For a house with two entry doors, an electronics installer will charge $530 to install the screen with video receiver/recorder and two cameras. You can buy the components for $375, the security camera installation cost, and do the job, saving 29 percent.

These inexpensive systems are stand-alone units and are not connected to a monitoring system that would alert you to possible trouble.

For a recent review of security systems, go to Best Home Security Systems by

You’ll find more information from Consumer Affairs at Home Alarm Guide.

This guide educates readers on important aspects to consider when selecting a home alarm or security system. It answers common questions about how to choose your system, types of security systems, and relevant safety statistics. It also breaks down the pros and cons of the major home alarm brands with verified reviews.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a security camera you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself.

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