Installing a wire fence could be for different reasons. Some people use them to keep animals within a space, some use them to add more security to homes, and others use them to add a little privacy without totally blocking something out.

Installing a wire fence, depending on its type and the quality, would range from about $1 to $8 per foot. The cost depends on the type of wire, and the height of the desired fence.

Wire fences are best used in gardening and agriculture when you prioritize protecting your plants, crops, or livestock, instead of getting a high-end fence that provides total privacy.

Wire fence typeAverage cost per foot
Chain link (4ft height)$7.00 - $12.00
Barbed wire (Livestock)$1.25 - $3.50
Woven wire fence$1.48 - $1.85
Chicken wire$2.00 - $4.0
Hog wire$0.75 - $3.25
Woven wire$1.48 - $1.85

The cost for installing a wire fence could vary depending on the type of material, the type of wiring, the height of the desired fence, and the purposes you want it to serve.

For reference, below are the ballpark average cost and average range costs for the types of wire fences.

Chain link wire fence

  • Inexpensive and lightweight, yet strong enough to create an effective boundary marker for properties, pet spaces, and small livestock.
  • It provides security especially when paired with barbed wire.
DescriptionAverage Cost per linear foot
Chain Link Fence (4ft height)$7 to $12
Additional Height$1 to $2
Additional Privacy Slats$3 to $5
Additional Fabric Screen$3
1.Chain Link Wire Fence

Barbed wire fence

  • Made of steel and is usually used for keeping livestock and cattle contained in an area.
  • Animals or people trying to pass or break through the barbed wire are repelled by the pointed barbs that can cause injury, providing effective security from predators or intruders.
  • There are two types of barbed wires: livestock and security. The prices below will indicate both types.
DescriptionAverage Cost
Barbed Wire Fence per foot (Livestock)$1.25 to $3.50 per foot
Barbed Wire Fence per foot (Security/Razor)$1 to $3 per foot
Barbed Wire (Construction)

5 strands


For a 1,300-foot fence
2.Barbed Wire Fence

Chicken wire fence

  • Flexible, strong, and durable
  • While the chicken wire is commonly used to secure poultry, this type of fencing can also keep rabbits, mice, squirrels, and other small animals. They can also be used to reinforce concrete.
  • The average cost to install a chicken wire fence could run from $2 to $4.50 per foot.

Hog wire fence

  • Hog wire fences are used for containing hogs and creating pens; however, they are also used for residential purposes.
  • Usually, hog wires are framed with wood and are attached to wooden fences for an aesthetic appeal in residential yards.
  • To install a hog wire fence, you can expect to spend about $0.75 to $3.25 per foot.

Woven wire fence

  • Also called “page wire” or “sheep fencing”, are wire nets of lightweight intersecting horizontal wires and vertical wires, and are normally stretched between stakes.
  • This type of fencing is commonly used for keeping sheep, goats, and pigs.
  • To improve its effectiveness, people can add one or two strands of barbed wire at the top.
DescriptionAverage Cost
Woven Wire Fence$1.48 to $1.85 per foot
Woven Wire Fence

100 feet long; 5 feet height

2” x 4” mesh
$180 per roll
Woven Wire (4ft by 300ft)

330 feet length; 4 feet height

6” by 6” mesh
$189 per roll

Wire fence national average cost

A lot of factors can contribute to the cost to install a wire fence. Most of the time, people can expect a national average cost range of $2,400 to have a wire fence installation.

However, since there are several materials to choose from where each of them can serve various purposes and quality, the price consequently varies. For reference, here are the average prices: