How Much Does a Jet Ski Cost? 2021 Jet Ski Prices

A new jet ski will cost anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the engine, body, and features your wanting to buy.

The average cost of a jet ski is about $12,000.

The cheapest jet ski is the Sea-Doo Spark 60HP at $5,499. The most expensive jet ski is the Kawasaki ULTRA 310LX at $18,199.

Jet ski prices don’t always include taxes, fees, and a trailer. Therefore, I’ve included a calculator in this article to help you understand what a jet ski will cost altogether.

Sea-DooSPARK 2up 60HP$5,499
Sea-DooSPARK 3up 90HP$6,799
Sea-DooSPARK 2up 90HP iBR$7,199
Sea-DooSPARK TRIXX 2up$7,699
Sea-DooSPARK 3up 90HP iBR$7,799
YamahaEX Sport$7,999
Sea-DooSPARK TRIXX 3up$8,299
YamahaEX Deluxe$8,999
Sea-DooGTI 90$9,099
YamahaEX Limited$9,599
KawasakiSTX 160$9,799
Sea-DooGTI 130$10,099
KawasakiSTX 160X$10,199
YamahaVX Deluxe$10,849
Sea-DooGTI SE 130$10,899
YamahaVX Cruiser$11,149
KawasakiULTRA LX$11,399
Sea-DooGTI SE 170$11,499
KawasakiSTX 160LX$11,899
YamahaVX Cruiser HO$12,049
Sea-DooWAKE 170$12,299
YamahaVX Limited$12,449
YamahaGP1800R HO$12,549
Sea-DooGTR 230$12,599
Sea-DooGTX 170$13,099
YamahaVX Limited HO$13,549
YamahaFX HO$13,799
Sea-DooGTX 230$14,099
YamahaFX Cruiser HO$14,299
YamahaGP1800R SVHO$14,749
KawasakiULTRA 310X$15,499
Sea-DooFISH PRO 170$15,599
Sea-DooGTX 300$15,799
Sea-DooRXP-X 300$15,799
Sea-DooWAKE 230$15,799
YamahaFX SVHO$15,799
YamahaFX Cruiser SVHO$16,499
KawasakiULTRA 310R$16,499
Sea-DooRXT-X 300$16,799
YamahaFX Limited SVHO$17,699
Sea-DooGTX Limited 300$17,999
KawasakiULTRA 310LX$18,199

Jet Ski Pricing Calculator

How much should you pay for a jet ski can get confusing fast. To help I’ve created a pricing tool that you can play around with and give you a general idea.

Note: This calculator is for “playing-around” purposes only. The actual values will vary from dealership, location, time of year, and even your creditworthiness if you finance. Contact your local dealer to get exact quotes.


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Trailer Prices: To see how much jet ski trailers cost see our guide here.

Sales Tax: Every state has a different sales tax that you pay when purchasing anything. There may even be extra taxes depending on where you live.

Freight: This is the shipping fee that is paid to get a jet ski delivered to the dealership.

PDI: This is the Pre-Delivery Inspection. Jet skis come in crates and must be removed, setup, and gone over to make sure it’s ready for the water.

Doc: This is the documentation fee. Every state has laws about the documentation fee and it gets confusing fast, you can learn more here.

Registration Fee: This is the fee you pay to get your jet ski and/or trailer registered with your state. This is basically the process to get numbers assigned to your jet ski and a trailer tag. This fee can vary depending on how many years you pay for and county fees too.

MSRP: If you see MSRP that is the manufacturer suggested retail price. All jet skis have an MSRP that is set by the factory. An interesting tidbit about MSRP is that dealerships can’t advertise a current year model below this number but can go below this number on non-current models.

Commodity Surcharge: A commodity surcharge is a real fee added to the price of a jet ski when the raw material to build it fluctuates. Scroll down to learn more about the commodity surcharge.

What Is A Commodity Surcharge?

A commodity surcharge is an extra fee you pay on top of the price of the item you’re buying.

A commodity is the raw goods used to build products like steel, copper, fiberglass, rubber, and so on.

Usually, the MSRP would be enough to cover the fluctuation of the price of commodities, but due to current events, these prices are fluctuating a lot more. Since the price fluctuates so much, the manufacturer can’t simply adjust the MSRP regularly, especially since many countries have laws and regulations on retail prices.

This has caused manufacturers to have a commodity surcharge added to the price to cover the ever-changing costs of building the products. This commodity surcharge can go up or down depending on supplies, demand, and general costs the manufacturer has to pay to make the product. Hopefully, the commodity surcharge should go away when things get back to normal, but no one knows when that will be.

Are Jet Ski Prices Negotiable?

Jet ski prices are negotiable but it’s not always guaranteed.

If jet skis are selling very well and inventory is getting short, dealerships are less likely to negotiate on price. But if a dealership has many in stock or out of season, prices tend to be more negotiable.

Timing is everything and it’s not always straightforward either. I have a guide that goes over when the best time to buy a jet ski here.

Why Are Jet Skis So Expensive?

Boats, in general, are have gotten more expensive.

Jet skis are not small little things anymore, some are as big as boats. Most people don’t want a small jet ski, they want something that gives them a good ride so the manufacturers build just that but it also comes at a higher price.

For a lot of people, jet skis have become boat replacements as they’re easier to store, use, and still cheaper than a full boat. If you think jet skis are expensive wait until you see how expensive boats have gotten.

Jet skis are also not the same creatures they were in the ’90s or ’00s and changed quite a lot which also means the prices have changed a lot too. Many watercraft now have brakes, something never heard of 20 years ago. They also have a lot more horsepower, tech, comfort, stability, and so much more.

You can even get a stereo and cup holders – they’re truly becoming a boat replacement!

If you don’t care for all this and just want a simple but affordable jet ski then consider looking at the Sea-Doo Spark or Yamaha EX. The Spark and EX will be the cheapest and simplest options you have for new jet skis.

What JetSki Should I Buy?

To see the complete comparison of every jet ski made in 2021 check out the Sea-Doo vs. Yamaha vs. Kawasaki guide.

How Much Does A Jet Ski Trailer Cost?

A jet ski trailer can cost anywhere from $600 all the way up to $6,000.

I have a guide here that goes over jet ski trailer prices and other info you need to know about them.

How Much Does It Cost To Own a Jet Ski?

I put the cost of owning a jet ski along the lines of owning a used car.

There are other things to consider when owning a jet ski like insurance, where you’re going to keep it, and maintenance costs.

I go over the whole cost of ownership for a jet ski here.

What Should I Wear On A Jet Ski?

There is proper clothing you should wear while on your jet ski. If you don’t believe me then check out the warning stickers on the glovebox or around the rear of the WaveRunner.

I have a guide on what to wear while riding a jet ski here.

How Much Does A Jet Ski Weigh?

Here is the complete of jet ski weight.

Tips for Buying Jet Skis?

Here is my guide on buying a USED jet ski, and here is a link to my ebook that goes over everything you need to know when buying used.

Here is the guide I created for buying a NEW jet ski.

Jet Ski Vs. Boat?

A common question I would get is from people deciding if they want to get a boat or a jet ski.

I’ve created an entire article on this subject to better help you pick the best option for you. Check out my jet ski vs boat post here.

What Are Too Many Hours?

Jet skis go by hours and not miles.

A common question I get is how many hours is too many for a jet ski.

I answer this question and much more in this guide here on jet ski hours.

Pros and Cons of Jet Skis?

If you’re thinking of buying a jet ski you might be wondering what the pros and cons are. After years of selling and owning jet skis here is my complete list of pros and cons.

What Accessories Do I Need?

There a few things you’ll need to make you legal and your life easier when it comes to jet skis. Here is my list of must-have jet ski accessories.

4 thoughts on “How Much Does a Jet Ski Cost? 2021 Jet Ski Prices”

  1. In 2020, with the high demand for jet ski’s, is it reasonable to pay MSRP for a new SeaDoo, or should I be able to negotiate for below MSRP pricing? Also, they are charging $2,000 for “Freight and Setup” and then lowered it down to $1,500 when I questioned it. $1,500 still seems high to me, especially on a GTR 230 that they are quoting at full MSRP. $500 – $750 seems reasonable to me, but not $1,500. Would love your thoughts. Thanks in advance!

    • In 2020 all new jet skis and used were going for MSRP plus plus. It’s looking like 2021 is going to be the same. A fair deal would be MSRP plus $1k (if you ask me) but if that dealer has someone willing to pay more it’s a tough position. The dealer could also be playing hardball, have them break down the cost, and email it to you so you can see if the numbers make sense. Things like freight do cost the dealership money, it’s usually about $400-$500. They also have to pay people to put it together and the manufacturer doesn’t help with disposing of the crate so there is a cost in that too. I have a guide that goes over more tips here…

  2. Hi thanks for the great info. I’m looking at buying a 2019 Sea Doo GTX 155 and new trailer for $6,000 AUD. It has 425 hours on it as it was used at a rescue jet ski in Sydney. I am part of the rescue service so know the ski well and know it was very well looked after and serviced as per manufacturers requirements. Last service a month ago. They do get a lot of use as they are on the water for 8 hours a day on the weekends all summer. Hoping that if it’s looked after this is a really good buy. Please let me know. Thanks.

    • I had to look up the conversion to USD, it’s about $4k USD. That is a lot of hours for 2019 GTX 155 but that is a really cheap price and you know the watercraft and how it runs. Normally I would say no but since you know the history well and that price is really attractive for a 2019 I would go for it. Just know if you go to sell it later you’ll have a hard time due to the hours. That 155HP engine is solid and that body very comfortable. If it was me in your situation I would buy it, that’s not a bad deal.


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