Enter the total length in feet and the total cost into the calculator to determine the cost per yard.

Cost Per Yard Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Cost Per Yard.

CPY = TC / (L/3)

  • Where CPY is the cost per yard ($/yard)
  • TC is the total cost ($)
  • L is the length (feet)

To calculate the cost per yard, convert the length to yards, then divide the cost by the length.

What is Cost Per Yard?


A cost per yard is a metric that describes the cost of one yard of something. This something is typically a material, but it can also be the cost per yard to build something.

How to Calculate Cost Per Yard?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate cost per yard.

First, determine the length of the material. In this example, the length is 20 feet.

Next, determine the total cost of the material. The total cost of this material is $100.00.

Finally, calculate the cost per yard using the formula above:

CPY = TC / (L/3)

CPY = $100.00/ (20/3)

CPY = $15/yard