The cost of general liability insurance varies based on your business operations and policy limits, among other factors.
Regardless of policy limits, the median annual cost of general liability insurance is $500 (about $40 per month). The median cost offers a more accurate estimate of what your business is likely to pay than the average cost of business insurance because it excludes outlier high and low premiums.
Most small business owners (48%) pay between $300 and $600 for their policies, and 17% pay less than $300. These figures were derived from an analysis of thousands of insurance policies purchased by Insureon small business customers.
Our analysis of general liability insurance costs reveals that your industry has the biggest impact on policy costs. Generally, high-risk industries pay higher premiums, while low-risk industries enjoy lower rates.
For example, brick-and-mortar retailers open to the public are exposed to more risk than IT consultants working from a home office. The graph below illustrates how the industry you work in affects what you'll pay for a general liability policy.
Constructing and contracting businesses, cleaning services, and landscaping businesses have the highest general liability costs because these industries often do work that involves someone else’s property. General liability policies can pay for damage you or your employees cause to someone’s property.
To see insurance costs for businesses in your industry, visit our industry-specific cost analyses:
If you want car insurance that pays for a wide range of damage, you have to pay more for it. The same rule applies to business insurance. If you want a policy with higher coverage limits, expect to pay more than you would for basic coverage.
The most popular general liability policy is the $1 million / $2 million policy. This includes:
The majority of Insureon customers (92%) choose a policy with $1 million / $2 million limits. Five percent of our customers choose a policy with $2 million / $4 million limits, the next most popular choice.
Bundle your insurance policies. With insurance, businesses can sometimes find discounts when they purchase multiple policies from the same provider. For example, if your business is considered low risk, you may qualify for a business owner’s policy. A BOP bundles commercial general liability and property insurance together at a reduced rate.
Pay your entire premium upfront. Your general liability policy premium can typically be paid in monthly or annual installments. It might be tempting to go with a smaller monthly payment, but consider paying the full premium. Businesses can usually save money this way because many insurers offer discounts for annual premiums.
Proactively manage your risks. If your small business has a clean claims history, expect to pay lower insurance rates. An effective way to do this is to create a comprehensive risk management plan. For example, you might:
Insurance costs vary based on the type of insurance a business buys. Learn the cost of different insurance policies for small businesses.