How Much Are Piercings At Tattoo Shops?

How Much Are Piercings At Tattoo Shops

Low: $20-$55 for earlobes Medium: $30-$85 for most other areas
The cost of a body piercing varies depending on the location of the body being pierced, the type of piercing and the individual piercer. Typical costs:
  • A body piercing typically costs $20 to $55 for earlobes, ear cartilage or cheek.
  • A body piecing typically costs $30 to $65 for the eyebrow, nose, navel or nipple.
  • A body piercing typically costs $40 to $85 or more for a medusa (a piercing above the lip), the tongue web or the surface of the body, such as at the nape of the neck.
  • Body piercings are considered cosmetic and are not covered by medical insurance. However, treatment for complications from a piercing, such as infection, would usually be covered.

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What should be included:
  • The piercing artist will disinfect the area, then use a hollow needle to pierce the skin — or cartilage — and then insert the body jewelry. The piercer should provide detailed aftercare instructions based on the type of piercing.

Additional costs:

  • Piercing costs usually include basic body jewelry, but jewelry upgrades cost extra. The body jewelry used should be made of implant-grade materials.


  • Some piercers offer discounts for multiple piercings, repeat customers or groups.

Shopping for body piercings:

  • Make sure the piercing studio you choose is licensed by your local health department and follows meticulous health standards — including the use of a properly functioning autoclave machine for sterilization, use of gloves and only using equipment from individual sterilized and sealed packages. They also should never use a piercing gun, since these cannot be properly sterilized. The Association of Professional Piercers offers a detailed guide on how to choose a reputable piercer and a search-by-state function.
  • Tip: Once you have located a studio, ask how long the piercer has been practicing and ask to see before-and-after photographs of previous work.
  • Body piercing risks include: blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and HIV; allergic reactions, skin infections and scars or keloids, which are bumpy areas caused by a build-up of scar tissue. Oral piercings can cause dental problems, such as damage to gum tissue or cracked teeth.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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Posted by: E M in Orem, UT. Posted: October 30th, 2021 10:10PM
Area: Genital

$95 + tip Freehand piercing

Posted by: Dee Garland in PHILADELPHIA, PA. Posted: August 24th, 2019 06:08PM
Area: Shoulder and bottom lip

Leslie is my piercer,she’s a rockstar. She’s very gentle. The piercings were a breeze, there was no discomfort, I have a total of 30 plus and I will be going back for more!

Amount: $30. 00 total
Posted by: a user in Waco, TX. Posted: February 9th, 2019 07:02PM
Area: Nose hoop

No pain! Super fast and the lady was so friendly

Posted by: a user in New York City, NY. Posted: February 4th, 2019 07:02PM
Area: Flushing, Main St

I actually got them done in 2 different places. Ear Lobe I got it done for 10 dollars only on both sides. They used a gun on me. I clean them with rubbing alcohol, make sure to stay consistent because I got infected. The second piercing is helix but only on one side of the ear. Wasn’t painful at all just a tear using a needle and that’s about it.

  • After that, you get a throbbing sensation for like one day only;
  • I got the helix done for 20 dollars;
  • The area is very sensitive and the needle is the best choice;

Many of the places use a gun so I recommend if they use a gun don’t go there. Even if it’s cheaper. If they recommend a lotion or some kind of ointment to buy for your newly pierced ears, I don’t think it’s really necessary. Just buy some sea salt and stir it in water then place your ear in the water for approximately 10-15 mins.

Posted by: Ray Hurley in Little falls, MN. Posted: February 3rd, 2019 11:02PM

Didn’t hurt! Did it my self, just know where to pierce it and watch out for cartilage. High recommended!!

Posted by: Barnie Villa in North Las Vegas, NV. Posted: July 5th, 2018 04:07PM
Area: ears, nose, upper/lower lips, eyebrow

I did all my piercings myself. I started when I was 12. Now I am 54. It did not hurt. All are healed within 3 weeks. They all look great.

Posted by: JMWestin in Minneapolis, MN. Posted: June 7th, 2018 08:06PM
Area: 2nd piercing

Barely hurts and just make sure if you do it yourself to over-sanitize everything you use no matter how clean you think it is. Bacteria leads to infections and it can be painful if that develops

Amount: $300. 00 total
Posted by: Beebs in New Orleans, LA. Posted: February 25th, 2018 04:02AM
Area: Lobes

Got a third hole in each earlobe from Purity Body Arts in New Orleans. Each piercing was $30 plus the price of jewelry (two studs: a 14 carat gold stud and an opal set 14 carat gold setting). Pristine setting, excellent quality control. Monique is the nicest piercer ever. But that place is $$$

Posted by: BodyModCraves in Bogota, NJ. Posted: July 17th, 2017 04:07PM
Area: Ear

My ear actually bled onto my shirt and it ended up ripping out the front hole after the 6 month healing time. But the rip didn’t hurt and the piercing didn’t hurt. I want to get it redone.

Posted by: HaileyJay in Decatur, IL. Posted: July 2nd, 2017 11:07PM
Area: Nipples

Got it done on Friday the 13th so it was like buy one piercing get the other free (aka both nipples for the price of one $40). Worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. I actually passed out. The more stressed out you are, the worse it will hurt bc the adrenaline pumping. Try to relax yourself. They’re all healed up now and I absolutely love them! Worth it.

Posted by: William h in Jacksonville, FL. Posted: May 20th, 2017 06:05PM
Area: Ears, nose, lip

Ear lobe piercings at Claire’s normal priced normal quality for a Claire’s. Then an upper lobe piercing done at Walmart for their normal price. 2 helixs from the place I now regularly visit for $10 when the piercer was in training. A 3rd helix on my right ear for $20 when it was half priced. A nostril stud for $40. Then a ring for $40 and a 2nd ring for $40.

Just clean your ear 2x a time to avoid any infection. This area can get infected easily. Then I messed up went to a new place got a lip piercing for $43 that was crooked and had to take it out to get it redone in the near future.

These prices don’t include tips.

Amount: $20. 00 total
Posted by: Airion in Chicago, IL. Posted: March 12th, 2017 10:03AM
Area: Belly button

Didn’t hurt at all quick and easy

Posted by: Melina in Lakeland, FL. Posted: February 23rd, 2017 09:02AM
Area: ear

The inward hole hurts and am currently trying to clear the bump with sea salt mixed with chamomile. I am finally able to change the Jewelry after 8 weeks 😀

Posted by: Courtney F in Puyallup, WA. Posted: February 17th, 2017 08:02PM
Area: Upper inside lip

Seriously hurt so little that after she did it I had to ask if she had done it yet! Lol

Posted by: INKadelphia Tattoo Studio in philadelphia, PA. Posted: February 9th, 2017 08:02AM
Area: overall body

Inkadelphia Tattoo Studio is the best and very affordable. Right now they have a special on navel piercings and they do these specials quite often $10 for a navel piercing normally $20 any surface piercing is $40,Dermal anchors are $60 each but if getting more then 1 we drop the price to $50 (The more you get the less they are)isnt that great!septum piercings cost up to $50 but can also be less.

Posted by: Alyssa Huerta in Antioch, CA. Posted: January 25th, 2017 04:01PM
Area: Collarbone

I got 3 dermals underneath my left collarbone, the first two were fine, just a lot of pressure but the third hurt a lot because it pushed against my collarbone. It was fast, maybe 15 min but everything was sterilized. I love them

Amount: $30. 00 total
Posted by: Manda 😍😘💞 in Yakima, WA. Posted: January 3rd, 2017 09:01PM
Area: yakima on 1st street

I was nervous because who wants a 14 guage needle going through your skin? Hollow tube hurt so much that the pain was terrible. Definitely worth it though.

Posted by: Karah in Charlotte, NC. Posted: January 2nd, 2017 07:01AM
Area: Septum

Got my septum pierced at Sadu Body Modifications in Charlotte. It was a great experience. Great starilization and the piercing didnt hurt at all! Even the healing process isn’t terrible.

Posted by: Luca in Elgin, IL. Posted: June 23rd, 2016 09:06AM
Area: lower lip / labret

Piercing barely hurt, just pinched a bit, but then I almost fainted? lol. Had some healing complications involving lip growing over the backs, but that stopped once they completely healed almost a year later. Also developed what seems like a permanent boil / skin infection on left side. Tried different cleaning methods, nothing works.

Posted by: Sara dray in Klamath falls, OR. Posted: May 31st, 2016 07:05PM
Area: Fire and ice

Didn’t hurt, only thing was the surprise of the needle because I hate them. Didn’t heal very fast because my boyfriend liked to play with it with his tongue which kept causing infections. But it healed in about 7 months. I was 15 and my friend was there recording it.

Posted by: KarmaScorpion in Lancaster, CA. Posted: May 26th, 2016 10:05PM
Area: Navel

The part that freaked me out the most was the clamp. I was prepared for the pain from the needle just didn’t factor in that there would a clamp pinching my skin. But I got over that quick when the needle pierced through, it was very painful, but didn’t last too long. The next part, when she pulled the jewelry through the hole, I wouldn’t exactly call painful just felt really weird.

give us a call 2156448900 you wont regret it. I took antibiotics for an illness, that’s the only time it ever vanished, then re-emerged with a vengeance once antibiotics left my system. I bled a lot which was another thing I wasn’t prepared for, so look out for that, but that doesn’t happen to all people.

Make sure you get aftercare instructions because I found those very helpful especially in keeping myself calm about it not being infected. The piercing so far has acted pretty normal, it’s had it ups and downs and is still healing, which is something I knew going in that it has the longest healing period.

Posted by: a user in New York, NY. Posted: April 20th, 2016 09:04AM
Area: ear

It was 25 for my helix and 50 for an industrial. I went to Whatever Tattoo on St. Marks Pl.

Posted by: Save your money boi in Chicago, IL. Posted: April 14th, 2016 09:04PM
Area: Lip

Did it myself. Screw you dummies paying top price for a piercing. Just buy a kit on ebay. It’ll save you hundreds. Just know your precautions.

Posted by: Max force in Willamsport, PA. Posted: March 16th, 2016 04:03AM
Area: Both nipples

I got both nipples done. There 50$ a piece and came with a sea salt spray

Posted by: shenuts in Raceland, LA. Posted: March 9th, 2016 08:03AM
Area: Tougue & Belly & Virgina

it hurted a lil but not too m uch

Amount: $30. 00 total
Posted by: Booga in Venice beach, CA. Posted: March 5th, 2016 12:03PM
Area: Nose

Fast healing and painless

Posted by: Nun ya in None ya, PA. Posted: November 30th, 2015 06:11PM
Area: Left eyebrow

It was painless the clamps hurt worse than the actual needle. But the clamps didn’t hurt that much either, but it did hurt to sleep on my left side for about a week.

Posted by: Sookie006 in Canton, GA. Posted: November 9th, 2015 09:11AM
Area: Nose

Got my nose pierced 7 weeks ago at Planet ink in Canton. A lot of pressure when the needle went in but very little pain after. Piercer was awesome and very professional. Will go back!!

Posted by: HISUI in Saint Louis, MO. Posted: October 26th, 2015 09:10AM
Area: Hip both sides

Highest quality jewelry manufactured for surface bars. Pretty high on the pain scale.

Posted by: Yo mama in Nacogdoches tx, TX. Posted: October 24th, 2015 07:10AM
Area: East tx

Didn’t hurt sore a little afterward

Amount: $80. 00 total
Posted by: Yup in Long Island, NY. Posted: October 17th, 2015 02:10PM
Area: Long Island

Was very professional going back to get more

Posted by: Tina Powell in Charlotte, NC. Posted: September 19th, 2015 12:09PM
Area: 27

I got my nose pierced with a small gemstone titanium jewelry at Krazy kats last August. The piercer was excellent and it didn’t really hurt, only bled for a few minutes. She gave me great aftercare instruction. I got it for more than a year ago and have changed the jewelries a couple of times since then.

Amount: $45. 00 total
Posted by: Madi in Destin, FL. Posted: August 31st, 2015 07:08PM
Area: Destin, florida

The clamp was annoying so it took away concentration of the tiny sting of the needle. I had just turned 15 at the the time and I’ve had it for almost a year and it has healed fast and never given me any trouble. The only pain was when the piercer threaded the jewelry through. I plan to get dual microdermals in my hips next 😜😜

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