How Much Does an Industrial Piercing Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

An industrial piercing, also referred to as a scaffold piercing, involves two piercings, which are connected via a barbell and can be located anywhere on the body; however, it typically refers to the two piercings along the cartilage of the upper ear rim.  The most common piercing will often compromise of a helix and anti-helix piercing.

Due to the unusual and unique look, it’s a perfect choice for those who want to show off something a bit different and has gained a lot of popularity since the early 1990s.

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How much does an industrial piercing cost?

As with any piercing, the costs will depend on the professional you choose, where you live and if you want to upgrade the jewelry.  Most of the time, an industrial piercing can cost $45 to $85 for the piercing and a simple barbell.  Generally speaking, an industrial piercing will be less in a rural area when compared to a popular metropolitan area.

We researched a few studios located throughout the United States and included the quotes we received in our table below:

LocationPrice Quoted
Atlanta, GA$80 for piercing and jewelry upgrade
Austin, TX$29 for piercing + $35 jewelry upgrade
Berkeley, CA$75 for the piercing, upgraded jewelry and aftercare spray
Brooklyn, NY$35 for piercing and
another $35 for barbell upgrade
Los Angeles, CA$50 after using Yelp discount (basic jewelry)
San Diego, CA$25 + $45 jewelry upgrade
San Francisco, CA$75 (included tip and jewelry)

Pierced Hearts, a body piercing professional studio located in Seattle, Washington, posted their official prices on their website.  An industrial piercing, according to the pricing list, would cost $65 with a straight barbell.

Industrial piercing overview

The average industrial piercing can be located anywhere outside the outer cartilage of the ear, but depending on the anatomy of your ear, it may not be feasible.  In some cases, if there isn’t enough free cartilage to perform the procedure, the piercing could shift over time, potentially breaking the skin.  Other locations include the bridge of the nose, the outer part of the lips, the naval or even the tongue.

Before the piercing begins, the area will be cleaned and then the proposed location will be marked, ensuring the two points being pierced will align correctly.  It’s important the markings are symmetrically aligned to ensure it doesn’t affect your piercing when complete.  Using a hollow needle, the first hole will be created, followed by inserting a piece of jewelry.  Next, a second hole will be created, followed by inserting the second piece of jewelry to complete the piercing.

After the procedure, the healing process can take up to six months to fully heal, but this is greatly dependent on the individual.  As long as you maintain proper hygiene and follow the aftercare instructions, the piercing should heal effectively within 60 days.  This includes avoiding swimming as much possible, using an antibacterial soap when cleaning the pierced area and ensuring you don’t add any unnecessary weight to the jewelry.  It’s also suitable to keep it clear of any lotions, makeup, perfumes, body sprays and/or moisturizers.

What are the extra costs?

An industrial piercing can cater a variety of piercings, including long plastic surface barbells, zigzag barbells and/or stainless steel barbells.  However, if you don’t prefer the joined industrial piercing look, then you can wear individual pieces such as a labret stud or captive bead ring until the piercing heals.   Typically, 1.2mm – 1.6mm gauge jewelry is worn until the piercing has fully healed, and while the piercer will include a basic piece of jewelry, most upgrade.  The costs, depending on the type you choose, can range from as little as $5 to more than $25.

The aftercare products, which can include a piercing spray, can cost $10 to $15.  This spray should be used up to six times per day to keep the area cleaned.

Tips, which are highly recommended, should be budgeted for as well.

Tips to know

This piercing isn’t recommended for those who are heavily into sports, according to Blue Banana.  Always be sure to discuss the effects with your piercer before the piercing to know how you can protect yourself in high-impact situations.

As for pain, those who have had the piercing done in the past say it can be “moderate” due to the location on the cartilage.  However, as with any pain, everyone experiences pain differently, so your pain tolerance will vary.  For the next few months, again, depending on your healing process, your ear cartilage can be sore and tender to the touch.  It can also be uncomfortable if you were to sleep on the affected side.  To minimize the pain, PainfulPleasures.com recommends spraying an aftercare spray to help cool and soothe the infected skin.  You can also take an ibuprofen to help with the swelling and discomfort as well.

How can I save money?

Depending on where you live, it’s always best to get as many quotes as you can.  While you don’t want to focus on the price alone, also pay close attention to the cleanliness of the studio, the reviews online and past client work.


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