Septum Piercing Prices: How Much Do They Cost?

  • Written By Dan Hunter on May 28, 2019
    Last Updated: January 10, 2021

Septum piercing prices aren’t always as straightforward as you might think they should be. Several factors go into the final costs, and that includes the piercing process itself as well as which jewelry you select.

That being said, this septum piercing price guide will give you an idea of what range of prices you can expect at most reputable piercing studios.

Also, keep in mind that price should never be the ultimate determinant of whether to get a particular piercing or where to get the piercing done. Other factors such as piercer experience and shop hygiene are so much more important.

The Average Cost of a Septum Piercing

You can expect to pay between $40 and $90 on average for a septum piercing, and that usually includes the jewelry cost. You should also factor a tip into the cost of your septum piercing. Body piercing professionals provide a service, so it’s appropriate to tip them for a job well done.

Septum Piercing Prices: Factors Involved

If you look around at several different piercing studios, you’re likely to get a few different answers on how much it’s going to cost to get your septum pierced.

Here are some of the reasons why the price varies so much:

Piercer Experience

It’s common sense that different body piercers have different levels of experience. One piercer may have been piercing for ten years, and another may have just started 6 months ago.

Someone who’s been in the business longer is likely going to charge higher prices, and that makes sense because they are probably really good at what they do compared to rookies.

You’ll also want to factor in how often the piercer performs septum piercings in particular. Septums are notoriously difficult to pierce properly, because the piercing professional has to go under the nose cartilage, ensuring they don’t pierce the nostril.

Prices can vary even between different piercers at the same studio because of the experience factor. However, don’t shy away from a slight price difference.

Septum piercings tend to be a bit more painful than standard nose piercings, and an experienced piercer can get it over with quicker and with less pain.

Studio Exposure

Well-known studios are typically going to charge more. Although you may be tempted to look for a place with lower prices, you can trust that a popular studio follows safety and hygiene practices, and works with experienced piercers because they have a reputation to uphold.

Honestly, does a $5 or $10 difference matter when you’re talking about a piece of jewelry you’ll have for many years?

Studio Location

Studios in higher population areas like a bigger city are going to have more traffic from customers than studios in small towns. There’s simply not as big of a demand in smaller areas. That means you may pay more if you’re going to a studio in the city.

But you may also get a better experience, as these busy studios have to compete to stand out from all the other piercing studios nearby. So, it’s possible that in some cases, you are paying for the experience of the ambiance rather than the experience of the piercer.


When you ask about pricing at various piercing studios, remember to ask whether the price includes the jewelry or not. Some places charge a flat fee for the piercing and basic jewelry. Other places price out the jewelry separately.

Septum Piercing Prices

Extra Purchases

Piercing studios typically offer items to purchase at the shop, including aftercare products. You may want to pick up the products they recommend so that you can be sure to follow your aftercare and cleaning routine properly.

The best aftercare product I’ve personally used is the After Inked Piercing Aftercare Spray. Not only is it vegan, but it’s also completely alcohol and additive-free. The solution works well on all skin types including sensitive skin, and it comes in a generously-sized mist-spraying bottle for easy application. When using it from the very start of the healing process, the spray helps to decrease healing times and aims to eliminate any lingering pain or soreness.

You may also be interested in buying other jewelry from the piercing studio. Your piercer can help you find the pieces that will work best for your septum piercing. The types of jewelry typically worn in the septum include captive bead rings, circular barbells, and septum clickers.

You may also want to consider a larger gauge piece of jewelry if you intend to stretch your septum piercing. Septum piercings typically aren’t stretched to especially large sizes, and you should make sure that your piercing is fully healed before beginning stretching. Standard septum jewelry is 16 or 14 gauge.

Why The Cheapest Prices Aren’t Always The Best Option

With septum piercings, your piercer’s experience really does matter, more so than say, an earlobe piercing. You want to make sure that your piercer hits that sweet spot, called the columella, so that you don’t get pierced through the cartilage, or too low.

Some people do get the septum cartilage pierced, for instance, if they don’t have a columella space beneath.

But be aware that piercing through the cartilage is much more painful and more likely to lead to complications.

So if you can avoid cartilage (unless you really want the piercing there), you want a piercer who knows how to find the right spot. It’s worth paying a little more to ensure that you have the best experience and best results.

Septum Piercing

Yes, you can ask a friend to pierce your septum for you. They may even find the right spot, but they will likely not have a hygienic environment with sterilized equipment. So going cheap and paying your friend $10 for a piercing is highly likely to lead to an infection.

It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t go cheap on the jewelry you put in your septum piercing, either during the initial piercing or after. Wearing cheap jewelry can cause irritation that leads to infections, even after the piercing is fully healed.

Titanium, gold, and surgical steel are among the best options, though you do have some other choices with septum jewelry. Cheap metal alloys are the main thing to avoid.

Common Discounts

Although you shouldn’t opt for the cheapest way possible to get a body modification, it is okay to look for deals when they’re available. Here are a few you may find offered at a piercing studio.

  • Buy one get one free
  • Discount for re-piercing an old piercing
  • Multiple piercing discounts
  • Student discounts


A new septum piercing won’t put you back too much. How fancy you want to go with the jewelry is up to you, but it’s usually best to get something basic for the healing period and purchase a more complex or decorative piece for after the piercing is healed. Most people flaunting a septum piercing agree it’s worth the cost.