Tongue Piercing Prices: How Much Do They Cost?

  • Written By Dan Hunter on May 28, 2019
    Last Updated: November 27, 2020

Tongue piercing prices can be really difficult to judge, seemingly more so than any other type of piercing out there – but there are reasons for this.

Cost is often one of the top questions when you’re getting a new piercing. It’s usually not the deciding factor on whether you get a piercing or not, but it can determine how long you may need to wait before you can proceed.

Of course, you want to make sure you’re not overpaying (or going somewhere cheap).

Tongue piercings are a piercing that has gone in and out of style, but it seems to be on the rise now that piercers and those who want tongue piercings are coming up with different variations on the traditional single tongue piercing.

This price guide takes a look at several types of tongue piercings and the factors involved in how much they cost.

The Factors Involved In Tongue Piercing Prices

By all means, there is no one standard price for tongue piercings. Depending on which studio you go to, the price may be a bit less or more than you find at other places. In fact, there may even be multiple prices at one studio. Here are some things that can affect the price you pay.

Piercer Experience

As with most things in life, you pay for quality. A piercer who has been doing tongue piercings for years can charge more for their experience than a newer body piercer.

And yes, their experience can be to your benefit. Experienced piercers tend to perform piercings more quickly, more accurately, and with less pain.

Piercing Technique

A basic tongue piercing is the least expensive of the tongue piercing techniques.

You may pay a bit more if you want to get the snake eyes piercing (a single barbell that exits both sides of the tongue horizontally) or the frog eyes (aka venom) piercing, which is actually a double tongue piercing.

Any combination of multiple tongue piercings or unusual placements may result in higher prices.

Studio Popularity

Studios with good piercers are likely to be favored by repeat customers and the people they recommend the studio to.

It is important to remember piercing studios have to balance customer demand with the number of piercings they can reasonably perform in a day, which is why highly popular studios charge more for their piercing services.

How Much Do Tongue Piercings Cost

Studio Location

Some areas simply have a higher demand for piercings than others. Often, this has a lot to do with population. A piercing studio in an urban area is going to have more clients, and thus higher prices, than a suburban studio.

Of course, the urban studio probably also has more customer traffic, so their piercers have a lot of experience. (You can see how the factors are somewhat related to each other.)

Piercing Jewelry

There are all different kinds of jewelry you can put in your tongue piercing. Most likely you will start with gold, titanium, or surgical steel. There are also different styles to choose from, like ring or barbell.

Undoubtedly, there are a variety of ball styles or you can simply go with a plain piece of jewelry, where the ball looks just like the metal on the rest of the bar or ring. All the different options will be priced differently.

Extra Purchases

You may also leave your piercer’s studio with a few extra items. If you won’t be back for a while, you may want to purchase extra jewelry for when your piercing is healed and you’re ready to change it out.

Most studios also offer various forms of aftercare products to ensure you’re able to take care of your tongue piercing and prevent infections or other complications from arising.

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.

Why The Cheapest Prices Aren’t Always The Best Option

As you can see from the factors above, price often relates to quality.

Paying to get your tongue pierced at a reputable piercing studio gives you a better chance of having the piercing turn out how you want it, as well as avoiding an infection. Professional piercing studios maintain hygiene practices and use sterilized equipment.

An inexperienced piercer could end up getting the placement wrong or causing more pain than necessary.

Getting your tongue pierced somewhere other than at a well-maintained piercing studio means the person may not follow proper hygiene and equipment cleaning practices to prevent you from developing an infection. So definitely don’t pay your neighbor to do it for a few bucks.

Tongue Piercing Prices

Cheap jewelry is also a problem. Cheaper metals are highly likely to cause an allergic reaction for many people, and in the case of a new piercing, that allergic reaction will lead to severe irritation and possibly infection.

Therefore, you will just end up having to pay for more expensive jewelry or a repiercing of the tongue anyway.

The Average Cost Of A Tongue Piercing

Tongue piercings typically cost between $30 to $100, with the lower range being a basic tongue piercing with simple jewelry. The higher end of the range is more likely if you are going in for a double tongue piercing or selecting more expensive jewelry.

Pay attention to how the studio calculates prices. Some charge a flat fee for piercing and basic jewelry, and others charge for the jewelry separately.

Common Discounts

You may also be able to get some kind of a deal at the piercing studio you go to. It doesn’t hurt to call and ask if they have any buy one get one free discounts, repiercing deals, or student discounts.

One of the most common discounts you will find are lower prices per piercing when multiple piercings are done at once. This is true of double tongue piercings, where you don’t usually pay double the price.


Tongue piercing prices are pretty reasonable considering you get a way to personalize your appearance for years to come. The only real upkeep cost is buying any new jewelry you’re interested in wearing to change up your look.

Remember to research your studio and asks for recommendations from people you know rather than just going with the cheapest option. It doesn’t hurt to look for a deal where one is available though.

Tongue piercing prices can be high and low, but remember, the quality ones can last forever.