Body Piercer

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Body piercers use needles to make puncture holes or incisions to the skin on different parts of their client’s body. They then insert metal, acrylic or glass jewellery as a decoration. The most common part to pierce is the ear lobe, but body piercers also pierce ear cartilage, noses, eyebrows, lips, tongues and other body parts.

The Work

You could be:

Some body piercers also offer a tattoo service (see job article Tattooist).


Actual income varies widely, depending on:

As a self-employed body piercer you usually charge a set fee per piercing. Prices range from about £18 to about £60 depending on which body part you work on. Any jewellery you provide will cost the client extra.

Apprentice body piercers often have to work unpaid.


Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are jobs in body piercing studios, tattoo studios, shops and beauty therapy salons. Look for jobs offering training on the Find a Job service on GOV.UK or in Jobcentre Plus offices. You might have to move to another town or city. Many registered body piercers are self-employed.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland



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What Does it Take?

You need:


Getting On

In Scotland you can apply for the Tattoo, piercing and electrolysis licence (Scotland) from your local authority. This licence covers:

More Information

Young people under 16 can only have body piercing if they have a parent with them who will give their written consent to the piercing. However, some piercing studios have higher age restrictions depending on the area of the body being pierced.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

UK Association of Professional Piercers (UKAPP)

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