March 24, 2016

Interesting Statistics About Tattoos In The Workplace

Do you have any tattoos? Whether you have a tattoo on your ankle, your upper arm, or your lower back, many employers see tattoos as taboo in the workplace. What do you think?

Man with lots of tattoos holding laptop

There is a certain stigma against visible tattoos in the workplace. Supposedly they negatively impact your credibility, people find them inappropriate at work, and they symbolize the appeal of the counterculture, but is this really true?

Not exactly, the negative stigma against tattoos is slowly dissolving. In fact tattoos are become much more accepted in today’s world. From entry level workers to corporate executives, a little bit of ink in the form of skin art is becoming more common – but it doesn’t mean you won’t still be discriminated against for having a tattoo in the hiring process.

Learn More About Tattoos And Your Job Search

We ran across a very cool infographic titled Tattoos In The Workplace from that reveals all sorts of interesting statistics about tattoos in the workplace.

If you have a tattoo or you are thinking about getting a tattoo, here are some statistics about tattoos in the workplace that you need to see:

  • 37% of HR Managers Cite Tattoos As The Third Most Likely Physical Attribute That Limits Career Potential
  • 42% of People Of All Ages Feel That Visible Tattoos Are Inappropriate At Work
  • 45 Million People In The US Have At Least One Tattoo
  • 0 States Have Laws Protecting People With Tattoos From Discrimination In Company Hiring Practices
  • Neck, Head, and Face Tattoos Continue To Carry The Most Considerable Stigma
  • 96,000 Tattoo Removals Were Performed In 2014
  • $588 – The US National Average In 2013 For Tattoo Removal Procedures
  • 14% of People With Tattoos Regret Their Decision To Get A Tattoo

Percent Of People With Tattoos In Different Careers

  • Military – 36%
  • Agriculture/Ranching – 22%
  • Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation – 20%
  • Arts, Media & Entertainment – 16%
  • Retail – 14%
  • Finance & Banking – 13%
  • Healthcare – 13%
  • Professional Services – 13%
  • Education, Child Development, & Family Services – 12%
  • Manufacturing – 9%
  • Engineering, Design, & Construction – 9%
  • Information Technology – 9%
  • Government – 9%

Top 15 Most Tattoo Friendly Cities (Search Jobs By Location)

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  5. Detroit, Michigan
  6. Chicago, Illinois
  7. Miami, Florida
  8. Portland, Oregon
  9. Atlanta, Georgia
  10. Los Angeles, California
  11. Denver, Colorado
  12. Phoenix, Arizona
  13. San Diego, California
  14. Las Vegas, Nevada
  15. New York, New York

36 Most Tattoo Friendly US Companies

  1. Whole Foods
  2. Sally’s Beauty Supply
  3. Hot Topic/Torrid
  4. Trader Joe’s
  5. Borders Books
  6. Target
  7. Claire’s Boutique
  8. Piercing Pagoda
  9. Burlington Coat Factory
  10. Albertson’s
  11. Big Lots
  12. Barnes & Nobles
  13. IKEA
  14. Forever 21
  15. Journeys
  16. Spencer’s Gifts
  17. Staples
  18. Ticketmaster
  19. Hard Rock Cafe/Hotel
  20. Best Buy
  21. Kohl’s
  22. Anthropologie
  23. Home Depot
  24. Lowe’s
  25. Petco
  26. Google
  27. FedEx (Delivery)
  28. UPS
  29. Mac Cosmetics
  30. LUSH Cosemetics
  31. Tokyo Joe’s
  32. Dunkin Donuts
  33. Half Price Books
  34. AppleBee’s

The infographic from is filled with informative statistics that you should read and explore. This is important information for both job seekers, tattoo lovers, and hiring managers. Be sure to share it with your friends.

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