A Dog Bather earns an average wage of $9.22 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$8.05 - $10.87
(Median)
$8
$9
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $10.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.01  
Overtime
$10.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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Total Pay (?
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$16,963 - $24,136  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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Job Description for Dog Bather

Dog bathers work in boutiques that specialize in dog grooming, as well as kennels, pet stores, and even veterinary clinics. These pet care specialists assist in the grooming operation by performing the sometimes difficult task of bathing dogs of all sizes and dispositions. One of the main requirements to be a dog bather is being an animal lover in general. Even calm, obedient dogs can become unpredictable around baths and water, and it is up to the dog bather to control the animal in a respectful, non-binding way to perform the bathing and cleaning of the pet. The dog bather will typically work deliberately and speak comfortingly to the animal, offering praise and positive reinforcement for calm behavior.

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Dog Bather Tasks

  • Trim, shave, and shape a dog’s coat, following typical patterns for the breed or owner’s directions.
  • Manage the front desk, answer the phone, schedule appointments, and greet customers.
  • Bathe and clean dogs, brush out their hair, clean ears, and trim toe nails.

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Dog Bather Reviews

What is it like working as a Dog Bather at PetSmart Inc.?

Dog Bather in Danvers:
"It's a great job, just a bit unfair."
Pros: My co workers are awesome, and I love the job itself. Working with dogs everyday is exactly what I want to do.
Cons: I'm treated unfairly. I am not being paid nearly as much as I deserve. I do not get the respect I deserve.

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Experience Affects Dog Bather Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 10%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 88%
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