Dog Bather Salary

A Dog Bather earns an average wage of $8.93 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$7.71 - $10.91
(Median)
$7
$8
$11
MEDIAN: $8.00
10%
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90%

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.71 - $10.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.70  
Overtime
$0.21 - $17.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $240.88  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,150 - $24,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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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Experience Affects Dog Bather Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
0%

National Average
$19,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 80%
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