Most Dog Groomers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $11.13 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The majority of Dog Groomers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$15,208 - $49,182
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MEDIAN: $29,968
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$8.71 - $20.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$15,208 - $49,182  
   
Bonus
$97.87 - $5,089  
Commission
$-0.50 - $37,124  
Total Pay (?
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$18,224 - $49,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 220
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.71 - $20.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.26 - $4.00  
Overtime
$12.35 - $29.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$97.87 - $5,089  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $37,124  
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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$18,224 - $49,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 255

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Job Description for Dog Groomer

A dog groomer performs grooming- and hygiene-related duties such as giving haircuts to animals, as well as shampooing, combing, and styling fur. Other duties that the dog groomer may perform include teeth and ear cleaning and nail cutting. The dog groomer needs to provide high-quality customer service to a diverse range of dog owners, helping maintain and gain clients. Attention to detail is key to perform satisfactory grooming at it relates to styles and cuts for different breeds. Besides grooming, the dog groomer must keep their work area clean, work effectively with coworkers, and be able to effectively manage their time.

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Dog Groomer Tasks

  • Interact with clients to identify services and set expectations.
  • Identify health problems and notify owners in a respectful manner.
  • Maintain records on all pets and clients, including services supplied.
  • Follow directions to appropriately use equipment and supplies.
  • Work with dogs to complete grooming tasks, relieving anxiety and meeting schedules.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dog Groomer


Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $22K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $15K and $36K.

Pay by Experience Level for Dog Groomer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Dog Groomers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $24K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $30K. Dog Groomers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $32K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $43K.

Dog Groomer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dog Groomer?

Dog Groomer in Worcester:
"Reliable job, crappy company."
Pros: Benefits are alright. Good paid time off for vacations and sick or personal days. Love working with animals! Fairly flexible with scheduling (in the grooming salon).
Cons: The company seems to not give much care to employees regarding their concerns, input on growing business. In the grooming salon. Things go months without getting fixed or serviced. Severe lack of communication as to what is expected. No clear directions, ever. Expected to do more work then what is possible in a single shift. There are no incentives to do better.

Dog Groomer in Morgan Hill:
"Should Have Told Us They Were Planning On Closing The Grooming Shop."
Sign a contract that will insure no pay cuts including commission and be sure the receptionist booking appointments are professional and can handle high your high maintenance clients. Be sure the hours are convenient for customer drop off and pick up. Ask what customers would like to be done, don't assume. Call when in doubt. Be honest if you make a mistake and notify owners of any injures due to clippers. Keep track of the cut info and health conditions and skin problems. You see them more than the vets do. Treat them as your own and spend a few minutes with owners at pick up time, on how they did.

Key Stats for Dog Groomer

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Dog Groomer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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