Dog Groomer Salary

The median total income of Dog Groomers is around $27K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (close to 100 percent, in fact) comes from commissions. Lower pay rates hover around $8.16 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $20.20. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-fifth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Dog Groomers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,686 - $48,707
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$49K
MEDIAN: $29,457
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$8.16 - $20.20
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$8
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$20
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,686 - $48,707  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,149  
Total Pay (?
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$17,602 - $48,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.16 - $20.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $4.54  
Overtime
$11.74 - $27.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,149  
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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$17,602 - $48,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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

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

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Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $20K) but some workers make up to $38K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Pay by Experience Level for Dog Groomer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Dog Groomers. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $25K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $29K on average. On average, Dog Groomers make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $44K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Dog Groomer Reviews

What is it like working as a Dog Groomer at Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.?

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.

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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.

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Experience Affects Dog Groomer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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