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Dog Groomer Salary (United States)

A Dog Groomer earns an average wage of $10.58 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Dog Groomer Salary (?
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$14,730 - $48,134
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MEDIAN: $27,382
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Dog Groomer Salary (?
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$7.94 - $20.13
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$14,730 - $48,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
Commission
$50.34 - $64,564  
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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$16,575 - $47,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $20.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $3.28  
Overtime
$11.68 - $21.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
   
Commission
$50.34 - $64,564  
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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$16,575 - $47,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Dog Groomer

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Dog Groomer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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
up arrow 60%
Experienced
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$26,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 72%