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Dog Groomer Salary

For Dog Groomers, bonuses and commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to 119 percent of their $26K annual pay. Lower pay rates hover around $7.97 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $20.09. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Dog Groomers claim high levels of job satisfaction. One-fourth enjoy medical while a little less than one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-seventh. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,806 - $48,757
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MEDIAN: $27,763
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$7.97 - $20.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,806 - $48,757  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
Commission
$17,000 - $37,000  
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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$16,741 - $48,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $20.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $3.32  
Overtime
$11.60 - $22.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
   
Commission
$17,000 - $37,000  
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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$16,741 - $48,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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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Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $36K, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $19K, the lowest in the field.

Pay by Experience Level for Dog Groomer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $23K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $28K. On average, Dog Groomers make $31K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $40K.

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.

Experience Affects Dog Groomer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 71%