Dog Groomer Salary

Annual compensation for Dog Groomers is typically heavily supplemented by bonuses and commissions and totals around $27K (including $30K from bonuses and commissions). Earnings sit near $8.02 per hour on the lower side but can approach $20.40 on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Dog Groomers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than one-fifth collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,810 - $49,260

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$8.02 - $20.40

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$17,810 - $49,260  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
Commission
$-0.50 - $63,616  
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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$17,376 - $49,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.02 - $20.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $3.45  
Overtime
$11.68 - $22.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $63,616  
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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$17,376 - $49,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Dog Groomer


Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $22K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $38K.

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $25K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $30K. Dog Groomers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Dog Groomers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $44K.

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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 46 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 71%
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