Dog Groomer Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Dog Groomers — close to a third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $28K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Dog Groomers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, 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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$15,178 - $48,677
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$30K
$49K
MEDIAN: $29,840
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$8.86 - $20.59
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MEDIAN: $11.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$15,178 - $48,677  
   
Bonus
$25.00 - $3,600  
Commission
$-0.50 - $37,124  
Total Pay (?
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$18,336 - $48,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $20.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.26 - $3.81  
Overtime
$12.33 - $29.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$25.00 - $3,600  
   
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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$18,336 - $48,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 260

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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. offers the least money; the median income there is just $22K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $15K and $36K.

Pay by Experience Level for Dog Groomer

Pay by Experience for a Dog Groomer has a positive trend. An entry-level Dog Groomer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 248 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dog Groomer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 128 salaries. An experienced Dog Groomer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 104 salaries. A Dog Groomer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 64 salaries.

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.

Key Stats for Dog Groomer

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Dog Groomer Salaries

Late-Career
▲59%

Experienced
▲18%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$28,000

▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 71%
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