Dog Trainer Salary
A Dog Trainer earns an average wage of $11.12 per hour. A skill in Training is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
|Salary||$21,050 - $61,736|
|Commission||$25.34 - $14,795|
|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).)
|$19,742 - $59,863|
|Hourly Rate||$9.16 - $24.87|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $4.20|
|Overtime||$11.00 - $22.25|
|Commission||$25.34 - $14,795|
|Total Pay (||$19,742 - $59,863|
Job Description for Dog Trainer
While dog trainers may work with dogs on a near-daily basis, they may also be responsible for "training" their owners, who care for their dog outside of the trainer's domain. These trainers are tasked with training wild and crazy dogs to become more tame, which requires unique skills, extreme determination and patience, and, of course, a genuine love for animals.Read More...
A minimum of an associate's degree from an accredited institution is generally required for this position, and an individual must have passed the CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) test to become a certified dog trainer. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are also important for this position in order to provide owners of dogs with the skills and tools needed to continue the work which has been started. Dog trainers generally work in kennel and conduct classes during the weekdays, and some may be required to conduct classes on weekends.
Dog Trainer Tasks
- Conduct classes or private lessons to teach owners how to train and develop better relationships with their dogs.
- Schedule and advertise class and private lesson times, locations, and prices.
- Observe and evaluate dog behaviors to determine the best training methods or solutions to behavioral problems.
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Pay by Experience Level for Dog Trainer
Pay by Experience for a Dog Trainer has a positive trend. An entry-level Dog Trainer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 197 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dog Trainer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 77 salaries. An experienced Dog Trainer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 53 salaries. A Dog Trainer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 23 salaries.
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