A Dog Trainer earns an average wage of $11.02 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Training and Customer Service. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$20,907 - $61,871
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$21K
$36K
$62K
MEDIAN: $35,721
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$9.19 - $24.61
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$20,907 - $61,871  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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).
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$19,787 - $59,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $24.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.20  
Overtime
$11.00 - $22.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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).
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$19,787 - $59,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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.

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Dog Trainer Tasks

  • Observe and evaluate dog behaviors to determine the best training methods or solutions to behavioral problems.
  • Schedule and advertise class and private lesson times, locations, and prices.
  • Conduct classes or private lessons to teach owners how to train and develop better relationships with their dogs.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dog Trainer

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Experience Affects Dog Trainer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Dog Trainer Salaries

Training
up arrow 36%

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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