Dog Trainer Salary

A Dog Trainer earns an average wage of $10.89 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Training and Customer Service. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$19,750 - $59,800
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$60K
MEDIAN: $31,220
10%
50%
90%

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$8.55 - $22.50
(Median)
$8
$11
$22
MEDIAN: $10
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,750 - $59,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,775  
Commission
$715 - $50,893  
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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$18,467 - $58,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.55 - $22.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.68  
Overtime
$10.93 - $26.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,775  
   
Commission
$715 - $50,893  
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).
)
$18,467 - $58,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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 34%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Dog Trainer Salaries

Training
up arrow 43%

Customer Service
up arrow 17%

National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 67%
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