The average hourly pay for a Dog Trainer is $11.79.
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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. A minimum of an associate's degree from an accredited institution is generally required for this position, and an individual must hav…Read more
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
An entry-level Dog Trainer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.72 based on 122 salaries. An early career Dog Trainer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.29 based on 299 salaries. A mid-career Dog Trainer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.16 based on 120 salaries. An experienced Dog Trainer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.52 based on 78 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $14.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Dog Trainer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 65.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (16.7% more) and St. Louis, Missouri (14.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (6.7% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (6.7% less).
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