Dog grooming – the hygienic care of a dog and the enhancement of a dog’s appearance – is one sector of the pet industry that can be relatively easy to get into with no, or little, experience to start with. Not only that, it doesn’t have the same barrier of formal education qualifications that so many other professions have.
So, if you love being around dogs and are considering dog grooming as a profession, then you will no doubt be curious as to what level of income you can expect.
Therefore, one of your initial questions will probably be “how much do dog groomers make?”.
The typical dog groomer salary does of course vary, depending on whether you plan to work in a salon or become a dog groomer running your own business.
Either way, this article can give you some benchmark figures to help with your decision.
Dog Grooming Salary
When considering dog groomer jobs, you will find the following chart a handy tool to refer to because it lists the type of salary that PayScale’s research has recorded for various levels of work experience. Click the image below to see more.
Median Hourly Rate for Dog Groomers in the US
Here is a median hourly pay rate but as you can see there is a wide variation between lower and higher rates.
How To Become a Dog Groomer
Dog groomers make different levels of income per year in each country. The typical dog grooming salary also varies according to the state and the level of experience you have. In the US, for example, the average salary of a dog groomer is $36,000 per year but as you can see from the chart above, this depends on how much experience the groomer has. There are some states where dog groomers earn a higher or lesser amount of money. Some of them are Mississippi and Virgin Islands where dog groomers can earn up to $43,000 and $42,000 respectively.
If you have 1-4 years experience, you can expect to earn a lower sum, typically anywhere between $12,919 – $35,759. Groomers with 10+ years experience can earn up to $60,000 per year.
Dog groomers working in Australia earn an average of AU$15.64 per hour. Again, this differs from state to state. You can typically expect to earn around AU$12.60 – AU$20.36 per hour, depending on your level of experience.
You can find updated salary figures from salary.com and payscale.com.
Grooming In a Salon Versus Self-Employed Dog Grooming
I’m not going to mention numbers here because the dog groomer salary differs considerably. It depends so much on the set up, the hours worked, the location, etc. etc.
If you are working as an employee in a salon, you could earn more money than a self-employed groomer because of the benefits you’ll enjoy. Some of those benefits are: health insurance, a flexible work schedule, and paid time off.
If you are running your own dog grooming business, you need to have good business skills to target the right market and to compete with other dog groomers in your locality. Of course, if you can set up in an area that is not already serviced by other dog groomers, then all the better. You should expect to earn much less in the early years of your business because there are expenses involved and you alone will bear any costs incurred. But as your business grows, you’ll definitely begin to earn more than groomers working for an employer. And of course, the amount you earn will be impacted on by the dog grooming prices you charge.
Costs of Running Your Own Dog Grooming Business
Listing the average pet groomer salary can be misleading if you are planning to work for yourself because it is the amount left after costs that is the relevant figure.
There are costs involved in running your own dog grooming business and you need to be aware of them before you start. If you don’t have enough start up capital, you can start your business from your home and rent some space later when you can afford it or buy a van (mobile grooming).
You many also invest in one of the popular dog grooming courses to make sure you acquire the necessary skills, both in grooming and in running a business.
You may have to pay for a special license if you’re running your business in a commercial location. If you want to increase your chances of getting new clients, you have to get certified as a dog groomer. You must pay a small fee in order to take the tests.
You also have to apply for insurance and purchase all of the required dog grooming tools and supplies – tables, tubs, dryers or drying blasters, cages, combs, brushes, shampoos, styling tools, clippers, scissors, a vacuum for pet hair etc. You must advertise your business once you’ve finished setting it up to let people know that there is a new dog groomer in the area. These are some of the things you have to spend money on if you want to start your own business. The cost of everything mentioned here varies according to your country, area, and the store you purchase from.
To find out how much it will cost you to start and run a dog grooming business, make a budget plan and ask other groomers in your area for advice.
Typical Dog Grooming Charges
For small or mid-sized breeds without thick hair or breeds that do not require a complicated cut, groomers typically charge $30-$50. Groomers charge $50-$70 for large breeds without thick hair. For mid or large-sized breeds that have thick hair and require complicated cuts, the cost is from $70-$90 and sometimes more for giant breeds.
Bath-only grooming for dogs with very short hair costs 50-75% of the price for full grooming. Puppy grooming can cost as little as $10. At-home grooming also costs less then grooming in a salon.
Additional Dog Grooming Charges
Hot oil treatment and usage of flea-killing shampoo: $3-$10 extra
De-matting for long hair: $7-$9 extra
Removing skunk odor: about $10 extra
Hand-cutting instead of using clippers: $10-$30 more than the cost of using clippers
Brushing of dog’s teeth or expressing anal glands: $10-$20 extra
I hope you gained some valuable information from this article about the typical dog groomer salary. If you are already operating as a dog groomer, please leave a comment to let us know where you are working, whether you are working for another groomer or for yourself and the level of dog grooming salary you have been able to enjoy so far. This kind of information will help others immeasurably. I look forward to your comments.
For additional information, when estimating dog groomers salaries, you might like to factor in the average dog groomers prices. Here is one article, for example, that discusses costs of dematting a dog: De-Matting Fees . Articles like this can give you an idea of typical charges and you can also check your local area for current charges to further refine your pet groomer salary estimates for your particular locality.
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