How Much Do Dog Groomers Make?

Last Updated on May 3, 2023 by Becky Roberts

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Ever since you were a child, you were always inclined to dogs. You were always fascinated by their friendly behavior and their natural gift of companionship.

Eventually, you grew up, and your fondness four these four-legged best friends never left. You then had an idea of being in a profession that caters to dog’s needs: required diet, exercise, clothes, accessories, and even with professional training!

You look up for job offers, and you notice one that excites you: pet grooming.

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The Pet Grooming Business: Is It For Me?

If you’re an aspiring pet groomer, then you’ve probably encountered a lot of harsh statements, such as there isn’t any real money in pet grooming, or the groomer salary is barely even enough to cover the basic expenses. Some may even consider it a poor career choice, simply because no one hardly ever takes grooming courses seriously.

It’s easily to get demotivated , as you’ll most likely end up being advised to look for another career path. The grooming business is just usually not the first thing that a common individual will try and pursue.

The Average Dog Groomer Salary

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, dog groomers make a median salary of $11.42/hour. As like with most jobs, experience can be quite an indicator for increased pay, and this usually tends to reward the pet groomer after investing initially for a spot or a salon.

Initially, it may seem low, but depending on pricing, popularity, and location, this entry level wage may even go up to $17.91, depending on your added services as a pet groomer.

It also helps to know that most dog groomers are paid on a commission basis. If you’re lucky, you can expect tips!

The Wrap Up

Being a pet groomer will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if it’s something you really look forward to doing and can commit to, then it’s worth giving a shot! After all, our four legged friends can always use someone with tender loving care that takes their grooming experience by heart.

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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