What does a Dog Groomer do?

Pet groomers perform a range of tasks related to the grooming and care of domestic animals, primarily focusing on dogs and cats. They bathe the animals and give them flea baths and other treatments. They cut and style pet hair, using specific techniques to accommodate the needs of particular breeds. They trim nails and may give pedicures. They apply medicated shampoos and therapeutic lotions. Groomers are also frequently expected to sell pet grooming products and other merchandise.

Pet groomers should have experience with pet care and grooming, and often have a background of roles at a pet store or in a veterinary office. Certification as a pet groomer is an advantage. They must have experience providing care and grooming to a range of breeds. These roles require a dedication to caring for animals.

Education--
Work/Life Balance
2.9 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Dog Groomer make?

Confident
$47,337 /yr
Total Pay
$35,163
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$12,174
 /yr

Additional Pay

$47,337

 / yr
$30K$76K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Dog Groomer Career Path

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Pet Groomer
$55,671/yr
Pet Groomer III
$36,381/yr
Dog Groomer

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
35%
2 - 4
27%
5 - 7
1%
8+
37%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Dog Groomer Insights

Read what Dog Groomer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Healthy SpotHealthy Spot
Dog Bather
Jun 10, 2022

“I enjoy the way everyone here is friendly to each other and to the pups.”

PetSmartPetSmart
Dog Groomer
Jan 28, 2021

“You make commission so you decide how hard you work and what your weekly goal is.”

PetSmartPetSmart
Professional Dog Bather
May 14, 2021

“Opportunity to go to grooming school for free/get paid to go to grooming school and further your career.”

PetSmartPetSmart
Pet Groomer
Feb 5, 2022

“I made some really great friends in the salon working close together with them every day.”

PetcoPetco
Pet Groomer
Mar 21, 2021

“Good Pay and fun job”

PetmaniaPetmania
Dog Groomer
May 22, 2022

“I’ve received training and a lot of support prior to getting this job and I really enjoy working within the company”

DOGUEDOGUE
Dog Groomer
Jun 9, 2021

“Education opportunities and development.”

Darla's Paw PrintsDarla's Paw Prints
Dog Groomer
Nov 5, 2021

“Even corporate grooming will treat you better than this and not expect you to work overtime.”

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The most similar professions to Dog Groomer are:
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Pet Trainer
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Sales Representative

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Veterinary Technician
$41,977
No skills overlap
Pet Trainer
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Animal Care Technician
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Sales Representative
$87,708
No skills overlap

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