What does a Pet 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.

Work/Life Balance
2.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Pet Groomer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$35,861 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $36K
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Pet Groomer Career Path

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Pet Groomer Insights

Read what Pet Groomer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Dog Groomer
Jan 28, 2021

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

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.”

Dog Bather
Jan 26, 2020

“I feel as if the pay is a little low for bathers given what we do.”

Pet Groomer
Mar 21, 2021

“Good Pay and fun job”

Dog Groomer
Jun 9, 2021

“Education opportunities and development.”

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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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Professional Pet Groomer
Jan 30, 2021

“Everyone is so pleasant to work with and the GM Jasmine is amazing!”

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Dog Groomer
Oct 29, 2020

“Good working hours really flexible”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a pet groomer

The most similar professions to pet groomer are:
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  • Veterinary Technician
  • Pet Trainer
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