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Dog Groomer Income

How Much Can I Make?

 Dog Groomer Income

So you want to become a professional dog groomer, but aren’t sure if you’ll earn enough to support yourself.

Let’s have a look at recent dog groomer earnings estimates.

Because there are many career paths in pet grooming, there are broad differences in earnings. It is a matter of choice. Some employed pet groomers earn less than $20,000 a year while others make $30,000 to $70,000 a year (before taxes). Self-employment incomes are just as diverse, but may go higher when owners choose to grow larger businesses.

Current earnings potential for self-employed dog groomers is at least $25 to $30 per hour, with yearly earnings of up to $100,000 per year before expenses. Expenses vary considerably, but an at-home business requires a minimal investment of grooming tools and grooming table in addition to normal business expenses such as advertising, insurance and bookkeeping. A dog groomer who chooses to operate a mobile dog grooming business may have higher earning potential, but also must consider additional expenses, especially vehicle costs.

How much does a Self-Employed Dog Groomer make?

Paysa says a self-employed Dog Groomer earns an average of $65,919, ranging from $64,601 at the 25th percentile to $67,207 at the 75th percentile, with top earners (the top 10%) earning more than $68,413. Compensation is derived from fewer than 20 profiles, including base salary, equity and bonus.

Groomer Income

Some groomers establish growing businesses and add retail, training, boarding, daycare and other services. They can derive personal incomes from their businesses ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 a year. Highly-motivated, hardworking employees of pet superstore chains have reported gross wages of $80,000 to more than $100,000 a year at the GroomerTALK Community℠.


What’s important is that the pet grooming industry offers you the possibility to earn as much as you want if you are willing to work diligently and grow your business or the department you manage. This is good news for the many career seekers wondering if grooming can replace their existing incomes from occupations outside of grooming.

Let’s Get Real About Dog Groomer Income, Wages, Salaries

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