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.

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Work/Life Balance
2.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Dog Groomer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£22,930 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£13K
Median: £23K
£39K
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Dog Groomer Career Path

Learn how to become a Dog Groomer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Pet Groomer
£22,777/yr
L3
Pet Groomer III
£22,777/yr
L4
Lead Pet Groomer
£22,777/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
35%
2 - 4
27%
5 - 7
1%
8+
37%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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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
10 Jun 2022

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

PetSmartPetSmart
Dog Groomer
28 Jan 2021

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

PetSmartPetSmart
Professional Dog Bather
14 May 2021

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

PetSmartPetSmart
Dog Bather
26 Jan 2020

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

PetSmartPetSmart
Pet Groomer
5 Feb 2022

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

PetcoPetco
Pet Groomer
21 Mar 2021

“Good Pay and fun job”

PetmaniaPetmania
Dog Groomer
22 May 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
9 Jun 2021

“Education opportunities and development.”

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Dog Groomer Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Dog Groomer

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

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Veterinary Technician
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No skills overlap
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