Dog trainers teach canines basic commands such as sitting or staying so they obey their owners at home. They also exercise and house-train dogs so they can inform their owners when they need relief. Some dog trainers are self-employed, while others work for kennels or pet grooming businesses. Salaries for dog trainers vary, depending on their experience and geographic location.
The average salary of a dog trainer was $38,000 a year as of May 2014, according to the job site Simply Hired. That compares to an average yearly salary of $31,030 for all types of animal trainers, according to May 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dog trainers usually have at least a high school diploma and certification through a dog training college.
Top Pay in D.C.
As of May 2014, dog trainers averaged the highest annual salaries of $60,000 in Washington, D.C. They averaged $46,000 in Massachusetts, which ranked second among the states and District of Columbia. South Dakota and Mississippi employers paid their dog trainers the least at an average of $29,000 for each state.
Promising Career Outlook
The BLS estimates a 15 percent increase in employment for animal care and service workers, including dog trainers, from 2012 to 2022. This is faster than the 11 percent national rate for all jobs. An increased demand in pet services should spur more jobs for animal trainers.