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By the hour or by the dog. I have a bather she is by the hour but being trained to groom.

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After my experiences with bathers last year.....I would definately pay by the dog.

I found it more profitable to eliminate the bathing department this year and hired more groomers.  We are bathing our own dogs at the moment and the groomers actually prefer it this way.


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I pay my bather hourly. She bathes and dematts my dogs first, then when she can she helps out my groomers. When a dog has an accident in the crate, she rebathes and blow dries the dog. She also helps out at the end of the day with all the cleaning duties.

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I have another question. What if the dog is not washed and dried correctly? Do they still get paid? This is what I am thinking. Dogs Only: Small $5.00 Med.$7.00 Large 10.00 per dog. Washing and drying. No clean up. If the dog is not washed correctly then no pay. Please don't insult me on this. I am trying to run a shop and make it beneficial for me and the bather.

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We pay our bather by the dog...10% off the top. Example, if a dog is a $30 groom then she gets $3.00 if its a $100 groom she gets $10. They usually average out to 10-15$ per hour if they are good. We (most of us) share tips with her. The 10% is split between the shop owner and the groomers. we make 50% from each groom (45% after we pay the bather). We used to pay by the hour but it wasnt fair to the groomers who had 5 dogs per day versus the ones who had 12 dogs per day and all pay the same amount. Plus she( the bather) can earn more doing it this way. If she doesnt wash and dry very well we will talk to her and help her do a better job than take money from her. If she continues to do a bad job we bring in another bather or find a new one altogether. If she is doing a bad job there is usually a reason, usually from being overwhelmed with the amount of dogs (thats why we get her some help, another bather or we jump in and do some of our own) with a time strain. Plus she cleans her area, not ours.

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I am pretty sure (though check with your state's labor dept) that you are not allowed to withhold pay if someone is working. But, I pay hourly. I'm not sure how that works with a by the dog type of pay.

And, if my dogs aren't clean, I send em back to the tub. My bather would get tired of rebathing the same dog.

My bather bathes, dematts, does toenails, sometimes does a quick shave down if they get a blade, does the laundry, cleans the hair and kennels, runs to the bank for me, runs other errands, etc. I couldn't pay her by the dog because she does so much more than just strictly bathe.

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What is a fair amount to pay a bather by the hour? My bather is getting paid 8.75 an hour but all she does is bathes them.


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I wouldn't work as a bather if paid by the hour. My bather gets paid a basic $5.00 a dog. She gets the dog, does nails and ears, pops em in the tub and blows em out. She can do 4 small dogs or more per hour, so $20 bucks a hour at least. We pay her more for bigger dogs or for dog that are more work. We have trained her well and she is a honest, hard worker, so the dogs are clean. We also pay her a bit more to brush out a dog or light shop cleaning. 
We love her, she loves her job and now we are training her to groom.
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I'm a pro bather/brusher with over 10yrs of exp looking for a bathing job in the San Fernando Valley area..........if u want to pay me 8.75 an hr to bathe dogs sorry I'm worth more then that I never been paid less then 10 an hr I have grooming exp also and I won many bathing competitions and I specialize in skin disorders
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