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Companion Animal Groomer

A Companion Animal Groomer will wash and cut the animal's hair. They might also cut their nails, check their ears and provide grooming advice to owners, to help them take proper care of the companion animal. 


Average wage for

Employment Levels

There are currently around 16,400 people employed as Companion Animal Groomers in Australia. According to the Department of Employment, in the next few years (to 2018) this is set to increase to 17,100 people.

Employment by State

Many Companion Animal Groomers are located in Victoria. There are 13% more here than the national average. However the ACT is where you will find the fewest Animal Groomers, with only 2.3%.

Gender Split

This is a female dominated industry with 62.5% of Companion Animal Groomers being women and 37.5% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people within this job is 35-44 years old, with 25.8%. However, there are still a number of people (6.8%) who get into this path young, from 15-19 years of age, and who remain in this career until later in life, 65+ (2.9%).

Hours Worked

Companion Animal Groomers work an average of 46.8 hours a week which is 5.7 hours more than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a Year 12 qualification (29.9%) or are at Diploma level (28%). 44.4% have a Certificate III or higher, whilst 55.5% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Companion Animal Groomer Duties & Tasks

  • Wash, brush and style animals' coats
  • Provide advice to owners on coat care, grooming and animal diet
  • Clean out the animals' ears
  • Clip animals' nails
  • Look out for any potential problems such as ear infections and skin abnormalities



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.