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Kennel Hand

A Kennel Hand will spend time with the dogs, making sure they have enough human and dog interaction. They will be required to take the dogs for regular walks, groom them, make sure they have food and water, as well making sure their kennel and surrounding area is kept clean at all times.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 12,000 people are currently employed as Kennel Hands in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 12,300 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

24.9% of all Kennel Hands are employed in QLD. The area with the lowest number of Kennel Hands is NT, with only 0.5%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 31.2% of Kennel Hands being male and 68.8% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Kennel Hands is 25-34 years old, with 31.6%. A small percentage (5.5%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Kennel Hands, with 12.9% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Kennel Hands work an average of 43.7 hours a week which is 2.8 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Kennel Hands have a Year 12 qualification (27.8%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (25.3%). 50.6% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 49.4% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Kennel Hand Duties & Tasks

  • Feed dogs twice a day, or depending on any special requirements
  • Make sure kennels and surrounding areas are kept clean and disinfected, including floors and walls
  • Groom dogs regularly, to make sure their coats are kept nice and healthy
  • Make sure all dogs are exercised regularly
  • Spend time with the dogs to make sure they are getting enough interaction with humans and other dogs
  • Monitor their health and well-being, referring any problems to a Vet or Supervisor



*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.