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How much do Pet Groomers cost?

$45 - $170

    Cost of Hiring a Pet Groomer

    We all love a good pampering session that leaves us looking and feeling our best, so shouldn’t our pets deserve the same? Whether you have a canine or feline friend or both, pet grooming should not only be for spoiling or for special occasions. In fact, grooming your pet is vital in their health and well-being which can also improve their lifespan. For certain dog breeds, regular washes, trimmed fur, and clipped toenails are essential. Whether your pet loves to roll around in mud or has fur that’s completely unmanageable, knowing the cost of each service you may have to face ahead of time can certainly bring relief. Within Australia, you can expect to receive estimated quotes for around $45 to $170 to pamper your four-legged friend (or friends).

    The following is the average pet grooming cost in different states around Australia:

    State Average Cost for Pet Grooming
    NSW $70
    VIC $75
    WA $65
    SA $65
    QLD $60
    Before and after of a pomeranian being groomed.

    Before and after of a pomeranian being groomed. | Source: Amy’s Furry Tails

    Setting a Budget for Your Pet Grooming

    There are particular types of pet grooming services you can opt for when keeping your pet looking beautiful, but also healthy such as; a warm bath, a thorough brush, nail clipping and a blowdry. Combining several services in one job can save you money in the long run.

    Bath – $40 – $70 average reported cost
    Bathing your pet will benefit the general hygiene of your furry friend, reducing the infestation of external parasites on the skin. It can also make your pet more pleasant to cuddle. Knowing how often you should bathe your pet will obviously affect how much you’ll be expected to pay, so here are some general rules of thumb.

    Clipping – $50 – $90 Average reported cost
    The clipping of nails is extremely important for the safety and health of your dog or cat, and in the case of cats, it can save you a lot of pain too! When nails are left uncut, it can result in painful injuries, such as it getting caught in carpet or bedding, resulting in it being ripped off.

    Other Factors Affecting the Cost of Your Job

    How large is your pet?
    For small pets, the cost of grooming ranges from $55 to $70. Medium pets can cost between $55 to $80 for pet grooming services and owners of large pets can expect to pay between $45 to $90.

    How many pets?
    The price for grooming one pet can range between $50 to $70, whereas the price for two pets can range from $75 to $125. If you require three or more pets to be groomed, the price will slightly increase with a range of $65 to $150.

    How often?
    For a once-off pet grooming service, quotes received for requests on Oneflare range from $50 – $170.

    Weekly jobs have a price range of $45 to $70.

    Fortnightly grooming services range from $40 to $70, where monthly job requests can have a quoted price ranging from $50 to $75.

    Before and after of a puppy named Martini freshly groomed.

    Before and after of a puppy named Martini freshly groomed. | Source: Western Dogwash

    How to Hire a Pet Groomer

    Unlike other professions such as electricians or builders, pet groomers don’t have to possess any licences to undertake work on your furry friend. Instead, there are certificates that one can obtain in pet grooming or companion animal services.

    Check for reviews
    Whilst a licence is not required for the groomer to carry out the work, you can check for positive reviews from past customers or even photos of past work. This will determine whether you think they will be the right fit for your pooch’s needs.

    Where to groom
    Determine whether you will need to take your pet to the groomer or whether they have a mobile grooming business that can come to you. This will have an impact on the total cost of the groom.

    Include relevant information
    Always provide as much information as possible about your job to get the most accurate quote. Relevant information should include the size of the pets, how many pets, the type of services you require and how often you’d like for the grooming to take place.

    While it’s not essential they possess these, having them, shows the pet groomer has the relevant education and background knowledge.


    * The cost data is based on Oneflare and third-party sources

    Real Oneflare Customer Quotes

    Fiona's Grooming Job

    Location PinSydney, NSW
    Type of service

    Mobile pet groomer

    Type of pet


    Type of grooming

    Cut, wash, full groom and style clip

    $80inc. gst

    Quoted by Cruisin' Canine Beautician

    Enza's Grooming Job

    Location PinSouth East Melbourne, VIC
    Type of service

    Pet salon

    Breed of dog

    Maltese and shitzu

    Type of grooming

    Full groom and nail clip

    $80inc. gst

    Quoted by Wagging Washes

    John's Grooming Job

    Location PinGold Coast, QLD
    Type of service

    Mobile pet groomer

    Breed of dog

    Border Collie

    Type of grooming

    Short fur shave

    $60inc. gst

    Quoted by Leviquinn Mobile Dog Wash

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