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Question DetailsAsked on 11/15/2017

how much does a dog walker usually get when they are working for a dog walking company?..Meaning the company pays y

I am working for a girl who has her own pet sitting business. She is having a baby so i have taken over all the dogs she walks weekly. I get 35% of the pay clients give to her. I am doing all the work, paying for all the gas. Is that right?

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A quick web search says $10-20 range, generally around $13-16/hour. You can find lots of info on typical dog walker rates by googling this search phrase - average pay for dog walker.

This would be for a "professional" dog walker, not a neighborhood kid doing dog walking.

35% sounds real low for that sort of business, assuming it is run out of her home - not a business including office costs for grooming and dog washing and such as well where a markup on labor of 200% might be more reasonable. Generally, for a home-based business with low overhead like yours, about 50-60% would be direct labor, the rest overheads including taxes and insurance and such, and profit. So I would say you are getting shorted on this, assuming you are an employee to her.

Also - a negotiating point - required by law in some states in fact for employees - is getting the company to pay the gas - or better yet (and easier to keep track of) get a mileage log at an office supply store and record your business-related mileage to and from the walking appointments, to get reimbursed at the IRS flat rate of 53.5ยข/mile for 2017 (2018 rates not out yet) which is intended to reoughly cover all vehicle costs, not just gas. And if paid at that rate with a contemporaneous mileage log, is not taxable to you (but you cannot then deduct any business-related actual vehicle costs on your taxes either), though that option appears to be going away in the new tax bill in Congress anyway.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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