How Much Does A Kennel Owner Make?

Thinking of starting a dog daycare and boarding business? Wondering just how much does a kennel owner make?

In this article we’ll cover how much a kennel manager makes via salary and how much a kennel owner makes. We’ll do this by showing you some average salaries around the country.

In addition we’ll calculate how much a kennel owner makes by taking a detailed look at revenues and expenses of typical kennel businesses.

For the purposes of this article we will only focus on two services: dog daycare and overnight boarding. Kennels can offer other services, most often grooming, but we have entire other articles on how much groomers make.

Business Revenue

First up let’s start with typical revenues generated by dog daycare and boarding businesses.

Dog Daycare and Boarding Pricing

The prices below are real prices from dog daycare and boarding businesses in the Denver, Colorado area. Prices will vary around the country. We choose Denver as an example since it’s a mid-range city. Prices are neither the highest nor the lowest in the country so it gives an easy to research average.

Dog Boarding Service Type Low Cost High Cost Average Cost
Full Day $29 $35 $32
Half Day $22 $26 $24
Overnight Stay $38 $46 $42
7 Night Stay $273 $322 $297
Monthly Stay $350 $1,290 $820

Let’s assume you build up a client base of 20 dogs a day that need daycare while their pet parents work plus 10 dogs a day that need overnight care. Using the average values above that’s 20 times $32 ($640) for daycare and 10 times $42 ($420) for overnight boarding.

That comes to a total of $1,060 per day in revenue. That’s $22,083 per month ($1,060 * 5 days per week * 50 weeks with 2 weeks vacation divided by 12 months).

Of course, you can offer other services like grooming or training that could raise your daily revenue. For this example let’s keep it simple and say you just run a daycare and boarding kennel only.

Now on to expenses.

Business Expenses

The largest expense for a kennel is going to be commercial space rental and staffing. Let’s break everything down into ongoing expenses. For one-time expenses like equipment we’ll convert that into monthly repayments on a loan.

One Time Costs
Kennel Equipment $10,000
Computer, Printer, and Misc. Office Supplies $3,000
On-going Expenses
Leasing Commercial Space ($15/sf * 400 square feet) $6,000
Health insurance monthly for you and three staff (4 total) $1600
3 Staff at $15/hour * 35 hours per week each ($15 * 35 hrs * 3 staff * 50 weeks a year / 12) $6,563
General liability insurance monthly $50
Monthly Loan Payment for One-Time Expenses $260
Total Monthly Expenses $14,473

This plan assumes you start small with just 400 square feet and some basic kennel equipment. Just the bare minimum cages you to keep 10 dogs in separate cages during the day and to board 10 dogs per night as per the assumptions above in revenue.

Daycare dogs are kept in common rooms and outdoor spaces during the day.  The cages are used only for problem dogs during the day. Then they’re used as boarding spaces for the overnight dogs.

Kennel equipment also includes hoses, plumbing, and related equipment to make cleaning easier. You may be able to do it for more or for less. For our purposes let’s round it to $10,000 for Kennel setup.

In addition you’ll spend about $3,000 on an office computer and printer so you can take payments, print receipts, track dogs, and conduct basic kennel management.

According to Bankrate.com, you can get a small business loan for $13,000 with a payoff period of 5 years at 7% interest. That comes to a monthly payment of $257.42. Let’s round up to $260.

Based on the above your total monthly expenses comes out to $14,473.

Net Profit

Your total net profit before taxes comes out to $22,083 in revenue minus $14,473 in monthly expenses equals $7,610 in profit. Over 12 months that’s $91,320 annually.

Salary for Kennel Owners

According to Payscale.com, the average kennel owner brings in $50,868 per year (source). The range in salaries goes from $20,000 per year on the low end to $122,000 per year on the high end. This was based off data they had from 13 different kennel owners.

Owner experience level ranged from 5 years on the low end up to 19 years of experience on the high end.

Keep in mind that there are no “Kennel Owner” jobs. At best you could make around $30,000 as a Kennel Manager.

Owners take on more risk and thus make more money than the highest paid managers.

Salaries for Kennel Managers

The average kennel manager makes $29,167 on the low end and up to $36,000 on the high end. These are average values based on current listings found on several job sites.

The highest salary listed was $50,000. The lowest was $20,000. Detailed information on each posting can be found in the table below.

Job Title Source Location Low Salary High Salary
Kennel /Daycare Manager (Luxury Pet Resort) Indeed.com Propser, TX $35,000 $40,000
Kennel Manager Indeed.com Eighty Four, PA $28,000 $34,000
Kennel Tech Assistant Manager Indeed.com Moore, OK $20,000 $26,000
Kennel Manager SimplyHired.com Chandler, AZ $32,000 $50,000
Overnight Kennel Manager SimplyHired.com Mill Valley, CA $36,000 $36,000
Kennel Manager Ziprecruiter.com Ramona, CA $24,000 $30,000

How Much Does A Kennel Owner Make?

The average kennel owner can make over $90,000 in net profit before taxes per year running a small kennel with 3 staff members. This assumes an average of 20 dog’s in daycare per work day and 10 dogs boarded overnight each night of the week.

The average kennel manager as an employee makes between $30,000 and $36,000 per year.

Full calculations, assumptions, and research for these numbers can be found in the detailed sections above.