Almost every time I discuss dog walking with a friend, I inevitably am faced with the question, “But how much money do you really make walking dogs?” My go-to answer is usually “More than I expected,” because really, I never thought I could make more money per hour walking dogs than I could using my four-year degree. However, people always seem to want a solid number. The truth is, this number changes from month to month, but I find it neat to calculate my hourly rate from time to time to see what I’m really making from this whole dog walking thing.
Each week, the amount I spend on dog walking and pet sitting can vary, based on my availability, as well as demand for pet services. This can fluctuate based on day of the week, holidays, weather, and other factors. To get a more general idea of how much I am making, let’s take a look at the month of August:
Money earned: $1,516
Number of walks/visits: 92
Hours worked (each visit + travel time averages about 40 minutes): 61.33
Hourly rate: $24.72
While this is down from my July rate, which was abnormally high, $24.72 is still a pretty good deal when you consider I spent almost 100 hours playing with dogs and got paid to do so.
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