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Get the scoop on the state of labor in the floral industry.

While the industry may be consolidating in terms of the number of traditional retail floral storefronts, the number of workers who bear the title of “floral designer” remains significant. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s most recent statistics, in its 2006-07 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the opportunities for floral designers will grow by the all-industry average of 13 percent for the decade ending 2014. Check out these figures to see how the profession is faring.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 45,460 florists are employed in retail shops, and it counted 98,000 floral designers in the United States in 2004.

The average annual earnings for all full- and part-time floral designers, not including the self-employed, in November 2004 were $22,120, or $10.64 an hour.

Floral designers in retail settings besides supermarkets earned an average of $21,680, or $10.42 an hour. Supermarket florists’ average annual earnings were slightly higher at $23,360, or $11.23 an hour.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the number of floral designers employed in grocery stores will increase 23 percent, from 8,290 workers to nearly 10,200 workers, between 2004 and 2014.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, through 2014, employment of floral designers is expected to grow “about as fast as average for all occupations.” That average is 13 percent. “Job opportunities should be good because of the relatively high replacement needs in retail florists that result from comparatively low starting pay and limited opportunities for advancement,” the Occupational Outlook Handbook states.

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