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
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
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