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  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Floral Designer Do

Floral designers, also called florists, cut and arrange live, dried, and silk flowers and greenery to make decorative displays. They also help customers select flowers, containers, ribbons, and other accessories.

Duties

Floral designers typically do the following:

  • Grow flowers or order them from wholesalers, to ensure an adequate supply to meet customers’ needs
  • Determine the type of arrangement desired, the occasion, and the date, time, and location for delivery
  • Recommend flowers and greenery for each arrangement in accordance with the customer’s budget
  • Design floral displays that evoke a particular sentiment or style
  • Answer telephones, take orders, and wrap arrangements

Floral designers may create a single arrangement for a special occasion or design floral displays for rooms and open spaces for large-scale functions, such as weddings, funerals, or banquets. They use their sense of artistry and their knowledge of different types of flowers to choose the appropriate flowers for each occasion. Floral designers may also create single arrangements to serve a customer’s emotional needs, helping the customers to relax. Floral designers need to know what flowers are in season and when they will be available.

Floral designers also need to know the properties of each flower. Some flowers, such as carnations, can last for many hours outside of water. Other flowers are more delicate and wilt more quickly. Some plants are poisonous to certain types of animals. For example, lilies are toxic to cats.

Floral designers must know the color varieties of each flower and the average size of each type of flower. They may calculate the number of flowers that will fit into a particular vase or how many rose petals are needed to cover a carpet.

Floral designers use their knowledge to recommend flowers and designs to customers. After the customer selects the flowers, the designer arranges them in a visually appealing display. The designer may include items such as stuffed animals or balloons, or may use decorative vases, when designing a floral arrangement.

Although more complex displays must be ordered in advance, designers often will create small bouquets or arrangements while customers wait. When they are responsible for floral arrangements for a special occasion, such as a wedding or banquet, floral designers usually set up the floral decorations just before the event, then tear them down afterwards. Some designers work with event planners on a contract basis when creating arrangements for events such as weddings.

Floral designers also give customers instructions on how to care for flowers, including what the ideal temperature is and how often the water should be changed. For cut flowers, floral designers often will provide flower food to the customer.

Floral designers also order new flowers from suppliers. They process newly arrived flowers by stripping leaves that would be below the water line. They cut new flowers, mix flower food solutions, fill floral containers with the food solutions, and sanitize workspaces. They keep most flowers in cool display cases so that the flowers stay fresh and live longer.

Some designers have long-term agreements with hotels and restaurants or the owners of office buildings and private homes to replace old flowers with new flower arrangements on a recurring schedule—usually daily, weekly, or monthly—to keep areas looking fresh and appealing. Some work with interior designers in creating displays.

Floral designers who are self-employed or have their own shop also must do business tasks. They must keep track of income, expenses, and taxes. Some hire and supervise staff to help with those tasks.

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How To Become A Floral Designer

Most floral designers have a high school diploma or the equivalent and learn their skills on the job over the course of a few months.

Education

Most floral designers have a high school diploma or the equivalent. There are postsecondary programs that are useful for florists who want to start their own businesses. Programs in floral design and caring techniques for flowers are available through private floral schools, vocational schools, and community colleges. Most offer a certificate or diploma. Classes in flower and plant identification, floral design concepts, and advertising, as well as other business courses, plus experience working in a greenhouse are part of many certificate and diploma programs.

Some community colleges and universities offer associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs in floral design.

Training

New floral designers typically get hands-on experience working with an experienced floral designer. They may start by preparing simple flower arrangements and practicing the basics of tying bows and ribbons, cutting stems to appropriate lengths, and learning about the proper handling and care of flowers. They also learn about the different types of flowers, their growth properties, and how to use them in more complex floral designs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The American Institute of Floral Designers offers the Certified Floral Designer credential. Although certification in floral design is voluntary, it indicates a measure of achievement and expertise. To become certified, a floral designer must demonstrate a grasp of floral design knowledge gained through work experience or education.

Advancement

Taking formal floral design training can help people who are interested in opening their own business or in becoming a chief floral designer or supervisor.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Designers use their sense of style to develop aesthetically pleasing designs.

Creativity. Floral designers use their artistic abilities and knowledge of design to develop appropriate designs for different occasions. They also must be open to new ideas, because trends in floral design change quickly.

Customer-service skills. Floral designers spend a substantial part of their day interacting with customers and suppliers. They must be able to understand what a customer is looking for, explain options, and provide high-quality flowers and service.

Organizational skills. Floral designers need to be well organized, to keep the business operating smoothly and to ensure that orders are completed on time.

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Floral Designer Career Paths

Floral Designer
Designer Design Engineer Project Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Owner & Designer Interior Designer Owner
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Owner & Designer Interior Designer Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Owner & Designer Interior Designer Assistant Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Consultant Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Credit Analyst Credit Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Executive Assistant Event Manager
Events Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Executive Assistant Event Manager
Catering Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Event Manager
Director Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Manager Food And Beverage Manager
Club Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Lead Teacher House Manager
Housing Director
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Owner Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Meeting Planner Events Marketing Manager
Director Of Marketing And Events
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Creative Director Director Of Communications And Marketing
Director, Membership Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$168,000
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a Floral Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Floral Designer in the United States is $80,991 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $168,000.

Real Floral Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Floral Designer L'Olivier Inc. New York, NY Jan 30, 2008 $50,000
Senior Floral Designer Ah Sam Inc. San Mateo, CA Dec 14, 2010 $49,774
Floral and Garden Designer ZEZE Choice Flowers, Inc. New York, NY Oct 26, 2009 $42,000
SR. Floral Designer L'Olivier Inc. New York, NY Dec 17, 2015 $40,165
Floral Designer International Garden Inc. New York, NY May 16, 2008 $39,423
Senior Floral Designer The Dutch Floral Garden, LLC Baltimore, MD Feb 24, 2016 $37,211
Fruit/Floral Designer Kaneusch LLC D/B/A Edible Arrangements Pompton Lakes, NJ Oct 15, 2010 $35,667
Floral Designer Glendale Florist Morristown, NJ Sep 30, 2008 $34,436
Floral Designers Clinton Floral, Inc. Clinton, MD Sep 29, 2008 $34,394
Floral Designer Karen's Garden, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 14, 2015 $34,320
Floral Designers Flowers By Giorgie Inc. NY Jul 07, 2011 $33,966
Fruit/Floral Designer Kaneusch LLC D/B/A Edible Arrangements Pompton Lakes, NJ Aug 18, 2010 $33,809
Floral Designers Better Gardens Florist Inc. New York, NY Jul 24, 2012 $33,717
Floral Designers Better Gardens Florist Inc. New York, NY Dec 06, 2011 $33,717
Floral Designers Row B Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 13, 2008 $30,324
Floral Designers Row B Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 02, 2008 $30,324
Floral Designer The Flowerman, Inc. Pasadena, CA May 13, 2008 $30,324
Floral Designer Kim's Garden Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 31, 2016 $29,702
Floral Designer Walteria Flowers & Gifts Torrance, CA Nov 02, 2007 $29,260
Floral Designer Palacios Flower Desing New York, NY Jun 14, 2016 $29,120
Floral Designers Westchester Floral Decorators, Inc. Pelham, NY Oct 04, 2010 $29,120
Floral Designer P.P.S. Flowers, Ltd. Garden City Park, NY Sep 08, 2008 $29,030
Floral Designer Chris Anthony-Christy's Florist East Brunswick, NJ Mar 12, 2009 $28,488
Floral Designers Atlas Floral Deecorators, Inc. NY Aug 21, 2009 $27,528
Floral Designers Atlas Floral Decorators, Inc. NY May 18, 2009 $27,528
Floral Designer Belle Fleur LLC New York, NY Aug 25, 2008 $27,528
Floral Designers Continental Floral Greens Belfair, WA Oct 23, 2016 $27,048
Floral Designer Greensleeves Inc. Fairfax, VA Mar 25, 2010 $27,006
Floral Designer Creech's Florist, Inc. Charleston, SC May 29, 2009 $26,651
Floral Designer Weathers Flowers of Slidell, Inc. Slidell, LA Feb 20, 2009 $26,547

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Top Skills for A Floral Designer

  1. Flower Arrangements
  2. Customer Service
  3. Funeral Services
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  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Designed floral arrangements, funeral services arrangements & Other events such as weddings or party's
  • Design floral arrangements according to customer's preference.
  • Designed floral arrangements for individual customers and special events.

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Floral Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

81.9%

Male

10.3%

Unknown

7.7%
Ethnicity

White

65.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.4%

French

15.4%

German

8.1%

Russian

4.9%

Italian

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Swedish

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Thai

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Romanian

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Mandarin

0.8%

Lithuanian

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Albanian

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Greek

0.8%
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Floral Designer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.9%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.1%

Mississippi State University

5.3%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.3%

San Francisco State University

4.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.9%

Ashford University

4.9%

Kirkwood Community College

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

The Academy

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Kansas State University

3.8%

Lansing Community College

3.8%

Towson University

3.8%

Triton College

3.8%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Graphic Design

8.2%

Fine Arts

7.1%

Plant Sciences

6.5%

Nursing

5.3%

Psychology

5.3%

Health Care Administration

5.2%

Interior Design

4.8%

General Studies

4.8%

Applied Horticulture

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Education

3.6%

Accounting

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.4%

English

2.9%

Cosmetology

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Elementary Education

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

36.3%

Bachelors

30.8%

Associate

18.0%

Certificate

7.6%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.5%
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