There’s a lot to think about when considering becoming a floral designer that goes beyond where to go to school. For example, in order to maximize your income, you should focus your job search on certain industries and strive to find work in specific cities and states.
The average salary for floral designers as of 2013 was $25,550 a year, or $12.28 an hour. Those in the lowest 10% of earners only make around $8.40 an hour, or $17,480 a year. On the other hand, those in the top 10% of earners make around $17.59 an hour, or $36,580 annually. There are fewer than 50,000 florists employed in the United States. How much money you will make as a floral designer and how much income potential you have depend in part on in what industry you work. There are a few industries that pay florists significantly more than other types of companies. You will have the best chance of earning higher-than-average income if you work in traveler accommodations (hotels and resorts), where your average income will be around $34,650. Other high-paying industries include services to buildings and dwellings, home furnishings stores, general medical and surgical hospitals, and amusement/recreation companies. Unfortunately, you are not particularly likely to work in any of these industries. You are of course most likely to work for a florist, followed by grocery stores and hobby stores. You also have a good chance of working for a miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesaler or for a lawn and garden equipment and supplies store.
Where you live and work can affect a lot of parts of your job, such as how many jobs there are available to you, how likely you are to get hired, how many other people you will meet who are also florists, and how much money you can make. The states that employ the most florists are Texas, California, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania. The cities with the most florists are New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Miami, Washington D.C., and Atlanta. It makes sense that all the states and cities on this list are large states/cities with high overall populations. You may also, however, consider location quotient, which refers to the concentration of jobs in an area. States with high location quotients have a larger share of employment in the industry than is the national average. States with high location quotients for florists are North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, and West Virginia. The cities that make this list are Bismarck, North Dakota; Kokomo, Indiana; Goldsboro, North Carolina; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Jefferson City, Missouri; Tyler, Texas; Duluth, Minnesota; Jacksonville, North Carolina; Grand Forks, North Dakota; and Lawrence, Kansas. High employment levels don’t necessarily translate to high incomes, however. States that pay florists the most money are Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Washington. Cities where you will earn higher-than-average income include San Francisco, California; Bakersfield, California; Riverside, California; Lowell, Massachusetts; New York, New York; New Haven, Connecticut; Santa Barbara, California; Haverhill, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; and Burlington, Vermont.