A flower enthusiast with a knack for design can make an enjoyable career as a florist. Post-secondary schools offer educational programs, but most florists learn through on-the-job training. In addition to know-how, a florist needs organizational abilities and customer service skills. (see Ref. 1, How to Become One) Although the work can be fulfilling, a florist's pay is typically modest.
Florist Pay Range
Annual salaries for florists ranged from $17,690 to $37,210 in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average hourly pay for florists was $12.55, or the equivalent of $26,100 annually. Florists held 46,490 jobs in 2013.
Florist Pay by Industry
The largest number of floral designers -- 30,580 -- worked in florist shops in 2013, receiving average annual wages of $25,870, according to the BLS. Grocery stores employed an additional 7,660 workers at average yearly pay of $26,310. The top-paying industry was travelers' accommodations, where 140 jobs paid an average annual salary of $36,110.
Importance of Location
In Hawaii, the top-paying state for florists as of 2013, florists averaged $42,420 annually, according to the BLS. Florists in New Jersey averaged $35,170 per year. California featured 3,190 florist jobs, the most of any state, and reported average annual wages of $29,950.
2016 Salary Information for Floral Designers
Floral designers earned a median annual salary of $25,850 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, floral designers earned a 25th percentile salary of $21,190, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,970, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 55,000 people were employed in the U.S. as floral designers.