What does a Floral Designer do?

Floral designers work with flowers and greenery of all types including live, dried, or silk and arrange them to assemble decorative displays. They utilize their knowledge of different kinds of blooms alongside their artistic eyes to choose appropriate items for specific occasions and have a working knowledge of when flowers and plants are in season and available. They buy flowers and other products from wholesalers and stay mindful of specific customer orders that require adequate supply that meets their demands. They also determine the type of arrangements desired, the occasion and the date, time, and location for delivery when necessary.

Floral designers recommend plants or flowers and greenery for arrangements while staying mindful of the customer's budget. They design floral displays that evoke a particular sentiment or a style. They may create single arrangements for multiple displays or special occasions including weddings or funerals. They also know the properties of flowers and plants, including which flowers last for many hours outside of water and which flowers wilt more quickly, in addition to plants that may be poisonous to certain types of animals. Floral designers have a high school diploma or equivalent, including a GED, and learn their skills on the job.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Floral Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$32,616 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$24K
Median: $33K
$44K
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Floral Designer Career Path

Learn how to become a Floral Designer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Floral Designer
$32,616/yr
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Floral Designer III
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Floral Designer Insights

Read what Floral Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
VonsVons
Floral Assistant
Feb 12, 2021

“Anyone manager and above were arrogant immediately and I was blamed for things I didn't intend to do.”

SafewaySafeway
Floral Clerk
May 31, 2021

“I was not trained properly and the pay is not enough for what is expected.”

Zuzu'sPetals&Gifts
Floral Designer
Jun 29, 2021

“I was able to express creativity and make some amazing friends!”

MichaelsMichaels
Floral Clerk
Oct 19, 2020

“Flexible hours worked great with school schedule.”

Busch'sBusch's
Produce/Floral Associate
Apr 12, 2021

“It is an easy job that requires little training and no experience.”

Flowers & LeavesFlowers & Leaves
Florist
Aug 4, 2021

“It was a fun and creative job.”

SafewaySafeway
Floral Clerk
Sep 7, 2021

“We had a lot of pressure put on us and the department because of arrangments or holidays and a lot of it wasn't our fault.”

KrogerKroger
Floral Clerk
Apr 22, 2021

“The hourly wage isn't competitive: at 11.25/hour versus 15 at Target and 17 at Amazon: you can see why the best people go elsewhere.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a floral designer

When working as a floral designer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are VOS, Arrangements, No High School, Effective Communication, and Excellent Customer Service.

The most similar professions to floral designer are:
  • Product Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Creative Manager
  • Designer