Flight Attendant Salary

Flight Attendants in the United States take home approximately $20.82 per hour on average. Overall incomes of Flight Attendants generally bottom out at around $23K and peak near $82K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $3K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but tenure and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Flight Attendants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Flight Attendants survey respondents are women (75 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,932 - $66,375
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$36K
$66K
MEDIAN: $35,952
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$14.51 - $45.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$19,932 - $66,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,972  
Profit Sharing
$194.00 - $2,980  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,580 - $82,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 471
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $45.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.62  
Overtime
$0.64 - $55.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,972  
   
Profit Sharing
$194.00 - $2,980  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,580 - $82,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 490
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Job Description for Flight Attendant

Flight Attendants work to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers. Common workplace duties include serving meals, instructing passengers during emergencies, loading luggage into the proper overhead compartments for the convenience of the passengers, and assisting passengers, especially the handicapped. Flight attendants also explain all safety equipment to the passengers before takeoff to ensure the safest possible conditions in the event of an emergency. In addition, flight attendants must constantly check for FAA compliance in regard to both the aircraft and the passengers. Flight Attendants usually must have a high school degree of GED and speak fluent English, though not necessarily as their first language. Flight attendants can expect long periods of standing and walking, extended periods of travel, lifting of light loads of up to 35 pounds, and pushing of carts up to 200 lbs. Since most work is completed during air travel, flight attendants must be of a proper height to work in an aircraft and be accustomed to working indoors. Flight attendants also must be 21 years of age or older, have passports, and be allowed to travel to most countries worldwide. In addition, flight attendants must be open-minded and willing to work with people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds.

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Flight Attendant Tasks

  • Serve and/or sell meals, beverages and in-flight entertainment.
  • Provide safety overviews to all passengers, particularly the exit rows.
  • Make announcements, answer questions, and resolve emergent problems.
  • Greet fliers, accept tickets, assist with luggage, and direct passengers to their seats.
  • Keep the passenger area hygienic and in keeping with appearance standards.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Flight Attendant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Flight Attendants include Delta Air Lines Inc, American Airlines, United Airlines, Inc., US Airways Group, Inc., and Southwest Airlines Co. Although Southwest Airlines Co leads the field in pay with a median salary of $57K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $30K on the low end all the way up to $118K at the top. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Virgin America, Skywest Airlines, Inc., and Frontier Airlines, top-paying firms where Flight Attendants rake in a respectable $51K, $49K, or $46K, respectively.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at US Airways Group, Inc., where the median salary is a mere $33K, 70 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Spirit at $39K, and Alaska Airlines, Inc. where $40K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Flight Attendants there earn up to $119K.

Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $38K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $48K. Flight Attendants bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Flight Attendants in Newark enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 73 percent above the national average. Flight Attendants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), Houston (+4 percent), and New York (+4 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Orlando and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 8 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Flight Attendant Salaries



Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$41,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%
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