Flight Attendant Salary (United States)

A Flight Attendant earns an average wage of $22.01 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience.
Flight Attendant Total Pay (?
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$19,367 - $67,917
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,687
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Flight Attendant Total Pay (?
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$14.70 - $46.60
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$19,367 - $67,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,989  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $3,109  
Commission
$198.32 - $4,913  
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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$22,046 - $89,740  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 779
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $46.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.03  
Overtime
$1.65 - $56.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,989  
   
Commission
$198.32 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $3,109  
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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$22,046 - $89,740  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 779
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Newark
up arrow 96%
Philadelphia
up arrow 17%
Los Angeles
up arrow 16%
Houston
up arrow 12%
Phoenix
up arrow 11%
Detroit
up arrow 10%
Charlotte
up arrow 9%
Denver
up arrow 2%
Las Vegas
up arrow 2%
Atlanta
0%
National Average
$42,000
Dallas
up arrow 2%
Chicago
up arrow 10%
San Francisco
up arrow 12%
Seattle
up arrow 17%
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Experience Affects Flight Attendant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%
Mid-Career
up arrow 24%
National Average
$42,000
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Gender
Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%
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