Flight Attendant Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Flight Attendant is $21.69 per hour.
Flight Attendant Salary (?
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$19,183 - $63,917
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,715
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Flight Attendant Salary (?
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$14.77 - $46.46
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$19,183 - $63,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,964  
Profit Sharing
$196.52 - $3,100  
Commission
$194.42 - $610  
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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$21,931 - $88,401  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $46.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.87  
Overtime
$1.66 - $57.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,964  
   
Commission
$194.42 - $610  
Profit Sharing
$196.52 - $3,100  
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).
)
$21,931 - $88,401  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

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

Pay Difference By Location

Newark
up arrow 81%
Philadelphia
up arrow 21%
Los Angeles
up arrow 14%
Phoenix
up arrow 14%
Detroit
up arrow 10%
Houston
up arrow 7%
San Francisco
up arrow 7%
Charlotte
up arrow 4%
National Average
$42,000
Atlanta
up arrow 1%
Denver
up arrow 1%
Dallas
up arrow 4%
Chicago
up arrow 9%
Seattle
up arrow 15%
Washington
up arrow 23%
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Experience Affects Flight Attendant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 65%
Late-Career
up arrow 63%
Mid-Career
up arrow 23%
National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%
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