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Flight Attendant Salary

Median pay for Flight Attendants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $21.06 per hour. Cash earnings of Flight Attendants can occasionally include $3K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $23K to almost $84K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and experience level. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Flight Attendants is high. Female Flight Attendants make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,909 - $66,501
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$67K
MEDIAN: $35,888
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$14.59 - $46.25
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$15
$21
$46
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$19,909 - $66,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$195.40 - $3,064  
Commission
$140.00 - $6,125  
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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$22,599 - $84,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 449
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $46.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.76  
Overtime
$0.83 - $56.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
Commission
$140.00 - $6,125  
Profit Sharing
$195.40 - $3,064  
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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$22,599 - $84,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 463

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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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Flight Attendants, Delta Air Lines Inc, American Airlines, United Airlines, Inc., US Airways Group, Inc., and Southwest Airlines Co are leading firms in the industry. Southwest Airlines Co offers the largest salaries in town ($66K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $30K to $117K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Virgin America at $51K, Skywest Airlines, Inc. at $49K, and Frontier Airlines, where Flight Attendants annually earn $46K.

Considering that the median salary at US Airways Group, Inc. is a shallow $33K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is just about half of the top paying company's median. Employees at Alaska Airlines, Inc., Republic Airlines, and United Airlines, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $40K, $41K, and $41K.

Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

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


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $38K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $49K. On average, Flight Attendants make $64K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


Newark is home to an above-average pay rate for Flight Attendants, 72 percent higher than the national average. Flight Attendants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+10 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), and New York (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Seattle. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Miami and 3 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

 
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Experience Affects Flight Attendant Salaries



Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%
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