Flight Attendant Salary

Average Flight Attendants in the United States make around $20.75 per hour. Overall incomes of Flight Attendants generally bottom out at around $23K and peak near $81K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $3K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Flight Attendants survey respondents are women (75 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Flight Attendants. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$20,020 - $65,566

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$14.37 - $45.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$20,020 - $65,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,981  
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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$22,606 - $81,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 494
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $45.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.20  
Overtime
$0.74 - $55.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,981  
   
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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$22,606 - $81,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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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


Dominating the field, Delta Air Lines Inc, American Airlines, United Airlines, Inc., US Airways Group, Inc., and Southwest Airlines Co are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Flight Attendants. 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. Soaring salaries can also be found at Virgin America, Skywest Airlines, Inc., and Frontier Airlines, where earnings of $51K, $49K, or $46K are standard for Flight Attendants.

Known for its small paychecks, US Airways Group, Inc. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $31K — about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Spirit at $38K, and Alaska Airlines, Inc. where $39K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Flight Attendants there earn up to $116K.

Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Flight Attendants. The average inexperienced worker earns $38K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Flight Attendants will find that Newark offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 74 percent. Flight Attendants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+7 percent), New York (+6 percent), San Francisco (+5 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Miami and 5 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 108 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%
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