Flight Attendant Salary

Median pay for Flight Attendants in the United States is around $20.45 per hour. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K each, total incomes of Flight Attendants generally range from $23K to $79K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Flight Attendants survey respondents are women (75 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$20,173 - $66,266
(Median)
$20K
$37K
$66K
MEDIAN: $36,851
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.33 - $43.87
(Median)
$13
$20
$44
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$20,173 - $66,266  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
Profit Sharing
$194.00 - $3,064  
Commission
$790  
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).
)
$22,503 - $78,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 660
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.33 - $43.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.26  
Overtime
$1.24 - $53.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
   
Commission
$790  
Profit Sharing
$194.00 - $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).
)
$22,503 - $78,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 683
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Job Description for Flight Attendant

Flight attendants help assure the comfort and safety of airplane passengers. They provide food and beverage service on many flights. They also instruct passengers about safety measures before and during flight operations. Flight attendants act as customer service contacts with travelers, answering questions about rewards programs and handling complaints. Finally, the attendants serve an important security role by observing passenger behavior and reporting and handling any problems they encounter.

Read More...

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.

Flight Attendant Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Flight Attendant


Delta Air Lines Inc, American Airlines, United Airlines, Inc., US Airways Group, Inc., and Southwest Airlines Co are among the top companies that take on many Flight Attendants. Flight Attendants flock to Virgin America for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $53K lead the pack in compensation. Flight Attendants can also look forward to large paychecks at American ($53K), Southwest Airlines Co ($53K), and Skywest Airlines, Inc. ($52K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include US Airways Group, Inc. at $31K, and Alaska Airlines, Inc. where $41K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Flight Attendants there earn up to $46K.

Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

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


Flight Attendants who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Flight Attendants see a median salary of $62K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,075

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Flight Attendants, Newark offers exceptional salaries, 79 percent above the national average. Flight Attendants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+9 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Atlanta and Washington are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

Flight Attendant Reviews

What is it like working as a Flight Attendant?

Flight Attendant in Detroit:
"Love it , travel and stay in different places."
Pros: The travel benefits and the excitement of flying around the nation.
Cons: The silly rules and being watched by supervisors for unnecessary reasons.

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Flight Attendant Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 12%
ADVERTISEMENT