Flight Attendant Salary

Flight Attendants in the United States take home an average $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. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Flight Attendants survey respondents are women (75 percent). Most Flight Attendants report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$20,173 - $66,266
(Median)
$20K
$37K
$66K
MEDIAN: $36,851
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$13.33 - $43.87
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$44
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National Salary Data (?
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$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).
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$22,503 - $78,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 660
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.33 - $43.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.26  
Overtime
$1.24 - $53.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$22,503 - $78,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 683
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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.

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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


Delta Air Lines Inc, American Airlines, United Airlines, Inc., US Airways Group, Inc., and Southwest Airlines Co are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Flight Attendants. For Flight Attendants, comfortable salaries can be found at Virgin America; in fact, median earnings sit around $53K, the highest in the area. Flight Attendants will also find cushy salaries at American (+$53K), Southwest Airlines Co (+$53K), and Skywest Airlines, Inc. (+$52K).

Other low-paying employers include US Airways Group, Inc. at $31K and Alaska Airlines, Inc. at $41K, though 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Flight Attendants. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. Flight Attendants bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,075

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

For Flight Attendants, busy Newark offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 79 percent above the national average. Flight Attendants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+9 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). In Miami, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (10 percent less) and Washington (9 percent less).

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.

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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%
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