Flight Attendant Salary

Flight Attendants in the United States take home an average $20.15 per hour. Final cash compensation to Flight Attendants varies from around $23K to approximately $77K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $9K, respectively. While tenure and location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Female Flight Attendants make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,308 - $65,267
$21K
$38K
$65K
MEDIAN: $38,092
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50%
90%

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$11.70 - $44.78
$12
$20
$45
MEDIAN: $20.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$21,308 - $65,267  
   
Bonus
$119.20 - $5,093  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $8,808  
Commission
$1,011  
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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$23,248 - $77,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 689
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $44.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.15  
Overtime
$5.70 - $59.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$119.20 - $5,093  
   
Commission
$1,011  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $8,808  
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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$23,248 - $77,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 690

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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

  • Greet fliers, accept tickets, assist with luggage, and direct passengers to their seats.
  • Keep the passenger area hygienic and in keeping with appearance standards.
  • Make announcements, answer questions, and resolve emergent problems.
  • Serve and/or sell meals, beverages and in-flight entertainment.
  • Provide safety overviews to all passengers, particularly the exit rows.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Flight Attendant


United Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, US Airways Group, Inc., Southwest Airlines Co, and Delta Air Lines Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Flight Attendants. Delta Airlines offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $60K. Also paying near the top of the field are Southwest Airlines Co at $53K, American Airlines at $52K, and United Airlines, Inc., where Flight Attendants annually earn $50K.

Other low-paying employers include US Airways Group, Inc. at $31K and Delta Air Lines Inc at $37K, though some Flight Attendants there earn up to $92K.

Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

Pay by Experience for a Flight Attendant has a positive trend. An entry-level Flight Attendant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 1,007 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Flight Attendant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 175 salaries. An experienced Flight Attendant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 191 salaries. A Flight Attendant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 148 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,901

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

With a pay rate for Flight Attendants that is 11 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Flight Attendants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+11 percent), New York (+9 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Phoenix (+5 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Miami and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Flight Attendant Reviews

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Flight Attendant

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Flight Attendant Salaries

▲49%

▲24%

▲13%

National Average
$41,000

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 16%
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