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Flight Attendant Salary

The average Flight Attendant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $21.04 per hour. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $3K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $23K and hits $84K on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most Flight Attendants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Flight Attendants making up 74 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$19,921 - $66,130
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$66K
MEDIAN: $35,888
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$14.57 - $46.14
(Median)
$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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$19,921 - $66,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,983  
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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$22,512 - $83,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 455
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $46.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.71  
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 - $2,983  
   
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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$22,512 - $83,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 468
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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


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. Southwest Airlines Co does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $66K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $30K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $117K. Other big spenders include Virgin America, Skywest Airlines, Inc., and Frontier Airlines, top-paying firms where Flight Attendants see paychecks nearing $51K, $49K, or $46K.

US Airways Group, Inc. employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $33K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Also approaching the lower end are Alaska Airlines, Inc. at $40K, Republic Airlines at $41K, and United Airlines, Inc. at $41K.

Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $38K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $49K. Flight Attendants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $64K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $62K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


Newark offers some of the highest pay in the country for Flight Attendants, 72 percent above the national average. Flight Attendants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+10 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), Minneapolis (+6 percent), and Phoenix (+5 percent). Seattle is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Miami and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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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
35%
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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