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Entry-Level Flight Attendant Salary (United States)

Average Entry-Level Flight Attendants make around $19.23 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Flight Attendants vary widely between $20K and $53K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Flight Attendants making up 77 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Flight Attendant Salary (?
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$17,759 - $51,672
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $30,515
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Entry-Level Flight Attendant Salary (?
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$13.78 - $25.86
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$17,759 - $51,672  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
Profit Sharing
$184.22 - $3,013  
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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$20,482 - $53,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.78 - $25.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.07  
Overtime
$0.75 - $47.46  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
   
Profit Sharing
$184.22 - $3,013  
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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$20,482 - $53,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Flight Attendant

Many Entry-Level Flight Attendants can be found at Delta Air Lines Inc, United Airlines, Inc., US Airways Group, Inc., American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines Co, firms that are at the top of the field. Southwest Airlines Co pays the most with a median salary of $53K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $29K to a high of $81K.
US Airways Group, Inc. pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $24K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Pay Difference By Location

Phoenix
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Denver
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Charlotte
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Houston
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New York
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National Average
$38,000
Dallas
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Detroit
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Seattle
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Entry-Level Flight Attendants, busy Phoenix offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Flight Attendants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (16 percent lower) and Seattle (12 percent lower).
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%