Flight Attendant Salary

Flight Attendants in the United States can expect wages of $39K annually on average. In the world of Flight Attendants, overall income ranges from $23K near the bottom to $82K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by tenure and geographic location. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Flight Attendants making up 73 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Flight Attendants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$20,970 - $69,156
$21K
$39K
$69K
MEDIAN: $38,819
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$11.80 - $48.84
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MEDIAN: $20.27
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$0$82K
Salary $20,970 - $69,156
Bonus $75.00 - $5,131
Profit Sharing $700 - $9,500
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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$23,145 - $82,149
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 667
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $11.80 - $48.84
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.35
Overtime $4.70 - $63.87
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $75.00 - $5,131
Commission $1,011
Profit Sharing $700 - $9,500
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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$23,145 - $82,149
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 651

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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.

Flight Attendant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Flight Attendant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Flight Attendants include United Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, US Airways Group, Inc., Southwest Airlines Co, and Delta Air Lines Inc. Delta Airlines attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $60K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Southwest Airlines Co at $53K, American Airlines at $52K, and United Airlines, Inc., where Flight Attendants annually earn $50K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include US Airways Group, Inc. at $31K, and Delta Air Lines Inc where $37K is the norm, but it is worth noting that 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: $41,416

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

Home to some of the best pay for Flight Attendants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 10 percent above the national average. Flight Attendants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+9 percent), New York (+8 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Phoenix (+4 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami (15 percent lower) and Orlando (8 percent lower).

Flight Attendant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Flight Attendant?

Flight Attendant in Airway Heights:
Pros: Costumer service I like to help people and comunicate with them.
Cons: Really nithing but I been there for 15 years and am tired.

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.

Flight Attendant in New York:
Pros: Always new things to learn and do.
Cons: It's a wonderful job but I would like to try something new.

Key Stats for Flight Attendant

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Flight Attendant Salaries

▲47%

▲23%

▲12%

National Average
$41,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 15%
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