Flight Attendants in the United States pull down an average of $38K annually. In the world of Flight Attendants, overall income ranges from $23K near the bottom to $77K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Female Flight Attendants make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$20,889 - $66,031
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$21K
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$66K
MEDIAN: $38,114
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$11.87 - $45.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$20,889 - $66,031  
   
Bonus
$160.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$307.23 - $10,000  
Commission
$1,017  
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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$23,138 - $76,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 715
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $45.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.60  
Overtime
$4.66 - $61.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$160.00 - $6,000  
   
Commission
$1,017  
Profit Sharing
$307.23 - $10,000  
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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$23,138 - $76,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 706
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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


Dominating the field, United Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, Delta Air Lines Inc, US Airways Group, Inc., and Southwest Airlines Co are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Flight Attendants. Employees of Southwest Airlines Co can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $53K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $25K to $118K. American Airlines, JetBlue Airways Corporation, and Skywest Airlines, Inc. also offer top salaries for Flight Attendants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $52K, $51K, and $48K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include US Airways Group, Inc. at $31K, and Delta Air Lines Inc where $38K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Flight Attendants there earn up to $89K.

Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

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


For many Flight Attendants, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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 $47K. For Flight Attendants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,889

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

Newark offers some of the highest pay in the country for Flight Attendants, 80 percent above the national average. Flight Attendants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Denver (13 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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 77 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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