Flight Attendant Salary

Flight Attendants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $39K per year. Overall cash earnings for Flight Attendants stretch from $23K on the lower end to $81K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by experience level and location. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Flight Attendants making up 72 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$20,710 - $69,262
$21K
$39K
$69K
MEDIAN: $38,784
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$11.77 - $47.01
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$47
MEDIAN: $20.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$20,710 - $69,262  
   
Bonus
$100.22 - $5,095  
Profit Sharing
$690 - $8,940  
Commission
$1,024  
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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$23,083 - $80,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 704
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $47.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.18  
Overtime
$2.32 - $62.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.22 - $5,095  
   
Commission
$1,024  
Profit Sharing
$690 - $8,940  
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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$23,083 - $80,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 701

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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


Flight Attendants flock to United Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, US Airways Group, Inc., Southwest Airlines Co, and Delta Air Lines Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Flight Attendants, comfortable salaries can be found at Delta Airlines; in fact, median earnings sit around $60K, the highest in the area. Flight Attendants will also find cushy salaries at Southwest Airlines Co (+$53K), American Airlines (+$52K), and United Airlines, Inc. (+$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: $41,237

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

Surpassing the national average by 10 percent, Flight Attendants in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Flight Attendants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent), New York (+8 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Phoenix (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers in Miami and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 7 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
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Flight Attendant Salaries

▲48%

▲23%

▲12%

National Average
$41,000

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 16%
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