Average Early-Career Flight Attendant Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Flight Attendant is $20.44.
MEDIAN $20.44
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $30
$199 - $5,040
Profit Sharing
$485 - $4,090
$0 - $375
Total Pay
$24,521 - $63,467

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Job Description for Flight Attendant

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.
The top respondents for the job title Flight Attendant are from the companies American Airlines, United Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. Reported salaries are highest at Delta Air Lines Inc where the average pay is $29.33. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include American Airlines and Southwest Airlines Co, earning around $26.78 and $23.57, respectively. Frontier Airlines pays the lowest at around $19.97. Allegiant Air and JetBlue Airways Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $20.23 and $20.49, respectively.

Career Paths

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Flight Attendant
Administrative Assistant
Human Resources (HR) Coordinator
Office Manager
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

An entry-level Flight Attendant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $18.81 based on 499 salaries. A mid-career Flight Attendant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $27.41 based on 168 salaries. An experienced Flight Attendant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $41.21 based on 249 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $56.
Employees with Flight Attendant in their job title in Atlanta, Georgia earn an average of 20.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (18.7% more) and Houston, Texas (6.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (3.7% less), Chicago, Illinois (2.5% less) and Dallas, Texas (0.4% less).

Years of Experience

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