Average Entry-Level Flight Attendant Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Flight Attendant is $19.18.
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $27
$3 - $4,907
Profit Sharing
$65 - $3,500
$0 - $1,250
Total Pay
$22,332 - $56,260

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Flight Attendant

The top respondents for the job title Flight Attendant are from the companies Delta Air Lines Inc, United Airlines, Inc. and American Airlines. Reported salaries are highest at Delta Air Lines Inc where the average pay is $27.06. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include United Airlines, Inc. and Spirit, earning around $20.76 and $20.68, respectively. Delta AirElite pays the lowest at around $15.26. Frontier Airlines and American Airlines also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $19.69 and $20.25, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Attendant

An early career Flight Attendant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $20.47 based on 660 salaries. A mid-career Flight Attendant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $26.68 based on 153 salaries. An experienced Flight Attendant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $40.94 based on 239 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 Houston, Texas earn an average of 9.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (6.4% more) and Los Angeles, California (2.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (15.1% less), Denver, Colorado (0.8% less) and Orlando, Florida (0.3% less).

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