$39,263
Avg. Salary
$20.66
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,007

Bonus

$2,953

Profit Sharing

$983

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Flight Attendant is $20.66 per hour.

The average pay for a Flight Attendant is $39,263 per year.

$12.34
10%
$20.66
50%
$49.88
90%
MEDIAN $20.66
$21k
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$39k
50%
$74k
90%
MEDIAN $39,263
$21,288 - $74,187
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MEDIAN: $39,263
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$0$86K
Salary $21,288 - $74,187
Bonus $99.87 - $5,197
Profit Sharing $489 - $9,645
Commission $101 - $1,987
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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$23,556 - $86,414
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,050
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $12.34 - $49.88
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.16
Overtime $5.07 - $67.90
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $99.87 - $5,197
Commission $101 - $1,987
Profit Sharing $489 - $9,645
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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$23,556 - $86,414
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,020

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.

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.

Flight Attendant Job Listings

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: $42,025

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 Nashville:
"Great."
Pros: Flexible.
Cons: Rude passengers.

Flight Attendant in North Houston:
"Working in houston."
Pros: I moved here from California 16 years ago and have always worked out of George bush airport and lived in the humble area. I have loved living here and all the people I have met. Never considered leaving since I got here.
Cons: It is starting to get really big out here. Traffic is increasing jobs are decreasing but that is all the cycle of life.

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 canada:
"Great but no glamour."
Be patient and kind. Do what you're supposed to do and treat all people with respect.

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 Dayton:
"Culture, perks."
Pros: Most people are very friendly.
Cons: No slack for 1 mistake.

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
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.
Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Flight Attendant Salaries

▲45%

▲21%

▲10%

National Average
$42,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 13%