How much does a Flight Attendant make in the United States?

Average Flight Attendant Yearly Salary in the United States

Flight Attendants earn an average yearly salary of $44,522. Salaries typically start from $22,620 and go up to $70,055.

Average Flight Attendant Hourly Wage in the United States

Flight Attendants earn an average hourly wage of $21.40. Hourly wages typically start from $10.88 and go up to $33.68.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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As airlines struggle to stay afloat and find efficiencies during tough economic times, flight attendant wages have felt the pressure as companies attempt to trim the fat in all aspects of their business. As with other professions, flight attendants earn lower salaries at the beginning of their career and work their way up to higher wages. A flight attendant's hourly wage starts out at approximately $21.00/hr. However, by the 14th year, the hourly wage of the flight attendant will have almost doubled (approximately $46-$50.00/hr).

A big part of a Flight Attendant’s salary is compensation for meals when overnighting at a hotel or when meals are not boarded on the aircraft. This is often referred to as a ‘per diem.’ Per diems vary depending on the length of a stay or ‘layover’ at a hotel.

Purser Pay vs. Flight Attendant Pay

According to FlightAttendantsAcademy.com, many F/A’s eventually become Pursers to boost their salary and to assume new challenges and responsibilities. Junior Flight Attendants can nearly double their salary by becoming a Purser. Some airlines require F/A’s to have a minimum of one or more years of service to become a Service Director. At Air Canada for example, in 2011 a purser on a narrow-body aircraft earned $50.14 per hour while a Purser on the B777 earned $67.92 per hour. In addition to these wages, Pursers are also paid the per diems, night premiums and other expenses that a Flight Attendant would be entitled to.

Employment Type Mix

92%
Full-Time
8%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
281
RATINGS
Flight Attendants average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Flight Attendants in the 69th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Flight Attendant Earnings by Seniority

Top End Flight Attendant Earnings

The highest earning Flight Attendants in the United States earn:

$33.68
an hour
$70,054.6
per year
Senior Flight Attendant Earnings

Senior Flight Attendants in the United States earn:

$25.46
an hour
$52,954.4
per year
Experienced Flight Attendant Earnings

Experienced Flight Attendants in the United States earn:

$19.66
an hour
$40,895.5
per year
Junior Flight Attendant Earnings

Junior Flight Attendants in the United States earn:

$16.31
an hour
$33,933.1
per year
Starting Flight Attendant Earnings

Starting Flight Attendants in the United States earn:

$10.88
an hour
$22,620.3
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Flight Attendant Salary Comparison

Flight Attendants earn more than 44% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Rail Transportation Worker Salary $52k
Avionics Technician Salary $49k
Traffic Technician Salary $48k
Aircraft Mechanic Salary $46k
Truck Driver Salary $44k
Flight Attendant Salary $44k
Air Crew Member Salary $43k
Sailor Salary $43k
Cargo and Freight Agent Salary $41k
Ship Loader Salary $39k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Flight Attendant salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Flight Attendant Salary in Washington $33.89 $70,500 # 1
Flight Attendant Salary in Oregon $32.39 $67,380 # 2
Flight Attendant Salary in Arizona $30.63 $63,710 # 3
Flight Attendant Salary in Massachusetts $27.75 $57,720 # 4
Flight Attendant Salary in Texas $26.91 $55,980 # 5
Flight Attendant Salary in Florida $26.66 $55,460 # 6
Flight Attendant Salary in Indiana $24.59 $51,150 # 7
Flight Attendant Salary in Illinois $23.69 $49,280 # 8
Flight Attendant Salary in California $23.38 $48,640 # 9
Flight Attendant Salary in Michigan $22.78 $47,390 # 10
Flight Attendant Salary in Georgia $22.77 $47,370 # 11
Flight Attendant Salary in Ohio $22.61 $47,030 # 12
Flight Attendant Salary in Colorado $22.06 $45,880 # 13
Flight Attendant Salary in Minnesota $21.62 $44,960 # 14
Flight Attendant Salary in Virginia $21.59 $44,910 # 15
Flight Attendant Salary in United States $21.40 $44,522.1 # 16
Flight Attendant Salary in New York $20.14 $41,900 # 17
Flight Attendant Salary in North Carolina $19.25 $40,040 # 18