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How much does a Flight Attendant make in Illinois?

Average Flight Attendant Yearly Salary in Illinois

Flight Attendants earn a median salary of $42,720 per year. Salaries typically start from $21,300 and go up to $71,090.

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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.

How to Become a Flight Attendant

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  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
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Flight Attendant Earnings by Seniority

Top End Flight Attendant Earnings

The highest earning Flight Attendants in Illinois earn:

N/A an hour $71,090
per year
Senior Flight Attendant Earnings

Senior Flight Attendants in Illinois earn:

N/A an hour $53,950
per year
Experienced Flight Attendant Earnings

Experienced Flight Attendants in Illinois earn:

N/A an hour $42,720
per year
Junior Flight Attendant Earnings

Junior Flight Attendants in Illinois earn:

N/A an hour $29,530
per year
Starting Flight Attendant Earnings

Starting Flight Attendants in Illinois earn:

N/A an hour $21,300
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Flight Attendant salary comparison

Flight Attendants earn less than 63% percent of Services careers in Illinois. Flight Attendant salaries are in the bottom 67% of all careers in Illinois.

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Historical salary for Flight Attendants in Illinois

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Flight Attendant

Interested in becoming a Flight Attendant? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good flight attendant? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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