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

Average Flight Attendant Yearly Salary in the United States

Flight Attendants earn a median salary of $48,500 per year. Salaries typically start from $26,570 and go up to $78,650.

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

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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

91%
Full-Time
9%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
208
RATINGS
Flight Attendants average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Flight Attendants in the 64th 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:

N/A an hour $78,650
per year
Senior Flight Attendant Earnings

Senior Flight Attendants in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $62,490
per year
Experienced Flight Attendant Earnings

Experienced Flight Attendants in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $48,500
per year
Junior Flight Attendant Earnings

Junior Flight Attendants in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $39,860
per year
Starting Flight Attendant Earnings

Starting Flight Attendants in the United States earn:

N/A an hour $26,570
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Flight Attendant salary comparison

Flight Attendants earn more than 63% percent of Services careers. Flight Attendant salaries are in the bottom % of all careers in the United States.

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Historical salary for Flight Attendants in the United States

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

Flight Attendant salary by state

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