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Flight Attendant Average Salary in United States 2022

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


Average Yearly Salary
67,900 USD
( 5,660 USD monthly)

LOW
35,300
USD
AVERAGE
67,900
USD
HIGH
104,000
USD

A person working as a Flight Attendant in United States typically earns around 67,900 USD per year. Salaries range from 35,300 USD (lowest) to 104,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Flight Attendant salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Flight Attendant Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Flight Attendant
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Flight Attendant salaries in United States range from 35,300 USD per year (minimum salary) to 104,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 65,200 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Flight Attendant(s) are earning less than 65,200 USD while the other half are earning more than 65,200 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Flight Attendant(s) are earning less than 45,200 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 45,200 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Flight Attendant(s) are earning less than 81,100 USD while 25% are earning more than 81,100 USD.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Flight Attendant Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Flight Attendant
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Flight Attendant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Flight Attendant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 40,100 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 53,800 USD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 69,900 USD per year, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Flight Attendant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 84,700 USD per year, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 92,600 USD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 97,400 USD per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Flight Attendant average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
40,100 USD
2 - 5 Years+34%
53,800 USD
5 - 10 Years+30%
69,900 USD
10 - 15 Years+21%
84,700 USD
15 - 20 Years+9%
92,600 USD
20+ Years+5%
97,400 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Flight Attendant Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Flight Attendant(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Flight Attendant
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Flight Attendant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Flight Attendant is 47,700 USD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 72,300 USD per year, 52% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 103,000 USD per year, 42% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.


Flight Attendant average salary difference by education level in United States

Certificate or Diploma
47,700 USD
Bachelor's Degree+52%
72,300 USD
Master's Degree+42%
103,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Flight Attendant Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Flight Attendant
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Flight Attendant employees in United States earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

Male
66,300 USD
Female+5%
69,700 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Flight Attendant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Flight Attendant(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Flight Attendant

Flight Attendant(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Banking
4%
Energy
8%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
7%
Travel
2%
Construction
6%
Education
1%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Flight Attendant Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Flight Attendant
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A Flight Attendant is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
54%
No Bonus
46%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Flight Attendant Average Hourly Wage in United States


33 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 33 USD. This means that the average Flight Attendant in United States earns approximately 33 USD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Flight Attendant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Flight Attendant and Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense yearly United States
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The average salary for Flight Attendant is 30% less than that of Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense. Also, Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense salaries are 2% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Aeronautical Engineer101,000 USD+49%
Aerospace Engineer128,000 USD+89%
Aerospace Technician93,500 USD+38%
Air Crew Officer65,800 USD-3%
Air Traffic Assistant54,700 USD-19%
Air Traffic Controller103,000 USD+52%
Aircraft Captain152,000 USD+120%
Aircraft Electrician53,600 USD-21%
Aircraft Engineer101,000 USD+49%
Aircraft Fueler46,200 USD-32%
Aircraft Maintenance Manager150,000 USD+120%
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor101,000 USD+49%
Aircraft Maintenance Technician48,000 USD-29%
Aircraft Mechanic51,500 USD-24%
Aircraft Quality Assurance133,000 USD+96%
Airfield Management Specialist147,000 USD+120%
Airfield Operations Specialist114,000 USD+68%
Airline Cabin Crew102,000 USD+50%
Airline Copilot103,000 USD+52%
Airlines Sales Manager169,000 USD+150%
Airlines Structural Assembler42,600 USD-37%
Airport Services Agent65,700 USD-3%
Airport Services Manager196,000 USD+190%
Assistant Aircraft Mechanic41,100 USD-39%
Aviation Analyst127,000 USD+87%
Aviation Inspector112,000 USD+65%
Aviation Manager203,000 USD+200%
Aviation Operations Controller110,000 USD+62%
Aviation Resources Manager178,000 USD+160%
Aviation Safety Manager188,000 USD+180%
Aviation Safety Officer104,000 USD+53%
Aviation Technician47,800 USD-30%
Cargo Executive92,100 USD+36%
Chief Pilot172,000 USD+150%
First Officer69,400 USD+2%
Fleet Management Officer66,300 USD-2%
Flight Attendant67,900 USD+0%
Flight Scheduler76,900 USD+13%
Flight Simulation Engineer86,300 USD+27%
Freight and Cargo Inspector70,600 USD+4%
Helicopter Pilot106,000 USD+56%
Loading Bridge Operator41,800 USD-38%
Pilot161,000 USD+140%
Ramp Agent44,400 USD-35%
Reservations Sales Agent52,400 USD-23%
Safety and Quality Specialist101,000 USD+49%
Test Pilot120,000 USD+77%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta62,900 USD
Austin74,700 USD
Baltimore64,900 USD
Boston66,500 USD
Bristol53,700 USD
Chicago78,200 USD
Cincinnati54,100 USD
Cleveland57,500 USD
Dallas70,500 USD
Denver71,300 USD
Detroit69,300 USD
Honolulu54,700 USD
Houston77,500 USD
Indianapolis67,300 USD
Iowa City51,600 USD
Jacksonville68,600 USD
Kansas City60,400 USD
Kent53,600 USD
Las Vegas65,600 USD
Long Beach59,200 USD
Los Angeles78,800 USD
Memphis68,600 USD
Miami63,100 USD
Minneapolis58,800 USD
New Orleans59,600 USD
New York77,500 USD
Oakland62,500 USD
Oklahoma City62,900 USD
Orlando53,500 USD
Philadelphia72,400 USD
Phoenix73,000 USD
Sacramento62,600 USD
San Antonio73,600 USD
San Diego73,000 USD
San Francisco73,300 USD
San Jose69,900 USD
Seattle70,200 USD
Tampa58,300 USD
Vancouver57,000 USD
Washington D.C.67,200 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama66,500 USD
Alaska56,600 USD
Arizona72,600 USD
Arkansas65,600 USD
California73,000 USD
Colorado64,200 USD
Connecticut67,200 USD
Delaware60,900 USD
District of Columbia58,100 USD
Florida70,500 USD
Georgia74,700 USD
Hawaii62,300 USD
Idaho60,700 USD
Illinois69,900 USD
Indiana72,000 USD
Iowa64,900 USD
Kansas63,300 USD
Kentucky63,600 USD
Louisiana68,600 USD
Maine61,600 USD
Maryland67,800 USD
Massachusetts66,100 USD
Michigan74,000 USD
Minnesota68,200 USD
Mississippi62,600 USD
Missouri65,400 USD
Montana62,500 USD
Nebraska62,900 USD
Nevada62,600 USD
New Hampshire58,500 USD
New Jersey73,300 USD
New Mexico63,600 USD
New York72,300 USD
North Carolina68,600 USD
North Dakota60,400 USD
Ohio72,900 USD
Oklahoma64,600 USD
Oregon62,900 USD
Pennsylvania75,400 USD
Rhode Island60,300 USD
South Carolina65,900 USD
South Dakota57,300 USD
Tennessee72,000 USD
Texas74,900 USD
Utah62,000 USD
Vermont56,000 USD
Virginia73,300 USD
Washington70,900 USD
West Virginia61,400 USD
Wisconsin65,400 USD
Wyoming59,700 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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