Flight Attendant Salary Information

The salary statistics of flight attendants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of flight attendants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The flight attendants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Flight Attendant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,860
25th Percentile Wage
$41,040
50th Percentile Wage
$50,500
75th Percentile Wage
$63,090
90th Percentile Wage
$79,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for flight attendants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) flight attendants is $79,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,860. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 196% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of flight attendants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$50,500
3.96% 26.26%
2016
$48,500
7.51% -
2015
$44,860
5.73% -
2014
$42,290
4.19% -
2013
$40,520
8.09% -
2012
$37,240
- -

Table 2. Flight Attendant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of flight attendants in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for flight attendants occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $84,840. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $30,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$84,840
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$63,480
Transportation and Warehousing
$50,600
Mining
$48,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,140
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$30,930

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Flight Attendants by States

From the above tables we note that not only flight attendants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of flight attendants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,520 to $86,620. The highest paying state for flight attendants is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $86,620. The lowest paying state is Tennessee with a median annual salary of $19,520. For more salary information of flight attendants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Connecticut
$86,620
Oregon
$67,910
Arizona
$66,260
Washington
$62,710
Pennsylvania
$62,090
Texas
$55,160
Massachusetts
$54,900
Indiana
$52,530
Nevada
$52,390
Florida
$52,320
Alaska
$50,920
Ohio
$50,720
California
$49,570
Michigan
$48,760
Missouri
$48,490
Minnesota
$47,780
Georgia
$46,860
Virginia
$46,810
Illinois
$46,650
Colorado
$46,520
North Carolina
$44,520
Hawaii
$44,410
New Jersey
$43,740
New York
$40,970
Wisconsin
$38,660
Kentucky
$36,220
South Carolina
$35,440
Utah
$31,200
Tennessee
$19,520



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