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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Flight Attendant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,570
25th Percentile Wage
$39,860
50th Percentile Wage
$48,500
75th Percentile Wage
$62,490
90th Percentile Wage
$78,650

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 $78,650. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $48,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,570. Notice 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 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of flight attendants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201648,5007.51%23.22%
201544,8605.73%-
201442,2904.19%-
201340,5208.09%-
201237,240--

Table 2. Flight Attendant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of flight attendants in 2 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2.

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$48,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$45,430

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 $31,200 to $62,250. The highest paying state for flight attendants is Washington with a median annual salary of $62,250. The lowest paying state is Utah with a median annual salary of $31,200. For more salary information of flight attendants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$62,250
Texas
$56,040
Massachusetts
$53,470
Florida
$50,840
Indiana
$50,550
Michigan
$47,290
California
$46,870
Georgia
$46,860
Illinois
$46,710
Ohio
$46,520
Minnesota
$46,010
Colorado
$45,750
Virginia
$45,220
Tennessee
$44,580
Hawaii
$44,410
New Jersey
$43,740
Nevada
$39,110
Wisconsin
$38,660
New York
$38,130
Alaska
$36,580
Kentucky
$36,220
Utah
$31,200


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