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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Flight Attendant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
10th Percentile Wage

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 $72,560. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,820. 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 151% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $42,290 4.37%
2013 $40,520 8.81%
2012 $37,240 -2.05%
2011 $38,020 0.74%
2010 $37,740 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for flight attendants from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 12.06%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 8.81%. We also see the year 2011 had a positive salary growth of 0.74% while year 2012 had a negtive one (-2.05%).

Table 3. Average Salary of Flight Attendants vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Flight Attendant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of flight attendants in 3 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for flight attendants occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $72,770. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $42,270).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing

Table 5. 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 $53,850. The highest paying state for flight attendants is Florida with a median annual salary of $53,850. 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
North Carolina
New York
South Carolina