Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

53-2031 Flight Attendants

Provide personal services to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of airline passengers during flight. Greet passengers, verify tickets, explain use of safety equipment, and serve food or beverages.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
108,510 6.0 % (4) $46,750 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $25,930 $36,260 $44,860 $55,260 $72,090
  (4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 103,780 25.05 (4) $46,730
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,810 7.16 (4) $46,820
Support Activities for Air Transportation 630 0.34 (4) $50,490
Employment Services 340 0.01 (4) $44,680
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 (4) $53,690

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 103,780 25.05 (4) $46,730
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,810 7.16 (4) $46,820
Support Activities for Air Transportation 630 0.34 (4) $50,490
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 (4) $53,690
Employment Services 340 0.01 (4) $44,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 (4) $53,690
Support Activities for Air Transportation 630 0.34 (4) $50,490
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,810 7.16 (4) $46,820
Scheduled Air Transportation 103,780 25.05 (4) $46,730
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) (4) $45,340


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 13,600 1.18 1.49 (4) $53,070
California 11,780 0.76 0.97 (4) $47,490
New York 10,600 1.18 1.50 (4) $40,680
Florida 8,020 1.01 1.29 (4) $50,770
Arizona 4,460 1.72 2.19 (4) $44,180



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona 4,460 1.72 2.19 (4) $44,180
Alaska 480 1.47 1.87 (4) $37,440
Colorado 3,090 1.26 1.60 (4) $44,190
Texas 13,600 1.18 1.49 (4) $53,070
New York 10,600 1.18 1.50 (4) $40,680



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 13,600 1.18 1.49 (4) $53,070
Florida 8,020 1.01 1.29 (4) $50,770
Tennessee (8) (8) (8) (4) $49,470
California 11,780 0.76 0.97 (4) $47,490
Wisconsin (8) (8) (8) (4) $46,420




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 11,980 3.35 4.26 (4) $43,560
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,390 1.60 2.04 (4) $40,680
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,660 2.27 2.89 (4) $51,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,960 1.45 1.84 (4) $47,000
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,450 2.37 3.01 (4) $44,220
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,210 4.12 5.24 (4) $45,910
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,980 3.64 4.63 (4) $54,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,910 1.62 2.06 (4) $43,740
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,020 2.20 2.79 (4) $44,540
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,960 1.57 2.00 (4) $44,250



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 4,210 4.12 5.24 (4) $45,910
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,980 3.64 4.63 (4) $54,100
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 11,980 3.35 4.26 (4) $43,560
Anchorage, AK 480 2.72 3.46 (4) $37,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,450 2.37 3.01 (4) $44,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,660 2.27 2.89 (4) $51,440
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,020 2.20 2.79 (4) $44,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,750 1.79 2.28 (4) $38,960
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,950 1.74 2.22 (4) $50,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,910 1.62 2.06 (4) $43,740



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.05 (4) $69,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $63,710
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 150 0.11 0.14 (4) $62,300
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,980 3.64 4.63 (4) $54,100
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,660 2.27 2.89 (4) $51,440
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,950 1.74 2.22 (4) $50,250
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 470 0.46 0.59 (4) $49,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,960 1.45 1.84 (4) $47,000
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $46,510
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,500 0.85 1.08 (4) $46,220


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016