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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

53-2031 Flight Attendants

Monitor safety of the aircraft cabin. Provide services to airline passengers, explain safety information, serve food and beverages, and respond to emergency incidents.


National estimates for Flight Attendants
Industry profile for Flight Attendants
Geographic profile for Flight Attendants

National estimates for Flight Attendants:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Flight Attendants:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
96,900 0.3 % (4) $ 62,280 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Flight Attendants:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,020 $ 48,780 $ 61,640 $ 76,920 $ 81,400
  (4)

Industry profile for Flight Attendants:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Flight Attendants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 93,810 23.95 (4) $ 62,310
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,130 2.33 (4) $ 67,640
Spectator Sports 40 0.03 (4) $ 55,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 0.00 (4) $ 86,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Flight Attendants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 93,810 23.95 (4) $ 62,310
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,130 2.33 (4) $ 67,640
Spectator Sports 40 0.03 (4) $ 55,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 0.00 (4) $ 86,070

Top paying industries for Flight Attendants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 (7) (4) $ 86,070
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,130 2.33 (4) $ 67,640
Scheduled Air Transportation 93,810 23.95 (4) $ 62,310
Support Activities for Air Transportation (8) (8) (4) $ 56,630
Spectator Sports 40 0.03 (4) $ 55,110


Geographic profile for Flight Attendants:

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



Map of employment of flight attendants by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Flight Attendants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 12,050 0.99 1.43 (4) $ 59,770
California 11,800 0.71 1.04 (4) $ 62,000
Florida 11,020 1.28 1.86 (4) $ 62,620
Illinois 8,190 1.46 2.12 (4) $ 56,700
New York 6,530 0.75 1.09 (4) $ 69,250


Map of location quotient of flight attendants by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Flight Attendants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,460 2.66 3.87 (4) $ 104,110
Nevada 2,480 1.92 2.79 (4) $ 59,950
Colorado 4,090 1.56 2.27 (4) $ 52,220
Illinois 8,190 1.46 2.12 (4) $ 56,700
Arizona 3,880 1.35 1.96 (4) $ 64,420


Map of annual mean wages of flight attendants by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Flight Attendants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.05 (4) $ 111,500
Hawaii 1,460 2.66 3.87 (4) $ 104,110
New York 6,530 0.75 1.09 (4) $ 69,250
Massachusetts 2,610 0.77 1.12 (4) $ 67,010
Oregon 620 0.34 0.50 (4) $ 65,550



Map of employment of flight attendants by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Flight Attendants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 11,040 1.27 1.85 (4) $ 62,470
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 8,320 2.32 3.37 (4) $ 61,000
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,100 1.91 2.78 (4) $ 56,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,790 1.36 1.98 (4) $ 60,710
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 7,520 3.07 4.46 (4) $ 60,460
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 4,020 2.74 3.99 (4) $ 51,990
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,810 1.80 2.62 (4) $ 64,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,410 1.52 2.21 (4) $ 65,080
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,850 1.58 2.30 (4) $ 64,380
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,600 1.01 1.46 (4) $ 67,170


Map of location quotient of flight attendants by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Flight Attendants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Honolulu, HI 1,390 3.51 5.10 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 7,520 3.07 4.46 (4) $ 60,460
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 4,020 2.74 3.99 (4) $ 51,990
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,470 2.69 3.91 (4) $ 59,960
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 8,320 2.32 3.37 (4) $ 61,000
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,600 2.21 3.22 (4) $ 67,620
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,100 1.91 2.78 (4) $ 56,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,810 1.80 2.62 (4) $ 64,640
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,850 1.58 2.30 (4) $ 64,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,410 1.52 2.21 (4) $ 65,080


Map of annual mean wages of flight attendants by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Flight Attendants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 94,320
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 230 0.18 0.26 (4) $ 72,130
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,600 2.21 3.22 (4) $ 67,620
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,600 1.01 1.46 (4) $ 67,170
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 560 0.50 0.73 (4) $ 66,950
Columbus, OH 330 0.32 0.47 (4) $ 66,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,410 1.52 2.21 (4) $ 65,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,810 1.80 2.62 (4) $ 64,640
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,850 1.58 2.30 (4) $ 64,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 64,030


About May 2021 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022