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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
118,770 2.7 % (4) $56,630 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $28,950 $42,320 $56,000 $68,850 $80,870
  (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 114,370 25.21 (4) $56,910
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,400 5.32 (4) $50,180
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,070 0.50 (4) $46,290
Spectator Sports 30 0.02 (4) $67,060

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 114,370 25.21 (4) $56,910
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,400 5.32 (4) $50,180
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,070 0.50 (4) $46,290
Spectator Sports 30 0.02 (4) $67,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 30 0.02 (4) $67,060
Scheduled Air Transportation 114,370 25.21 (4) $56,910
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,400 5.32 (4) $50,180
Employment Services (8) (8) (4) $49,300
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,070 0.50 (4) $46,290


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)
California 15,920 0.94 1.14 (4) $51,990
Texas 15,390 1.27 1.55 (4) $58,820
Illinois 10,630 1.77 2.16 (4) $53,220
New York 10,480 1.12 1.36 (4) $48,960
Florida 8,650 1.01 1.23 (4) $62,610




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)
Nevada 2,710 2.01 2.45 (4) $57,190
Illinois 10,630 1.77 2.16 (4) $53,220
Colorado 3,970 1.52 1.85 (4) $47,150
Minnesota 3,830 1.34 1.63 (4) $50,560
Washington 4,180 1.28 1.56 (4) $77,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 990 0.52 0.64 (4) $80,410
Washington 4,180 1.28 1.56 (4) $77,450
Pennsylvania (8) (8) (8) (4) $68,410
Arizona (8) (8) (8) (4) $65,680
Florida 8,650 1.01 1.23 (4) $62,610





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 15,860 1.67 2.04 (4) $48,610
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 10,850 3.04 3.71 (4) $58,190
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,650 2.29 2.80 (4) $53,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,030 1.48 1.80 (4) $52,810
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,210 2.57 3.13 (4) $49,200
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,500 2.12 2.59 (4) $63,530
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,140 2.09 2.54 (4) $77,560
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,920 2.65 3.23 (4) $47,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,830 1.96 2.39 (4) $50,550
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,340 1.69 2.06 (4) $55,690




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)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 10,850 3.04 3.71 (4) $58,190
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,710 2.74 3.34 (4) $57,190
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,920 2.65 3.23 (4) $47,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,210 2.57 3.13 (4) $49,200
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,650 2.29 2.80 (4) $53,270
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,500 2.12 2.59 (4) $63,530
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,140 2.09 2.54 (4) $77,560
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,600 2.06 2.52 (4) $62,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,830 1.96 2.39 (4) $50,550
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,340 1.69 2.06 (4) $55,690




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 910 0.77 0.94 (4) $82,710
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,140 2.09 2.54 (4) $77,560
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) (4) $65,730
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,500 2.12 2.59 (4) $63,530
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,600 2.06 2.52 (4) $62,860
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,530 0.92 1.12 (4) $61,610
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 10,850 3.04 3.71 (4) $58,190
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,710 2.74 3.34 (4) $57,190
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,340 1.69 2.06 (4) $55,690
Greensboro-High Point, NC (8) (8) (8) (4) $54,700


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019