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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
120,840 2.1 % (4) $56,230 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $29,270 $41,070 $56,640 $67,040 $80,940
  (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 116,800 25.78 (4) $56,270
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,210 4.84 (4) $59,870
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,020 0.45 (4) $48,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 (4) $49,990

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 116,800 25.78 (4) $56,270
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,210 4.84 (4) $59,870
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,020 0.45 (4) $48,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 (4) $49,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,210 4.84 (4) $59,870
Scheduled Air Transportation 116,800 25.78 (4) $56,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 (4) $49,990
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,020 0.45 (4) $48,920
Employment Services (8) (8) (4) $48,300


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 16,540 0.95 1.16 (4) $54,580
New York 10,820 1.14 1.38 (4) $50,410
Illinois 10,700 1.78 2.16 (4) $51,010
Florida 10,670 1.21 1.47 (4) $55,180
North Carolina 4,310 0.97 1.17 (4) $56,270




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 3,180 2.29 2.78 (4) $56,650
Illinois 10,700 1.78 2.16 (4) $51,010
Colorado 4,300 1.61 1.95 (4) $49,270
Washington 4,250 1.28 1.56 (4) $78,440
Florida 10,670 1.21 1.47 (4) $55,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 4,250 1.28 1.56 (4) $78,440
Massachusetts 2,820 0.78 0.95 (4) $63,470
Indiana (8) (8) (8) (4) $62,120
Ohio 600 0.11 0.13 (4) $58,190
Michigan 3,700 0.85 1.04 (4) $57,620





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 16,540 1.71 2.08 (4) $49,310
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,720 2.29 2.79 (4) $51,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,580 1.54 1.87 (4) $55,530
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 7,260 2.75 3.34 (4) $53,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,370 2.58 3.13 (4) $51,230
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 4,240 2.80 3.41 (4) $49,290
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,170 2.06 2.51 (4) $78,840
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,900 3.13 3.81 (4) $56,190
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,460 1.75 2.13 (4) $58,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,420 1.73 2.11 (4) $52,140




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)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,900 3.13 3.81 (4) $56,190
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 3,180 3.12 3.79 (4) $56,650
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 4,240 2.80 3.41 (4) $49,290
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 7,260 2.75 3.34 (4) $53,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,370 2.58 3.13 (4) $51,230
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,720 2.29 2.79 (4) $51,070
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,710 2.09 2.55 (4) $60,280
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,170 2.06 2.51 (4) $78,840
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,460 1.75 2.13 (4) $58,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,420 1.73 2.11 (4) $52,140




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)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,170 2.06 2.51 (4) $78,840
Columbus, OH 170 0.16 0.19 (4) $68,710
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,820 1.01 1.22 (4) $63,470
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,710 2.09 2.55 (4) $60,280
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,460 1.75 2.13 (4) $58,000
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 3,180 3.12 3.79 (4) $56,650
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,900 3.13 3.81 (4) $56,190
Raleigh, NC 220 0.34 0.41 (4) $55,960
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 540 0.49 0.60 (4) $55,890
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) (4) $55,810


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020