Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
113,390 5.6 % (4) $51,620 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $26,570 $39,860 $48,500 $62,490 $78,650
  (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 109,120 25.92 (4) $51,670
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,280 5.33 (4) $52,340
Support Activities for Air Transportation 740 0.38 (4) $45,450
Employment Services 360 0.01 (4) $53,480
Spectator Sports 30 0.02 (4) $69,740

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 109,120 25.92 (4) $51,670
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,280 5.33 (4) $52,340
Support Activities for Air Transportation 740 0.38 (4) $45,450
Spectator Sports 30 0.02 (4) $69,740
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 (4) $52,810

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) $69,740
Employment Services 360 0.01 (4) $53,480
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 (4) $52,810
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,280 5.33 (4) $52,340
Scheduled Air Transportation 109,120 25.92 (4) $51,670


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 15,490 1.32 1.63 (4) $55,980
California 14,030 0.88 1.09 (4) $48,640
Illinois 11,560 1.96 2.42 (4) $49,280
New York 9,320 1.02 1.27 (4) $41,900
Florida 9,020 1.10 1.36 (4) $55,460




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)
Illinois 11,560 1.96 2.42 (4) $49,280
Minnesota 3,780 1.34 1.66 (4) $44,960
Texas 15,490 1.32 1.63 (4) $55,980
Colorado 3,220 1.28 1.59 (4) $45,880
Washington 3,530 1.15 1.42 (4) $70,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 3,530 1.15 1.42 (4) $70,500
Oregon 810 0.45 0.56 (4) $67,380
Arizona (8) (8) (8) (4) $63,710
Massachusetts 2,260 0.65 0.81 (4) $57,720
Texas 15,490 1.32 1.63 (4) $55,980





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 11,550 3.17 3.93 (4) $49,270
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,130 1.39 1.72 (4) $41,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,810 1.61 2.00 (4) $50,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,440 2.20 2.72 (8) (8)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,490 3.99 4.94 (4) $59,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,960 1.59 1.97 (4) $44,660
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,780 1.98 2.45 (4) $44,960
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,510 3.03 3.75 (4) $40,260
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,490 2.19 2.72 (4) $70,610
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,160 2.23 2.76 (4) $46,220




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)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,490 3.99 4.94 (4) $59,580
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 11,550 3.17 3.93 (4) $49,270
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,510 3.03 3.75 (4) $40,260
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,160 2.23 2.76 (4) $46,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,440 2.20 2.72 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,490 2.19 2.72 (4) $70,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,780 1.98 2.45 (4) $44,960
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,230 1.90 2.36 (4) $56,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,810 1.61 2.00 (4) $50,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,960 1.59 1.97 (4) $44,660




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-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,490 2.19 2.72 (4) $70,610
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 790 0.70 0.87 (4) $67,930
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) (4) $63,840
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $61,180
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,490 3.99 4.94 (4) $59,580
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,260 1.25 1.55 (4) $57,720
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,230 1.90 2.36 (4) $56,180
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $53,540
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 450 0.43 0.54 (4) $51,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,810 1.61 2.00 (4) $50,610


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017