Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
119,000 5.2 % (4) $52,660 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $26,860 $41,040 $50,500 $63,090 $79,520
  (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 114,670 26.15 (4) $52,780
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,040 4.63 (4) $51,160
Support Activities for Air Transportation 880 0.42 (4) $48,030
Employment Services 390 0.01 (4) $47,090
Spectator Sports 30 0.02 (4) $70,560

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 114,670 26.15 (4) $52,780
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,040 4.63 (4) $51,160
Support Activities for Air Transportation 880 0.42 (4) $48,030
Spectator Sports 30 0.02 (4) $70,560
Employment Services 390 0.01 (4) $47,090

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) $70,560
Scheduled Air Transportation 114,670 26.15 (4) $52,780
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 2,040 4.63 (4) $51,160
Support Activities for Air Transportation 880 0.42 (4) $48,030
Employment Services 390 0.01 (4) $47,090


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 16,310 1.37 1.64 (4) $55,090
California 15,640 0.94 1.12 (4) $49,240
Illinois 11,630 1.96 2.35 (4) $49,420
New York 9,550 1.04 1.24 (4) $44,270
Florida 8,640 1.03 1.23 (4) $56,480




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 2,650 2.02 2.42 (4) $54,080
Illinois 11,630 1.96 2.35 (4) $49,420
Alaska 560 1.75 2.10 (4) $54,590
Colorado 3,840 1.50 1.80 (4) $45,840
Texas 16,310 1.37 1.64 (4) $55,090




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) (4) $85,630
Oregon (8) (8) (8) (4) $77,400
Washington 3,830 1.20 1.44 (4) $74,680
Pennsylvania (8) (8) (8) (4) $66,080
Arizona (8) (8) (8) (4) $65,740



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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 11,610 3.17 3.80 (4) $49,410
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,370 1.40 1.68 (4) $44,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,700 1.74 2.08 (4) $50,250
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 7,220 7.27 8.70 (4) $55,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,640 1.93 2.31 (4) $54,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,330 1.72 2.06 (4) $46,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,790 2.30 2.76 (4) $74,820
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,770 2.61 3.13 (4) $46,080
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,580 1.85 2.22 (4) $46,430
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,260 1.31 1.56 (4) $56,560


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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)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 7,220 7.27 8.70 (4) $55,380
Anchorage, AK 560 3.21 3.85 (4) $54,590
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 11,610 3.17 3.80 (4) $49,410
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,650 2.75 3.30 (4) $54,020
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,770 2.61 3.13 (4) $46,080
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,790 2.30 2.76 (4) $74,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,640 1.93 2.31 (4) $54,070
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,320 1.92 2.30 (4) $60,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,580 1.85 2.22 (4) $46,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,700 1.74 2.08 (4) $50,250



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 (8) (8) (8) (4) $79,940
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,790 2.30 2.76 (4) $74,820
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) (4) $65,760
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,320 1.92 2.30 (4) $60,480
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,440 1.32 1.59 (4) $58,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,260 1.31 1.56 (4) $56,560
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 7,220 7.27 8.70 (4) $55,380
Anchorage, AK 560 3.21 3.85 (4) $54,590
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $54,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,640 1.93 2.31 (4) $54,070


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018