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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
116,260 3.2 % (4) $ 59,150 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Flight Attendants:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,930 $ 43,080 $ 59,050 $ 71,550 $ 84,790
  (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 112,450 25.47 (4) $ 59,230
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,940 4.24 (4) $ 59,690
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,180 0.57 (4) $ 53,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 0.00 (8) (8)

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 112,450 25.47 (4) $ 59,230
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,940 4.24 (4) $ 59,690
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,180 0.57 (4) $ 53,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 0.00 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for Flight Attendants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,940 4.24 (4) $ 59,690
Scheduled Air Transportation 112,450 25.47 (4) $ 59,230
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,180 0.57 (4) $ 53,480
Employment Services (8) (8) (4) $ 51,560


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.





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 17,290 1.43 1.71 (4) $ 60,250
California 15,750 0.96 1.15 (4) $ 58,600
Florida 11,460 1.36 1.62 (4) $ 58,240
Illinois 10,300 1.83 2.19 (4) $ 54,790
New York 7,600 0.87 1.05 (4) $ 55,030




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)
Nevada 3,230 2.58 3.09 (4) $ 58,160
Illinois 10,300 1.83 2.19 (4) $ 54,790
Colorado 4,510 1.75 2.09 (4) $ 50,010
Texas 17,290 1.43 1.71 (4) $ 60,250
Florida 11,460 1.36 1.62 (4) $ 58,240




Top paying states for Flight Attendants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana (8) (8) (8) (4) $ 63,860
Massachusetts 2,920 0.87 1.04 (4) $ 63,620
North Carolina 4,410 1.03 1.23 (4) $ 62,900
Texas 17,290 1.43 1.71 (4) $ 60,250
Michigan 3,640 0.93 1.11 (4) $ 59,050





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 13,040 1.48 1.77 (4) $ 52,710
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,310 2.36 2.83 (4) $ 54,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,500 1.46 1.75 (4) $ 60,830
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 8,020 3.20 3.83 (4) $ 55,540
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,600 2.83 3.39 (4) $ 55,100
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,130 1.95 2.33 (4) $ 58,380
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,910 3.23 3.86 (4) $ 63,110
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,670 1.88 2.25 (8) (8)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,370 1.90 2.27 (4) $ 59,350
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 3,230 3.57 4.28 (4) $ 58,160




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)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 3,230 3.57 4.28 (4) $ 58,160
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,910 3.23 3.86 (4) $ 63,110
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 8,020 3.20 3.83 (4) $ 55,540
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,600 2.83 3.39 (4) $ 55,100
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,310 2.36 2.83 (4) $ 54,810
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,780 2.33 2.79 (4) $ 63,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,130 1.95 2.33 (4) $ 58,380
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,370 1.90 2.27 (4) $ 59,350
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,670 1.88 2.25 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,130 1.69 2.02 (4) $ 54,320




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)
Austin-Round Rock, TX 210 0.20 0.24 (4) $ 72,460
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 530 0.38 0.46 (4) $ 64,930
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,780 2.33 2.79 (4) $ 63,830
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,920 1.12 1.34 (4) $ 63,620
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,910 3.23 3.86 (4) $ 63,110
Raleigh, NC 350 0.56 0.67 (4) $ 61,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,500 1.46 1.75 (4) $ 60,830
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,370 1.90 2.27 (4) $ 59,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,130 1.95 2.33 (4) $ 58,380
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 3,230 3.57 4.28 (4) $ 58,160


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021