Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

39-6031 Flight Attendants

Provide personal services to ensure the safety 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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
Wage RSE (3)
95,810 7.0 % (4) $43,350 3.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $25,420 $31,070 $40,010 $51,470 $71,280
  (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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scheduled Air Transportation 94,120 (4) $43,290
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,370 (4) $42,800
Support Activities for Air Transportation 100 (4) $72,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (4) $63,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support Activities for Air Transportation 100 (4) $72,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (4) $63,650
Employment Services (8) (4) $63,630
Scheduled Air Transportation 94,120 (4) $43,290
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,370 (4) $42,800


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Hawaii 1,150 (4) $29,470 1.961
Arizona 4,560 (4) $51,140 1.839
Illinois 8,280 (4) $36,070 1.451
Texas 13,020 (4) $46,910 1.266
Colorado 2,770 (4) $28,360 1.240

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Arizona 4,560 (4) $51,140 1.839
Texas 13,020 (4) $46,910 1.266
New York 8,290 (4) $43,090 0.977
California 10,660 (4) $39,750 0.734
Georgia (8) (4) $39,220 (8)


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 3,000 (8) (8) 4.255
Honolulu, HI 1,150 (4) $29,490 2.672
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,470 (4) $51,170 2.533
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 2,090 (4) $43,510 2.489
Salt Lake City, UT 1,300 (4) $32,220 2.139

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,470 (4) $51,170 2.533
Columbus, OH 220 (4) $46,530 0.240
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 2,090 (4) $43,510 2.489
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,070 (4) $43,140 1.594
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,730 (4) $40,610 1.195


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010