Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
88,020 5.9 % (4) $41,630 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $24,930 $31,790 $37,740 $47,490 $63,990
  (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 86,570 21.11 (4) $41,560
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,040 2.55 (4) $42,280
Support Activities for Air Transportation 170 0.11 (4) $50,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 0.00 (4) $59,740

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 86,570 21.11 (4) $41,560
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,040 2.55 (4) $42,280
Support Activities for Air Transportation 170 0.11 (4) $50,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 0.00 (4) $59,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) (4) $59,740
Support Activities for Air Transportation 170 0.11 (4) $50,660
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,040 2.55 (4) $42,280
Scheduled Air Transportation 86,570 21.11 (4) $41,560


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 12,710 1.26 1.82 (4) $47,500
California 9,610 0.69 0.99 (4) $40,760
Illinois 8,510 1.54 2.22 (4) $32,880
New York 8,180 0.98 1.42 (4) $42,850
Florida 5,180 0.73 1.05 (4) $39,770




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)
Hawaii 1,610 2.82 4.08 (8) (8)
Arizona 4,310 1.82 2.63 (4) $52,480
Nevada 1,750 1.57 2.27 (4) $35,020
Illinois 8,510 1.54 2.22 (4) $32,880
Texas 12,710 1.26 1.82 (4) $47,500





Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan (8) (8) (8) (4) $55,070
Arizona 4,310 1.82 2.63 (4) $52,480
Kentucky 1,460 0.85 1.23 (4) $50,450
Texas 12,710 1.26 1.82 (4) $47,500
Washington 920 0.34 0.49 (4) $44,630

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-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 8,110 2.29 3.31 (4) $33,350
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,060 1.62 2.34 (4) $42,850
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,210 2.50 3.61 (4) $52,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,040 1.06 1.53 (4) $41,110
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,710 3.91 5.65 (4) $40,350
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,950 1.18 1.70 (4) $32,910
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,690 2.09 3.02 (4) $35,170
Honolulu, HI 1,580 3.77 5.44 (8) (8)
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,460 1.52 2.19 (4) $50,450
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 1,420 1.48 2.14 (4) $40,390




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,710 3.91 5.65 (4) $40,350
Honolulu, HI 1,580 3.77 5.44 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,210 2.50 3.61 (4) $52,530
Salt Lake City, UT 1,400 2.36 3.40 (4) $32,320
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 8,110 2.29 3.31 (4) $33,350
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,690 2.09 3.02 (4) $35,170
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,060 1.62 2.34 (4) $42,850
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,460 1.52 2.19 (4) $50,450
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 1,420 1.48 2.14 (4) $40,390
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 720 1.23 1.78 (4) $33,700





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)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $55,120
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 170 0.16 0.24 (4) $54,360
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,210 2.50 3.61 (4) $52,530
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) (4) $50,690
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,460 1.52 2.19 (4) $50,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 910 0.68 0.98 (4) $44,650
Raleigh-Cary, NC 280 0.57 0.82 (4) $42,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,060 1.62 2.34 (4) $42,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,040 1.06 1.53 (4) $41,110
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 1,420 1.48 2.14 (4) $40,390


About May 2010 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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:

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Last Modified Date: March 1, 2012