Flight Attendants

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Flight Attendants

Flight Attendants - Wages & Trends

Beginning pay varies by airline carrier. Within a company, new hires start at the same salary, even those who have experience. All flight attendants receive the same pay increases. Flight attendants earn more pay for night and international flights. Some airlines offer extra pay for attendants who work holidays. Airlines also pay more for positions that require more responsibility or paperwork.

Flight attendants are required to wear uniforms. They usually must pay for their uniforms. However, airlines usually pay for uniform replacement. They also may provide a small allowance to cover cleaning costs. Airlines usually provide money for meals when work prevents attendants from returning home.

One of the benefits of being a flight attendant is that they and their immediate families are entitled to fly for free. Flight attendants may also fly on other airlines for reduced prices. They usually also receive health and retirement plans. They may receive paid vacations.

Flight attendants (SOC 53-2031)
Pay Period
Illinois Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $40,147 $57,861 $65,198
    Cook County Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $40,130 $57,844 $65,173
United States Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly $43,080 $59,050 $71,550
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.