Flight attendants

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Total Workforce

106k

Average Age

46.1

Estimated Job Growth

10.2%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$48,874

Average Male Salary

$53,430

Average Female Salary

$47,482

About

Flight attendants are most often employed by the Air transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Flight attendants was $48,874 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Flight attendants by wage are Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers, Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers, and Postal service mail carriers.

Flight attendants are part of the Transportation Occupations, along with Supervisors of transportation & material moving workers, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, Flight attendants, Ambulance drivers & attendants, except emergency medical technicians, Bus drivers, Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, Taxi drivers & chauffeurs, Motor vehicle operators, all other, Locomotive engineers & operators, Railroad conductors & yardmasters, Subway, streetcar, & other rail transportation workers, Ship & boat captains & operators, Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers, Parking lot attendants, Automotive & watercraft service attendants-, Transportation inspectors, Transportation attendants, except flight attendants, Miscellaneous transportation workers, including bridge & lock tenders & traffic technicians, Crane & tower operators, and Dredge, excavating, & loading machine operators

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Flight attendants and on wages and locations for those in the field. Air transportation is the industry that employs the most Flight attendants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Flight attendants, by average wage, is Services incidental to transportation. Flight attendants are paid most in Aventura City & Surfside Town PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Plantation & Sunrise Cities PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,874

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,160

In 2017, Flight attendants earned an average of $48,874, $3,191 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Postal service mail carriers make somewhat more than Flight attendants while Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Flight attendants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.277

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Flight attendants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.277, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Flight attendants (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Flight attendants.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Flight attendants.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Flight attendants, by number of employees, are Air transportation and Services incidental to transportation.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Flight attendants, by average wage, are Services incidental to transportation and Air transportation.

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Industries by Share

106k

2017 Workforce

± 8,004

-1.88%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 10.8%

The number of people employed as Flight attendants has been declining at a rate of -1.88%, from 108,387 people in 2016 to 106,349 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Flight attendants employed by various industries. Air transportation employs the largest share of Flight attendants at  98.9%, followed by Services incidental to transportation with 0.412% and false with 0%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Flight attendants in the US. The average age of male Flight attendants in the workforce is 45.7 and of female Flight attendants is 46.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Flight attendants is White.

Gender Composition

24.9k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 3,873

81.5k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 7,005

76.6% of Flight attendants are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Flight attendants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Flight attendants

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

71.8% of Flight attendants are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.2% of Flight attendants, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Flight attendants.

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Age by Gender

45.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.89

46.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.16

The median age of Flight attendants is 46.1, and Male employees are generally 0.533 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Flight attendants from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Flight attendants is Business but a relatively high number of Flight attendants hold a major in Transportation.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Flight attendants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Flight attendants need many skills, but most especially Service Orientation, Speaking, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Flight attendants need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Troubleshooting, and Coordination.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Flight attendants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Flight attendants are expected to see a growth of 10.2% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

10.2%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Flight attendants. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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