Flight attendants

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Total Workforce

120k

Average Age

46.1

Average Salary

$50,938

Average Male Salary

$61,722

Average Female Salary

$47,946

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 Air transportation. Flight attendants are paid most in Aventura City & Surfside Town PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in San Mateo (North), Burlingame & Millbrae Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,938

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,719

In 2018, Flight attendants earned an average of $50,938, $2,951 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

New accounts clerks make somewhat more than Flight attendants while Postal service clerks 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

0.317

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Flight attendants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.317, 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 N/A.

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Highest Paying

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

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Industries by Share

120k

2018 Workforce

± 8,485

12.4%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 9.2%

The number of people employed as Flight attendants has been growing at a rate of 12.4%, from 106,349 people in 2017 to 119,533 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Flight attendants employed by various industries. N/A employs the largest share of Flight attendants at  N/A%, followed by N/A with N/A% and N/A with N/A%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Flight attendants in the US. The average age of male Flight attendants in the workforce is 45.2 and of female Flight attendants is 46.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Flight attendants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

26k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 3,955

93.6k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 7,508

78.3% 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 (Non-Hispanic)

  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)

  3. White (Hispanic)

63.2% of Flight attendants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.7% of Flight attendants, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

45.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2.07

46.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.05

The median age of Flight attendants is 46.1, and Male employees are generally 1.16 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 Language & Linguistics.

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, Coordination, and Social Perceptiveness.

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