Flight attendants

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2019 Workforce
118k
Average Age
45.7
Estimated Job Growth
17.3%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$50,189
Average Male Salary
$55,985
Average Female Salary
$48,262

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 Fayette County PUMA, GA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,189
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,061

In 2019, Flight attendants earned an average of $50,189, $5,335 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Rehabilitation counselors make somewhat more than Flight attendants while Other therapists, including exercise physiologists 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

0.274
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Flight attendants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.274, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Employment Over Time

118k
2019 Workforce
± 8,420
−1.53%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.2%

The number of people employed as Flight attendants has been declining at a rate of −1.53%, from 119,533 people in 2018 to 117,702 people in 2019.

This graphic shows how the number of Flight attendants employed by the Air transportation industry has changed over time.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Flight attendants in the US. The average age of male Flight attendants in the workforce is 43.5 and of female Flight attendants is 46.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Flight attendants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

29.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,207
88.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,295

75% 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)

60.6% of Flight attendants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.5% 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

43.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.87
46.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.14

The median age of Flight attendants is 45.7, and Male employees are generally 2.91 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, Coordination, and Social Perceptiveness.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Flight Attendants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Flight Attendants are expected to see a growth of 17.3% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

17.3%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Flight Attendants. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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