What salary do flight attendants make?

A flight attendant's salary varies from airline to airline. While one airline might start at $14 an hour, another might start at $20 an hour. Usually the bigger the airline the higher the pay. So you can expect to start out a few dollars higher for getting hired at a major airline like American, United and Delta, etc. over some regional airlines such as Comair, ASA, American Eagle, and etc.

You should realize though that the $14 or $20 dollars an hour that you are making is based on flight hours. On average, a flight attendant will work 75 hours a month. So you do the math.

Flight hours is not the only pay that a flight attendant will receive, there are also per diems that are paid for every hour that you are at work, from the minute that you duty-in till the time that you duty-out for your trip to go home. Most per diem are about $1.50-$2.00 an hour. On average, flight attendants work anywhere from 150-400 hours of time away from base each month where they are making the $1.50-$2.00 an hour on top of the flight hour pay.

And depending on the airline that you are with, you can expect to max out after about 15 or 20 years at an hourly rate of anywhere from $28-$50+ an hour.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes addtional information about flight attendants salary. The site indicates the median flight attendant salary is $37,240 a year. Under flight attendants pay at the Bureau of Labor Statistics the lowest 10% of flight attendants earned less than $27,240 a year. The top 10% of flight attendants earned a salary of $66,460 a year.