Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

53-2031 Flight Attendants

Provide personal services to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of airline passengers during flight. Greet passengers, verify tickets, explain use of safety equipment, and serve food or beverages.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Mean wage
RSE (3)
87,190 5.4 % (4) $41,720 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $24,990 $32,050 $38,020 $48,300 $62,470
(4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 85,190 20.78 (4) $41,640
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,480 3.60 (4) $42,800
Support Activities for Air Transportation 310 0.19 (4) $45,940
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 0.00 (4) $75,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scheduled Air Transportation 85,190 20.78 (4) $41,640
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,480 3.60 (4) $42,800
Support Activities for Air Transportation 310 0.19 (4) $45,940
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 0.00 (4) $75,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) (4) $75,850
Employment Services (8) (8) (4) $60,100
Support Activities for Air Transportation 310 0.19 (4) $45,940
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,480 3.60 (4) $42,800
Scheduled Air Transportation 85,190 20.78 (4) $41,640


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 12,280 1.19 1.75 (4) $50,150
California 9,570 0.68 1.00 (4) $40,650
Illinois 8,540 1.53 2.25 (4) $33,490
New York 8,120 0.96 1.42 (4) $43,630
Florida 5,760 0.81 1.19 (4) $38,480




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,810 3.13 4.60 (8) (8)
Nevada 1,790 1.61 2.36 (4) $35,650
Illinois 8,540 1.53 2.25 (4) $33,490
Arizona 3,500 1.47 2.16 (4) $44,040
Utah 1,420 1.22 1.80 (4) $34,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan (8) (8) (8) (4) $56,190
Kentucky (8) (8) (8) (4) $51,350
Texas 12,280 1.19 1.75 (4) $50,150
New Jersey 560 0.15 0.22 (4) $49,790
Arizona 3,500 1.47 2.16 (4) $44,040





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,150 1.61 2.37 (4) $43,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,130 2.27 3.34 (4) $33,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,290 1.12 1.65 (4) $37,400
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 3.88 5.71 (4) $42,500
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,450 2.03 2.98 (4) $44,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.99 1.46 (4) $58,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,950 1.16 1.71 (4) $32,470
Honolulu, HI 1,790 4.20 6.18 (8) (8)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,740 2.15 3.17 (4) $35,860
Salt Lake City, UT 1,420 2.36 3.48 (4) $34,220




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Honolulu, HI 1,790 4.20 6.18 (8) (8)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 3.88 5.71 (4) $42,500
Salt Lake City, UT 1,420 2.36 3.48 (4) $34,220
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,130 2.27 3.34 (4) $33,950
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,740 2.15 3.17 (4) $35,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,450 2.03 2.98 (4) $44,190
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,150 1.61 2.37 (4) $43,790
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 780 1.34 1.97 (4) $34,240
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,950 1.16 1.71 (4) $32,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,290 1.12 1.65 (4) $37,400




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.99 1.46 (4) $58,990
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) (4) $56,410
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 160 0.15 0.22 (4) $55,390
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) (4) $53,130
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) (4) $51,360
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 460 0.48 0.71 (4) $46,670
Raleigh-Cary, NC (8) (8) (8) (4) $46,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,450 2.03 2.98 (4) $44,190
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,150 1.61 2.37 (4) $43,790
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 3.88 5.71 (4) $42,500


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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