Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
84,960 4.9 % (4) $42,340 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $27,240 $32,580 $37,240 $50,240 $66,460
(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 81,990 19.62 (4) $42,210
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,750 4.28 (4) $46,650
Support Activities for Air Transportation 290 0.18 (4) $46,680

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 81,990 19.62 (4) $42,210
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,750 4.28 (4) $46,650
Support Activities for Air Transportation 290 0.18 (4) $46,680

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 (8) (8) (4) $66,140
Support Activities for Air Transportation 290 0.18 (4) $46,680
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,750 4.28 (4) $46,650
Scheduled Air Transportation 81,990 19.62 (4) $42,210


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)
California 9,670 0.68 1.04 (4) $37,860
New York 9,050 1.06 1.62 (4) $39,700
Illinois 8,950 1.59 2.43 (4) $36,650
Georgia 8,590 2.25 3.45 (4) $50,630
Texas 8,020 0.76 1.16 (4) $47,680




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 1,880 3.19 4.90 (8) (8)
Georgia 8,590 2.25 3.45 (4) $50,630
Nevada 2,020 1.79 2.74 (4) $42,870
Illinois 8,950 1.59 2.43 (4) $36,650
New York 9,050 1.06 1.62 (4) $39,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) (4) $51,010
Georgia 8,590 2.25 3.45 (4) $50,630
Texas 8,020 0.76 1.16 (4) $47,680
Indiana 920 0.33 0.50 (4) $43,790
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) (4) $43,630





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 9,100 1.76 2.70 (4) $39,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,560 2.35 3.60 (4) $37,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 8,310 3.67 5.63 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,540 1.17 1.80 (4) $35,380
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,490 3.49 5.35 (4) $37,530
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,270 1.84 2.83 (4) $34,280
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,040 0.97 1.50 (4) $60,050
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,970 2.41 3.69 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,950 1.14 1.75 (4) $33,420
Honolulu, HI 1,870 4.30 6.60 (8) (8)




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 1,870 4.30 6.60 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 8,310 3.67 5.63 (8) (8)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,490 3.49 5.35 (4) $37,530
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,970 2.41 3.69 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,560 2.35 3.60 (4) $37,240
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,270 1.84 2.83 (4) $34,280
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,100 1.76 2.70 (4) $39,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,540 1.17 1.80 (4) $35,380
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,950 1.14 1.75 (4) $33,420
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,040 0.97 1.50 (4) $60,050




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 2,040 0.97 1.50 (4) $60,050
Raleigh-Cary, NC (8) (8) (8) (4) $51,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) (4) $43,630
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) (4) $43,590
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 990 0.70 1.07 (4) $42,050
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,100 1.76 2.70 (4) $39,900
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) (4) $39,870
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) (4) $38,200
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,490 3.49 5.35 (4) $37,530
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,560 2.35 3.60 (4) $37,240


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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