Attention travelers: This is how much your flight attendant makes

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Few industries have experienced turbulence as rough as the airline industry over the last two years. It has faced challenges from having to contend with a sudden decline in travel and a slew of new pandemic regulations to needing to cancel thousands of flights in 2022 because of increased demand and pandemic-related staff shortages.

Flight attendants have been there to brave it all, serving the increasingly frustrated traveler and, famously, taking abuse. The pandemic did bring slight gains in pay.

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How much do flight attendants make?

Flight attendants make an average annual wage of $62,680, according to May 2021 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pay saw about a 10% bump from pre-pandemic levels. In May 2019, the BLS reported an average national wage of $56,230.

Attendants see the highest earnings in Connecticut, where the average wage is $111,500 a year, according to the BLS.

The top five states with the highest pay for flight attendants are Connecticut ($111,500), Hawaii ($104,110), New York ($69,250), Massachusetts ($67,010) and Oregon ($65,550).

Which airline pays its flight attendants the most?

In 2019, American Airlines reported the highest average flight attendant salary ($69,664) among the major North American airlines, according to data compiled by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Airline Data Project. United Airlines came in second ($66,363) and Delta came in third ($61,488).

How long is flight attendant school?

American Airlines and Delta Airlines each say their flight attendant training takes weeks.

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