Flight Attendant Salary Comparison Chart: Top 10 rankings for first, sixth and best year.



This chart show base earning potential (domestic flying only). Since allowable flight hours per month vary with each flight attendant contract, for purposes of this comparison, 75 hours is shown per month. United for example has a reserve guarantee of 83 hours per month, and that adds up to 1400 dollars extra a year.

Actual earning capacity will vary by airline, and will usually be higher.  It will be higher because it is usually possible to get more than 75 hours of time per month.

Flight attendants can increase their salaries with International pay, lead flight attendant and purser pay, flex pay, overtime pay and other forms of incentive pay not included in pay calculations.

Per diem is also not included in these charts.  Per diem rates are based on hours away from base.  They currently are around $2.00 US an hour.

Annual totals will increase by $3,000 - 8,000(average) annually depending on other factors such as additional flying, incentive pay and per diem.

These salaries are from data from 2011-2013; future contractual pay increases not included.

First Year Salary Rankings Sixth Year Salary Rankings Highest Year Salary Rankings
  1. Southwest 20,052
  2. United 18,441
  3. Spirit 17,586
  4. Express Jet 17,100
  5. Virgin American 16,708
  6. AirTran Airlines 16,672
  7. Delta 16,461.00
  8. Republic 16,277
  9. America Eagle 16,227
  10. American 16,119
  1. Southwest 31,635
  2. Hawaiian 26,829
  3. United 26329.00*5th
  4. American 25,740
  5. US Airways 25,533
  6. AirTran 24,021
  7. Delta 23,436
  8. Frontier 22,464
  9. Alaska 22,419
  10. Sun Country 21,771
  1. Southwest 50,166
  2. Alaska 41,832
  3. United 40,140
  4. American 36,639
  5. US Airways 32,094
  6. Delta 36,441
  7. Airtran 33,129
  8. Jetblue 30,582
  9. Frontier 29,637
  10. 1. Virgin Am 22,698

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Here are the next eight carriers pay in the first year of service as a flight attendant.  So Skywest would actually be the 11th ranked in pay.

  • Skywest  16,033.5 *
  • US Airways 15,858**
  • Sun Country 15,750**
  • Frontier 15,543**
  • Jetblue 15,134**
  • Mesa 14,832*
  • Alaska 14,787**
  • Great lakes 13,266

 I am including the chart that was salaries from 2001.  I think you can see couple things when you compare the charts.  Salaries for new hires went down.  There are many airlines that are gone, either out of business or merged.  Pick your airline of choice carefully.  Will they be around in 10 years?

First Year Salary Rankings Sixth Year Salary Rankings Highest Year Salary Rankings
  1. American $18,215
  2. Northwest 18,018
  3. World 18,001
  4. US Airways 18,000
  5. Delta 17,700
  6. United 17,487
  7. Continental 16,740
  8. Midwest Express 16,074
  9. AirTran Airlines 16,056
  10. TWA 15,948
  1. Delta $32,586.00
  2. US Airways 31,041.00
  3. United 30,159.00
  4. Aloha 29,781.00
  5. American 29,078.88
  6. Northwest 27,621.00
  7. Continental 26,991.00
  8. Hawaiian 26,829.00
  9. World 26,136.60
  10. Sun Country 25,020.00
  1. Delta 19th yr. - $44,601.00
  2. American 31st yr. - 42,745.80
  3. Southwest 14th yr. - 42,687.00
  4. Alaska 13th yr. - 41,958.00
  5. Northwest 15th yr. - 40,644.00
  6. Continental 15th yr. - 39,870.00
  7. US Airways 14th yr. - 38,763.00
  8. United 14th yr. - 37,656.00
  9. Aloha 20th yr. - 36,324.00
  10. Continental Micronesia 15th yr. - 36,000.00