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 2022because 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 undue abuse. The pandemic did bring slight gains in pay.
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How much do flight attendants make?
Flight attendants make a
mean 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…