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Q&A: how much do you get paid being a flight attendant?

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Question by littlegreenalien: how much do you get paid being a flight attendant?
and what are the ups and downs of the job? thanks a ton! 🙂

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Answer by lrbryts
It depends which airline but none pay that well. I guess the flying for free and benefits is the positive side of the job. The downside is being very tired and constantly on the move. If you love to fly and don’t mind being away from your loved ones then you should consider it.

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  1. fliswa says:

    Southwest Airlines uses the following pay scale for the first year of employment:

    * 1st 6 Months – $ 18.10/Trip*
    * 2nd 6 Months – $ 18.35/Trip*
    * 2nd Year – $ 22.05/Trip*

    *one trip = 243 miles

    Southwest Airlines pays their flight attendants by the “trip” also called TFP, and not by the hour. This actually works out to benefit the flight attendant because of the speed at which airplanes fly.

    Let’s look at a short flight from Las Vegas, NV to San Diego, CA as an example. The flight takes 1 hour and 5 minutes from the time I close the door in Vegas until the time I open it again in San Diego. So that flight takes 1.08 hours to complete, however the flight attendant is paid 1.20 trips or TFP. The flight attendant is getting paid for 1 hour and 12 minutes to work that flight.

    Now we’ll look at a longer flight, Philadelphia, PA to Phoenix, AZ. This flight is scheduled at 5 hours and 30 minutes or 5.50 hours, however it pays 6.50 TFP or 6 hours and 30 minutes.

    So using those examples a brand new flight attendant at SWA would be paid:

    $ 21.72 to fly from Vegas to San Diego
    $ 117.65 to fly from Philadelphia to Phoenix

    Now, let’s imagine you have been a flight attendant for a while and you have reached “top-out” pay, meaning you make the most you can per trip. You would be paid:

    $ 60.60 to fly from Vegas to San Diego
    $ 328.25 to fly from Philadelphia to Phoenix

    As far as ups and downs of the job. In the beginning you will have to work nights, weekends, holidays, etc. You will have to be away from your family for several days at a time. The southern states get very hot in the summer, and the northern states get very cold in the winter. People do get sick on the plane, and sometimes you just have to clean it up for them. You will get stuck in bad weather sometimes. And yes you will have at least one medical emergency onboard that you will have to deal with.

    Thankfully, most airlines are based on seniority, so the job gets much better the longer you stick with it. It is a union job, so everything is spelled out in our contract (pay raises, work and conduct rules, scheduling rules, duty hour limitations, etc…there are no surprises) The job let’s you travel the world for next to nothing, you’ll get to meet all kinds of interesting people. The health benefits are excellent. Physically, it is a very easy job. Most of the job is just being friendly to people, and making them welcome and comfortable while onboard.

    I hope this answers your question.

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