What does a Flight Attendant do?

A flight attendant is responsible for ensuring that all of the passengers on a flight are following safety regulations. They are responsible for cleaning the airplane and taking care of customers. A few of the main duties of a flight attendant are scheduling cleaning up after a flight, complying with airline regulations, instructing passengers on safety measures, and assisting passengers when needed. They also have to prepare reports whenever there is an incident on the aircraft. Some of the jobs titles that a flight attendant could grow into are pilot and air traffic controller.

A flight attendant does not need to have any experience but should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a flight attendant will have is the ability to connect with passengers. Another skill is organization as the flight attendant will have to be able to take care of an entire airplane.

  • Serve passenger drinks and food
  • Go through safety procedures with passengers
  • Assist passengers with whatever they need
  • Maintain a clean aircraft
  • Assist the pilots with whatever they need
  • Follow all airline regulations
  • Distribute custom forms when appropriate
  • Remain calm during emergency situations
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Amazing interpersonal skills
  • Ability to direct passengers
  • Great organizational skills
  • Ability to travel to multiple countries
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to pass a background test
  • Ability to solve disputes and complaints of passengers
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Work/Life Balance
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Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Flight Attendant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$32,774 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$24K
Median: $33K
$45K
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Flight Attendant Career Path

Learn how to become a Flight Attendant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L1
Flight Attendant Trainee
$40,143/yr
L2
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Flight Attendant Insights

Read what Flight Attendant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Air CanadaAir Canada
Flight Attendant
Jan. 6, 2021

“Getting the opportunity to explore the world on layovers as a career is very unique and highly addictive in the best of ways!”

easyJeteasyJet
Cabin Crew
Jan. 28, 2021

“From day 1 I felt welcomed and everyone was so helpful and understanding when I was new.”

Spirit AirlinesSpirit Airlines
Flight Attendant
Sep. 20, 2019

“Ability to have a flexible schedule and work multiple jobs including as a flight attendant.”

QantasQantas
Cabin Crew
Oct. 20, 2019

“Pay and penalty rates could be better considering we work terrible hours and holidays etc.”

American Cruise LinesAmerican Cruise Lines
Steward
Feb. 22, 2021

“Pay was pretty good if you don't think about the hours (tips make it variable)”

United AirlinesUnited Airlines
Flight Attendant
Oct. 16, 2019

“It is because the airline provides excellent training to its employees to achieve success on the job.”

Philippine AirPhilippine Air
International Flight Attendant
Sep. 13, 2021

“Management always say "We've been doing this since I was your age."”

Delta Air LinesDelta Air Lines
Flight Attendant
May 13, 2021

“Work life balance can get tough if you don’t know how to work your schedule correctly.”

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