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Average Salary of an Air Hostess

Average Salary of an Air Hostess

If you dream of touching the skies, you may want to think of a career as an air hostess. The article below elaborates on the job and average salary of an air hostess.
CareerStint Staff
The aviation sector is one of the sectors that holds tremendous career opportunities owing to the pace at which it is growing. The industry experts are very positive about the growth opportunities in this field irrespective of the current or future economy. Although there is a steady increase in the job prospects for pilots, air traffic controllers, and related designations, the growth for air hostesses and other cabin crew have also been on the rise. In the paragraphs below, you will come across the salary details of an air hostess.

Job Profile
  • To carry out pre-flight and post-flight duties.
  • To announce the flight schedule and demonstrate safety procedures.
  • To educate passengers about emergency situations and the procedure to be followed.
  • To ensure air craft hygiene.
  • To serve food and provide other essentials at periodic intervals.
  • To assist passengers with whatever trouble they face.
Salary Information
  • As of 2015, the average salary of an air hostess is between the range of USD 12,000 to USD 20,000. However, this pay is heavily dependent on a number of factors.
  • Some of the factors to be considered are the employer (the airline you work for), work experience, number of flying hours, and the type of flight undertaken (domestic/international).
Employer Type
  • The airline plays a crucial role in deciding the salary of an air hostess.
  • The top airlines of the nation have a very good pay packet. In the US, the best airline companies have a pay packet between USD 20,000 to USD 30,000 for fresher candidates.
  • With experience, the salary may go up to as high as USD 75,000.
  • The slightly lesser ranking airlines may offer a pay of more than USD 15,000 in the initial years. This will subsequently increase with your work experience.
Work Experience
  • There is seniority among the cabin crew as well.
  • In every flight, you will find fresher candidates as well as experienced ones. The experienced flight attendants earn much more than the freshers.
  • Depending on the airline, air hostesses with a work experience of 2 to 5 years may be paid between USD 30,000 and USD 45,000.
  • A work experience of 5 to 10 years will fetch you a pay between USD 50,000 to USD 80,000.
  • A work experience of more than 10 years will bring you a salary of more than USD 95,000.
  • An important point that you need to consider here is that age is a major factor in deciding your position. That is to say, air hostesses are required to look very presentable and fresh.
  • Of course, that does not mean there are no senior flight attendants; however, generally, after about 20 years or more, they shift to the jobs of the ground personnel.
  • Another point to be noted is that, the salary definitely increases with experience, however, the seniority in position may be compensated by means of extra benefits too.
  • Generally, air hostesses are provided with travel expenses and medical expenses, and dental coverage. With experience, attractive perks may be offered as well.
Number of Hours You Fly
  • As per the instructions of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an air hostess is only allowed to fly for a specific number of hours per day and per month. That said, air hostesses earn their salary according to the number of hours as well.
  • For example, as of 2015, the median hourly rate for an air hostess is around USD 21.
  • Depending on the airline and the years of experience, the hourly salary varies between USD 20 to USD 50.
  • The benefits, bonus, profit sharing, overtime pay, etc., varies according to a hourly basis too.
  • The general percentage increase per year is around 13%.
Domestic/International Traveling
  • This is a very important deciding factor for your salary.
  • Domestic flights usually pay lesser than the international flights, one of the prime reasons behind this is that the latter involves a lot of traveling.
  • Moreover, you may be paid more or offered more benefits for your extra skills as well, i.e., flight attendants who are well-versed in a foreign language may be given overseas assignments faster than someone who does not know an extra language.
  • Or perhaps, one of them is trained in soft skills or holds an extra certification in travel and tourism while one does not. These factors affect the position to a great extent.
  • Depending on your shifts, the salaries vary. The salaries for international airlines may be approximately 10% more than the ones provided by domestic flights. Moreover, the promotions and benefits of international flights are always more than the domestic ones.
Jobs in the aviation sector are certainly rewarding, and if you have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with an imposing appearance, you can try your luck in this field. Once you have established yourself, the salary increases significantly. Good luck!!