These Are The 10 Best Cities For Flight Attendants

We used the most recent data to determine the best cities in America for Flight Attendants to open up shop.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 1 year ago

Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Flight Attendants, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer flight attendants the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where flight attendants get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for flight attendants.The result is this list of the best cities flight attendants:

  1. Miami, FL
  2. Houston, TX
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Cleveland, OH
  5. San Diego, CA
  6. Phoenix, AZ
  7. Minneapolis, MN
  8. Denver, CO
  9. Orlando, FL
  10. Chicago, IL

So there you have it — Miami is the best city when it comes to being a flight attendant.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a flight attendant? That would be New York.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for flight attendants and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a flight attendants?




Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for flight attendants in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well flight attendants get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

This left us with enough data for 16 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 16 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for flight attendants in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for flight attendants.

1. Miami, FL

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,980
Average Annual Salary: $54,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,980
Location Quotient: 4.63

2. Houston, TX

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,660
Average Annual Salary: $51,440
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,980
Location Quotient: 2.89

3. San Francisco, CA

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,210
Average Annual Salary: $45,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,470
Location Quotient: 5.24

4. Cleveland, OH

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 470
Average Annual Salary: $49,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,400
Location Quotient: 0.59

5. San Diego, CA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 150
Average Annual Salary: $62,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,810
Location Quotient: 0.14

6. Phoenix, AZ

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,450
Average Annual Salary: $44,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,650
Location Quotient: 3.01

7. Minneapolis, MN

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,960
Average Annual Salary: $44,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,770
Location Quotient: 2.0

8. Denver, CO

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,020
Average Annual Salary: $44,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,210
Location Quotient: 2.79

9. Orlando, FL

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,950
Average Annual Salary: $50,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,590
Location Quotient: 2.22

10. Chicago, IL

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,980
Average Annual Salary: $43,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,290
Location Quotient: 4.26

And that’s our list of the best cities for flight attendants

If you’re looking to start out your career as a flight attendant these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a flight attendant in America:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Seattle, WA

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Flight Attendants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Miami, FL $54,100 $39,980 3,980
2 Houston, TX $51,440 $30,980 6,660
3 San Francisco, CA $45,910 $32,470 4,210
4 Cleveland, OH $49,740 $29,400 470
5 San Diego, CA $62,300 $33,810 150
6 Phoenix, AZ $44,220 $24,650 4,450
7 Minneapolis, MN $44,250 $31,770 2,960
8 Denver, CO $44,540 $28,210 3,020
9 Orlando, FL $50,250 $25,590 1,950
10 Chicago, IL $43,560 $21,290 11,980
11 Nassau County, NY $69,370 $27,720 50
12 Los Angeles, CA $47,000 $29,370 5,960
13 Anchorage, AK $37,440 $22,280 480
14 Seattle, WA $38,960 $22,680 2,750
15 Boston, MA $46,220 $25,990 1,500
16 New York, NY $40,680 $22,890 10,390

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