These Are The 10 Best States For Flight Attendants

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Flight Attendants are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as flight attendants in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since flight attendants are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where flight attendants have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for flight attendants. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s flight attendants:

  1. Texas
  2. Arizona
  3. Florida
  4. Minnesota
  5. Colorado
  6. Virginia
  7. Ohio
  8. Washington
  9. North Carolina
  10. New York

So there you have it — Texas is the best of the best when it comes to being a flight attendants.

How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for flight attendants and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a flight attendant

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 states 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 state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for flight attendants in California is $47,490 and the average salary in Oregon is $0, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

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

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

1. Texas

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,600
Average Annual Salary: $53,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,670
Average Experienced Salary: $76,710
Location Quotient: 1.49

2. Arizona

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,460
Average Annual Salary: $44,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,660
Average Experienced Salary: $74,350
Location Quotient: 2.19

3. Florida

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,020
Average Annual Salary: $50,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,450
Average Experienced Salary: $73,400
Location Quotient: 1.29

4. Minnesota

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,960
Average Annual Salary: $44,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,770
Average Experienced Salary: $60,380
Location Quotient: 1.36

5. Colorado

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,090
Average Annual Salary: $44,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,800
Average Experienced Salary: $60,380
Location Quotient: 1.6

6. Virginia

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,000
Average Annual Salary: $43,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,640
Average Experienced Salary: $54,800
Location Quotient: 1.38

7. Ohio

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,260
Average Annual Salary: $42,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,560
Average Experienced Salary: $63,490
Location Quotient: 0.3

8. Washington

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,750
Average Annual Salary: $38,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,680
Average Experienced Salary: $59,740
Location Quotient: 1.17

9. North Carolina

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,610
Average Annual Salary: $38,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,400
Average Experienced Salary: $49,520
Location Quotient: 1.11

10. New York

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,600
Average Annual Salary: $40,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,030
Average Experienced Salary: $67,580
Location Quotient: 1.5

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a flight attendant these are the states 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 states to be a flight attendant in America:

  1. Connecticut
  2. South Carolina
  3. Oregon

Detailed List Of The Best States For Flight Attendants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Texas $53,070 $31,670 13,600
2 Arizona $44,180 $24,660 4,460
3 Florida $50,770 $29,450 8,020
4 Minnesota $44,250 $31,770 2,960
5 Colorado $44,190 $27,800 3,090
6 Virginia $43,950 $32,640 4,000
7 Ohio $42,030 $24,560 1,260
8 Washington $38,960 $22,680 2,750
9 North Carolina $38,240 $21,400 3,610
10 New York $40,680 $23,030 10,600
11 California $47,490 $30,150 11,780
12 Alaska $37,440 $22,280 480
13 Massachusetts $46,220 $25,990 1,500
14 Oregon $0 $0 730
15 South Carolina $0 $0 80
16 Connecticut $0 $0 50

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