The 10 Best States For Flight Attendants In 2019

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. Washington
  2. Florida
  3. Oregon
  4. Texas
  5. Indiana
  6. Michigan
  7. Illinois
  8. Nevada
  9. North Carolina
  10. Minnesota

So there you have it — Flight Attendants is the best of the best when it comes to being a flight attendant.

How did Flight Attendants 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.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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
  • Higher 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 2018:

  • 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 $51,990 and the average salary in Illinois is $53,220, 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. Washington

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,180
Average Annual Salary: $77,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,290
Average Experienced Salary: $129,840
Location Quotient: 1.56

2. Florida

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,650
Average Annual Salary: $62,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,040
Average Experienced Salary: $87,310
Location Quotient: 1.23

3. Oregon

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 990
Average Annual Salary: $80,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,510
Average Experienced Salary: $128,000
Location Quotient: 0.64

4. Texas

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 15,390
Average Annual Salary: $58,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,450
Average Experienced Salary: $79,380
Location Quotient: 1.55

5. Indiana

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 350
Average Annual Salary: $60,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,020
Average Experienced Salary: $80,080
Location Quotient: 0.14

6. Michigan

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,500
Average Annual Salary: $55,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,390
Average Experienced Salary: $78,430
Location Quotient: 0.99

7. Illinois

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,630
Average Annual Salary: $53,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,290
Average Experienced Salary: $76,600
Location Quotient: 2.16

8. Nevada

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,710
Average Annual Salary: $57,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,540
Average Experienced Salary: $77,480
Location Quotient: 2.45

9. North Carolina

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,990
Average Annual Salary: $54,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,200
Average Experienced Salary: $78,400
Location Quotient: 1.11

10. Minnesota

Best States For Flight Attendants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,830
Average Annual Salary: $50,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,710
Average Experienced Salary: $70,010
Location Quotient: 1.63

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Flight Attendant

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. California
  2. New York
  3. Massachusetts

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For flight attendants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $77,450 $43,290 4,180
2 Florida $62,610 $41,040 8,650
3 Oregon $80,410 $44,510 990
4 Texas $58,820 $30,450 15,390
5 Indiana $60,080 $36,020 350
6 Michigan $55,310 $32,390 3,500
7 Illinois $53,220 $28,290 10,630
8 Nevada $57,190 $35,540 2,710
9 North Carolina $54,190 $25,200 3,990
10 Minnesota $50,560 $24,710 3,830
11 Colorado $47,150 $26,630 3,970
12 Ohio $52,760 $19,600 630
13 Massachusetts $61,610 $33,960 2,530
14 New York $48,960 $23,590 10,480
15 California $51,990 $28,290 15,920
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