You’re aware that aviation pays better than commercial, in most cases significantly better, but you’re not sure what a corporate flight attendant’s starting salary is. Pay rates differ significantly depending on the type of account, your location, your responsibilities, your expertise, and other factors.
I’ve learned throughout the years that compensation ranges aren’t fixed. Fractionals are typically less expensive than charter operators, who are less expensive than owner accounts. Does this rule have any exceptions? Sure, why not? Other circumstances, such as those discussed previously, can have a big impact on what you make. Among them are:
It may take multiple interviews to determine whether the employer values your culinary skills, safety training, similar employment experience, and so on. Companies searching for someone with “no experience essential, will train” will typically pay less than those looking for someone who has completed their training and has flown for a number of years.
“In comparison to commercial airlines, pay scales
in business aviation vary greatly.
Overall, the field is far more profitable
if you are willing to put forth the effort
and don’t rule out any possibilities.”
So, what is the pay range? These figures are not absolute, but the U.S. salaries that I have heard for corporate flight attendants falls into three general categories. These are some generalized salary ranges:
100K+?! Let’s just say this sum is exceptional, however I did confirm 110K for one foreign flight attendant a few years ago. In general, don’t expect someone to tell you how much money they make… why should they?
What about a contract that involves flying? You had to inquire, right? Would you be interested if I told you that you could earn between $300 and $350 per day plus per diem? Contractors are paid in the same way as full-time flight attendants are compensated.
I’ve heard of flight attendants flying for free in order to get experience and hours [how could a corporation allow that? Okay, that was a blunder!] I’ve also heard of a flight attendant earning $600 a day when she works worldwide. Contract prices vary greatly and are determined by a variety of factors, including your location, duties, and expertise.
What do I have in terms of value? If you believe the work is worth $60,000 a year, you must prove it. Guess what happens if the employer insists on 35K? You won’t make anything close to $60K, and you’ll be crossed off their list, with the job going to the individual who can settle for $35K.
What will I accept as a compromise? Is it possible for me to justify a lesser compensation only to acquire some work? Will I be able to live on a reduced wage if I have flown for years and am willing to take a 20-25K pay cut? Is it possible to renegotiate my wage once I’ve been recruited [don’t make me laugh…]?
What advantages may I anticipate? When working full time, you can expect to receive medical, dental, vacation, sick/personal days, and other benefits. Other things to think about: do they pay for uniforms? Is there a stipend for wearing a uniform?
What about pay raises and job performance evaluations? Is there room for advancement? Is it possible for me to transfer to another account? Will they cover the cost of my training? What is their severance/termination policy? Is this a welcoming atmosphere for families?
Before you are interviewed, the more information you have about your requirements, goals, and desires, the higher chance you will have of being fairly compensated.
Determine what matters most to you, such as a lesser salary vs. living where I want; employment security vs. more compensation; public prominence vs. obscurity, and so on. When negotiating your next position, stay true to your principles and act on them. After you’ve received a job offer, ask yourself one final question: can I live with myself if I take this job?