Flight attendants are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, flight attendants rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 43% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy flight attendants are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Commercial pilot
3.8
$88k
Ship captain
3.5
$72k
Air traffic controller
3.3
$115k
Flight attendant
3.3
$56k
Transit police officer
3.2
$72k
Locomotive engineer
3.1
$67k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are flight attendants happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do flight attendants find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as flight attendants?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are flight attendant’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are flight attendants making the best use of their abilities?

Are flight attendants happy with their salary?