Flight Attendant Salaries - International Comparison

 
Job Description:   The flight attendant job includes the following responsibilities: (i) greets passengers boarding plane; (ii) attends to the general needs and safety of aircraft passengers; (iii) administers minor medical aid if necessary; (iv) prepares and serves light refreshments [9].
 
Methodology:   Unless otherwise indicated, the gross income is obtained from data provided to the International Labour Organization [9] by government agencies (Statistics Canada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statistics Finland, etc). The compulsory deductions include income tax, municipal tax, provincial/state income tax, social security (pension plan, medicare), compulsory additional insurance, etc. The deductions are representative of single-earner-married-without-child status, and are obtained from income tax calculators [t], social security withholdings, the OECD Tax Database [k], or other sources. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
 
    
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Flight Attendant Job Average Salary

Country  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ [a] [d] Notes, Source                                                                               Gross Monthly Job Income Compulsory Deductions Weekly Hours
 
Australia average income PPP $ 3,038 $ 2,982 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. Australian Bureau of Statistics, [9], [t]. 5,104 dollars 23% 36.3
U.S. median salary PPP $ 2,949 $ 2,949 Full-time and part-time employees, 2003. U.S. Department of Labor, [9], [t]. 3,520 dollars 21%
Japan average salary PPP $ 2,850 $ 3,350 Excl. overtime and bonus, June 2005. Women only. Private establishments with 10 or more regular employees. Japan Statistical Yearbook [17], [k]. 449,000 yens 18%
Peru average salary PPP $ 2,673 $ 1,228 Employees, June 2005. Women only. Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informatica, [9]. 5,301 sols 24%
Germany average salary PPP $ 2,605 $ 2,813 Minimum per month, 2005, normal hours of work. Federal Statistical Office of Germany, [9], [t]. 3,371 euros 33%
Brazil average income PPP $ 2,319 $ 914 Employees, 2001. Ministerio do Trabalho e da Previdência Social, [9]. 2,251 reals 15% 35.5
Norway average income PPP $ 2,051 $ 2,165 Employees, 2001. Statistics Norway, [9]. 25,568 kroners 31% 37.5
Taiwan average income PPP $ 1,897 $ 1,016 Full-time and part-time employees, 2004. National Statistics Republic of China, [9]. 36,183 dollars 9% 40.6
Italy average salary PPP $ 1,747 $ 1,886 Normal hours of work, 2005. Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, [9]. 2,227 euros 32% 38.0
Thailand average salary PPP $ 1,702 $ 543 Men employees, 2005. Thailand National Statistical Office, [9], [t], [s]. 23,202 bahts 6% 52.0
Czech Republic average income PPP $ 1,671 $ 1,092 Excl. bonuses, 2005. Czech Statistical Office, [9]. 37,797 korunas 31% 35.5
Portugal average salary PPP $ 1,642 $ 1,316 Employees, 2003. Instituto Nacional de Estatística, [9]. 1,353 euros 19% 38.2
UK median salary PPP $ 1,628 $ 1,889 Employees, 2005. UK Employment Department, [9], [t]. 1,347 pounds 23% 37.5
Latvia average income PPP $ 1,380 $ 613 Adult full-time and part-time employees, 2005. Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, [9], [t]. 482 lats 29% 39.1
Mexico average income PPP $ 1,276 $ 778 Employees, 2004. Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informatica (INEGI), [9], [k]. 10,005 pesos 15% 50.0
Lithuania average salary PPP $ 1,180 $ 426 Employees, 2000. Statistics Lithuania, [9]. 2,178 litas 31% 37.1
Russia average salary PPP $ 1,132 $ 453 Employees, 2004. Federal State Statistics Office, [9]. 14,547 roubles 13% 36.5
Slovakia average income PPP $ 1,046 $ 456 Employees, 2003. Štatistický úrad Slovenskej republiky, [9], [k]. 20,186 korunas 22% 33.0
Philippines average salary PPP $ 914 $ 203 Employees, 2004. National Statistics Office, [9], [t]. 12,530 pesos 12%
Singapore average salary PPP $ 904 $ 828 Employees, private sector, 2004. Ministry of Manpower, [9], [t]. 1,699 dollars 20%
Hungary average salary PPP $ 895 $ 568 Employees, May 2005. Hungarian Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 173,815 forints 35%
Romania average salary PPP $ 889 $ 456 Women employees, 2005. Men make 2,077 new lei per month. Romania National Institute of Statistics, [9]. 1,906 new lei 31% 38.8
Kuwait average income PPP $ 786 $ 981 Women employees, 2004. Kuwait Ministry of Planning, [9]. 280 dinars 0% 41.0
China average salary PPP $ 627 $ 147 Employees, 2005. National Bureau of Statistics of China, [9]. 1,307 yuans 8%
 

References

 
[a]   Interbank nominal exchange rate, Oanda.com; historical currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals.
[d]   World Economic Outlook Database, September 2006, International Monetary Fund.
[k]   OECD Tax Database. Annual database providing comparative information on personal and corporate income tax and consumption tax systems and rates in OECD countries since 2000. Information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers is also reported.
[t]   Net income from gross income (calculators, tables): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, UK, U.S., Singapore.
[9]   International Labour Organization. Compilation of average salary income worldwide. Classified by country, by employment category, and by gender.
[17]   Japan Statistical Yearbook, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 2006.
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