Supplemental Aviation Career information
You'll be able to get creative with meeting your monthly quota for number of in-flight hours worked, allowing you to have the maximum number of days off. Flight attendants also are able to swap flights with their co-workers in order to design their ideal work schedule.
An airline employee with close to thirty years of experience looks back on her career and says: It's an ever-changing thing. If I had to do it all over again I'd do the exact same thing. I wouldn't have done it any other way. I couldn't imagine being in an office nine to five. You have a lot of freedom, and that's what I like. As far as pay goes, the starting base pay for flight attendants is typically $15 ,000 per year, increasing to about $30,000 per year after five years. Although the pay starts out low, all expenses on the road are paid for, and most airlines are noted for their excellent medical, retirement, vacation, and overtime benefits. In addition, flight attendants get far more time off than typical employees, usually between ten and twenty-one days per month. It's also possible to earn extra money during busy periods by working extra hours. As a longtime flight attendant points out, the longer you stay on the job, the better the pay: It is a fun job. It's a high-paying job, and the longer you're there the less you work. So it's worth it. But you have to hang in there, because the first five years you don't get paid much. You'll also be in line for some valuable perks. As a flight attendant you'll be eligible for free flights - sometimes for your friends or family, too! - and maximum time off to enjoy the destinations of your choice during your free time. You'll also get discounts on hotels, car rentals, other airlines' flights, and vacation packages. A flight attendant with over ten years of experience sums up the rewards of the job: The travel benefits are the biggest reward. We get discounted airfare on pretty much all the airlines of the world. Plus you have more days off than the average. It's easy to get at least a full week off - seven days in a row - every month.
Wages and Benefits
Salaries and benefits can vary. For an updated look at salaries in the aviation industry, view the Avjobs.com Salary Report.
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Another great feature is the fun people you work with. They all seem to be outgoing and fun to work with. Being a flight attendant is the greatest job there is. I love it.
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