From Stewardess to Flight Attendant: 80 Years of Sophistication and Sexism

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Present day

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, attendants typically fly 75 to 100 hours a month in the air and spend another 50 hours a month on the ground preparing flights, writing reports, and waiting for planes to arrive—a far cry from the days of dusting and fueling planes. In 2015, the median pay of a U.S. flight attendant was $44,860 per year; the median age of flight attendants is 46.8, and male employees are generally 1.9 years younger than than their female counterparts, reports Data USA. As of 2015, nearly 75 percent of flight attendants in the U.S. were white, followed by black (nearly 12 percent), and Asian (nearly six percent). In 2012, there were 25,268 American male flight attendants, or 24.2 percent overall, according to FiveThirtyEight.

As for the future? The flight attendant industry is expected to grow by two percent between 2014 and 2024—slower than average, given the fact that airlines are expected to slow the addition of new flights and new routes in order to keep their planes full.