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How Much Does An Air Stewardess/ Air Steward Make?

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Source: Better Aviation

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Perks of Being an Air Stewardess or Air Steward (Cabin Crew)

Other than getting to travel regularly to different cities, being an air stewardess has its perks financially too!

Not only is the starting pay of a flight attendant high, but they also get to go on a shopping spree on overseas products going at a cheaper price than when in Singapore.

We are talking about luxury items such as that Supreme T-shirt or that Louis Vuitton handbag, all at a discounted price.


Becoming an Air Stewardess or Air Steward

If you are deciding on becoming an air stewardess or air steward, we are going to provide insight into their salary, requirements and the recruitment process.

Top Cabin Crew Jobs in Singapore

Some of the more popular airlines amongst Singaporeans are Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir, Emirates, Jetstar Asia, Cathay Pacific and Scoot.

The entry-level salary depends a lot on your schedule and the countries you fly to. Here’s an estimate of the average salary for a cabin crew:

AirlineAverage Salary
(Entry-level)
Singapore Airlines$4,000 - $5,000
SilkAir$2,234 - $3,500
EmiratesAbout $3,638
JetstarAbout $2,000
Scoot$1,652 - $3,000
Cathay Pacific$3,213

 

 

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How Much Does Cabin Crew Make?

Ever wondered how much does a cabin crew with various airline make?

A typical flight attendant’s salary is made up of various components:

ComponentDescription
Basic SalaryThe amount you get paid no matter the amount of hours you fly.

Cabin crews are usually paid a low base salary. The other components when they fly make up a bigger percentage of their salary.
Inflight Allowance
(per hour)
Cabin crews are paid inflight allowance based on the number of hours they fly.

Inflight allowance can be different for cabin crew and is pegged to their years of experience.
Long Haul Flight AllowanceIf you are on a long haul flight, your inflight allowance increases.

Long haul flight usually refers to flights that are 14 hours or more.
Layover AllowanceAlso known as nightstop allowance, it is a fixed rate paid to cabin crew for each layover.
Turnaround AllowanceTurnaround allowance for the time taken to prepare the aircraft for the next flight after landing.
Transport AllowanceA transport allowance is provided every month for transport to and from work.
Uniform AllowanceAllowance to buy new uniform or accessories required for the work outfit.

Each airline is different when it comes to the basic salary and the payouts. We list out the salary detail for some of the more common Airlines in Singapore.


Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cabin Crew/ Air Stewardess Salary

Junior cabin crew typically earn about $4,000 per month after including allowance. We take a look at the breakdown of their salary. Do note that their basic salary only makes up about half of the salary they are drawing.

This means that the total salary depends heavily on their flight schedule and the destination they are assigned to.

Here’s the breakdown of the salary for a full-time Singapore Airline (SIA) cabin crew:

ComponentDesignation of Cabin CrewHow Much?
Basic SalaryFlight steward/stewardess$1,380 – $2,215
Leading LS/FSS$1,750 – $2,870
Chief CS/CSS$2,300 – $3,675
IFS$2,650 – $4,260
Inflight Allowance
(per hour)
Flight steward/stewardess$9.50

$12.80
(Two years after passing probation)
Leading LS/FSS$15
Chief CS/CSS$17.50
IFS$22
Long Haul Flight Allowance

(If flight is more than 14 hours)
AllInflight Allowance x 2.5 times
Layover AllowanceAllLayover allowance changes regularly and it depends on the country you go to.

(Eg. London is about $490, Sydney will be about $250)
Turnaround AllowanceAll$90 per turn
Transport AllowanceAll$277
Uniform AllowanceAll$125

Source: flygosh.com, becomingcabincrew.com

Requirements for Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cabin Crew

  • Singapore citizen
  • Minimum age of 18 years old due to legislative requirements
  • Fulfil the minimum height requirement of at least 1.58m for females and 1.65m for males in order to carry out safety and emergency procedures onboard
  • Fluent in English with good communication skills

SilkAir Cabin Crew/ Air Stewardess Salary

SilkAir is part of the SIA group and located in Singapore. With that, we see quite a bit of similarity in terms of their compensation package.

Here’s the breakdown of the salary for a full-time SilkAir cabin crew:

ComponentDesignation of Cabin CrewHow Much?
Basic SalaryFlight steward/stewardess$1,200 - $1,910
Senior FSS$1,445 - $2,310
Inflight Allowance
(per hour)
All$4.05
(Up to 50 hours)

$8
(51 to 75 hours)

$10.80
(76 to 100 hours)
Sector AllowanceAll$8.70
Night Flying AllowanceAll$30
Inflight Meal AllowanceAll$10
(Breakfast)

$13
(Lunch)

$16
(Dinner)
Transport AllowanceAll$32
(Day)

$49
(Night)
Uniform AllowanceAll$130

Requirements for SilkAir Cabin Crew

  • Applicant must have a minimum of 3 GCE ‘O’ Level or 4 GCE ‘N’ Level credits, including English.
  • Applicant Height  – For Female – 1.58m and for males at least 1.65m required.
  • Completed, are exempted from or are not liable for National Service.

Emirates Airlines Cabin Crew/ Air Stewardess Salary

A cabin crew with Emirates airline generally earn about $3,638 per month including basic salary, layover allowance and flight hours.

Here’s the breakdown of the salary for Emirates Airline cabin crew:

ComponentDesignation of Cabin CrewHow Much?
Basic SalaryGrade CC.02
(economy)
4,220 AED
(S$1,600.45)
Grade CC.03
(business)
4,620 AED
(S$1,752.15)
Grade CC.04
(first class )
4,620 AED
(S$1,752.15)
Grade CC.05
(Senior steward/stewardess )
5,770 AED
(S$2,188.30)
Grade CC.06
(Pursur)
6,000 AED
(S$2,275.52)
Inflight Allowance
(per hour)
Grade CC.02
(economy)
58.25 AED
(S$22.09)
Grade CC.03
(business)
67.5 AED
(S$25.60)
Grade CC.04
(first class )
74 AED
(S$28.06)
Grade CC.05
(Senior steward/stewardess )
94.75 AED
(S$35.93)
Grade CC.06
(Pursur)
102 AED
(S$38.68)
Layover AllowanceAllLayover allowance changes regularly and it depends on the country you go to.

(Eg. London is about 90 Euros per night)

Source: flygosh.com

Requirements for Emirates Airlines Cabin Crew

  • At least 21 years of age at the time of joining
  • Arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
  • Minimum height of 160 cm
  • High school graduate (Grade 12)
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • No visible tattoos while you’re in Emirates cabin crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings aren’t allowed)
  • Can adapt to new people, new places and new situations
  • Physically fit for this demanding role with a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)

Cathay Pacific

A Cathay Pacific flight attendant’s monthly salary is about $3,213 in Singapore. Here’s a breakdown of the salary for a Cathay Pacific Airlines cabin crew:

ComponentDesignation of Cabin CrewHow Much?
Basic Salary7 weeks of training$1,600 (whole training)
Once you start flying$1,350
Inflight Allowance
(per hour)
-$22
Allowance-$700 - $900

Requirements for Cathay Pacific Airlines Cabin Crew

  • Singapore Citizen or equivalent
  • Minimum age of 18
  • A minimum level of GCE ‘O’ Level or equivalent with a pass in English
  • Fluency in English plus one of the following languages is required: Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean. A third language is preferred
  • Polished interpersonal skills, with a positive attitude and customer-oriented mindset
  • A minimum arm-reach of 208 cm and physical fitness to pass the pre-employment medical assessment

Jetstar Airlines Cabin Crew/ Air Stewardess Salary

If you are joining Jetstar as a cabin crew, you will need to pay $1,000 in cash in advance. This $1,000 acts as a bond penalty and will be refunded to you after 2 years of service.

However, if you leave Jetstar within a year you will need to pay an additional $850. Leave after a year, the $1,000 will be forfeited.

Here’s the breakdown of the salary for a full-time Jetstar cabin crew:

ComponentDesignation of Cabin CrewHow Much?
Basic Salary1 Month initial training$650
2nd Month onwards$750
After 1 Year$850
Inflight Allowance
(per hour)
-$5
(1 to 80 hours)

$11.60
(81 hours and above)
Meal Allowance-$5
(per two sector)
Top Up Payment Promotion-$180
(if you fly 120 hours or more)
Sales Commission-1% of total sales on board, divided by number of cabin employees
Year End Bonus-1 Month Basic Salary
Layover Allowance-Jetstar layover only in Jakarta and Osaka.

Allowance is $50 for Jakarta and $75 for Osaka

Source: aviationdreamer.com

Requirements for Jetstar Asia Cabin Crew

  • Height of at least 1.58m for female & 1.65m for male
  • 18 years of age and above
  • Attained at least 4 ’N’ Levels or 3″O” Levels credits with a credit in English
  • Diploma / Degree holder are welcomed to apply
  • Completes NS service for male candidates
  • Willing to work irregular hours and on weekends
  • Possess good communication skills and a team player
  • Have a flair for sale
  • Pleasant and have a “Can-Do” attitude
  • At least 3 years of past working experience as a Cabin Crew (Applicable to part-time candidate only)

Scoot Airlines Cabin Crew/ Air Stewardess Salary

Do note that there might be changes to FlyScoot salary breakdown after their merger with Tiger Airways.

Here’s the breakdown of the salary for Scoot cabin crew:

ComponentHow Much?
Basic Salary$700
Inflight Allowance
(per hour)
$8
(1 to 62 hours)

$14
(62 hours and above)
Transport Allowance$30
(Layover)

$15
(Turnaround)
Layover AllowanceDepends on country

Allowance is $72.80 for China and $92.80 for Australia

Source: flygosh.com

Requirements for Scoot Cabin Crew

  • At least 1.58m tall (females) or 1.65m tall (males)
  • At least 3 GCE ‘O’ Level or 4 GCE ‘N’ Level credits in English

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