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Flying the friendly skies comes with some serious stress, a competitive job market, an erratic work schedule and a salary that pales in comparison to that of other positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, reports that the industry is projected to grow little (if at all) between now and 2020, and that the median salary for flight attendants is $37,240 per year. That's for veterans and newbies alike. A 2011 study by the Association of Flight Attendants reveals that entry-level flight attendants earn just $16,597 annually.

But it's not all bad. For those for whom finances are less of a consideration, there are some significant perks. Most major airlines, including Southwest, Delta, United and American, offer seasoned flight attendants free or heavily discounted travel for themselves and oftentimes for their family members. Most full-time flight attendants also receive health care benefits along with a per diem while working away from their home base, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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