Whenever there is an "walk-in" interview, hundreds if not thousands would join in the queue hoping to be cabin crew. There are many wannabes who had failed in the interviews repeatedly,some as many as 10 times,would still want to try their luck. If the job of a cabin crew does not come with good salaries and perks why would these wannabes want to join in the first place?
Coming from the airline (SIA) myself, I think it was and still is a big deal to be a cabin crew especially with Singapore Airlines (SIA or SQ). The pay is relatively attractive and the perks are aplenty. Agreed it's hard work but still it's nothing compared to some other occupations.
Let us start with the pay first. A newbie gets a starting pay of about S$1,300 a month during training which usually last for 3 months. A graduate new crew is paid around $1,500 a month. After training, the trainee starts flying. The meal allowance for each crew would be around $2,000 a month on the average. On top of that, there is a $300 transport allowance. There is this IFA or incentive flying allowance whereby the crew is paid from $9 to $16 per hour from the time they report for duty till half an hour after the plane has landed. If the duty time is exceeds 14 hours but less than 18 hours, the crew is paid 2 1/2 times the IFA. If the duty time exceeds 18 hours it is 3 times more. If a crew does a ultra long flight like SIN/NYC she will be paid not only 3 times the normal IFA but also paid a lump sum ranging from $150 to $210 depending on the rank. If one does a turnaround flight with no nightstop involved, she will be paid $70 in addition to the LMA and IFA. Each crew is paid $125 a month for laundry allowance.
A stewardess/steward on completion of the first 5 year contract is paid $10,000. End of 2nd contract is $25,000. Once promoted to a higher rank she/he would get much more eg. a chief stewardess/steward will be paid $65,000 in total after the 5th contract.
There is also the thirteenth pay at the end of the year. There is a profit sharing scheme whereby if SIA does well in term of profitability each crew will be paid a bonus. The biggest payout was a 6 month bonus.
Perks include free travel once a year for the crew,spouse and her dependants. Crew are also entitled to unlimited discounted travel on SQ flights.
Free medical and dental care are also provided up to a certain limit. SIA sports club membership at a few dollars a month are extended to all crew.
Insurance coverage for the crew are paid for by SIA ($100,000 per crew).
In my opinion, a cabin crew of a junior rank may score as much as $4,000 to $5,000 a month. The IFS or inflight supervisor gets an average of $8,000 a month. One chief steward told me it was not uncommon for him to take home around $9,000 a month.
There is a SIA cabin crew interview this coming Saturday at the Sheraton Tower Hotel and we are definitely going to see a very long queue.
If you look at what I have said above, isn't it a big deal to be a cabin crew??