Flight Attendant Career Guide
The primary role of every SkyWest flight attendant is to ensure the safety of our passengers, as well as providing the best possible customer experience, while onboard our aircraft. A flight attendant’s responsibilities include caring for our passengers, along with customer service duties such as serving meals and drinks. This is a dynamic and exciting position that allows you to travel, meet new challenges, and be invigorated every day as you portray the essence of SkyWest to our customers, our people!
No invitation is required to attend a flight attendant group interview; however, applicants must complete an online application and should review the flight attendant job requirements prior to attending. Please note that group interviews are open recruitment events; not all attendees will receive an individual interview.
Sign-in for group interviews will begin at least one hour before the event is scheduled to start. Keep in mind the doors will close promptly at the start of the group interview and no one will be admitted after the interview has begun. The length of the group interview will depend on the number of applicants and can last six hours or more; please plan accordingly.
Come prepared with a copy of your resume.
SkyWest does not provide travel or lodging for those attending a group interview, all expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
After successfully completing phase One and Two of Initial New Hire training, flight attendants will be guaranteed 76 flight hours per bid period as a reserve. The 76-flight-hour pay is guaranteed for reserve flight attendants even if they do not work a full 76 flight hours. A flight hour is based on block-to-block time. It begins when the main cabin door is closed and the aircraft brake is released, and ends upon arrival when the aircraft brake is set and the main cabin door is opened.
Reserve flight attendants typically fly between 76 and 120 flight hours per monthly bid period depending on operational need. Additional hours over the 76-flight-hour guarantee are paid at the flight attendant's hourly rate based on their seniority date.
Additionally, flight attendants are paid $1.95 per diem for every hour they are on duty away from their domicile. On average, this is an additional $3,800 per year.
0-6 Months Service
|6 Month Total||$8,267.28|
6 Months - 1 Year of Service
1-2 Years of Service
|First 6 months||$18.13|
|After 6 months||$18.77|
|After 1 Year||$22.06|
|After 2 Years||$23.28|
|After 3 Years||$24.42|
|After 4 Years||$25.61|
|After 5 Years||$26.89|
|After 6 Years||$28.30|
|After 7 Years||$29.61|
|After 8 Years||$30.67|
|After 9 Years||$31.68|
|After 10 Years||$32.64|
|After 11 Years||$33.66|
|After 12 Years||$34.65|
|After 13 Years||$35.75|
|After 14 Years||$36.80|
|After 15 Years||$37.87|
|After 16 Years||$39.00|
|After 17 Years||$39.95|
|After 18 Years||$40.74|
|After 19 Years||$41.15|
|After 20 Years||$41.55|
|After 21 Years||$42.18|
|After 22 Years||$42.81|
|After 23 Years||$43.45|
|After 24 Years||$44.10|
|After 25 Years||$44.77|
SkyWest flight attendants will receive the basic uniform pieces at no cost after successfully completing Initial New Hire training. They will also receive $5 each paycheck for uniform maintenance such as alterations and dry cleaning.
As a representative of SkyWest, our flight attendants are expected to follow all uniform and appearance guidelines. Extreme hair styles and colors are not permitted. Visible facial or body piercings (this includes ear stretching gauges) are not allowed. Lower earlobe piercings are permitted. Visible tattoos are not permitted and may not be covered with bandages. Tattoos which cannot be covered by our flight attendant uniform must be concealed completely with tattoo makeup, compatible with skin tone.
Each new flight attendant can expect to be on reserve until they build enough seniority to become a line holder. The time spent on reserve varies depending on the growth within the assigned domicile.
When a flight attendant is on reserve, they are on-call and expected to be available during assigned reserve blocks to cover trips due to sick calls, vacations, etc. While on reserve, flight attendants may be away from home up to five days a week and scheduled to work up to 14 hours each day.
If contacted to work a trip while on reserve, flight attendants must be checked in at the airport and ready for duty within two hours. It can be very difficult to commute while on reserve and it is highly recommended that flight attendants relocate to their assigned domicile. All assigned trips will begin and end in the assigned domicile.
SkyWest flight attendants on reserve will not exceed 19 duty days per month.
Initial New Hire Training: Initial New Hire Flight Attendant Training is held in Salt Lake City, Utah at the SkyWest Airlines Hangar. The first phase of training will take place for 31 consecutive days with two non-consecutive days off. Classroom instruction times will vary and can last up to 10 hours per day.
Training Compensation: During the first phase of Initial New Hire, trainees will receive 65 flight hours per bid period (pay will be pro-rated as applicable). Crewmember pay dates are the 7th and 22nd of each month.
Trainees will receive a home study packet at least 10 days before attending Initial New Hire Flight Attendant Training and will be tested on the contents during the first day. Failure to pass will result in dismissal from the training.
Domiciles will be assigned following the end of Initial New Hire Flight Attendant Training. Assignments will be based on operational need, as well as company seniority. Those who prefer a different domicile than they are assigned may submit a transfer request after they have completed IOE. Transfer times vary depending on the growth in the desired domicile
IOE is the second phase of Initial New Hire Flight Attendant Training and will be scheduled to accommodate operational staffing needs. The length of time between the first phase and IOE will vary based on company need. IOE typically lasts 2-6 days depending on training qualifications needed.
Once IOE has been successfully completed, the new hire will be assigned a reserve work schedule at his/her assigned domicile. If relocation is required, the new hire will be given four days to relocate to the assigned domicile upon completion of initial new hire ground training (prior to IOE). SkyWest will provide up to three nights of hotel accommodations at a trainee’s domicile if needed.
Thirty to 90 days following IOE, the third and final phase of Initial New Hire Flight Attendant Training will be conducted. This final phase, known as the Initial Line Check, must be completed with a satisfactory score.
Seniority is determined by the flight attendant’s date of hire (the first day of training) and the last four digits of their Social Security number.
SkyWest operates flights every day of the year, requiring flight attendants to work a rotating schedule with variable hours that include holidays and weekends. Flight attendants need to have the stamina needed to work up to 16 hours per day with frequent change in climate and weather conditions. The flight attendant position requires travel on a constant basis with exposure to air turbulence, dry air, varying noise levels from aircraft engines and working in confined spaces. Flight attendants will work in confined spaces with exposure to the following: nuts, animals, latex gloves, perfumes, cleaning solvents, fumes, dust, pet dander, etc. Flight attendants with allergies must be able to effectively manage them in order to work in this environment.