FLIGHT ATTENDANT SALARY SCALE

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Eddy in Orlando, Florida

82 months ago

MESA AIR GROUP

COMPENSATION

Starting pay for Flight Attendants is: $15.91 ( per flight hour)

After 6 months: $17.05 (per flight hour)

After one year: $18.77 (per flight hour)

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JayFA in Washington, District of Columbia

82 months ago

REPUBLIC AIRWAYS HOLDING (REPUBLIC AIRWAYS, SHUTTLE AMERICA, CHAUTAUGUA)

COMPENSATION

Pay:
Starting hourly rate: $17.59 per flight hour
6 months: $18.58 per f/h
1 year: $19.70 per f/h
2 years: $21.11 per f/h

Year 15 Max Cap: $33.07 per f/h
~After year 15 you get a .50 raise every year up until year 20 then the raises stop.

PER DIEM: $1.75 per hour

Guaranteed 75 hrs per month

*Also in contract negotiations*

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Marry Me Fly Free in Chicago, Illinois

82 months ago

What are typical second jobs FA's have in order to help pay the bills?

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Curious

82 months ago

Eddy in Orlando, Florida said: I will start with UNITED

1st year - $20.49, 2nd year - $23.97, 3rd year - $25.28, 4th year - $27.26, 5th year - $29.25
There are annual increases through the 16th year.

per diem expense reimbursement of $1.95-$2.50 per hour

Is there a minimum monthly hours paid? I know this varies with airlines?

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future flight attendant in Mundelein, Illinois

82 months ago

Anyone knows American Airline's salary scale?

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ChicagoHopeful in Chicago, Illinois

81 months ago

Apryljane in West Park said: That's all they pay for such a pretty job? No thank you, I rather to be restaurant waitress that an air waitress. I would make much more.

...the benefits don't add up darling. Hunk about what you just said.moat waitresses, I was one, make $3.99 an hour plus tips. You have to just your ass for tips. Being a FA isn't about the pay, it's about the experience gained, customer service, The benefits, as well as safety to customers. You cant compare a FA to a normal waitress.

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Apryljane in West Park

81 months ago

ChicagoHopeful in Chicago, Illinois said: ...the benefits don't add up darling. Hunk about what you just said.moat waitresses, I was one, make $3.99 an hour plus tips. You have to just your ass for tips. Being a FA isn't about the pay, it's about the experience gained, customer service , The benefits, as well as safety to customers. You cant compare a FA to a normal waitress.

The benefits of what> providing customer service? been responsible for people? How are those benefits? Those are big responsibilities which you should be getting big bucks for.

I'm not been negative but I thought cabin crew get a minimum of $40/h plus benefits. I'm just a bit shock that all the dressing up and rudeness from passengers are not worth it.

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Eddy in Brooklyn, New York

81 months ago

I can tell you guys also that US Airways pay for the first year 20.51, that's all I know so far.

Apryljane: I know what you mean, I use to be a winter in the Italian pavilion in epcot , Disney, average of 300 dollars at day, but look, this is a life style that a person choose, is not a money job and everybody know it.

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San Francisco UA in Oakland, California

81 months ago

Apryljane in West Park said: The benefits of what> providing customer service? been responsible for people? How are those benefits? Those are big responsibilities which you should be getting big bucks for.

I'm not been negative but I thought cabin crew get a minimum of $40/h plus benefits. I'm just a bit shock that all the dressing up and rudeness from passengers are not worth it.

The pay increases as you gain seniority -- being airline employees (ESPECIALLY Unionized, as most airline jobs are) we get yearly increases as well as profit sharing. I am in my 13th year at United and each flight hour I get paid around $41 plus per-diem expenses, purser, night pay, etc. The highest-paid flight attendants work at Southwest, which pays over $60/hour.

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AE Flyer in UpNDaSky

79 months ago

Zara in Boston, Massachusetts said: Schedule flexibility is also worth a lot to some of us... makes it possible to have another job or to stay home as much as possibe or to travel as much as possible ;)

First year as a FA, I made maybe 22K$, but all the trips we took added up to over 50K$ (spouse, parents, buddy passes for my brothers...) - how else would I go oversea monthly?

you get buddy passes your 1st year?

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Zara in Boston, Massachusetts

79 months ago

Just to clarify, buddy passes from the day you are done with training.

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Jessica in Austin, Texas

75 months ago

San Francisco UA in Oakland, California said: The pay increases as you gain seniority -- being airline employees (ESPECIALLY Unionized, as most airline jobs are) we get yearly increases as well as profit sharing. I am in my 13th year at United and each flight hour I get paid around $41 plus per-diem expenses, purser, night pay, etc. The highest-paid flight attendants work at Southwest, which pays over $60/hour.

I haven't worked for Southwest, but their pay is supposed to be the highest of the big airlines. This article has the averages: www.jobunlocker.com/blog/how-to-get-a-job-as-a-flight-attendant/

Delta Airlines – $25.38
United Airlines – $30.13
Southwest Airlines – $35.87
American Airlines – $30.54

Eddy in Orlando, Florida said: I will start with UNITED

1st year - $20.49, 2nd year - $23.97, 3rd year - $25.28, 4th year - $27.26, 5th year - $29.25
There are annual increases through the 16th year.

per diem expense reimbursement of $1.95-$2.50 per hour for all trips.

Good info Eddy, here's the full chart I had in my excel sheet for United. Not sure if anyone cares for this much detail, but I'm sure it's a similar progression for most airline unions. I think it's had a small increase since this chart too:

United Domestic International
1st year $18.46 $19.00
2nd year $19.51 $20.06
3rd year $20.75 $21.31
4th year $21.34 $21.89
5th year $24.20 $24.74
6th year $31.82 $35.42
7th year $33.54 $37.11
8th year $34.37 $37.86
9th year $35.49 $39.11
10th year $36.63 $39.88
11th year $37.42 $40.77
12th year $38.31 $41.78
13th year $39.14 $42.57
14th year $39.75 $43.14
15th year $39.75 $43.14
16th year+ $39.75 $43.14

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Crosscheck in Miami, Florida

75 months ago

Jessica in Austin, Texas said: I haven't worked for Southwest, but their pay is supposed to be the highest of the big airlines. This article has the averages: www.jobunlocker.com/blog/how-to-get-a-job-as-a-flight-attendant/

Delta Airlines – $25.38
United Airlines – $30.13
Southwest Airlines – $35.87
American Airlines – $30.54

Good info Eddy, here's the full chart I had in my excel sheet for United. Not sure if anyone cares for this much detail, but I'm sure it's a similar progression for most airline unions. I think it's had a small increase since this chart too:

United Domestic International
1st year $18.46 $19.00
2nd year $19.51 $20.06
3rd year $20.75 $21.31
4th year $21.34 $21.89
5th year $24.20 $24.74
6th year $31.82 $35.42
7th year $33.54 $37.11
8th year $34.37 $37.86
9th year $35.49 $39.11
10th year $36.63 $39.88
11th year $37.42 $40.77
12th year $38.31 $41.78
13th year $39.14 $42.57
14th year $39.75 $43.14
15th year $39.75 $43.14
16th year+ $39.75 $43.14

It is :)

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BeachyKinz in Virginia Beach, Virginia

75 months ago

Thank you!! I am VERY fortunate for the experience and yes, I am looking to get back into it finally. :)

I totally thought that also, about crashpads. Basically most people throw-in an amount say like 150 or so a month (depending on the city and that is inclusive of utilities, some places the amount includes the ability to eat whatever groceries are in the kitchen) and everyone just comes and goes as they need to. Some places there are more people listed on the crashpad than there are beds--but it would never be full while you are there. You just wash your sheets on your way out basically. (Yeah, it's crazy!) You can find crash pads on craigslist just to give you an idea of the area you would potentially be based. But like I said, once you are with the company or at least in training you would probably meet people who knew of a crashpad and end up linking up with them.

Basically if you had to fly out on a trip tomorrow morning...you would "check the loads" on your commuter flights and figure out when to go from your home airport to your base airport (sometime today) then spend the night at the crashpad before your show time at the airport in the AM.

Sometimes you get back from your trip and try to make your flight to your home airport...and it is full or maybe you were delayed and it has already left. Then you would just go back to your crashpad and look into flying standby the next morning.

If you are willing to take the possibility of a major life upheaval...you're on the right track. I would say "then you'll absolutely love it!!" but everyone is different and many people do leave within the first few months out of training. It is definitely a life change!!

The good vibes comment comes from the fact that one airline I went to I felt like something was REALLY off about everyone I met working there. When they offered I just had to say no. I can't even describe it--but no one I met made excited about working there.

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J Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York

74 months ago

Jessica in Austin, Texas said: I haven't worked for Southwest, but their pay is supposed to be the highest of the big airlines . This article has the averages: www.jobunlocker.com/blog/how-to-get-a-job-as-a-flight-attendant/

Delta Airlines – $25.38
United Airlines – $30.13
Southwest Airlines – $35.87
American Airlines – $30.54

Good info Eddy, here's the full chart I had in my excel sheet for United. Not sure if anyone cares for this much detail, but I'm sure it's a similar progression for most airline unions. I think it's had a small increase since this chart too:

United Domestic International
1st year $18.46 $19.00
2nd year $19.51 $20.06
3rd year $20.75 $21.31
4th year $21.34 $21.89
5th year $24.20 $24.74
6th year $31.82 $35.42
7th year $33.54 $37.11
8th year $34.37 $37.86
9th year $35.49 $39.11
10th year $36.63 $39.88
11th year $37.42 $40.77
12th year $38.31 $41.78
13th year $39.14 $42.57
14th year $39.75 $43.14
15th year $39.75 $43.14
16th year+ $39.75 $43.14

Maybe I should look into flying. What's the percentage of male FA's?

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chrysanthi in Greece

73 months ago

hi,
can someone please tell me what the salaries for flight attendants in each air company of america are ? and i would also appreciate it if you could tell me the companies that accept 18 years old people
chrysanthi

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Pandora in Canton, Michigan

57 months ago

chandris7 in Jamestown, North Carolina said: After a year do you get more then 75 hours a month because I was wanting to know if I am making the right choice

You will be able to pick up more trips on your days off starting immediately

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mark in San Jose, California

56 months ago

check out www.cabinforums.com for hourly rate scales for different airlines.

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lulubell in Woburn, Massachusetts

54 months ago

Zara in Boston, Massachusetts said: Just to clarify, buddy passes from the day you are done with training.

Hi Zara, which airline do you work for? WhayWhat can you tell me about United? Thanks!

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Christensenr

54 months ago

ChicagoHopeful in Chicago, Illinois said: ...the benefits don't add up darling. Hunk about what you just said.moat waitresses, I was one, make $3.99 an hour plus tips. You have to just your ass for tips. Being a FA isn't about the pay, it's about the experience gained, customer service , The benefits, as well as safety to customers. You cant compare a FA to a normal waitress.

You can't compare it to anything actually. Quite frankly this job isn't good for anyone unless it's what they REALLy want to do. I'm 24 and work for Wells Fargo and make more than double what they make. I wanted to have this job but after seeing the small pay- it's just not a realistic grown up job.But for those that are right out of college or high school who are happy just to make more than minimum wage, it's perfect.

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shyskyprincess in Duncanville, Texas

53 months ago

What is the hourly pay for first and second year flight attendants at Southwest Airlines? I have applied but would like to know what I should expect before the interview.

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fly_luv in Orange, California

53 months ago

First year SWA is $22.64 and second is $24.82 with raises between 2 and 6 dollars every year thereafter topping off at 13 years.

The pay is per "trip" which comes out to 246 nautical miles or roughly 45 minutes. A typical 3 day trip pays about 20 hours which (including per diem) would come out to $568 for a new hire and about $1200 to a 13 yr flight attendant. For 3 days of work. The minimum schedule built is 3 days a week and you can pick up around that for more money or build it down. Completely flexible.

Thats why I chuckled when I read that comment by Christensenr. The average salary is quite comfortable and we top out with a six figure salary so I am very pleased with my "realistic grown up job".

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sunnynaples in Naples, Florida

51 months ago

San Francisco UA in Oakland, California said: The pay increases as you gain seniority -- being airline employees (ESPECIALLY Unionized, as most airline jobs are) we get yearly increases as well as profit sharing. I am in my 13th year at United and each flight hour I get paid around $41 plus per-diem expenses, purser, night pay, etc. The highest-paid flight attendants work at Southwest, which pays over $60/hour.

Great information Thank you! Do you have any tips or advice on someone that will finish training and get their wings in 6-7 weeks, and may be transferred for the East Coast to the West, San Francisco that is. Seems that all new FA hires are been sent to San Fran?? As this is a life changer for me and extremely excited and honored to be a part of the United Airlines family.....I'm just concerned on how Im going to make hit financially as a new FA, and San Francisco been the most expensive city in the U.S. it seems. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Rien in Gilbert, Arizona

49 months ago

I don't know who is posting the pay scale for American Airlines but it is completely wrong. We top out at $55.58 an hour after 13 years of service with Per Diem at $2.10 per hour.

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Apee1966 in Caledonia, Wisconsin

47 months ago

San Francisco UA in Oakland, California said: The pay increases as you gain seniority -- being airline employees (ESPECIALLY Unionized, as most airline jobs are) we get yearly increases as well as profit sharing. I am in my 13th year at United and each flight hour I get paid around $41 plus per-diem expenses, purser, night pay, etc. The highest-paid flight attendants work at Southwest, which pays over $60/hour.

Ok, but how do you compare hourly pay to trips per pay? This is very confusing too me. Can someone do a breakdown on how that works? I know FA's don't get paid till the aircraft is pushed away from the gate & I can imagine when you pick your trips, it tells you that it pays so many "trips per pay". Any help explaining this would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Moe in New York, New York

47 months ago

Wow there pay scale is actually pretty good.

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Fly_Mom88

45 months ago

anyone have starting out pay for all the major airlines, also wether their training is paid or unpaid and if you recieve flight privelages for self. family and friends from day u complete training or if its after youve been emoloyed so long? Im looking at Delta,United, American,& Southwest for the major carriers. but also considering a few smaller airlines like Psa, compass and Alaskan. also anyother airline suggestion are welcomed... Looking to be based in Memphis. Nashville. knoxville (for psa) sacremento,oakland,or san francisco areas so any airlines better for those would be awsome!

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FLY-Girl in Dickinson, Texas

42 months ago

I work for SkyWest airline we start out at 17.85 after 6months it goes up to 18.35 and after 1 year it's 21.35 and 1.85 per-diem

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Sissy D in Richmond, Virginia

42 months ago

Does anyone know the pay scale for Virgin America ?

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Halodreaming in San Diego, California

41 months ago

What is diem? I don't understand sorry :(
I'm new to this and I just got invited to a F2F interview with American Airlines, does anyone know a lot about them?

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Peanut Pusher in Henderson, Nevada

41 months ago

Hi,

Per Diem is a low amount of money given to you by the company for purposes for food, calls, etc on your trip and layover. It is around $2.25. It starts when you check in for your trip and finishes when you return. Say you checking at 2pm and return back to base the next day at 4pm. That is 26 hours away from base.
So 26*$2.25 = $58.50 tax free, this is in addition to your flight pay.

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Flo in Hollywood, Florida

39 months ago

I don't see anything for corporate FA...does anyone know? in South FL? PLEEEEEEASE!

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guyguy1 in Lake Worth, Florida

38 months ago

FLY-Girl in Dickinson, Texas said: I work for SkyWest airline we start out at 17.85 after 6months it goes up to 18.35 and after 1 year it's 21.35 and 1.85 per-diem

Hey Fly Girl, I am applying to skywest soon. Is it true that they cap your hours and don't let you pick up extra shifts or at least don't let you pick up too many extra shifts? A response would be really appreciated, thanks.

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flo in Hollywood, Florida

38 months ago

guyguy1 in Lake Worth, Florida said: Hey Fly Girl, I am applying to skywest soon. Is it true that they cap your hours and don't let you pick up extra shifts or at least don't let you pick up too many extra shifts? A response would be really appreciated, thanks.

How many hours a month they guarantee ?

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guyguy1 in Lake Worth, Florida

38 months ago

No I mean do they prevent you from picking up shifts? Is there a max amount of hours they will let you fly? Before they say no, you cant work that many hours. Other than the FAA sleep requirements.

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jmd101# in Houston, Texas

37 months ago

Does anyone know the current salary for SW airlines? and how much the salary increases yearly?

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jmd101# in Houston, Texas

37 months ago

Do you get 40 hours a week when you start for SWA?

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Tyra

37 months ago

Hello just applied for United as I live 15 min from Bush does anybody know if I have to
Move away? I applied for Houston flight attendant listing. Thanks!!

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Mary in Texas

34 months ago

Christensenr said: You can't compare it to anything actually. Quite frankly this job isn't good for anyone unless it's what they REALLy want to do. I'm 24 and work for Wells Fargo and make more than double what they make. I wanted to have this job but after seeing the small pay- it's just not a realistic grown up job.But for those that are right out of college or high school who are happy just to make more than minimum wage, it's perfect.

So you make over $30.00 an hour? No, I KNOW you don't becuase I know several people who work there and make not nearly as much as Airline staff..Flight Attendants AND others.

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Chuck in Ambler, Pennsylvania

33 months ago

Christensenr said: You can't compare it to anything actually. Quite frankly this job isn't good for anyone unless it's what they REALLy want to do. I'm 24 and work for Wells Fargo and make more than double what they make. I wanted to have this job but after seeing the small pay- it's just not a realistic grown up job.But for those that are right out of college or high school who are happy just to make more than minimum wage, it's perfect.

Or the wives of men who make much more. I'm marrying a flight attendant who is averaging just $30k a year (year two). But the benefits are really nice. I will be able to practically fly anywhere for free. Plus her company's health insurance is better than mine.

I make $110k, so we are going to get the best of both worlds.

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Chuck in Ambler, Pennsylvania

33 months ago

Or husbands :)

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Lion in Riverside, California

33 months ago

Apparently Horizon is 17-19K first year.

Not sure what they go by an hour or their per diem.

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NikkiWantsHerWings in Detroit, Michigan

33 months ago

How aften are you typically flying per month as opposed to off days. What is the starting pay for delta airlines? And how soon are you able to use the free flight perk? What are the chances of being located at a base other than your home state base?

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DLCrewChick in Albuquerque

33 months ago

Lion in Riverside, California said: Apparently Horizon is 17-19K first year.

Not sure what they go by an hour or their per diem.

Delta pays about $28 a flight hour to start. That is one of the highest in the industry.

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readytofly2 in plano, Illinois

33 months ago

$28 to start? That's great. I will be completing my VI tonight. Super excited to be considered for the f/a position.

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Kimberly2000 in Birmingham, Alabama

32 months ago

I was intrigued by the hourly pay also, however I just learned that you get a max of 80 per MONTH!? How can a person survive on $1600 a month? There are not any 40 hour work weeks. I'm disappointed....

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AA11 in Dallas, Texas

32 months ago

What are you talking about?

If you work for big legacy airlines like American Airlines and you reach top pay after 12 years you can easily make above $80,000 a year if you work 80 hours a week, which is the average.

People on American and United who have been there for more than 12 years and work 85-100 hours a month easily can make more than $100,000. It's not just the hourly pay rate. Flying international, knowing a language, being a purser etc. pays extra. Plus, you get per diem while you're on the ground and all big airlines have profit sharing which is extra money in your pocket every year.

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Kimberly2000 in Birmingham, Alabama

32 months ago

I think you misunderstood. your first year you get 80 hours per month, not 80 hours a week. That is $1600 a month? How can you survive on that?

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Kimberly2000 in Birmingham, Alabama

32 months ago

And I'm not meaning to be rude at all. You are talking about 12 years from now, your first few years you will make pennies basically. That make sense? I had to do a lot more research to find this out, I was mis-informed also. Average first year flight attendant pay is 18k-20k a year.

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AA11 in Dallas, Texas

32 months ago

Yes, I mean a month. Sorry.

Are we just talking about the first year? Yes, the first year sucks. But what did you expect? To make $70,000 the first year? The more you stay, the better it gets. You know that every single year you will get a raise. And you know that after 12 years you reach top pay. That is not the case with any other job. You never know when and how much your raise is going to be.

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