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Need Advice:Interview With Expressjet Airlines

Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:13 pm

Good Afternoon All,

I have been an avid fan of airliners.net however never signed up before, am now needing some help from anyone who can give me their input. I am currently in the field of accounting, however am very people oriented and wanting a career change. I applied to Expressjet Airlines to serve as a flight attendatn, and within 48 hours got a job interview offer. Here is what I really need help with. I am pretty fresh out of college, a bachelor, have my own apartment, etc, I am worried as I do not know on average what to expect as far as a paycheck every two weeks, or approxiamately what a salary for this kind of position is. Here is the other thing, im single, and live alone so I could definietly pick up extra shifts etc to help my pary. So my question is starting out every two weeks what do you think my paycheck would look like even if its not a specific amount, also what about per diem etc. Does anyone know if you can bid on extra routes etc for increased pay? I know it says you get a guarteended 80 hours per month, but I would like to work much more than that .I just do not want to make a major career change and then run into problems. Anyone with any input, adivce, recommendations, etc, PLEASE PLEASE write me, I hope to get a lot of feedback as I signed up on this thread to get this question answered. I hope I get the job, however am a little anxious about some of my questions. Once again, THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE!!
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RE: Need Advice:Interview With Expressjet Airlines

Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:34 pm

Looks like at the 80 hour mark you could pull down ~1500 your first month without taking out taxes. Multiply $19 against how many hours you think you might be able to grab.
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RE: Need Advice:Interview With Expressjet Airlines

Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:36 pm

Flight attendants, much like pilots, start on reserve. That means your hours are solely dependent on the need for F/As. Which means that you would have to move to whatever domicile (airport) they assign you or be within 1-2 hours from that airport. The pay is dirt, but since I am at work and unable to access any other website (other than airliners and the faa page), I cannot provide direct links to F/A pay, but you can google it to determine how much you would get per hour. Remember, unlike most jobs, your work month is a guarantee 70-80 hours paid per **month**. If you fly more than that, then great, if not, thats how much you will be paid for the month. You also get a per diem any time you are away from your domicile. That pay isn't much, but without knowing XE's per diem rate, I can only guestimate based on what I have heard, which is around $1.50 you are away, regardless if you are on the clock or not.
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RE: Need Advice:Interview With Expressjet Airlines

Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:42 pm

And don't get any pets. Really. You may not be home for extended periods.
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RE: Need Advice:Interview With Expressjet Airlines

Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:00 pm

Quoting wipeout248 (Thread starter):
im single, and live alone

Good, because any situation other than that would not pan out well for a starting FA. Be ready to move - you can commute to reserve, but it's really not worth it unless there are a lot of flights between where you live and where you're based (SFO and LAX, for instance, or DC and NYC) and you have someplace in your base where you can sleep so that you don't have to spend money on a crashpad.

The job is going to be what you make of it. It will be thankless, and you will not make a lot of money doing it, but if you really love flying and being around people who do, that's stuff that you can learn to live with.

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RE: Need Advice:Interview With Expressjet Airlines

Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:24 pm

I'm a newly hired FA for ExpressJet... We get paid twice a month. My first paycheck is around $600 take home pay. My second monthly paycheck is around $1150. This is take home pay (after taxes). When you are on reserve you are not able to pick up extra shifts to make ends meet. I would strongly recommend having a cash cushion entering this job because I really don't know how some FA's make it.

You should always do what is going to make you happy in life, but if I were you (and I know I'm not) I'd stick with the accounting field, make a ton of money and then later in life (30's, 40's or 50's) go with an FA job if that's something you'd still want to do. It's just that if you become an FA now and stick with it I think you'll find it a lot harder to re-enter the accounting field as your resume will show you spent most your time as an FA.

Anyway, best of luck to you no matter what you decide to do!

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RE: Need Advice:Interview With Expressjet Airlines

Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:41 pm

Apply for a job with Emirates, they are always looking for new people and their accommodation for flight attendants is pretty sweet. Not the best pay, but a good experience nonetheless.
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RE: Need Advice:Interview With Expressjet Airlines

Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:42 pm

If you think you'll enjoy being a flight attendant, by all means, take the plunge! My first airline was a regional airline. The hours can be long, the pay is typically not great, and the conditions aren't always the nicest (regionals give very few resources to FAs to do their jobs with!) - but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Not only did it give me great experience in the airline industry, its made me truly appreciate my position now with a mainline carrier.

I used to train new-hire flight attendants. I told them two things:

1) Flying is what you make of it.
2) When you stop having fun it is time to leave.

Keep your options open. Enjoy the interview process. If you get hired and can afford to take the job, do so. You can always move on to another airline, another position at ExpressJet, or another career entirely.

If you do accept the job make sure you know where training is, how long it will be, and what they pay for training. This will help you with your initial budgeting. Also, never budget yourself to spend more money than your monthly guarantee. If you do break guarantee, either pay off existing debt faster, or do what I did: Save that money for the slow months. September-November are hard months for reserve FAs. So are JAN/FEB/MAR (until Spring break) and most of April and May.

Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions. I'm on my third airline now - and look back at myself starting at 20 and think "How the heck did I survive that!?" But I did! Three intial trainings down ... hope this is my last airline!

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