Rapper and record executive, Rick Ross, took to social media to advertise an open position for flight attendants for his private plane, but his offer is a bit of a lowball.
Want To Be A Flight Attendant On A Private Jet?
Rick Ross, a rapper and record executive, is hiring a flight attendant (possibly several) for his private plane. Rick Ross’ plane is a Gulfstream G550 (stylized by Duncan Aviation) named “Maybach Air” capable of very long-haul flights.
“Qualifications for the job run the gamut. Applicants must have prior flight attendant experience, “that positive vibe,” a desire to “travel the world” and “be about our business,” Ross said. “Let’s be professional.” – Rick Ross on Instagram via the Washington Post
He added, “you gotta be able to prepare the cuisine, serve the cuisine. I’ve had a seizure on the plane before, you gotta be able to handle the CPR.”
He requested “serious vibes only.”
You can view his video here.
For the unfamiliar, Mr. Ross (real name: William Leonard Roberts III) has sold millions of studio albums during his music career. He formed Maybach Music Group (MMG) after his record label name under Jay-Z’s Def Jam Records after a bidding war from Bad Boy Entertainment in 2006. His album, Port of Miami, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In the music industry, and specifically hip hop, he has been a force collaborating with other contemporaries like Meek Mill and Wale. But it’s his other businesses that have soared Rick Ross’ net worth to an estimated $150 million by Forbes. He is an owner in a fast food chicken wing chain valued at more than $5 bn, and it’s Rick Ross’ real estate investments that seem to most affect his holdings. He famously bought the Atlanta home formerly owned by Evander Holyfield for just over $5.8 million.
However, that estimate leaves him well short of “billionaire’s row.”
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How Does The Pay Compare?
In the video, Mr. Ross offers a pay range of $85,000-115,000 annually. He requires experienced flight attendants with prior work history. For comparison, most private flight attendants make more than $200,000 – well above commercial rates. This does not include extras like insurance benefits, retirement savings, or per diems which some receive, and some do not.
Private flight attendants face challenges that commercial FAs do not. Their schedules are less predictable, may require excessive hours, and many have described going above and beyond their job roles to secure specialty catering while on the ground. Ross specifically calls out attention to cuisine several times, as well as attending to guests he plans on hosting.
One might have to assume that Ross has not researched the role and its pay range with the same ferocity that he approaches real estate investments. Surely, in the current market, flight attendants commercial or private will be able to fetch rates at least commensurate with the rest of the field. His pay range is 40-60% light without any mention of benefits.
If he secures a flight attendant at this rate, it is unlikely they will have the experience he is looking for.
While you can’t fault the guy for trying, it seems that he may have little to no understanding of what he’s requesting or what that might cost. He will likely quietly pay more for the right candidate, or acquiesce on his requirements. While I wish him (and his future FA) the best of luck on their travels around the world, “let’s be professional.” There’s no profit in lowballing future hires. You can take that all the way to the bank, in a G550 or a Maybach.
What do you think? Is Rick Ross uninformed about flight attendant pay or is he trying to lowball? Would you apply for a position on Maybach Air?