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Regional Airline Pilot PayEffective First-Year Pay

The shortage of pilots qualified to fly for the airlines is causing regional airlines to offer signing bonuses, tuition reimbursement, and other incentives. Compare the effective first-year pay at each regional airline and how much you will earn.

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Airline Signing/Retention Program Effective Annual First-Year Pay
Air Wisconsin $5,000 Training Completion bonus. $52,191
CommutAir $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention Bonus. Direct Entry Captains receive up to an $18,000 signing bonus. $50,330
Endeavor $10,000 Training Completion Bonus. $72,065
Envoy Air $15,000 Sign-On Bonus. $74,174
GoJet $47,129
Horizon Air $12,500 Flight Training Stipend paid $5,000 after Instrument Rating and $7,500 after Commerical Multiengine Land. $53,545
Mesa $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $7,500 Retention Bonus. $53,772
Piedmont $7,500 Cadet bonus & $15,000 Sign-On Bonus. $72,130
PSA $15,000 Sign-On Bonus. $74,378
Republic $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention Bonus drawn from $17,000 Sign On Bonus. $70,737
SkyWest $17,500 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI, $7,500 bonus for pilots with current turbojet type rating is available upon completion of IOE. $56,123

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