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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 Captain Upgrade Time/Years
Endeavor $10,000 Training Completion Bonus, $2,000 Pilot Referral Bonus. $66,500 1.5
CommutAir $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention Bonus, plus $11,100 sign-on bonus OR $22,100 sign-on bonus paid prior to start of training. $2,500 Pilot Referral Bonus. Direct Captain eligible pilots will receive a $50,000 sign-on bonus and immediate captain upgrade opportunities, and up to $122,000 in year one benefits and compensation. $63,500 1.5
Silver $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus OR a $12,000 Signing Bonus: $3000 paid upon completion of training, $3000 paid after one year, and $6000 after the second year. $2,500 per pilot referral bonus. $47,500 1.5
GoJet $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention Bonus drawn from New Hire bonus OR a $51,000 signing bonus with $26,000 paid as a New Hire bonus over year one, a $15,000 bonus paid over year two, and a $10,000 bonus paid over year three. Current and qualified pilots from any scheduled US or international air carrier are eligible for an additional $5,000 bonus. $10,000 bonus for each successful pilot referral. $67,500 1.5
Piedmont $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus and $7,000 Signing Bonus OR a $18,000 Signing Bonus. Additional $5,000 bonus for Part 121 Experience. $69,000 1.5
PSA $18,000 Signing Bonus, $10,000 at end of training/$8000 at end of first year. $72,000 1.5
Envoy Air Receive a $10,000 bonus when you complete training, and an additional $8,000 bonus after completing one year of service. $5,000 of the training completion bonus can be drawn as a Tuition Assistance bonus as a Cadet Flight Instructor. Experienced Part 121 pilots can earn up to $23,000 sign-on bonus and upgrade to Captain in under six months. $75,000 2.0
Republic $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention bonus PLUS $6,500 signing bonus or $17,500 Signing Bonus, $4,000 Referral Bonus. $65,500 1.5
SkyWest $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus. A $7,500 bonus for pilots with current turbojet type rating is available upon completion of IOE. The $7,500 bonus is also available for qualified military pilots. $61,000 1.5
Mesa $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $7,500 Retention Bonus, PLUS $22,500 sign-on Bonus paid after the completion of IOE. Cadets can advance $10,000 of sign-on bonus at contract signing. OR $22,500 sign-on Bonus paid after the completion of IOE. $5,000 bonus for eligible type rated pilots with 500+ hours of experience. $81,000 1.5
Trans States $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus drawn from year one bonus OR up to $40,000 in year one bonuses: a $15,000 retention bonus paid upon completion of IOE, $10,000 Type Rating Bonus upon completion of IOE, $15,000 at the end of year one. $10,000 Pilot Referral bonus. $81,750 1.5
Compass $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus OR a $7,500 signing bonus. $10,000 per pilot referral bonus. $62,500 2.0
ExpressJet $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus drawn from $22,000 signing bonus, OR $22,000 signing bonus $10,000 earned quarterly override paid out in $2,500 increments, $1,000 pilot referral bonus, $5000 Type Rating Bonus. $66,100 1.5
Air Wisconsin Up to $57,000 Sign-on Bonuses with $5,000 paid on first paycheck, $26,000 paid at completion of IOE, $18,000 Retention Bonuses $10,000 paid after first anniversary, $8,000 if pilot has not upgraded to Captain, $8,000 Type Rating Bonus -Pilots with Part 91K, 121 or 135 carrier with an ATP and type rating in an aircraft greater than 12,500 lbs. Paid at the completion of IOE. $67,720 1.2
Horizon Air $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus drawn from New Hire bonus. New hire bonus ($25,000 for Q400 pilots, $20,000 for E175 pilots), Up to $5,200 in company performance bonus. Up to $5,400 per diem. $68,500 1.5

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