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Regional Airline Pilot PayEffective First-Year Pay

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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
Endeavor $10,000 Training Completion Bonus, $2,000 Pilot Referral Bonus. $71,000
CommutAir $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention Bonus. $2,500 Pilot Referral Bonus. $50,500
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. $53,100
GoJet $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention Bonus. $47,100
Piedmont $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus drawn from signing bonus OR a $18,000 New Hire Bonus. Direct Entry Captains receive a $33,000 signing bonus. $76,000
PSA $18,000 Signing Bonus, $10,000 upon completion of IOE/$8000 at end of year one. $76,000
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. $76,000
Republic $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention bonus. $64,500
SkyWest 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. $55,250
Mesa $5,000 bonus for eligible type rated pilots with 500+ hours of experience. $46,200
ExpressJet $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus, $10,000 earned quarterly override paid out in $2,500 increments, $1,000 pilot referral bonus, $5000 Type Rating Bonus. $59,100
Air Wisconsin $8,000 Type Rating bonus. $47,100
Horizon Air $5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI plus $6,000 Retention Bonus drawn from New Hire bonus. New hire bonus ($20,000 for Q400 pilots, $10,000 for E175 pilots), Up to $5,200 in company performance bonus. Up to $5,400 per diem. $73,500

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