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First Officers

First Officers
Take to the skies with PSA. Join our team as a First Officer and receive industry leading compensation.
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You Deserve the PSA Difference

The most lucrative and stable career path in commercial aviation

As a PSA pilot, you’ll be part of a growing, close-knit, passionate team flying exclusively for American Airlines. You’ll receive the industry's highest compensation, unparalleled advancement opportunities, and benefits few other regionals can match.

  • CL-65 Type Rating Bonus up to $100,000
  • Part 135 Longevity credit for applicable PIC time
  • Industry-leading First Officer compensation with starting wages at $93 per hour
  • Captain pay ($150 - $217.50 per hour) at 750 hours
  • 121 Longevity Match
  • Direct flow to American Airlines
  • Crew bases in CLT, DAY, DCA, PHL and DFW
  • Valuable Commuter Benefits
The Premier Pilot Hiring Program

The Best Pilots Deserve The Best Compensation

Industry-leading compensation including:

  • First Officer rates at $93-$111.75 per hour
  • Captain rates at $150-$217.50 per hour (Captain pay begins at 750 hours)
  • Line Check Airman receive a 200% pay credit

Transformative industry pay, with industry-leading wages and bonuses. Check out our pilot wage progression.

The Guaranteed Path to American Airlines

You’ll be on a direct career path from PSA to American Airlines as soon as you are hired.

First Officer

1. Industry-leading hourly pay starting at $93 (75-hour monthly guarantee)

You don’t have to wait to receive top-of-industry starting wages.


2. Upgrade to Captain

Continue your personal growth at PSA with a career path designed by you. PSA Pilots can advance their career with opportunities outside of the cockpit such as mentoring new-hire and cadet pilots, developing skills through our Professional Excellence and Leadership courses, and progressing into instructing or corporate leadership positions.

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3. Join American Airlines

Flow through is your guarantee to becoming a First Officer with the world’s largest airline. “Joining the PSA team will give you the training and experience you’ll need to join American,” Robert Isom, President, American Airlines.

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This is the start of a career you can be proud of from day one.

Robert Isom, CEO of American Airlines

Crew Bases

Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Professional sports teams and NASCAR
  • World-class museums
  • Easy flights from most of the east coast
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
  • Professional sports teams
  • Vibrant food scene
  • Beautiful green spaces, lakes and trails
Dayton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
  • Birthplace of aviation
  • Home of USAF Museum 
  • Thriving arts community and diverse culture 
  • Metro parks offering, biking, kayaking and camping
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
  • Nation’s Capital
  • Museums rich in history and political significance
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • City rich in history and political significance
  • Home to Independence Hall
  • Birthplace of the Philly Cheese Steak
  • Professional sports teams
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  • Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)
  • Travel privileges for you, your family and friends on American Airlines
  • American Airlines Group (AAG) profit sharing
  • 12-23% discount on subscription to Coradine LogTen Pro X pilot logbook

Check Your Qualifications

You've worked hard to prepare to be a First Officer. See how close you are and apply.

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