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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.

  • Industry leading First Officer compensation with starting wages at $51.55 per hour
  • Guaranteed Flow to American Airlines
  • Crew bases in CLT, DAY, DCA, and PHL
The Premier Pilot Hiring Program

The Best Pilots Deserve The Best Compensation

  • Pilot Retention Bonus Program, up to $150,000.
  • High Experience Bonus, $15,000 for those with at least 1,000 hours of qualified FAR 121 experience or $10,000 for those with at least 600 hours of qualified FAR 121 experience.
  • Sign-on Bonus, $15,000 with $10,000 after training completion and $5,000 at one-year anniversary.
  • CRJ-Type Rating Bonus, $7,500 for pilots with qualified CRJ-type rating.
Pilot Retention Bonus Program

Earn up to $150,000 with our industry leading Pilot Retention Bonus Program:

  • $30,000 upon upgrade from First Officer to Captain at PSA.
  • $70,000 at the time of flow or direct hire at American.
  • Up to an additional $50,000 earned and paid at the time of flow or direct hire at American, based on eligible years of service.
PSA Pilot Bonus Payout

On top of the highest wages in the industry, pilots now have the opportunity to earn even more in retention and experience bonuses.

In addition to first-year First Officer pay of $51.55 per hour, pilots can earn:

  • Pilot Retention Bonus (up to $150,000)
  • High Experience Bonus (up to $15,000)
  • Sign-on Bonus ($15,000)
  • CRJ-Type Rating Bonus ($7,500)

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 $51.55 (75-hour monthly guarantee)

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


2. Upgrade to Captain in just under two years

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, President 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
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

PSA is now accepting applications from Australian pilots eligible for an E-3 Visa. E-3 Visa applicants must meet all hiring and Visa requirements prior to hire. Complete the First Officer application and a member of our recruiting team will reach out regarding next steps. For questions please email

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