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First Officers

First Officers
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You Deserve the PSA Difference

The most valuable 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 an enhanced compensation package, unparalleled advancement opportunities and benefits few other regionals can match.

  • Quick upgrade to captain
  • Little to no reserve time and flexible scheduling options
  • Flow through to American Airlines within 6-7 years
  • Advancement opportunities including SIM instructor, Ground Instructor, Recruiter, Union Representative, Pilot Recruiter and Chief Pilot
Pilot Pay

The Best Pilots Deserve The Best Compensation

  • Earn a top starting hourly wage of over $50
  • $18,000 sign-on bonus
    • $10,000 at end of training
    • $8,000 at end of first year
  • Earn premium pay for flying your awarded line over 75 hours

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. 50% of American Airlines’ new-hire pilot classes are filled by flow-through pilots from wholly-owned carriers including PSA.

First Officer

1. First-year pay up to $72k

You don’t have to wait to receive industry-leading compensation.


2. Upgrade to captain in just under 2 years

Our growing fleet has created consistently quick upgrade times. PSA pilots can advance their careers with opportunities to mentor and train new-hire pilots.

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3. Join American Airlines within 6-7 years

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

Check Your Qualifications

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

Meet all of the qualifications?

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Still have questions?

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Get your questions answered by our pilot recruiting team. Text PSAJobs to 97211 or email us.

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