The acute shortage of pilots qualified to fly for the airlines is causing regional airlines to offer huge signing bonuses to pilots. Airlines are offering substantial incentives to their pilots to stay at that airline and not leave for other airlines. Comparisons of these incentives are shown in the table below.
|Airline||Signing/Retention Program||Effective Wages Year One||Captain Upgrade Time/Years|
|Endeavor||$10,000 Training Completion Bonus, $2,000 Pilot Referral Bonus.||$71,000||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.||$65,500||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.||$53,100||1.5|
|GoJet||$5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention Bonus drawn from New Hire bonus OR a $85,000 signing bonus with $5,000 paid on the first paycheck, a $15,000 bonus paid upon completion of IOE, a $20,000 bonus paid after 6 months, a $20,000 bonus paid 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. No cap on referrals.||$107,000||1.5|
|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||1.5|
|PSA||$18,000 Signing Bonus, $10,000 upon completion of IOE/$8000 at end of year one.||$76,000||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.||$76,000||2.0|
|Republic||$5,000 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as CFI & $6,000 Retention bonus PLUS $6,500 signing bonus or $17,500 Signing Bonus paid $1,500 on first paycheck, $5,000 after completion of IOE, $2,200 after year one, $4,400 after year two and $4,400 after year three.||$62,500||1.5|
|SkyWest||$17,500 ATP Tuition Reimbursement as a CFI. 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||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.||$76,000||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.||$86,750||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.||$59,200||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.||$71,100||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.||$87,100||1.2|
|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||1.5|
The table also shows the effect of the incentives on beginning pay for newly hired first officers.
Flying for the airlines has always been one of the most desirable careers available, and now the airline industry is beginning to make the career more attractive and attainable. Explore aviation as a career choice and you will see that the return-on-investment is the best of any career available today.
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