Piedmont Pays Pilots the Most

The Fastest Path to American

Flying for Piedmont Airlines is the clear choice for career advancement and achievement. With a guaranteed job at American Airlines waiting, no regional airline gets pilots to a major airline faster. In about five years, Piedmont pilots make the jump to the world’s largest airline, all while taking home the industry-leading pay rate for first officers.

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Read the facts that make Piedmont the place for up-and-coming pilots.

Pilot Compensation Chart

First Officer Compensation

  • $60,000 first year pay for first officers with all signing bonuses 
  • $39.76 per hour for 1,000 hours 
  • $16,200 signing bonus 
  • $5,000 signing bonus for current Part 121 experience
  • $23,000 additional bonus for Direct Entry Captains   

Time Off

  • Guaranteed a minimum of 11 days off per month
  • 42 hours paid sick leave per year
  • 5 paid vacation days in your first year
  • 10 paid vacation days in your second year

Military Pilots Succeed

Piedmont values your service to our country. If you’re seeking to make a transition to civilian flying, we'll make it easy with our Military Transition Program. Let us design a custom transition program for you, and help cover the cost. Email or click here to learn more.

Captain Upgrade

  • Upgrade in 12-15 months, sooner with Part 121 experience
  • After 2,500 total hours and 1,000 Part 121 hours, bid for captain
  • Pay increases to $53-$63 after upgrade
  • Now hiring a select number of Direct Entry Captains
  • DECs take home $44,000 in signing bonuses
  • Email for information

Insurance and Retirement

  • Low-cost health insurance covers doctor visits, hospitalization, prescriptions and vision
  • Dental coverage includes no-cost preventative care
  • Family coverage is less than $250 a month
  • Life and disability insurance provided at no cost to you
  • 401(k) plan through Fidelity, with a company match

Travel for Free

  • You enjoy American Airlines industry-best, no-cost travel within a few weeks of hire
  • Immediate family members also fly free
  • See the world with your parents, spouse, domestic partner or registered guest, children or stepchildren

Additional Benefits

  • Commuters receive four hotel rooms per month in field city domiciles; two per month in our hub base
  • Training at the American Airlines Training Center in CLT
  • 100 percent trip cancellation and dead head pay
  • 300 percent premium pay available for flying on scheduled days off
  • Bid on crew base assignments based on vacancies and seniority
  • Crew bases conveniently located in Philadelphia (PHL) and Charlotte (CLT)

What Do I Need to Apply?

Minimum Qualifications

  • 1,500 hours of flight time, 50 hours of multi-engine time, 250 hours as Pilot in Command or meet requirements for Restricted ATP
  • Commercial Multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating, and an English Proficient Endorsement
  • Valid United States passport or a valid passport with authorization to work in the United States
  • FCC Radiotelephone Operator Permit
  • Current First Class Medical Certificate
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED


Preferred Qualifications:

  • College degree from an accredited school
  • Current employment in a pilot position 

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