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Piedmont offers the Fastest Path to American Airlines

With a guaranteed job at American Airlines waiting, no regional airline gets pilots to a major airline faster. Piedmont pilots transition to the world’s largest airline, all while taking home the industry-leading pay rate for first officers. Talk to a recruiter to learn how you can guarantee your seat at American.

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Earn your Stripes Quickly

At Piedmont, you may start as a first officer, but that doesn’t mean you’ll stay in the right seat longer than you need to. Before your guaranteed job at American, Piedmont pilots have the opportunity to become captains in 12-15 months, which increases your pay. It’s even sooner for pilots with Part 121 experience.

Graph showing how pilots through Piedmont upgrade to Captains usually within 15 months or less.

Pay & Benefits

First Officer Compensation

$50.50/hour (April 1, 2020)

First year pay for First Officers

75 hours/month



Upgrade to Captain


Year one Captain


Year two Captain

  • After 2,500 total hours and 1,000 Part 121 hours, bid for captain

Time off

11 days off per month guaranteed minimum

42 hours paid sick leave per year

5 paid vacation days in your first year

10 paid vacation days in your second year

Travel for Free

Ready to explore the world? You, your immediate family and your friends can reach 365 destinations on more than 6,800 daily flights across the American Airlines global network.

Insurance and Retirement

High quality health insurance is best in the industry

PPO covers doctor visits, hospitalization, prescriptions and vision

Dental coverage includes no-cost preventative care

Life and disability insurance provided at no cost to you

401(k) plan through Fidelity, with a company match

Additional Benefits

Commuters receive two free hotel rooms per month

Training at the American Airlines Training Center in CLT

100 percent trip cancellation and dead head pay

Bid on crew base assignments based on vacancies and seniority

Hub bases: Philadelphia (PHL) or Charlotte (CLT)

Crew Bases

Charlotte, NC

Two hours from the mountains, three to the coast, Charlotte has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting and the mild year-round climate to enjoy it. Fly Embraer jets from CLT, American’s largest East Coast hub, and build your career in a vibrant city that’s growing but still small enough to retain its Southern charm that always says hello.

Philadelphia, PA

Piedmont’s prime location and growing Philadelphia hub offer pilots another great situation. You’ll challenge your skills with East Coast takeoffs and landings. You’ll live where everything’s within reach. Operate within easy distance of all that makes the East great – dynamic cities, rich culture, live sports, top dining, the beach and mighty Atlantic. Position your career, your life – in the center of it all.

Paths to the Cockpit

Apply as First Officer

Join Piedmont and start your journey toward American while enjoying the regional industry’s highest wages and a competitive benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Holds an ATP or RATP certificate with a multi engine rating
  • 1,500 hours of flight time, 50 hours of multi-engine time, 250 hours as Pilot in Command or meet requirements for Restricted ATP
  • 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

Train as a Cadet

Pilots with 400 hours TT are eligible Piedmont’s flexible cadet program and receive bonuses to help build hours. Our cadets do not have to be affiliated with a partner school, and may build hours where and how they choose. Cadets receive full access to flight benefits on American Airlines.

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Transition from Military

Let Piedmont help you make the transition to a rewarding civilian career. We’ll help you complete the training you need to fly for Piedmont and American Airlines.

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Questions? We’d love to hear from you. Contact a recruiter to learn more about the application process and get a personal guide to joining the Piedmont team. Or visit us at any of our upcoming recruiting events to meet members of our team.