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Which Regional Airlines Are Paying Pilots the Most in 2023

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In the face of ever-increasing staffing issues as the pilot shortage deepens regional airlines across the United States have been increasing pay and bonuses in an effort to compete against each other for the limited pilot applicants available to them. Gone are the days when regional pilot pay was jokingly compared to fast food workers. Jump to the Pay Comparison Table >>

Working at a regional airline is usually an early step in a pilot’s career. The operations are similar to those found at major airlines but with smaller airplanes. Most regional airlines operate under a fee-for-departure system where they are paid to operate the airplane on set routes by a major airline. In an environment like we are facing today where the regional airlines are forced to compete for applicants this arrangement doesn’t impact pilots as much. But in a down cycle it can cause a ‘race to the bottom’ where regional airlines are slashing employee wages in an effort to compete against each other to secure agreements with the major airlines.

This post is comparing base pay rates and does not take into account bonuses, which are very common now and often substantial. But bonuses can and will change fast. It is why airlines like to use them as a tool to attract prospects. It makes it easy for them to rapidly role back wage increases should the job market turn tomorrow. But pilot job applicants should be aware this makes their compensation volatile, and should take the complete picture of compensation when choosing an employer.

There are a lot of regional airlines in the United States. For this reason some very small or niche airlines are not included in this comparison. The chart includes hourly rates and monthly guarantee, multiply the two together to get the minimum amount you will be paid in a month. Be aware, if an airline has a higher monthly guarantee it often means reduced quality of work life balance. But also keep in mind that the guarantee is a minimum and there will likely be opportunities to earn more hours. Learn How Pilot Pay Works >>

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Pay at an employer is significantly effected by the position held (captain vs first officer). Just because an airline has a higher pay rate doesn’t necessarily mean you make more money if more time is spent as a first officer.

Regional Airlines Pilot Pay Comparison – Captain

AirlineAverage Hourly RateHighest Hourly RateMinimum Monthly Hour Guarantee
Endeavor Air18121675
Mesa Airlines181 (1)215 (1)76
PSA Airlines17121375
Skywest Airlines18121676
Republic Airways11314075
Air Wisconsin13015675
Envoy Air18121372
Horizon Air18221570
Piedmont Airlines18121375
Silver Airways9511275
Denver Air Connection14728069
Ravn Alaska13214770

Regional Airlines Pilot Pay Comparison – First Officer

AirlineAverage Hourly RateHighest Hourly RateMinimum Monthly Hour Guarantee
Endeavor Air10912075
Mesa Airlines105110 (1)76
PSA Airlines10510875
Skywest Airlines9710576
Republic Airways546075
Air Wisconsin505675
Envoy Air10510872
Horizon Air10010870
Piedmont Airlines10510875
Silver Airways464975
Denver Air Connection9013169
Ravn Alaska747870

(1) – Mesa Airlines hourly rate does not include the airline’s 737 payscales.

Pay rate information source: Airline Pilot Central

Recent Pay Increases

In a recent months three carriers within the American Airlines feeder system have announced significant increases to their hourly pay rates. These include PSA Airlines, Envoy Air, and Piedmont Airlines. Pilots looking at these rates should be aware that they are also temporary, and there is a chance that they could drop back to me more inline with industry standard within a few years. Additionally, the top end of the pay scales at each of these carriers takes 20 years of longevity to achieve.

But the significance of these pay rates should not be overlooked. It shows an effort to address staffing issues at these airlines and reflects the nature of where the industry is at in pursuing airline qualified pilots.

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About Greg Thomson

Greg started his professional pilot journey in 2002 after graduating from Embry Riddle. Since that time he has accumulated close to 8,000 hours working as a pilot. Greg’s professional experience includes flight instructing, animal tracking, backcountry flying, forest firefighting, passenger charter, part 135 cargo, flying for a regional airline, and working as a manager in charge of a part 135 and part 121 training programs. Greg took a 5 year hiatus from flying and worked in software development and marketing. He has returned to flying and works for a major airline. Greg enjoys educating and helping pilots improve their professional lives and is passionate about applying technology and new methods to help with traditional challenges.

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St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Airlines is well-regarded by pilots, with pay ranging from $22 per hour for turboprop first officers to pilots maxing out at $112 per hour for the regional airline's largest aircraft.

Market forces eventually will have to force improvements in regional airlines’ pilot wages. And mainline airline partners are going to have to kick in some money for pilot training, and ensure that lowly paid regional pilots will find an easier path to the big payday at major airlines.

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You really have to love what you do, or be exceedingly patient, to consider becoming a regional airline pilot.

Aviation consultant Kit Darby says regional airline co-pilots and pilots, in the lower ranks, at least, don’t make a living wage.

In fact, the mechanic at your local gas station, or even the taxi driver who drives along the streets of your town, sometimes taking trips of a longer duration than regional flights, may be pulling down more cash per hour than the bottom rungs of first officers, i.e. co-pilots, at regional airlines.

Most view their service on regional airlines as an apprenticeship or stepping-stone to a big payday at mainline airlines. The exception is the top ranks of the regional airline pilots, where captains with 15 years’ experience can earn $100,000 to $110,000 per year, Darby says.

Co-pilots may earn less than $20 per hour flying turboprops for Mesa Airlines, and pilots with 10 years’ experience make a little more than $73 per hour, on average, at U.S. regional airlines.

At the top ranks, a Republic Airlines pilot could make $119 per hour, and the maximum at the upper tier of regional pilots is just more than $100, on average.

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Here are some of the hourly wage ranges for co-pilots and pilots, with varying levels of flying experience, at regional airlines:

Pilot and Co-Pilot Hourly Pay at Regional Airlines

AirlineCo-Pilot/Year OneCo-Pilot/Year FivePilot/Year TenPilot/Year 15Pilot/Year Maximum
American Eagle$26$40$82$94$104
Express Jet$22.05$44$80$91$97
SkyWest #$22$44$61$98$112
Air Wisconsin$26$42$82$95$101
Go Jet$25$38$83$97$97
Mesa #$19$35$52$87$104
Silver Airways*$20$33$53$69$75
Trans States$23$39$78$91$97
*Turbo Prop ONLY
# Turbo Prop Smallest Aircraft

[Update: Mesa’s pilot contract lists the hourly wage for first-year co-pilots at $19 per hour, but Mesa has subsequently ceased flying turboprops. The starting salary is therefore $22 per hour.]

Saddled with debts from college and pilot training costs, regional airline pilots often endure an intense flight schedule of short hops from Atlanta to Macon, Georgia, or from Phoenix to Flagstaff, Arizona, and get paid on an hourly basis.

A portrait of these hourly pay scales becomes even more pathetic when you consider that regional airline pilots, who are paid only from the time the airline leaves the gate to the time it arrives at the destination, only are on the clock on average about 21.5 hours per week.

For a first-year co-pilot at Republic Airlines, for example, that translates into gross weekly pay of a mere $495 per week.

For a pilot with 10 years’ experience at SkyWest, the weekly gross paycheck might be around $1,312.

But, then you have to consider that these wages don’t nearly reflect the hours that regional airline co-pilots and pilots have to put into the job.

Although they may only be on the clock 21.5 hours per week or 85 hours per month,” pilots typically are away from base, and from their families, about 240 to 300 hours per month (or about 60 to 75 hours a week),” according to the Airline Pilots Association.

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For the lowest paid co-pilot on Mesa Airlines earning about $22 per hour, this imbalance works out to $6.80 an hour for a 60-hour work week.

“They have a minimum pay for time on duty at some airlines, like one hour of pay minimum for every two hours on duty, and one hour of pay for every 4-5 hours away from home,” Darby says. “These rules are often not in effect at the smaller airlines, and are alway guaranteed by the larger major airlines’ union contracts.”

But there is cachet to being a pilot or first officer at a regional airline despite the strains of the job, and for most, the skimpy paychecks.

There is a lot of passion there.

“It is sort of like a paid sport for people who love it,” Darby says.

If it isn’t all about passion, then it revolves around moving up the ranks and getting a pilot job at a big airline.

Consider these co-pilot and pilot salaries at major airlines, as compiled by Future & Active Pilot Advisors:

Major Airline Pilot Pay Comparison, 80 Hours per Month

AirlineCo-Pilot/Year OneCo-Pilot/Year FivePilot/Year TenPilot/Year Maximum
US Airways$39,571$83,136$90,950$153,178
Note: Pay fluctuates based on the size of the aircraft, with larger aircraft resulting in higher pay.

The average annual salary at the major airlines above at the most senior levels is just less than $200,000 annually.

Meanwile, the senior-most pilots at Delta, who fly B747s and B777s, earn around $245,000.

Working for 35 years and rising up the seniority ranks as a pilot at a major airline can mean career net pay and benefits of about $10 million, Darby says.

It’s a great gig, if you can get it. And, many regional pilots labor for years in the trenches trying to get there.

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Darby says that the relatively paltry salaries paid to first officers and some pilots at regional airlnies has not led, though, to a meaningful safety gap between the regional and mainline airlines despite the fact that regional pilots have to perform so many more takeoffs and landings than their network airline counterparts.

After all, Darby says, despite the low pay of the first officers, there’s always an experienced pilot in the cockpit.

In fact, in 2012 the U.S. experienced no fatalities related to commercial air transport, whether from mainline carrier or regional or commuter airlines, according to the NTSB.

The pilot has just as much invested in a safe flight as the passengers, Darby says, adding, “The pilot is at the front of the aircraft, and he’s (or she’s) highly motivated.”

In the aftermath of the 2009 crash of Colgan Air flight 3407, which was flying as Continental Express and saw the death of 50 people, co-pilots starting this month were required to complete at least 1,500 hours of pilot training to fly commercially in order to obtain an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.

And, that’s up from the previous requirement of 250 hours of flight experience to obtain a commercial pilot certificate.

The NTSB report on the crash of Colgan Air flight 3407 found that inadequate pilot training and fatigue were secondary causes of the crash.

The more stringent requirements mean that regional airlines are scurrying to fill co-pilot and pilot positions — and the shortage comes precisely as major airlines, including Delta and United, are engaged in their first rounds of pilot hirings in several years.

In June, however, there were some job trims — not just for pilots — at regional airlines as mainline-airline partners cut back on their services in reaction to a spike in fuel prices.

But pilots at regional and mainline airlines are in demand. There will be a lot of pressure on these regional pilots’ salaries, especially as they have to pay to add seven times the previous number of hours required in order to qualify for an ATP certificate.

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