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Direct Entry Captain

Direct Entry Captain
Take to the skies with PSA. Join our team as a Direct Entry Captain and earn up to $152,000 in first year compensation including $67,500 in bonuses.
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You Deserve the PSA Difference

The most lucrative 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 the industry's highest compensation, unparalleled advancement opportunities, and benefits few other regionals can match.

  • Industry leading Captain compensation
  • Guaranteed Flow to American Airlines
  • Crew bases in CLT, DAY, DCA, and PHL
  • Valuable commuter benefits
Direct Entry Captain Year One Wages

Earn up to $152,000 in first year compensation including $67,500 in bonuses.

  • Year One Captain Wages
  • Captain Bonus (As part of up to $150,000 in Pilot Retention Bonus)
  • Sign-on Bonus
  • Direct Entry Captain Experience Bonus with Qualifying FAR 121 Hours
  • CRJ-Type Rating Bonus
  • Per Diem
Pilot Retention Bonus Program

Earn up to $150,000 with our industry leading Pilot Retention Bonus Program:

  • $30,000 Captain Bonus paid upon successful completion of Captain Training
  • $70,000 at the time of flow or direct hire at American.
  • Up to an additional $50,000 earned and paid at the time of flow or direct hire at American, based on eligible years of service.

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.


1. Industry leading Captain pay

As a Direct Entry Captain, earn up to $152,000 in total year one pay


2. Bid awards have unmatched value versus the industry

Accelerated pay at PSA means every hour you fly over your monthly minimum guarantee is paid at premium. Earn 125% premium pay for hours above 75 to 85. Earn 150% premium pay on hours above 85.

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3. Join American Airlines

Earn an up to $120,000 in bonuses at the time of flow or direct hire at American. Flow is your guarantee to becoming a First Officer with the world’s largest airline.

Check Your Qualifications for Direct Entry Captain

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