In my experience, one of the first questions future pilots look at when trying to pick an airline to work for is the pay. The high pay many airlines offer is an exciting prospect for potential airline pilots. So in this article, I’m going to share what you can expect to earn as an American Airlines pilot.
American Airlines is one of the best-paying airlines in the nation. I’ve spoken to a number of American Airline pilots over the years and dug through the data available to put together a good idea of exactly how much you could earn as an American Airlines pilot.
American Airlines Pilots Salary
American Airlines’ pilot’s pay will vary based on the plane you fly and the number of hours you fly during each bid period. They have a 73-hour long call and 76-hour short call reserve guarantee.
I’ve put together these numbers looking at the American Airlines pilot pay scale and then multiplying that by an estimated number of flight house in each bid period. Given the factors above, the salary below should only be considered an estimate of hourly pay based on available sources.
American Airlines First Officer Salary
As a first officer for American Airlines your pay starts at $90 per hour and quickly grows to $137 per hour in year two if you are flying on the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320. The following numbers are an estimate of what you can expect to earn as an American Airlines first officer salary.
American Airlines Captain Salary
American Airlines captain pay starts at $255 per hour. Pay for senior captains at American Airlines can reach considerable levels with pay on the 777 at year 12 reaching $342 per hour. The following are estimates for an American Airlines captain salary.
American Airlines dates its origins to 1926 when Charles Lindbergh flew the first official American Airlines flight carrying mail from St. Louis, MO to Chicago, IL. Over 90 years later American Airlines is one of the largest in the US, flying thousands of flights every day to over 350 destinations across over 50 countries.
How Many Pilots work for American Airlines?
Currently, American Airlines has a little over 15,000 pilots, and in 2019 nearly 900 new pilots launched their career with American Airlines. Over the next 10 years American Airlines has significant retirement numbers so there will likely be a significant number of new pilots hired by American Airlines.
Where are American Airlines Pilot Bases?
There are a number of American Airlines bases for pilots across the country. If you become an AA pilot you could be assigned to any of the following American Airlines domiciles.
- Chicago, IL – ORD
- Boston, MA – BOS
- Los Angeles, CA – LAX
- Arlington, VA – DCA
- Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – DFW
- Queens, NY – LGA
- Miami, FL – MIA
- Philadelphia, PA – PHL
- Charlotte, NC – CLT
- Phoenix, AZ – PHX
What airplanes are in the American Airlines Fleet?
- Airbus 319
- Airbus 320
- Airbus 321
- Boeing 738
- Boeing 752
- Boeing 763ER
- Boeing 772ER
- Boeing 773ER
- Boeing 778
- Boeing 789
What are the Hiring Requirements for American Airlines Pilots?
- Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate
- Current First Class Medical Certificate
- Radiotelephone Operator’s Permit
- Secure Identification Display Area (SIDA) Badge eligibility
- Successful completion of pre-employment drug test
- Successful completion of Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) evaluation
- 1500 hours fixed wing flight time
American Airlines Pilot Requirements:
- Minimum age of 23
- Ability to learn and work with PEDs
- Fluently speak and understand English
- Must have the right to work in the United States
- Distance vision corrected to 20/20 and near vision corrected to 20/40 or better in each eye
- Must be able to secure appropriate authority or Customs security badges
How Do I Apply for an American Airlines Pilot Job?
In order to start your American Airlines pilot career, you’ll first need to work at a regional and then apply to an open position for American. If your career goal is to fly for American Airlines take a look at the pilot hiring requirements at Envoy or PSA Airlines.
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Liz Brassaw is a first officer for a regional airline and the former Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Operations Officer for Thrust Flight. She holds an ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, AMEL, ASES with over 2,500 hours of flight instruction given. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Utah Valley University School of Aviation Sciences. She’s passionate about flying and enjoys instilling that love in the instructors on her team and the new students she trains.