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Mesa Airlines Pilot Salary | How to get a job as a Mesa Pilot




Learn what it takes to become a pilot at Mesa Airlines in this article.

About Mesa Airlines

Where are Mesa Airlines Bases?

  • Houston, TX – IAH
  • Phoenix, AZ – PHX
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – DFW
  • Louisville, KY – SDF
  • Dulles, VA – IAD
  • Cincinnati, OH – CVG
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What airplanes are in the Mesa Fleet?

  • Embraer E175
  • Bombardier CRJ-900
  • Boeing 737-400F

What are the Minimum Qualifications for Mesa Airlines pilots?

Regulatory Requirements:

  • 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

Mesa Pilot Job Requirements:

  • FAA commercial pilot’s license with multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • 50 hours of multi-engine fixed-wing flight time (may be reduced to 25)
  • 200 hours cross-country flight time
  • 250 hours fixed-wing PIC
  • 100 hours of cross-country as PIC
  • 100 hours of night flying
  • 75 hours of instrument time (actual or simulated – 50 hours must be in airplanes)
  • 25 hours of night PIC
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and finish ATP written before the start of New Hire Training
  • Total flight time minimums:
    • 1,500 hours
    • 1,250 hours – with qualifying 2- or 4-year aviation university program with 30 aviation hours
    • 1,000 hours – with qualifying 2- or 4-year aviation university program with 60 aviation hours
    • 750 hours – military flight training graduates
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Mesa Airlines Pilots Pay

Mesa Airlines First Officer Pay

Year 1$36,000
Year 5$41,000
Year 12$49,000

Mesa Airlines Captain Pay

Year 1$62,000
Year 5$69,000
Year 12$84,000
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How Do I Apply to be a Pilot at Mesa Airlines?

You will create an account and sign in there before applying. Then have a choice of whether you want to fly under United Airlines or American Airlines.  As you continue to fly, be sure to update your profile and resume regularly to improve your chances of being selected for an interview.

The Future of Mesa Airlines

Mesa Airlines recently announced the order of 100 all-electric airplanes from Heart Aerospace. Heart Aerospace is building the world’s first electric 19 seat airplane. Mesa has worked with United Airlines who is making similar investments in electric aircraft.

Mesa was one of the largest users of 19-seat aircraft because they served many smaller cities but as the flights stopped making money they stopped service. The hope is that the lower operating costs of these electric planes will once again make such service a viable option bringing efficient transportation options to smaller cities around the country.

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