For many, being an airline pilot has been a lifelong dream. For others, it could be a new career path. Regardless of how long you’ve had the dream of flight, you can now experience the incredible benefits of becoming an airline pilot. There is a sense of pride and adventure that comes along with flying. As a pilot, you have the freedom to travel the world and fly for airlines all over.
You’ll also belong to an elite club of people who have the skills to fly. In the United States, only about 0.2% of the population has any type of Pilot’s License. Pair this fact with the increasing demand for world travel, and it’s easy to see that there are endless opportunities for career growth and financial gains as an airline pilot.
At the start of your career as an airline pilot, you’ll be making well over $50,000 per year. After the first year, you’ll now receive a retention bonus of $20,000. Within 4 years you’ll upgrade to a Regional Airline Captain with a paycheck of $70,862 per year. Immediately following this upgrade, you’ll receive another retention bonus of $7,500. Once you have accumulated experience and flight time you can join a major airline where staring salaries are $157,939 per year! Upgrading to a Captain for major airline means annual salaries of over $300,000. These pay increases are expected to grow with the looming pilot shortage forecast on the horizon.
No two workdays will be the same for you. You could start your morning in Los Angeles, CA, and end your day in Tokyo, Japan. Since you’ll be staying the night in a new city, and your hotel expenses will be covered by the airline, you can explore a new city and experience a different culture. You’ll have the opportunity to see the world while getting paid.
If you want to travel while off the clock, you and your immediate family will enjoy free seats on any open flight. You’ll also have the benefit of discounted tickets for extended family, or busy flights you need to reserve a seat for.
As part of Coast Flight’s partnership with Envoy Air, our graduates will enjoy the benefits of the largest travel network in the industry. Envoy and American employees can travel on any Envoy, American Airlines, or oneworld alliance aircraft free of charge for both Coach and First Class seats on open flights. These standby perks apply to you, your spouse, your children, and your parents.
The airline industry offers a competitive benefits package, including full health, vision, and dental coverage. You’ll also receive company matched 401(k) retirement contributions. For those that continue through Envoy’s American Airlines Pipeline Program, there is also an opportunity for American Airlines Group profit sharing.
Boeing’s 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook Report suggests that the airline industry will need to hire about 617,000 new commercial airline pilots between 2016 and 2035. The demand for pilots has neve been so high, and as a result, airlines are fighting to train and retain the best and brightest pilots around. That is great news for you! As a pilot, you’ll begin receiving pay, bonuses, and benefits that haven’t been seen in the airline industry until now. As long as you stay on you career path, you’ll have a stable, flexible career to grow with.
Coast Flight has partnered with Envoy Air, an American Airlines subsidiary, to ensure our students receive the greatest benefits and job security in the industry. Students in the Airline Direct (AD) or Airline Career Training (ACT) Programs can build seniority for Envoy while they flight instruct to build their 1,500 hours of flying time. Once there, they’ll enter Envoy’s Pipeline program with flow through to American Airlines, allowing them to join the top paying company in the industry.