Trans States pilots can now expect to earn up to $75,000 in total compensation during their first year alone, thanks to a new bonus package rolled out this spring.  Trans States also offers fast upgrades, great domiciles, and a culture like none other.  In fact, one new hire recently described the culture at Trans States as "more of a family mentality than an airline mentality," while another said that Trans States "just feels like home." 

Culture.  Community.  Camaraderie.  You'll find it all here. 


First Officer Hiring Requirements

  • FAA commer​cial pilot's license with instrument and multi-engine ratings
  • ATP or R-ATP eligible
  • Minimum 25​ hours multi-engine​
  • A current first class FAA medical certificate
  • A current ATP written (company covers cost of ATP-CTP for successful candidates)
  • Current valid​ passport
  • FCC Radio Operator's Permit
  • Legal right to work in, and travel freely in and out of, ​the United States​​

View Captain Qualified First Officer Hiring Requirements

View Military Pilot Hiring Requirements

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E-3 Visa Candidates Click Here​

Express Hire Program

Current and qualified 121 pilots are not required to interview and will be offered an immediate class date, pending application approval.  To qualify, pilots must have completed training and be online at a 121 airline.

Reserve Your Seniority Program

Our seniority reservation program allows new hire pilots to come to training for two days, and then leave for up to 90 days to complete other commitments.  When pilots return to training, they already have up to 90 days of seniority. 

Seniority determines everything for pilots, including schedule, base assignment, and upgrade time.  Pilots are more likely to get their preferred base assignment right out of training with three months of seniority backing their bid. 

Movement to the Majors​

We love seeing our pilots reach their career goals.  In just 14 months, 80 of our pilots were hired by some of the top names in aviation.  Here's a snapshot of where they went.

Alaska Airlines logo1JetBlue Airlines Logo6
Allegiant Airlines Logo7Southwest Airlines logo5
American Airlines logo4Spirit Airlines logo7
Atlas Air Logo6Sun Country Airlines Logo2
Delta Logo12United Airlines logo6
Fed Ex logo8UPS Logo2
Frontier Logo10Virgin American logo2
Hawaiian Airlines Logo2

Now offering a $30,000 First Officer signing & retention bonus!

$30,000 Signing & Retention Bonus Payment Schedule

Payment 1:  $10,000 after the completion of IOE
Payment 2:  $12,000 after one year active employment
Payment 3:  $8,000 after two years active employment

Pilot Pay​​

  • Starting First Officer Pay:  $36.89 per flight hour
  • Starting Captain Pay:  $64.74 per flight hour 

First Year Pay Graphic

Click here for additional information regarding pay and benefits

All of our pilots have a ​75 hour minimum monthly guarantee.  We also offer:

  • 100% cancellation and deadhead pay
  • 150-200% premium pay
  • Per diem at $1.90/hour
  • Leg-by-leg pay protection
  • Paid airport parking
  • Hotel allowance for pilots living outside their domicile
  • ATP-CTP course at no cost

Other Incentives

Pilots can earn a $1,500 bonus for each pilot candidate they recommend that is hired and completes training.  That bonus increases to $5,000 for pilots who mentor a new hire they recommend through their first two years with the company. 

Seniority by Base​

​​Most Junior Captains and First Officers by Date of Hire
​​ First Officers
Includes pilots who have finished training, are not awaiting domicile assi​gnm​ents and are on the bid list.​

Training​​Training Tips icon

Initial flight crew training is conducted at the Trans States Airlines Training Center in St. Louis, MO.  Single occupancy hotel accommodations and transportation to and from our training center are provided for ​the duration of training.

Wondering what to expect during training?  Click here for tips from Trans States Airlines Flight Instruction Manager Paul Epperson.  In this blog article, Paul shares his advice for succeeding at 121 ground school, including how to prepare before you arrive, and what you can expect to cover in class. 

Interview Your Way

We know that finding the time to interview can be tough, especially if you're flying for another airline.  That's why we give our pilot candidates the option of interviewing in person or via Skype.  Just let the recruiter know what your preference is. 

Choosing the Right Regional Airline

It can be hard to tell the difference between all of the regional airlines out there. When every airline is offering pilots pretty much the same thing, how are you supposed to know which airline is right for you?



To connect with a recruiter, please contact: pilothiring@transstates.net​ or use the below form to request that a recruiter contact you directly.​

Applicant Procedures

Applying is easy.  Just click on the link below to get started.  Don't forget to include the addendum section at the end of the application. 

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Crew Bases​​​

St. Louis (STL)​

Chicago (ORD)​

Washington D.C. (IAD)

Denver (DEN)

Raleigh​-Durham (RDU) 

Click here to learn a few of our favorite things about each of our ​bases. ​​


I'm very happy with my decision to come here (I was offered positions at other airlines, as well).  ​I received my home base assignment within two and a half months after finishing training. I held a line within four months. This is a good place to come right now. People are great and flying is diverse.​
First Officer Mike Kirkpatrick

Contract is good, pay is good, and getting high credit months is easy to do (I have received 85-147 hours of credit every month).  It's a good place to be. 
First Officer Garrett Schmieder​

Always feel that the management has my back.  Friendly pilots, great training staff.  I've been here two years, and I still love coming to work.
Captain Ben Zwebner