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

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​

Our pilots are upgrading to Captain and moving onto legacy carriers in as little as one year.  Here's a snapshot of where some of our pilots have gone so far this year. 

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after 3 years with TSA
Delta Logo

after 2.5 years with TSA
Fed Ex logo

after 1 year with TSA
Southwest Airlines logo

after 1 year with TSA
United Airlines logo

after 2.5 years with TSA
Virgin American logo

after 1.5 years with TSA
Spirit Airlines logo
after 1 year with TSA

Pilot Pay​​

  • Starting First Officer Pay:  $36.35 per flight hour
  • Starting Captain Pay:  $62.84 per flight hour 
  • Captain Qualified First Officer Pay $49.33 per flight hour when flying as a First Officer; $62.84 per flight hour when flying as a Captain

Now offering a $7,500 First Officer signing bonus!

$7,500 Signing Bonus Payment Schedule

Payment 1:  $3,500 after the completion of IOE
Payment 2:  $2,000 after 6 months with the company
Payment 3:  $2,000 after one year with the company
Note:  Captain Qualified First Officers are not eligible for the $7,500 signing bonus

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 $1.80.hour
  • Leg-by-leg pay protection
  • Paid airport parking

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 two years with the company. 

Upgrade Time & Reserve Time​

Taking on 52 new aircraft in 2015-16 means that we can offer one of the fastest Captain upgrades in the industry.  Fast Captain upgrades mean that our pilots start earning PIC time fast.  And don’t expect to spend much time on reserve—our pilots are spending two months or less on reserve before getting a line. 

Our pilots upgrade in an average of 12-16 months, assuming Captain FAR requirements are met.  Our most junior Captain was hired in March of 2015. 

Seniority by Base​

​​Most Junior Captains and First Officers by Date of Hire
​​ First Officers
​RDU 5/2/15
Includes pilots who have finished training, are not awaiting domicile assi​gnm​ents and are on the bid list.​


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.


The ATP-CTP course is provided for sucessful candidates.​

Tuition Reimbursement​ & Paid Training

​Tuition reimbursement is available for ATP ​Flight School Instructors  Lear​n more ​ ​​​
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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. 

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

All five of our crew bases are included in the 2016 US News and World Report "Best Places to Live" rankings.  

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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).  My total first year pay is roughly $40,000 - $50,000 gross.  ​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