PSA Airlines ups pay for new pilots

The only airline based in Ohio, PSA Airlines, is offering what it calls top pay for new pilots.

A wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, Dayton-based PSA is expanding its compensation program for new-hire pilots, offering up to $60,000 for pilots with a rating on CRJ-type planes.

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“PSA is committed to remaining competitive in the dynamic regional marketplace by offering the highest compensation package which attracts and retains the best and brightest pilots in the regional business,” the company said in a statement Wednesday.

Qualifying pilots starting with the company can receive more than $21,000 immediately, and can benefit further by an additional $3,000 with a commuter hotel allowance program implemented earlier this year, the airline said.

A pilot starting a commercial aviation career with PSA can expect to reach the rank of captain and earn between $165,000 and $175,000 in compensation for their first three years of service with the company, PSA also said.

Since 2014, PSA said it has doubled its size and now operates 115 aircraft and will continue to grow to operate 150 regional jets.

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