CommuteAir Pilot Careers

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Now is the time for experienced pilots to join the #C5Family! Year one bonuses begin at $60,000 for High Time First Officers and go up to $175,000 ($100,000 Day Zero Bonus + $75,000 New Hire Bonus) for Direct-Entry Captains, at our Denver, Houston, and Washington Dulles bases.  Contact our Talent Acquisition team at to learn how Direct-Entry Captains can earn up to $300,000 in your first year flying with us (assumes longevity credit of 5 years with 1,200 annual schedule credit hours and includes sign-on & retention bonuses).

Pay & Bonus Incentives

  • Captain Starting Pay – $103.02/Hr
  • Captain Bonuses – $100,000 Day Zero Bonus + $75,000 Sign-On Bonus
  • Captain Retention Bonus (Beginning at 12 Months of Service) – $50,000 per year
  • First Officer Starting Pay – $74.18/Hr
  • First Officer Near Captain Bonus (500-699 Qualifying Part 121 Hours) – $60,000
  • First Officer Near Captain Bonus (700+ Qualifying Part 121 Hours) – $75,000
  • First Officer Retention Bonus – $5,000 year one – $25,000 year two

Pilot Benefits

  • 1:1 Payscale credit for up to 20 years prior FAR 121 industry experience
  • Company-Sponsored Commuter Travel Program
  • 4 Commuter rooms monthly – Line Holders
  • 6 Commuter rooms monthly – Reserve
  • Per Diem – $2.05
  • 401k contributions up to 16% matched 50% by company
  • Company-Paid iPad (EFB)/Industry leading Commuter benefits/Preferential Bidding System
  • Employee Pass Travel Privileges with access to United Airlines global route network
  • Minimum monthly guarantee – 76 hours

Pilot Qualifications

  • FAA ATP or Restricted ATP Certificate Holder
  • FCC Restricted Radio Operator’s Permit
  • IFR and Landing Current
  • Current First Class Medical
  • Valid Passport
  • Authorization to Work in the U.S. and Travel in and out of the Country
  • Preferential Interviews for United, United Express Partners, and Aviate Candidates
  • Prior FAR 121/Embraer 145 Experience and/or Aviate Participants Preferred

Top Reviews From Our Pilots

Want to learn more about our pilot programs? Listen to Carl Valeri’s Aviation Careers Podcast. This episode features private pilot and Corporate Real Estate Manager Joey Dhaliwal.


Pilot Highlights

We need pilots who exemplify our core4 values: Safety, Care, Dependability, and Efficiency. Learn more about the job with each of these downloads.

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Programs for Pilots

CommuteAir offers a variety of entry points to help your flying career take off in 90 days or less.

United Aviate Program

Apply to Aviate and be on a secure & direct path to a United flight deck. Transition from CommuteAir directly to United Airlines with 1,600 PIC hours.

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Direct-Entry Captain Program

Apply with at least 1000 qualified FAR hours to start in the left seat and pick up our $100,000 Day Zero Bonus + our $75,000 Sign-On Bonus.

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Rotor Transition Program

Whether you are a military or civilian helicopter pilot, your training counts.

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E-3 Visa Program

Our E-3 Visa program allows Australian nationals to fly for CommuteAir.

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Partner Schools

We increase the value of flight training with a refined approach.

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Pilot Qualifications

  • (Preferential Interviews for United and United Express Partners will be provided. Prior FAR 121/Embraer 145 experience and/or AVIATE participants preferred)
  • FAA ATP or Restricted ATP certificate holder
  • FCC Restricted Radio Operator’s Permit
  • IFR and Landing current
  • Current First Class Medical
  • Valid Passport
  • Authorization to work in the US and travel in and out of the country without restriction

Upcoming Classes

  • May 6, 2024
  • Jun 3, 2024
  • Jul 8, 2024
  • Aug 5, 2024

More Information

For more information about available pilot jobs, connect with us at and 440-462-0692, or reach out directly.

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