Unmatched Opportunities

SkyWest is known for providing unmatched stability and opportunities for pilots. As a Direct Entry Captain, you are eligible for $40,000 in bonuses, plus year-for-year pay match up to a 10-year rate, profit sharing, and much more. There has never been a better time to Take Control of Your Career and to enjoy all the benefits available to you at SkyWest Airlines.

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When you join SkyWest as a Direct Entry Captain you are eligible for:

  • $40,000 in bonuses*
  • Year-for-year pay match up to a 10-year rate
  • Pilot profit sharing
  • Operational and financial bonuses
  • 401(k) match

Plus, you will have access to things like SkyWest’s new Guaranteed Pilot Interview Program.

*Bonuses are paid over two years based on specific milestones: $5,000 after completing upgrade LOE, $5,000 six months after completing upgrade LOE, $10,000 12 months after completing upgrade LOE and $20,000 24 months after completing upgrade LOE.


Captains are guaranteed 75.60 hours while on reserve and 75.00 as a line holder. Minimum daily guarantee is 4.20 hours. You are paid at least one hour of pay for every two hours of duty time actually worked in a duty period.

5th Year CA
$90.23/flight hour
7th Year CA
$95.75/flight hour
10th Year CA
$104.55/flight hour

Take Control of Your Career

SkyWest is a great place to create a lifelong pilot career. We also want to support those who are interested in other flying opportunities and are excited to provide a Guaranteed Pilot Interview Program with Delta, United, Alaska and Southwest Airlines. As a Direct Entry Captain, you can opt-into this program and secure and interview with the carrier(s) of your choice in 24 months. Interviews are held regularly with SkyWest captains being interviewed each month.


Choose from 18 Domiciles

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