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I get paid to be a banner tow pilot

Steve Jordan's office is 400 feet above the ground. As a banner tow pilot, Jordan flies advertisements along the beaches from Cape May to Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

"I grew up coming down to the Jersey shore watching these planes all over. I knew I always wanted to be a pilot, and it's a great way to build the hours I need to become an airline pilot," Jordan said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch."

The best part for Jordan is that he gets paid for it.

"Most of us are newly minted commercial pilots. So we went from paying for all of our flying to all of a sudden getting paid. So anything we're getting is pretty good for us. The first year you make 22 dollars an hour, your second year you make 25 dollars an hour, and your third year and from then on you make 30 dollars an hour," Jordan said.

Banner tow pilot Steve Jordan at work in the cockpit.
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Banner tow pilot Steve Jordan at work in the cockpit.

While this is seasonal work, the season tends to be quite busy, particularly the summer holidays.

"On the really busy weekends, let's say Labor Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend, and the Fourth of July, we have as many as 7 to 10 banners a person and it can be a pretty long day," Jordan said.

When asked about the most unique banner he's ever towed, Jordan recalled the following:

"There was a pilot who paid for a banner to have his phone number on it and it said date this pilot and he flew it down the beach. I don't think it ever really worked, but I guess it was worth a shot. We've had banners for missing cats, but for the most part it's restaurant specials, and things like that," he added.


Banner tow pilot Steve Jordan towing a CNBC “Power Lunch” banner along the Jersey Shore.
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Banner tow pilot Steve Jordan towing a CNBC “Power Lunch” banner along the Jersey Shore.