I can assure you, don't come to Denver, CO! I work for Jeppesen (the pilot graveyard) and in my cubicle row we have 14 pilots, of which 1/2 are CFI's (me included). I know of at least 15 CFI's who work here who are looking for any kind of work. This is just in our company. My co-worker who is lucky enough to instruct part time said they get at least one Resume a day and their school has way to many instructors already.
What does everyone think about the bay area in SO CAL?
I always push for my old flight school...Bill Law Aviation in Rochster NY....Especially in the summer, there is alot of time to be had....alot of planes (nothing brand new but they all have wings) and the pay is 18 an hour flight and ground.....really laid back and you make your own schedule..no uniform or dress code and no chief flight indtructor on your back....basically you are your own man/women....a ton of fun especially because you get your own students (I had atleast 5 before I even had my final right off for my cfi back in 2000) class c airport with buffalo and syracuse 60+ miles away....i don't know if they are hiring, but all ya have to do is call and say your a cfi and you probably could get a job...its the type of place where you write your name down in the schedule book, hang out by the phone and airport and gather students....great place...Back in the summer of 2000 i was bringing in $600 a week...
Phoenix seems to be bone dry for CFI job openings. I don't know of any schools hiring. Every once in a while, I'll see a CFI job opening for Glendale Aviation at the Glendale Airport, but other than that, nothing.
I'm not sure if you'd want to instruct here in the summertime anyways. It was 110 degrees today.......again.
At one time in my life, I worked as a CFI in Lubbock, Tx. The FBO is Lubbock Aero. Lubbock my not be your first choice of places to live, but, it will grow on you. It's a big College town and has people with some money. I worked 6 days/wk and made my own schedule. Made ok money also. The people are friendly, the ground is flat, but, at least there aren't any trees to block your view!
I was only thinking of LBB; Midland or Amarillo are also good possibilities. When I was in LBB, there was always someone flying something somewhere who would let you ride along. Just be sure and log it as dual recieved.
I know of some flight schools in the San Francisco Bay area that are still hiring CFI’s. The pay kind of sucks but at least you get some flying time. They are mostly small FBO’s in the area the one big flight school Sierra Academy is not doing too well they laid-off some flight instructors, I was lucky I still have my job there. But many instructors after getting the pink slip got instructing jobs elsewhere in the bay area and some went as far as Hawaii to get flight instructor jobs I heard they are doing pretty good there. Some FBO’s require little or no time as an instructor and others require at least a CFI-I and 500 hours instruction given. But at least they are still hiring.