When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $115K per year) can be spotted in Irvine, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo. ($83K), Hazelwood, Mo. (approximately $69K), and Garden Grove, Calif. ($64K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Orangeburg, S.C. — at about $57K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Across GKN Aerospace's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Missouri earn the most, taking home $81K annually.
Earning $94K per year on average, Aviation Program Managers receive the most money, followed by Manufacturing Team Leaders (about $81K), Aerospace Stress Engineers ($80K), and Senior Buyers ($71K). Among the lower-paid positions at GKN Aerospace are Payroll Specialists — the median salary for this role approaches approximately $52K.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $75K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of GKN Aerospace employees (28 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $65K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Project Management Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach $140K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Certified Six Sigma Black Belts also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of approximately $121K per year. The best paid folks at GKN Aerospace have an Executive Masters of Business Administration (Exec MBA), Business Management, earning about $128K annually.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Customer Relationship Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $83K per year. Microsoft Excel is a popular skill in the GKN Aerospace workforce; close to a fourth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Lean Manufacturing, Microsoft Office, and Manufacturing Process Engineering were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only a fifth of survey participants receiving paid vacation and 29 percent receiving paid sick days. Almost all workers contribute to 401(k) savings accounts sponsored by the firm. At GKN Aerospace, most respondents have health insurance, and a large number of survey participants have dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are a company cell phone, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and life insurance.