Wages for Aviation Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. Final cash compensation to Aviation Program Managers varies from around $66K to approximately $162K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $15K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Male Aviation Program Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$65,198 - $154,639
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MEDIAN: $107,346
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$16.15 - $60.38
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$65,198 - $154,639  
   
Bonus
$766 - $19,827  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
Total Pay (?
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$65,554 - $161,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 928
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.15 - $60.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$15.21 - $69.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$766 - $19,827  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$65,554 - $161,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

A program manager in aviation and aerospace is responsible for a preparing proposals and leading projects in aviation and aerospace. They must know the fundamentals of air transport, airport operations, and airline revenue management. Their responsibilities may also include field and management support, grant administration, funding, construction oversight, and building client relationships for aviation and aerospace companies. They work closely with engineers, civic planners, environmental science professionals, and government officials.

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Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Tasks

  • Manage staffing and successful performance of team members.
  • Develop timelines for the program.
  • Manage the implementation, coordination and reporting for programs or contracts.
  • Track program costs.

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


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Aviation Program Managers who go on to become Director of Program Management, Aerospaces may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Director of Program Management, Aerospaces is $131K annually. Many Aviation Program Managers choose to become Government Program Managers and Business Development Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $24K less and $31K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Aviation Program Managers include Northrop Grumman Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc., The Boeing Company, L-3 Communications, and Lockheed Martin Corp. Aviation Program Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Boeing Company, where the median salary comes to $184K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($98K) and those starting out ($206K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Aviation Program Managers will also find cushy salaries at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (+$132K), Rockwell Collins, Inc. (+$132K), and Lockheed Martin Corp (+$131K).

Also approaching the lower end are U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $92K, Panasonic Avionics Corporation at $96K, and Parker Hannifin Corp at $102K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Survey results imply that Aviation Program Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Risk Management / Risk Control, Operations Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Multilingual as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Leadership indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Aviation Program Managers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $79K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $100K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $122K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $131K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $108,923

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For Aviation Program Managers, Huntington Beach provides a pay rate that is 82 percent greater than the national average. Aviation Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+29 percent), Cedar Rapids (+21 percent), Hartford (+17 percent), and Irvine (+16 percent). Aviation Program Managers in Everett report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 46 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in New York and Wichita also lean toward paying below-median salaries (32 percent lower and 27 percent lower, respectively).

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What is it like working as a Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace?

Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace in Melbourne:
"Taking care of customer's while enhancing company goals."
Pros: Pride in working with customer's and ensuring they are happy with the end product.
Cons: Lack of decision making. Salary.

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries



National Average
$109,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

People Management
up arrow 17%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 14%

Operations Management
up arrow 13%


Program Management
up arrow 3%

Leadership
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Project
up arrow 2%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$109,000

Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%



Multilingual
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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