Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary

Aviation Program Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $108K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Aviation Program Managers stretch from $63K on the lower end to $162K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Most Aviation Program Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Aviation Program Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$64,791 - $156,069
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$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $107,770
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$16.90 - $61.28
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$0$161K
Salary $64,791 - $156,069
Bonus $250.00 - $19,563
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,287
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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$63,411 - $161,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,021
Hourly Data $0$82
Hourly Rate $16.90 - $61.28
Hourly Tips $0.50
Overtime $10.30 - $82.29
Annual Data $0$161K
Bonus $250.00 - $19,563
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,287
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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$63,411 - $161,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 49

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

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


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Aviation Program Managers who become Director of Program Management, Aerospaces position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $131K per year. Many Aviation Program Managers go on to become Government Program Managers or Business Development Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $25K lower and $31K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Aviation Program Managers fill the offices of leading firms Northrop Grumman Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc., L-3 Communications, The Boeing Company, and Pratt and Whitney. The Boeing Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $176K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $98K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $206K. Soaring salaries can also be found at BAE Systems Inc., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and Rockwell Collins, Inc., where earnings of $159K, $134K, or $132K are standard for Aviation Program Managers.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $95K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Workers at Parker Hannifin Corp, Astronics, and L-3 Communications also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $102K, $110K, and $119K respectively.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Aviation Program Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Earned Value Management, Systems Engineering, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 21 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management. Most people skilled in Leadership are similarly competent in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Pay by Experience for a Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace has a positive trend. An entry-level Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 238 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 308 salaries. An experienced Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 412 salaries. A Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $134,000 based on 287 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,434

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Aviation Program Managers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Aviation Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cedar Rapids (+21 percent), Hartford (+20 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Orlando (+13 percent). Aviation Program Managers in Wichita take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. Employers in New York and Everett also lean toward paying below-median salaries (28 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

▲22%

▲12%

National Average
$109,000

▼9%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

Earned Value Management (EVM)
▲24%

Systems Engineering
▲21%

People Management
▲17%


Risk Management / Risk Control
▲11%


▲4%



National Average
$109,000


Team Leadership
▼1%



Operations Management
▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 7%
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