Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary

Aviation Program Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $104K annually. Total cash compensation for Aviation Program Managers runs from $65K to $157K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $18K and profit sharing that can reach almost $14K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Men make up the vast majority of Aviation Program Managers (82 percent) who took the survey. Most Aviation Program Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,995 - $149,199
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$65K
$100K
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MEDIAN: $104,084
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$16.12 - $75.15
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$64,995 - $149,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,975  
Profit Sharing
$894 - $13,965  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$64,787 - $156,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,519
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$16.12 - $75.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,975  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$894 - $13,965  
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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$64,787 - $156,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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 $132K 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 $22K less and $28K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Rockwell Collins, Inc. are top-notch employers for Aviation Program Managers in this area. Employees of BAE Systems Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $149K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $102K to $210K. Also paying near the top of the field are United Technologies Corporation at $139K, Northrop Grumman Corporation at $138K, and Lockheed Martin Corp, where Aviation Program Managers annually earn $133K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $83K, and Panasonic Avionics Corporation where $98K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Aviation Program Managers there earn up to $130K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Aviation Program Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management, Budget Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 12 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Leadership also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $78K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $98K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $117K. Aviation Program Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $128K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $107,048

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For Aviation Program Managers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Aviation Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cedar Rapids (+23 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Hartford (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Aviation Program Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Aviation Program Managers in Seattle bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Everett and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 13 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
$107,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

People Management
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Program Management
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Team Leadership
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Project Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$107,000

Operations Management
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Microsoft Project
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 238 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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