Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Aviation Program Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $108K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Aviation Program Managers can bottom out near $65K or peak near $162K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of Aviation Program Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Aviation Program Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$65,362 - $155,701
$65K
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MEDIAN: $108,393
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$16.33 - $62.28
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MEDIAN: $28.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$65,362 - $155,701  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $19,710  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,080  
Total Pay (?
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$65,355 - $161,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 939
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$16.33 - $62.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$10.21 - $66.75  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$198.66 - $19,710  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,080  
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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$65,355 - $161,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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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As Aviation Program Managers make advancements in their career path to positions such as Aerospace Management Diretor, their salaries may climb. Director of Program Management, Aerospaces make $131K annually on average. A lot of Aviation Program Managers advance their careers by becoming Government Program Managers and Business Development Managers. However, those positions offer $25K less and $32K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Northrop Grumman Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc., L-3 Communications, The Boeing Company, and Pratt and Whitney are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Aviation Program Managers. Aviation Program Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Boeing Company, where the median salary comes to $176K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($98K) and those starting out ($206K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Other employers shelling out big bucks include BAE Systems Inc., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and Rockwell Collins, Inc., where Aviation Program Managers typically earn around $159K, $134K, or $132K, respectively.

With a median employee salary of $95K, U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays significantly less than its competitors (just about half of the top paying company's median). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Parker Hannifin Corp at $102K, Astronics at $110K, and L-3 Communications, where $119K is the norm.

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 23 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management. It is often found that people who know Leadership are also skilled 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: $109,986

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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 will also find cushy salaries in Cedar Rapids (+20 percent), Hartford (+19 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Orlando (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Wichita, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in New York (29 percent lower) and Everett (13 percent lower).

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

▲21%

▲11%

National Average
$110,000

▼10%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

Earned Value Management (EVM)
▲23%

Systems Engineering
▲20%

People Management
▲16%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲11%


▲4%




National Average
$110,000


Team Leadership
▼2%



Operations Management
▼8%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 7%