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Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary (United States)

Aviation Program Managers in the United States typically earn six-figure salaries ($103K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total incomes of Aviation Program Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $16K from bonuses and close to $14K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $64K and $153K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and tenure. In this profession, a solid majority individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair portion have vision insurance, as well. The vast majority (85 percent) of Aviation Program Managers are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary (?
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$64,648 - $144,533
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MEDIAN: $99,841
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$17.03 - $84.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$64,648 - $144,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,932  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $13,704  
Commission
$2,000 - $18,750  
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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$64,074 - $152,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.03 - $84.43  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.72  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,932  
   
Commission
$2,000 - $18,750  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $13,704  
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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$64,074 - $152,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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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For Aviation Program Managers, career progression to a Aerospace Management Diretor role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Aerospace Management Diretor, an upper-level role, can earn $129K annually. A lot of Aviation Program Managers advance their careers by becoming Government Program Managers and Business Development Managers. However, those positions offer $19K less and $24K less per year on average.

Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Air Force (USAF), The Boeing Company, Rockwell Collins, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at United Technologies Corporation — the median salary there is $149K. Aviation Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Northrop Grumman Corporation ($140K), Rockwell Collins, Inc. ($129K), and U.S. Navy ($128K).
The consistently lowest paying firm is Honeywell Aerospace, where the median salary is just $102K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $83K to $246K. Employees at The Boeing Company, Parker Hannifin Corp, and L-3 Communications can also expect below-average earnings of $105K, $109K, and $110K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Aviation Program Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Team Leadership, Customer Relationship Management , and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 13 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

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Aviation Program Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $78K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $94K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $110K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $124K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is quite spread out, with those with between one and nine years of experience accounting for 33 percent of the workforce, those with 10-20 making up 33 percent and those with more than two decades of experience rounding out the remaining 33 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Aviation Program Managers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Denver, Huntsville, Hartford, and San Diego, top-paying cities where Aviation Program Managers see paychecks higher than average (+16 percent, +16 percent, +14 percent, and +10 percent). In Everett, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Wichita (14 percent lower) and Seattle (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

National Average
$103,000

Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

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Microsoft Project
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 445 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%