Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary

On average, Aviation Program Managers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($102K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. In the world of Aviation Program Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $65K and $154K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $16K and $14K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. The majority of Aviation Program Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Aviation Program Managers are male. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$64,949 - $147,021

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$16.73 - $77.28

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$64,949 - $147,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,651  
Profit Sharing
$965 - $13,902  
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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$64,701 - $154,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,454
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.73 - $77.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,651  
   
Profit Sharing
$965 - $13,902  
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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$64,701 - $154,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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, progressing to an Aerospace Management Diretor role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Aerospace Management Diretor can earn $130K annually. 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 $21K lower and $27K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Known for taking on a considerable number of Aviation Program Managers, Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Rockwell Collins, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Although BAE Systems Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $147K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $101K to $208K. Other leaders in compensation levels are United Technologies Corporation at $145K, Northrop Grumman Corporation at $136K, and Lockheed Martin Corp, where Aviation Program Managers annually earn $131K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at U.S. Air Force (USAF) — the median salary comes to just $84K, 75 percent less than the top paying company. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Astronics ($96K), Parker Hannifin Corp ($102K), and The Boeing Company ($105K).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 24 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

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


For many Aviation Program Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $77K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $97K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $115K. Aviation Program Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $125K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Aviation Program Managers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Aviation Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cedar Rapids (+24 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), and Huntsville (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Aviation Program Managers is geography, with workers in Seattle earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Workers in Everett and Wichita earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

People Management
up arrow 24%



Team Leadership
up arrow 6%

Program Management
up arrow 4%

Project Management
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National Average
$106,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Project
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%
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