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Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary

Salaries for Aviation Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($105K) per year. Cash earnings for Aviation Program Managers — which occasionally include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $64K to approximately $154K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Aviation Program Managers are male. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$64,984 - $146,044
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$64,984 - $146,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,764  
Profit Sharing
$975 - $14,128  
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$64,472 - $154,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,492
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$16.39 - $86.66  
   
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$0.00 - $66.79  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$0.00 - $16,764  
   
Profit Sharing
$975 - $14,128  
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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$64,472 - $154,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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 $130K annually. A lot of Aviation Program Managers advance their careers by becoming Government Program Managers and Business Development Managers. However, those positions offer $20K less and $26K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Many Aviation Program Managers can be found at Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Air Force (USAF), The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Rockwell Collins, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Although United Technologies Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $146K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $86K to $181K. Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Aviation Program Managers earning around $138K, $137K, or $128K at each firm, respectively.

The pay scale is far from balanced at U.S. Air Force (USAF). While salaries on one end can reach $133K, the company's median pay sits at $98K, the lowest in the field. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include The Boeing Company at $106K, and Honeywell Aerospace where $108K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Aviation Program Managers there earn up to $246K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Survey results suggest that Aviation Program Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Team Leadership, Customer Relationship Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Program 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $78K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $96K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $112K. Aviation Program Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $124K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Aviation Program Managers that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Aviation Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cedar Rapids (+25 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), Huntsville (+16 percent), and Denver (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Everett. Workers in Seattle and Wichita earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries



National Average
$105,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries



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$105,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 370 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

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%