Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary (United States)

Aviation Program Managers in the United States typically earn six-figure salaries ($103,434) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and most get vision benefits. In this field, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Aviation Program Managers are male. Job satisfaction for Aviation Program Managers is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary (?
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$64,648 - $144,533
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Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary (?
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$17.03 - $84.43
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National Salary Data

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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  
PayScale
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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Compensation may increase greatly for Aviation Program Managers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Aerospace Management Diretor may make an additional $26K per year than lower-end positions. More commonly, Aviation Program Managers take pay cuts as they move into roles as Government Program Managers or Business Development Managers, making $18,926 or $24K less per year, respectively.

Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Aviation Program Managers include Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Air Force (USAF), The Boeing Company, Rockwell Collins, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp. The most lucrative gig in town can be found at United Technologies Corporation, where the average salary is $148,998. Aviation Program Managers will also find cushy salaries at Northrop Grumman Corporation (+$139,814), Rockwell Collins, Inc. (+$139,814, $129,171), and U.S. Navy (+$128,376).
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Honeywell Aerospace, where the median salary is just $101,788. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are The Boeing Company ($105,417) and Parker Hannifin Corp ($109,458).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Survey results show that Aviation Program Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Team Leadership, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 13 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 salaries. New salaries start at $78K and reach $100K in five to 10 years. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job—experienced workers bring in an estimated $110K. As Aviation Program Managers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $124K. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 33 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 33 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 33 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

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. Denver, Huntsville, Hartford, and San Diego also offer top salaries for Aviation Program Managers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 16 percent, 16 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent more, respectively. The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Everett. Workers in Wichita and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-14 percent and -12 percent).

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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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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%
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