Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Aviation Program Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $104K per year. In the world of Aviation Program Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $65K and $157K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Male Aviation Program Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Aviation Program Managers. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,995 - $149,199
(Median)
$65K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $104,084
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$16.12 - $75.15
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$64,995 - $149,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,975  
Profit Sharing
$894 - $13,965  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$64,787 - $156,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,519
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.12 - $75.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,975  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$894 - $13,965  
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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$64,787 - $156,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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 $132K annually. Aviation Program Managers most often advance into Government Program Manager and Business Development Manager positions even though the median salaries are $22K lower and $28K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Rockwell Collins, Inc. are all popular places to work. Although BAE Systems Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $149K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $102K to $210K. United Technologies Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corp also offer top salaries for Aviation Program Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $139K, $138K, and $133K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $83K and Panasonic Avionics Corporation at $98K, though some Aviation Program Managers there earn up to $130K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with People Management, Budget Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 12 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Leadership also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Aviation Program Managers. 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 $98K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $117K. 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 $128K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $107,048

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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Aviation Program Managers, 38 percent above the national average. Aviation Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Cedar Rapids (+23 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Hartford (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Aviation Program Managers in Seattle earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Everett and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (21 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries



National Average
$107,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

People Management
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Program Management
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Team Leadership
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Project Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$107,000

Operations Management
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Microsoft Project
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 238 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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