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. Total cash compensation to Aviation Program Managers approaches anywhere from $65K on the lower end to $155K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $16K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and experience level. In this profession, a large number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. Men account for the majority of Aviation Program Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. The majority of Aviation Program Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$65,189 - $147,077
(Median)
$65K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $102,180
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$16.91 - $83.84
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$17
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$65,189 - $147,077  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,611  
Profit Sharing
$967 - $13,838  
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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$64,934 - $154,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,457
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.91 - $83.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,611  
   
Profit Sharing
$967 - $13,838  
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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$64,934 - $154,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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. Aviation Program Managers most frequently advance into Government Program Manager and Business Development Manager roles even though the median salaries are $21K lower and $27K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Rockwell Collins, Inc. are top-notch employers for Aviation Program Managers in this area. Although BAE Systems Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $147K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $101K or as much as $215K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider United Technologies Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corp, top-paying firms where Aviation Program Managers rake in a very impressive $146K, $135K, or $131K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $84K (75 percent lower than the top payer), U.S. Air Force (USAF) lags significantly in the earnings department. Astronics, Parker Hannifin Corp, and The Boeing Company are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($91K, $103K, and $106K respectively).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Survey results suggest that Aviation Program Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Leadership, Team Leadership, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Aviation Program Managers. 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 $97K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $114K. Aviation Program Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Aviation Program Managers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Aviation Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Cedar Rapids (+24 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), and Huntsville (+12 percent). Compared to the national average, Seattle Aviation Program Managers have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Everett and Wichita are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

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National Average
$105,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries



Team Leadership
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Program Management
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Project Management
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$105,000

Microsoft Project
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 265 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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