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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 ($102K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $14K, respectively — total cash payment to Aviation Program Managers can bottom out near $65K or peak near $155K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. The majority of Aviation Program Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. There are far more male Aviation Program Managers survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$65,274 - $146,350
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$65K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $101,713
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$18.49 - $86.92
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$18
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$65,274 - $146,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,235  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $13,590  
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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$64,922 - $154,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,462
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.49 - $86.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.11  
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 - $16,235  
   
Profit Sharing
$964 - $13,590  
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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$64,922 - $154,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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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 transition into an Aerospace Management Diretor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $130K per year. Aviation Program Managers most often move into Government Program Manager or Business Development Manager roles. However, the former pays $20K less on average, and the latter pays $26K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, U.S. Air Force (USAF), Lockheed Martin Corp, and Rockwell Collins, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Aviation Program Managers. The biggest paychecks can be found at United Technologies Corporation — the median salary there is $146K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $86K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $181K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp, and BAE Systems Inc., where Aviation Program Managers typically earn around $135K, $129K, or $129K, respectively.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at U.S. Air Force (USAF), where the median salary is a mere $86K, 71 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Astronics at $91K, and The Boeing Company where $108K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Aviation Program Managers there earn up to $186K.

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 Team Leadership, Budget Management, Leadership, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed 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.


For many Aviation Program Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $78K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $97K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $113K. 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


Home to some of the best pay for Aviation Program Managers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 41 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), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Irvine (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Everett, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Seattle (18 percent less) and Wichita (13 percent less).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries



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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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$105,000

Microsoft Project
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 308 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%