Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary

Average pay for an Aviation Program Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $102K per year. Total cash compensation to Aviation Program Managers bottoms out near $65K and approaches $155K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $16K from bonuses and almost $14K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and years of experience. There are far more male Aviation Program Managers survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. The majority of Aviation Program Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$65,094 - $146,933
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$65K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $102,323
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$16.91 - $83.84
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$17
$34
$84
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$65,094 - $146,933  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,562  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $13,870  
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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$64,843 - $154,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,456
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Hourly Rate
$16.91 - $83.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,562  
   
Profit Sharing
$966 - $13,870  
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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$64,843 - $154,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Aerospace Management Diretor, where median compensation is $130K annually. Aviation Program Managers most frequently become Government Program Managers and Business Development Managers even though median compensation is $21K lower and $27K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Dominating the field, Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Rockwell Collins, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Aviation Program Managers. BAE Systems Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $149K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $101K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $216K. Aviation Program Managers will also find cushy salaries at United Technologies Corporation (+$145K), Northrop Grumman Corporation (+$135K), and Lockheed Martin Corp (+$131K).

U.S. Air Force (USAF) lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 77 percent lower than the top payer ($84K). Astronics, Parker Hannifin Corp, and The Boeing Company are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($91K, $102K, and $105K respectively).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Aviation Program Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $77K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $97K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $115K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $125K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Aviation Program Managers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. Aviation Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Cedar Rapids (+24 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), Irvine (+14 percent), and Huntsville (+12 percent). Compared to the national average, Seattle Aviation Program Managers have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Everett and Wichita (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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$105,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 260 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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