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Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary

Aviation Program Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of Aviation Program Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $16K from bonuses and close to $14K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $65K and $155K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Aviation Program Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$65,273 - $147,015
(Median)
$65K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $101,918
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$18.62 - $86.66
(Median)
$19
$34
$87
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$65,273 - $147,015  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,323  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $13,668  
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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$64,957 - $155,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,467
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$18.62 - $86.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.02  
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 - $16,323  
   
Profit Sharing
$960 - $13,668  
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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$64,957 - $155,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Aerospace Management Diretor. The average Aerospace Management Diretor brings home $130K per year. Many Aviation Program Managers go on to become Government Program Managers or Business Development Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $21K lower and $26K 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. 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, $130K, or $129K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($92K), Parker Hannifin Corp ($103K), and The Boeing Company ($106K).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Aviation Program Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Team Leadership, Leadership, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Aviation Program Managers. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $78K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $97K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $114K on average. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Aviation Program Managers will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Aviation Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cedar Rapids (+24 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), Irvine (+13 percent), and Huntsville (+12 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Seattle is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Everett (18 percent lower) and Wichita (13 percent lower).

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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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$105,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Microsoft Project
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 293 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
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%
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