Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary (United States)

Average pay for a Aviation Program Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $103,434 per year. With some bonuses approaching $15,932 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $13,704, overall incomes in the Aviation Program Managers from $64,648 to $144,533 depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. Male Aviation Program Managers far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. The majority of Aviation Program Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$64,648 - $144,533
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$64,648 - $144,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,932  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $13,704  
Commission
$2,000 - $18,750  
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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$64,074 - $152,699  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.03 - $84.43  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,932  
   
Commission
$2,000 - $18,750  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $13,704  
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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$64,074 - $152,699  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Aviation Program Managers. At the upper end, those who move into a Aerospace Management Diretor role can bring in an extra $26K per year. More commonly, Aviation Program Managers take pay cuts as they move into roles as Government Program Managers or Business Development Managers, making $18,926 or $24K less per year, respectively.

Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Dominating the field, Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Air Force (USAF), The Boeing Company, Rockwell Collins, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Aviation Program Managers. United Technologies Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $148,998. Also paying near the top of the field are Northrop Grumman Corporation at $139,814, Rockwell Collins, Inc. at $129,171, and U.S. Navy, where Aviation Program Managers annually earn $128,376.
Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $246,187, Honeywell Aerospace still falls short in the compensation department—the median pay is only $101,788, the lowest in the field. The Boeing Company and Parker Hannifin Corp also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $105,417 and $109,458.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Survey results imply that Aviation Program Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Team Leadership, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 13 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $78K, increasing to $100K after five to 10 years. After one to two decades on the job, workers bring in a six-figure salary around $110K. After two decades on the job, Aviation Program Managers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $124K. Age distribution in this workforce is quite spread out, with those with between one and nine years of experience accounting for 33 percent of the workforce, those with 10-20 making up 33 percent and those with more than two decades of experience rounding out the remaining 33 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Aviation Program Managers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Denver, Huntsville, Hartford, and San Diego, top-paying cities where Aviation Program Managers see paychecks higher than average (+16 percent, +16 percent, +14 percent, and +10 percent). Everett is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Wichita (-14 percent) and Seattle (-12 percent).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

National Average
$103,000

Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 445 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%
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