Project Engineer, Aviation/Aerospace Salary (United States)

A typical Aviation Project Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $80,406 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $54,591 to $124,155 per year. Total cash compensation runs from $57,722 to $121,041, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8,649 and profit sharing that reaches $8,243. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; nearly all claim both medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision coverage. There are far more male Aviation Project Engineers than women, making up 87 percent of those in this profession. For the most part, Aviation Project Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Project Engineer, Aviation/Aerospace Salary (?
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$57,722 - $121,041
(Median)
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79K
99K
120K
MEDIAN: $79,337
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Project Engineer, Aviation/Aerospace Salary (?
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$19.26 - $50.53
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,722 - $121,041  
   
Bonus
$175.17 - $8,649  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $8,243  
Total Pay (?
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$54,591 - $124,155  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 583
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.26 - $50.53  
   
Overtime
$29.02 - $60.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$175.17 - $8,649  
   
Profit Sharing
$592 - $8,243  
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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$54,591 - $124,155  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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Job Description for Project Engineer, Aviation/Aerospace

  • Plan and organize technical projects from conception to completion.
  • Coordinate and communicate between various areas; supervise and train project staff as needed.
  • Utilize engineering knowledge for project management; estimate timelines and schedules; anticipate risks and costs related to the technical aspects of the project.

Common Career Paths for Project Engineer, Aviation/Aerospace

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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Aviation Project Engineers. At the upper end, those who move into a Design Engineering Manager role can bring in an extra $21K per year.

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Popular Skills for Project Engineer, Aviation/Aerospace

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. System Integration and Program Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 11 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Engineer, Aviation/Aerospace

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Aviation Project Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries increase to $79K from around $66K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $100K. Salaries grow more slowly as Aviation Project Engineers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $113K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 20 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

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Experience Affects Project Engineer, Aviation/Aerospace Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%
National Average
$80,000

Skills That Affect Project Engineer, Aviation/Aerospace Salaries

System Integration
up arrow 14%
Program Management
up arrow 11%
Project Management
up arrow 2%
Engineering Design
0%
Product Development
0%
National Average
$80,000
Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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