Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salary

Wages for Aviation Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. In the world of Aviation Program Managers, overall income ranges from $63K near the bottom to $161K at the top; this can include more than $19K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Aviation Program Managers who answered the questionnnaire. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$66,426 - $154,342
$66K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $107,861
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$17.80 - $61.31
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$61
MEDIAN: $31.06
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$0$159K
Salary $66,426 - $154,342
Bonus $4.93 - $17,764
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,147
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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$65,415 - $159,481
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,120
Hourly Data $0$86
Hourly Rate $17.80 - $61.31
Overtime $14.68 - $86.31
Annual Data $0$159K
Bonus $4.93 - $17,764
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,147
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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$65,415 - $159,481
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 54

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 the implementation, coordination and reporting for programs or contracts.
  • Track program costs.
  • Manage staffing and successful performance of team members.
  • Develop timelines for the program.

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


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At the upper end, Aviation Program Managers who move into an Aerospace Management Diretor role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $131K per year. Aviation Program Managers most frequently become Government Program Managers and Business Development Managers even though median compensation is $24K lower and $31K lower, respectively.

Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Aviation Program Managers flock to Northrop Grumman Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc., L-3 Communications, The Boeing Company, and Pratt and Whitney, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Employees of The Boeing Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $176K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $98K to $206K. Also paying near the top of the field are BAE Systems Inc. at $159K, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc at $134K, and Rockwell Collins, Inc., where Aviation Program Managers annually earn $132K.

With a reported median salary of only $95K, U.S. Air Force (USAF) easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are just about half of the top paying company's median. Parker Hannifin Corp, Astronics and L-3 Communications are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $102K, $110K, and $119K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace


Aviation Program Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Earned Value Management, Systems Engineering, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 21 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management. Most people skilled in Leadership are similarly competent in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Pay by Experience for a Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace has a positive trend. An entry-level Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 238 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 308 salaries. An experienced Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 412 salaries. A Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $134,000 based on 287 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,246

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Aviation Program Managers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Aviation Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Cedar Rapids (+21 percent), Hartford (+20 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and Orlando (+14 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Aviation Program Managers in Wichita earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 28 percent less in New York and 12 percent less in Everett, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace?

Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace in Melbourne:
"Taking care of customer's while enhancing company goals."
Pros: Pride in working with customer's and ensuring they are happy with the end product.
Cons: Lack of decision making. Salary.

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Key Stats for Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%

Experience Affects Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

▲22%

▲12%

National Average
$109,000

▼9%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace Salaries

Earned Value Management (EVM)
▲24%

Systems Engineering
▲21%

People Management
▲17%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲12%



▲4%



National Average
$109,000


Team Leadership
▼1%



Operations Management
▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 7%