Aerospace Engineering Manager
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Oversees engineering and technical design of aerospace engineering projects, such as airplane or rocket components. Manages communication and coordination among different types of engineers working on a project. Supervises project schedule, budget, and communications with stakeholders.
There were 9 Aerospace Engineering Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2093 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Engineering Manager industry, which includes the Aerospace Engineering Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:
Many new Aerospace Engineering Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $104,870.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,818.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Aerospace Engineering Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $91,537.
Education and Experience
Posted Aerospace Engineering Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Aerospace Engineering Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||13%|
|3 to 5 years||23%|
|6 to 8 years||15%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Aerospace Engineering Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (46%)
- Planning (42%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (20%)
- Problem Solving (20%)
- Leadership (16%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Budgeting (35%)
- Project Management (34%)
- Scheduling (32%)
- Systems Engineering (25%)
- Engineering Management (23%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Product Development (11%)
- Aerospace Industry Knowledge (10%)
- Customer Contact (10%)
- Project Planning and Development Skills (10%)
- Systems Integration (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Engineering Activities (6%)
- Engineering Projects (6%)
- Avionics (5%)
- Engineering Leadership (4%)
- Air Vehicle Engineering (3%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Autonomous Systems (1%) – marginal value $4,953
- Integrated Master Schedule (2%) – marginal value $3,663
- Engineering Activities (6%) – marginal value $3,132
- Vehicle Systems (1%) – marginal value $2,907
- Aerospace Engineering (1%) – marginal value $2,837
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Aerospace Engineering Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Project Engineer
- Senior Project Engineer
- Manager Engineering
- Engineering Manager
- Chief Engineer
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Aerospace Engineer
- Electronics Engineering Manager
- Engineering Program Manager
- Product Engineering Manager
- Quality Engineering Manager
- Mechanical Engineering Manager
- Design Engineering Manager
- Electrical Engineering Manager
- Operations Engineering Manager
- Engineering Project Manager
Here are the employers that have posted the most Aerospace Engineering Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Lockheed Martin Corporation (576)
- Northrop Grumman (477)
- United Technologies Corporation (182)
- The Boeing Company (161)
- Aerospace Corporation (111)
- United Technologies Corporation (6)
- Collins Aerospace (1)
- Image Associates Incorporated (1)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!