Airport managers oversee the operations of public airfields. These professionals, who work for municipalities, counties and privately-owned airport authorities, implement airport expansion and improvement projects, oversee maintenance operations, publish notices to airmen and ensure that their aerodromes meet the Federal Aviation Administration's standards. Airport managers receive salaries in exchange for performing their duties.
Because of their professional standing, employers pay airport managers yearly salaries rather than hourly wages. As of June 2011, the average yearly salary range for a U.S.-based airport manager is $34,402 to $96,758, according to data collected from PayScale, a compensation and benefits informational resource. These figures account for managers working for small, general aviation airfields and large airports with airline service. Additionally, PayScale's data accounts for airport managers living and working throughout various parts of the country.
Maximum and Minimum Salary
Airport managers can earn salaries of more than $100,000, as of June 2011. Airport managers working for government-owned airfields earned the highest salaries. A few such professionals working at large hub airports may receive salaries over $200,000, according to an October 2010 report from Kelly Yamanouchi, a columnist for the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution." Additionally, airport managers can earn as little as $30,000 per year.
Along with their yearly salaries, airport managers typically receive benefits from their employers. According to PayScale, 80 percent of airport management professionals receive health insurance as part of their work-related compensation, while 68 percent receive dental and 42 percent receive vision coverage, respectively. Additionally, some employers contribute funds to airport managers' retirement accounts, and/or offer benefits such as profit sharing, bonuses or travel arrangements.
To get a job as an airport manager or administrator, an individual needs to possess certain educational and experiential qualifications. Specifically, airport managers must hold bachelor's degrees in aviation science and administration, public administration, business management or related fields. Additionally, these individuals need work experience in airport maintenance, repair or operations. Typically, individuals seeking jobs at large airports need more experience than those looking to fill equivalent positions at small airfields.