Manager Trainee Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Manager Trainees report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $35,636 per year on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $23,638 to $50,731 per year. In the world of Manager Trainees, total cash compensation ranges from $28,846 on the lower end to $51,311 on the higher end; this includes bonuses that peak near $5,175 and profit sharing that approaches $4,470, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $19,933. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. The majority of Manager Trainees claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Manager Trainee Salary (?
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$28,846 - $51,311
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MEDIAN: $38,496
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Manager Trainee Salary (?
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$8.91 - $17.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,846 - $51,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,175  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,470  
Commission
$96.35 - $19,933  
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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$23,638 - $50,731  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 680
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $17.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23 - $15.35  
Overtime
$10.72 - $26.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,175  
   
Commission
$96.35 - $19,933  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,470  
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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$23,638 - $50,731  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 332
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Job Description for Manager Trainee

A manager trainee is an associate who is working toward becoming a manager. The trainee will learn how to ensure a positive customer service experience through the analysis and improvement of company processes and points of contact, and the trainee will use that information to begin taking on managerial duties. The future manager will learn, develop, maintain, and improve upon the supervisory and administrative skills necessary to manage a store, and will meet or exceed individual sales and customer service goals set by the company and managers. The manager trainee will set an example of company standards and policies in all interactions with managers, supervisors, other coworkers, and customers. Within a few months of demonstrated success, a manager trainee can expect to become a full manager, though one might be expected to relocate to fill a vacancy within the company. Some companies may require a college education to be a manager trainee, and an applicant for this job should have at least a high school diploma or GED as well as some experience working in a customer service environment. A manager trainee should have good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, and should be okay with enforcing company policy even if it means being the "bad guy" sometimes. A successful worker in the position will be able to adapt to a changing schedule as necessary to fill staffing needs, and should be able to work well with others and encourage the rest of the staff to meet with sales goals and provide the best customer service experience possible.
Manager Trainee Tasks
  • Meet individual sales and customer service goals.
  • Learn and develop supervisory and administrative skills necessary for managerial positions.
  • Ensure positive customer experience by analyzing and improving all processes and points of contact.
  • Model company standards and policies in all interactions.

Common Career Paths for Manager Trainee

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As Manager Trainees transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Manufacturing Plant Manager may earn an extra $44K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. Manager Trainees typically move into roles as Retail Store Managers or Operations Managers, where they can expect an extra $4,632 or $23K per year.

Manager Trainee Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Hertz Rent-a-Car, Sherwin Williams Co., Aaron's, and Ryder Systems, Inc. are top-notch employers for Manager Trainees in this area. Ryder Systems, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $40,322, though salaries there max out at $55K. Cintas Corporation, Sherwin Williams Co., and Enterprise Holdings are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Manager Trainees earning around $40,293, $40,096, or $33,974 at each firm, respectively.
Aaron's is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $26,305—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $22K while workers on the upper end may rake in $46K. Other low-paying employers include Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership at $27,463 and Hertz Rent-a-Car at $30,500, though some Manager Trainees there earn up to $41K.

Popular Skills for Manager Trainee

Survey results show that Manager Trainees use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Leadership, Sales Management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 11 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sales and Customer Service. The majority of those who know Sales also know Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well-versed in Operations Management, Sales Management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Manager Trainee

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $36K to $36K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $36K. Manager Trainees' pay declines to $33K, on average, after racking up two decades of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 6 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise about a third, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$36,000
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St. Louis is home to an above-average pay rate for Manager Trainees, 26 percent higher than the national average. Other big spenders include Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, and Houston, top-paying cities where Manager Trainees see paychecks higher than average (+13 percent, +12 percent, +12 percent, and +11 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cincinnati (-1 percent) and Las Vegas (-1 percent).

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Experience Affects Manager Trainee Salaries

National Average
$36,000
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Skills That Affect Manager Trainee Salaries

Leadership
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Sales Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$36,000
Customer Service
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Sales
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 15%
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