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Manager Trainee Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Trainee Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K per year. With bonuses and profit sharing proceeds each occasionally running north of $5K and a few commissions that surpass $20K, total incomes for Trainee Managers generally vary between $24K and $51K according to individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Trainee Managers is high. Male Trainee Managers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,999 - $51,926
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,139
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$9.16 - $17.83
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,999 - $51,926  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,115  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,907  
Commission
$50.00 - $20,000  
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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$24,437 - $51,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 761
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.16 - $17.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $15.63  
Overtime
$9.91 - $26.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,115  
   
Commission
$50.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,907  
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).
)
$24,437 - $51,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 366
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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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There are some Trainee Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Plant Managers of Manufacturing, where earnings are an average $81K annually. It is quite typical for Trainee Managers to transition into roles as Retail Store Managers or Operations Managers, where reported median earnings are $4K and $22K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee


Trainee Managers flock to Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Enterprise Holdings, Aaron's, Hertz Rent-a-Car, and Sherwin Williams Co., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Trainee Managers flock to Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $44K lead the pack in compensation. Other big spenders include Ryder Systems, Inc., Sherwin Williams Co., and Cintas Corporation, top-paying firms where Trainee Managers see paychecks nearing $41K, $41K, or $40K.

Employees at Aaron's take home the smallest paychecks, and $27K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $22K and quickly nearing the top at only $32K. Other low-paying employers include Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership at $27K and CVS / Pharmacy at $31K, though some Trainee Managers there earn up to $54K.

Popular Skills for Manager Trainee


Trainee Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Operations Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service and Sales. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Operations Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Sales Management. Most people skilled in Sales are similarly competent in Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Manager Trainee

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $37K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. Trainee Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $34K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Trainee Managers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Trainee Managers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+17 percent), St. Louis (+13 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Indianapolis (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Manager Trainee Reviews

What is it like working as a Manager Trainee at Enterprise Holdings?

Manager Trainee in Lyndhurst:
"Great Place to Start a Business Career."
Pros: Enterprise is a fun, friendly place where teamwork and customer service make everyone's day better. Employees learn the skills needed to run their own business (if they someday start one) or someone else's business. There is a wealth of knowledge to be acquired, so it is important to read to work hard, and learn. Every day is different, but each day is what you make of it. In fact, the whole experience of working with Enterprise Holdings is what you make of it. It can either be stressful and not fulfilling work, or an exciting and rewarding career. One of the founding values and cultural tenants of Enterprise is working hard and being rewarded for that hard work. Success does not always come easily, but most people do not get anywhere in life because of entitlement. Success is earned.
Cons: It is almost unanimous that management trainees, assistants, and branch managers should get paid more.

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Experience Affects Manager Trainee Salaries



National Average
$37,000


Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Manager Trainee Salaries

People Management
up arrow 21%


Leadership
up arrow 7%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Sales
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%
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