Manager Trainee Salary

Trainee Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K annually. Total cash compensation for Trainee Managers runs from $25K to $52K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Trainee Managers are male. Most Trainee Managers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,526 - $53,767
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,646
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$9.48 - $17.90
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$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,526 - $53,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,183  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,848  
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,863  
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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$24,578 - $52,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 874
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.48 - $17.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$10.17 - $28.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,183  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$24,578 - $52,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 405
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Job Description for Manager Trainee

A manager trainee learns leadership skills, works with supervisors, and finds out how to run daily operations. Sometimes, manager trainees don't have to have any formal education, but in certain industries, it helps to have at least a bachelor's degree related to the field they are managing.

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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. Trainee Managers typically move into roles as Retail Store Managers or Operations Managers, and those positions pay $3K more and $21K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee


Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Enterprise Holdings, Hertz Rent-a-Car, Aaron's, and Sherwin Williams Co. are top-notch employers for Trainee Managers in this area. Trainee Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., where the average salary comes to $42K. Sherwin Williams Co., Ryder Systems, Inc., and Cintas Corporation also offer top salaries for Trainee Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $42K, $41K, and $40K, respectively.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $22K to just $31K — but Aaron's offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $27K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership at $27K, and Hertz Rent-a-Car where $31K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Trainee Managers there earn up to $41K.

Popular Skills for Manager Trainee


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Leadership, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Customer Relations as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Financial Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Sales are similarly competent in Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Operations Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Manager Trainee

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $38K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $35K. On average, Trainee Managers make $38K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $39K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,661

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

Trainee Managers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Trainee Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+14 percent), New York (+10 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Indianapolis and Cincinnati (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Manager Trainee Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Manager Trainee Salaries

People Management
up arrow 19%


Leadership
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Sales Management
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National Average
$38,000

Sales
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Marketing Management
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Financial Analysis
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Customer Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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