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Manager Trainee Salary

Trainee Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K annually on average. In the world of Trainee Managers, performance is a large component of overall compensation. Bonuses and profit sharing that occasionally exceed $5K each, along with a few commissions of nearly $20K, can cause the final number to run anywhere from $24K to $52K. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Trainee Managers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. Most Trainee Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,996 - $52,616
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,203
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$9.15 - $17.76
(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
$28,996 - $52,616  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,121  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,907  
Commission
$-0.50 - $20,067  
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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$24,424 - $51,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 751
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
$9.15 - $17.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $15.63  
Overtime
$9.97 - $26.64  
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 - $5,121  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $20,067  
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).
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$24,424 - $51,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Trainee Managers move into roles as Plant Managers of Manufacturing, where pay is an average $81K per year. Trainee Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Retail Store Managers or Operations Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Trainee Managers include Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Enterprise Holdings, Aaron's, Hertz Rent-a-Car, and Sherwin Williams Co. Ryder Systems, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $41K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $37K and maxing out at just $55K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Sherwin Williams Co., Cintas Corporation, and Enterprise Holdings, where Trainee Managers typically earn around $41K, $40K, or $37K, respectively.

Aaron's doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $27K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $32K and scope of pay is rather limited. 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


Survey results imply that Trainee Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Leadership, and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Sales. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Operations Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Sales Management. Those proficient in Sales are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $37K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $35K. Trainee Managers see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $33K.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Trainee Managers, 26 percent above the national average. Trainee Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), St. Louis (+14 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (8 percent lower) and Cincinnati (3 percent lower).

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 9%

Skills That Affect Manager Trainee Salaries

People Management
up arrow 16%


Leadership
up arrow 7%

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 2%

Sales
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%
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