Manager Trainee Salary (United States)

Approximately four in five of Manager Trainees are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $35,636 per year. Pay starts at $23,638 and can approach $50,731 per year on the higher side. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission—peaking near $5,175, $4,470, and $19,933, respectively—total cash payment to Manager Trainees can bottom out near $23,638 or top out at around $50,731. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Manager Trainees report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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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For Manager Trainees, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Manufacturing Plant Manager will earn $44K more than someone not as far along in their career. Manager Trainees can earn $4,632 or $23K more per year when they move into roles as Retail Store Managers or Operations Managers, a common transition for those in the field.

Manager Trainee Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee

Manager Trainees fill the offices of leading firms Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Hertz Rent-a-Car, Sherwin Williams Co., Aaron's, and Ryder Systems, Inc. Though highest salaries can be found at Ryder Systems, Inc.—median pay is $40,322—there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $35K and reaching $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 offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $26,305. 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 suggest that Manager Trainees put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 pay less than market rate include Sales and Customer Service. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Operations Management, Sales Management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). People who know Sales usually also know Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Manager Trainee

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $36K can reach $36K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $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 around one third, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$36,000
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For Manager Trainees, St. Louis provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, and Houston, where Manager Trainees annually earn 13 percent, 12 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Workers in Cincinnati and Las Vegas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-1 percent and -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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