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Manager Trainee Salary (United States)

Those pursuing careers as Trainee Managers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K per year. The final incomes of Trainee Managers generally vary between $24K and $51K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $5K, $4K, and $20K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Trainee Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Trainee Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Manager Trainee Salary (?
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$28,913 - $52,049
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MEDIAN: $38,908
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Manager Trainee Salary (?
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$8.91 - $17.67
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,913 - $52,049  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,146  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $4,250  
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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$24,047 - $51,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 708
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $17.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $15.49  
Overtime
$10.24 - $26.48  
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.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,146  
   
Commission
$50.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $4,250  
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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$24,047 - $51,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 330
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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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Trainee Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Plant Manager of Manufacturing. The average Plant Manager of Manufacturing bring home $80K per year. Retail Store Managers or Operations Managers are common next-step roles for Trainee Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Retail Store Managers is $4K higher on average, and it's $22K higher for Operations Managers.

Manager Trainee Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Aaron's, Sherwin Williams Co., Hertz Rent-a-Car, and Ryder Systems, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Trainee Managers. Trainee Managers in search of the best pay head to Ryder Systems, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $41K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $55K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $37K. Other big spenders include Cintas Corporation, Sherwin Williams Co., and Enterprise Holdings, top-paying firms where Trainee Managers see paychecks nearing $40K, $40K, or $37K.
Aaron's offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $27K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $22K to $33K. Other low-paying employers include Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership at $27K and Hertz Rent-a-Car at $31K, though some Trainee Managers there earn up to $41K.

Popular Skills for Manager Trainee

Survey results suggest that Trainee Managers 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sales and Customer Service. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Operations Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Sales Management. Most people familiar with Sales 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.
Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $36K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $35K. Trainee Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. Trainee Managers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $32K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$36,000
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Trainee Managers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Trainee Managers will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+24 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 11 percent below the national average. Orlando and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 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
$36,000
Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Manager Trainee Salaries

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

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

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