Manager Trainee Salary

Pay for Trainee Managers in the United States is very modest at just $39K annually. The range in cash compensation to Trainee Managers ($25K to $52K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. More than half of Trainee Managers (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Trainee Managers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,022 - $52,624
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,248
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$9.08 - $17.64
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$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
$29,022 - $52,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$24,520 - $51,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 741
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.08 - $17.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $15.49  
Overtime
$10.00 - $26.68  
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 - $5,120  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $20,067  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$24,520 - $51,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 356

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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 some Trainee Managers move into positions like Plant Manager of Manufacturing (where the average salary is $81K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for a Trainee Manager is to become a Retail Store Manager or an Operations Manager. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $22K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee


Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Enterprise Holdings, Aaron's, Hertz Rent-a-Car, and Sherwin Williams Co. are among the top companies that take on many Trainee Managers. Although the highest salaries can be found at Ryder Systems, Inc. where median pay is $41K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $37K and $55K. Also paying near the top of the field are Sherwin Williams Co. at $41K, Cintas Corporation at $40K, and Enterprise Holdings, where Trainee Managers annually earn $37K.

Salaries are easily beat at Aaron's, where median pay comes to just $27K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $22K and ending at $32K, range in salary is rather small. 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 Sales Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Sales, and Financial Analysis. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Operations Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Sales Management. The majority of those who know 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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $37K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Trainee Managers report making only $33K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Trainee Managers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. 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). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks. Orlando and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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


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Skills That Affect Manager Trainee Salaries


People Management
up arrow 9%

Leadership
up arrow 4%

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Sales
up arrow 4%

Financial Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 143 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
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%