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Manager Trainee Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, about four in five of Trainee Managers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $38K per year. The range in cash compensation to Trainee Managers (largely between $24K and $51K) includes potential earnings of $5K from bonuses, $4K from profit sharing, and commissions of $20K in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Most Trainee Managers (64 percent) are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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  
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 (?
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 - $5,175  
   
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  
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 Trainee Managers, career progression to a Plant Manager of Manufacturing role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Plant Manager of Manufacturing, an upper-level role, can earn $80K annually. Career advancement for the typical Trainee Manager often leads to becoming a Retail Store Manager or an Operations Manager; median salaries in these positions are $5K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

Manager Trainee Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee

Dominating the field, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Hertz Rent-a-Car, Sherwin Williams Co., Aaron's, and Ryder Systems, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Trainee Managers. Pay for Trainee Managers is best at Ryder Systems, Inc., which offers a median salary of $40K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $35K to $55K. Trainee Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Cintas Corporation ($40K), Sherwin Williams Co. ($40K), and Enterprise Holdings ($34K).
The pay scale is far from balanced at Aaron's. While salaries on one end can reach $46K, the company's median pay sits at $26K, the lowest in the field. Other low-paying employers include Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership at $27K and Hertz Rent-a-Car at $30K, though some Trainee Managers there earn up to $41K.

Popular Skills for Manager Trainee

Trainee Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Leadership, Sales Management, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 11 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales and Customer Service. Most people skilled in Sales are similarly competent in Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Operations Management, Sales Management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Manager Trainee

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $36K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $36K. On average, Trainee Managers make $36K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $32K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise just under one in three, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$36,000
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For Trainee Managers, busy St. Louis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, and Houston, where Trainee Managers annually earn 13 percent, 12 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Las Vegas (1 percent lower).

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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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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%