Manager Trainee Salary

Trainee Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K annually. With bonuses and profit sharing proceeds each occasionally running north of $5K and a few commissions that surpass $20K, total incomes for Trainee Managers generally vary between $24K and $52K according to individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Trainee Managers (63 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Trainee Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,135 - $52,679

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$9.16 - $17.84

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,135 - $52,679  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,149  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,958  
Commission
$97.87 - $19,866  
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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$24,479 - $51,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 797
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.16 - $17.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $15.63  
Overtime
$9.99 - $26.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,149  
   
Commission
$97.87 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,958  
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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$24,479 - $51,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379
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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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It's not very common for Trainee Managers to move on to become Plant Managers of Manufacturing. Average pay for a Plant Manager of Manufacturing is $81K annually. 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee


Known for taking on a considerable number of Trainee Managers, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Enterprise Holdings, Aaron's, Hertz Rent-a-Car, and Sherwin Williams Co. are leading firms in the industry. Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $44K on average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Sherwin Williams Co., Ryder Systems, Inc., and Cintas Corporation, top-paying firms where Trainee Managers rake in a comfortable $42K, $41K, or $40K, respectively.

Trainee Managers will find the worst pay at Aaron's, where the median salary crawls in at $27K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $32K, leaving little room for growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership at $27K, and CVS / Pharmacy where $31K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Trainee Managers there earn up to $54K.

Popular Skills for Manager Trainee


Trainee Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Leadership, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service and Sales. Most people who know Sales also know Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Operations Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Manager Trainee

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $37K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $35K. Trainee Managers bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Trainee Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Trainee Managers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Trainee Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+25 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Charlotte. Employers in Indianapolis and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Manager Trainee Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Manager Trainee Salaries

People Management
up arrow 20%


Leadership
up arrow 7%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 3%

Sales Management
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National Average
$37,000

Marketing Management
up arrow 2%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%
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