Manager Trainee Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Trainee Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $5K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $24K and hits $52K on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. The majority of Trainee Managers (63 percent) survey respondents are male. The majority of Trainee Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,049 - $52,299
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,224
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$9.18 - $17.81
(Median)
$9
$13
$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
$29,049 - $52,299  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,137  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$24,475 - $51,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 789
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $17.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $15.63  
Overtime
$9.96 - $26.66  
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 - $5,137  
   
Commission
$50.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$24,475 - $51,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 373
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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 do not often transition into Plant Manager of Manufacturing roles. The role averages $81K per year. 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


Many Trainee Managers can be found at Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Enterprise Holdings, Aaron's, Hertz Rent-a-Car, and Sherwin Williams Co., firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. — the median salary there is $44K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Sherwin Williams Co. at $42K, Ryder Systems, Inc. at $41K, and Cintas Corporation, where Trainee Managers annually earn $40K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Aaron's — median pay is $27K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $22K and only reaching $32K. 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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Operations Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 9 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales and Customer Service. Most people familiar with Customer Service also 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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $37K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Trainee Managers make a median salary of $39K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $37K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Trainee Managers, 29 percent higher than the national average. Trainee Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+25 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), New York (+14 percent), and St. Louis (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis and Cincinnati (4 percent lower).

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


Late-Career
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National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Manager Trainee Salaries

People Management
up arrow 20%


Leadership
up arrow 6%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 3%

Sales Management
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National Average
$37,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Sales
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%
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