Manager Trainee Salary

Trainee Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. Incomes of Trainee Managers depend heavily on individual performance. In exceptional cases, bonuses and profit sharing can bring in $5K each, and a few high-rollers can pull down as much as $20K in commissions; this causes total packages to range between $24K and $52K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men make up the majority of Trainee Managers (63 percent) survey respondents. Most Trainee Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,094 - $52,406
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,237
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$9.18 - $17.87
(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
$29,094 - $52,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$24,498 - $51,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 792
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $17.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $15.63  
Overtime
$9.99 - $27.01  
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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
Commission
$97.87 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$24,498 - $51,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
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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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While not commonly seen, Trainee Managers who transition into a Plant Manager of Manufacturing position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Plant Managers of Manufacturing is $81K per year. Typical career progression for a Trainee Manager involves becoming a Retail Store Manager or an Operations Manager, roles that pay $4K more and $22K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manager Trainee


Dominating the field, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Enterprise Holdings, Aaron's, Hertz Rent-a-Car, and Sherwin Williams Co. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Trainee Managers. Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $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.

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 $32K. Other low-paying employers include Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership at $27K and CVS / Pharmacy at $31K, though some Trainee Managers there earn up to $54K.

Popular Skills for Manager Trainee


Survey results suggest that Trainee Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Leadership, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales and Customer Service. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $37K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $35K. Trainee Managers see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $37K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Trainee Managers, 28 percent above the national average. Trainee Managers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+25 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), New York (+14 percent), and St. Louis (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis and Cincinnati (4 percent lower).

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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
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Leadership
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 3%

Sales Management
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National Average
$37,000

Marketing Management
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Financial Analysis
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Customer Service
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Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 115 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: 60% employee benefits None: 15%
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