Most McDonald's managers (aside trainee) presumably are above poverty level. Still McDonald's encourages its managers to apply for welfare if they can, the first hint of just how low wages -- even among the management -- at the typical McDonald's franchise are.
So outside of corporate offices, at its actual restaurants, McDonalds hires as many as 50,000-60,000 employees in the U.S. who it pays above poverty level wages. An official webpage seemingly confirms this writing that of the company's 860,000+ employees at U.S. franchises, 6.1 percent are in "management and support staff positions." So that works out to around 52,500 employee managers -- about what our quick and dirty calculation yielded.
VIII. The Toiling Masses