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Scrum Master Salary

How much does a Scrum Master earn? How prolific being a Scrum Master is? These are quite relatively simple and common questions but answering them is not that simple. Scrum Master was created around 1992 by Jeff Sutherland and his teams and is quite a new term. Nevertheless, it has not taken long to establish its importance to companies across the world. Scrum Master is currently one of the most promising jobs in the world.

In this article, we will cover various aspects of a Scrum Master salary, such as how much a Scrum Master earns, what affects it and how, what the future prospects of a Scrum Master are in terms of salary structure and growth, and why Scrum Masters earn so much.

How much does a Scrum Master Earn?

According to Payscale, on an entry-level, Scrum Masters in India earn an average of Rs 723,565 per year, going up as high as Rs 1,486,991. In the USA, the average entry-level scrum master salary is $79,309 per year, the highest reaching a six-figure mark of $107,957. 

However, with more experience, the figures become interestingly better and here is how. 

Once again, Payscale search results indicate that an experienced Scrum Master in India earns an average of Rs 1,441,276 per annum with the maximum earnings going as high as Rs 2,078,905. Similar reports show that an experienced Scrum Master in the USA earns $103,566 per year on an average, earning as high as $134,203.

Below mentioned are statistics from Payscale:

Scrum Master Experience/CountryIndiaUSA
Entry-Level Scrum MasterRs 723,565 p.a.
(Rs 1,486,991 highest)
$79,309 p.a.
($107,957 highest)
Experienced Scrum MasterRs 1,441,276 p.a.
(Rs 2,078,905 highest)
$103,566 p.a.
($134,203 highest)

The 2018 research by Glassdoor state that the Scrum Masters are one of the highest paid professionals in the USA, with the average salary being $98,239 and vacancies as high as 1,876. Cities such as New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbus, and Richmond are considered to be the best and most prolific places for the Scrum Masters to work in.

Evidently, the figures above are quite staggering and impressive, showing us how fruitful and career aspiring being a Scrum Master is.

Here is a table of content for Average Scrum Master salary based on regions:

Scrum Master Salary/RegionUSAINDIACANADAGBRAUSTRALIA
Average Scrum Master Salary/yearUS$93,2851,411,000CA$87,000£51,124A$110,000

And here is the average salary based on various Scrum certifications:

Scrum Master CertificationsSalary in US$/Year
Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
89,150
Professional Scrum Master (PSM )91,000
Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)108,000
Agile Scrum Master (ASM)115,000
Scrum Master Certified (SMC)115,000
SAFe Scrum Master114,546

Salaries that Top Companies pay the Scrum Masters

Scrum has become so popular down the years that an incredible number of the major software companies adopt its methodology and ways of solving issues.

According to the Scrum Guide, Scrum has been adopted by a vast number of software development companies around the world.

Apart from being religiously used in manufacturing, operations, education, marketing and other fields, Scrum has been an important problem-solving tool for all the major software companies.

Provided that you have the skills to deal with conflicts and are a proven facilitator, you have a great chance to join any of the top companies who are hiring skilled Scrum Masters like you.

Glassdoor job search results in India reveal that the major companies hiring Scrum Masters are:

Companies Hiring Scrum MastersAverage Salary in INR/year
Cisco Systems2,200,000
Capgemini1,487,461
Amdocs1,279,001
Tata Consultancy Services1,243,340
Cognizant Technology Solutions1,242,530
Wipro1,019,654
Accenture1,000,975

And in the USA, Scrum Masters are highly sought after by these major brands:

Companies Hiring Scrum MastersAverage Salary in US$/year
TransUnion104,728
Thomson Reuters104,130
UnitedHealth Group97,904
Ciber97,156
IBM93,403
J.P. Morgan91,786
Capital One87,732
AT&T85,977

In the past few years, the pay structure for Scrum Masters has increased at a relatively quick pace. Although Scrum’s popularity status continues to get better, being a Scrum Master is undoubtedly a tough task because what a Scrum Master needs is more like servant leadership skills, and that is the primary asset a Scrum Master needs to possess. After all, it is all about following the Agile-Scrum tactics to finish projects on time along with keeping the quality of the end product intact.

Factors affecting a Scrum Master’s salary

There are many factors that determine how much a Scrum Master earns. Some of the key ones are:

1. Experience

This is one of the most important criteria, if not the most important one. Like discussed in the previous section of this article, not only the salary of a Scrum Master increases with experience, the job role and position in an organisation gets better as well. Here are a few of the required skills/experience:

  • In terms of landing a better Scrum master job with high pay package, it is recommended for a professional to have worked as a Scrum Master for a minimum of one year with a software development team, one that was diligently applying Scrum principles, practices, and theory
  • Adequate skills in and understanding of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency.

2. The skills required by the job role

Another important one. A Scrum Master’s role is not restricted to particular job designation. The more you know about the other Agile approaches in problem-solving, the better your job role and salary will be. By Agile approaches, we are talking about XP, Kanban, Crystal, FDD, etc

3. Awareness of multiple Agile techniques

To get better job opportunities, it is preferred to have knowledge of widely successful Agile techniques such as:

  • User Stories
  • ATDD
  • TDD
  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous testing
  • Pairing
  • Automated Testing
  • Agile Games

4. Applicable knowledge of the technologies

A particular organisation will pay you a better package for a Scrum Master if you have a sound grip over the type of technology they use to run their business. Why? It is simple. If you are aware of the system they work in, then they do not have to work on much in getting you in sync with the way they work in their organisation

5. Knowledge of appropriate patterns and techniques

A progressive Scrum Master always thinks of using a variety of relevant well-documented patterns and techniques for filling in the intentional gaps left in the Scrum approach, such as Burndown technologies, various Retrospective formats, handling bugs and many more

6. Location of the job

The salary of a Scrum Master depends massively on where the job posting is. If the living standard of a particular city is high, so are the chances of getting a higher pay package. On the other hand, a city having a comparatively lower standard of living renders the Scrum Masters with a lesser salary range.

Reason for Scrum Masters being so valued

Why are the Scrum Masters paid so much? What do the Scrum Masters have to offer that makes them so vital to organisations? After all, in the past few years, Scrum methods have swiftly brought in a revolutionary change in project handling and problem-solving matters.

We are living in times when software needs to be delivered on time after much feedback, changes, supervision. Collaboration with frequent updates and patches. To meet the delivery deadline, it is essential to keep the team members connected and in sync, preferably face-to-face. This is critical as the team working on the project should be well informed, collaborated and kept up to date throughout the project. Failure to execute any one of these steps would lead to a breakdown in software, the end result being loss of business, not to forget the reputation of the relevant organisation being tarnished.

Nowadays, companies prefer the Agile workflow and are aware of the importance of a Scrum Master in an organisation. Converting a team into a productive one and self-organised by following the Agile practices without any fail, that’s what Scrum Masters do and that is what makes them special.

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