With this post about the Scrum Master (SM) profession, we continue our series of posts about diverse IT specialists. If you are considering changing your current career or obtaining a career and choosing what to study for a future job, the information provided here will be useful for you. Here we talk about the role, tasks, duties, skills, and average SM salaries in the USA, Canada, and India.
Scrum is an Agile working framework, establishing a minimum required set of actions, roles, and processes for quick and efficient IT product creation. It guarantees that the end consumer receives the functional product with new prioritized business features in the short established time periods called “sprints”. The SM makes sure that the team observes the Scrum culture and methodology. He or she should be also very agile to act accordingly to arising situations and use new possibilities for the bettering of the working process.
The specialist must be proficient in Scrum and be able to convey the precise roles, principles, and rituals to all participants of the project, programmers, testers, analysts, and others so that they would observe them. SM implements the role of Scum coach for the whole developers' team provides instructions and training aimed at the better comprehension and realization of Scrum principles.
The only way to become a successful SM is to perfect your Scrum skills and use them in practice. You don’t need any certification to get your first job. However, it would be easier to get a job if you have a psychology background or Scrum certificate. The most popular and reputable certificate providers that most SM and candidates choose: Scrum Alliance ICAgile Scrum.org
The Product Owner (PO) is a member of a Scrum team who knows everything about the needs and problems that a client wants to solve with the upcoming IT product. He or she works mainly with the client and has the vision of the final product, and sets directions, but doesn’t involve in the process of creation. The PO tells the team what should be done but doesn’t tell them how to do this. And SM ensures that the set goal is achieved without getting involved in the functionality of the product. If we combine the roles of these two positions, we will get the classic manager, who sets the tasks, tells how they should be realized, and controls deadlines.
The median yearly salary of SM in the USA is $89,000. A newcomer usually earns around $68,000 a year, a specialist with several years of experience - $83,000, and an expert with 10+ years of working experience -$108, 000 a year. In Canada, the same position is rewarded with C$82,000 or around $68,000 a year. An entry-level employee earns around C$71,000 or $58,500, a specialist with several years of experience - C$87,000 or around $72,000, and an expert with 10+ years of working experience - C$98,000 or $81,000 a year. Indian companies pay Scrum Masters on average ₹1,267,000 or $17,000 a year. An entry-level specialist is paid around ₹580,000 or $8,000, a specialist with several years of experience - ₹893,000 or $12,000, and an expert with 10+ years of working experience - ₹1,500,000 or $20,500 a year.
The top IT companies offer the following salaries:
As for the salaries of SMs working for the same companies in India, we couldn’t find reliable data, but based on the average salaries these companies offer for outsourced specialists, we can say that they are slightly higher than the national average.