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What is a Scrum Master?

A scrum master is responsible for implementing scrum practices within a project team. They also form a bridge between the scrum team and the rest of the organization.. 

 

Scrum masters need to have strong leadership skills to provide the guidance and direction needed for their team to complete  projects. They also need to be able to mentor and foster an environment of independence within the team for continuous improvement.

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What Does a Scrum Master Do?

A scrum master helps manage information exchange among team members, but is not the leader of the team. Instead, they facilitate exchanges and interactions with the team. Scrum masters build consensus on next steps, keep everyone on task following agreed-upon rules, and do everything they can to maximize the team’s performance.

Scrum masters in various industries share common duties:

  • Work with team members to establish timelines for project stages called “sprints”

  • Ensure their team has the resources needed to complete tasks

  • Remove obstacles that could slow down a timeline

  • Schedule and attend a variety of meetings, referred to as “ceremonies”

  • Ensure the team follows best scrum practices throughout a project

  • Hold meetings after sprints to review progress and setbacks

  • Encourage a positive working environment for all team members

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What Skills Does a Scrum Master Need?

Communication.

Scrum masters need to communicate effectively with all team members and stakeholders to ensure a project’s success. They facilitate and take part in team meetings throughout a project’s progress. They also serve as a liaison between project teams and stakeholders. 

Time management.

Scrum masters are the facilitators of project timelines and sprints. They communicate with their teams to gather requirements. They coordinate achievable sprints to maintain consistent progress throughout projects. 

Organization.

 

Scrum masters ensure their team completes each part of a project. They review each step and ensure team members have the necessary resources to perform their duties. They also remove obstacles that could prevent their team from working. 

Computer skills.

 

Scrum masters use time-management software to plan meetings and schedules. They often communicate and manage projects through online platforms.

Scrum Master Salary Report 2022

A recent survey by Age of Product, the average salary of a scrum master with an entry level certification and no previous agile experience is $85,000 with an error margin of $8000. As you gain more experience, annual compensation also keeps increasing.

Years or Experience

0 - 1

2 - 4

5 - 9

10 - 19

20 +

Annual Salary

$85,000 - $91, 000

$91,000 - $110,000

$112,000 - $125,000

$125,000 - $140,000

$140,000 +

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How Much Does a Scrum Master Make?

 According to Zip Recruiter, as of Sep 2, 2022, the average annual pay for a Scrum Master in the United States is $115,068 a year. The average salary of a scrum master with an entry level  certification and no previous agile experience is $85,000 with an error margin of $8000. As you gain more experience, annual compensation also keeps increasing.

What is the Projected Growth Rate?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information systems managers will grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030.

According to a study by the World Economic Forum, 33% of high-demand roles in product development will be Scrum related by 2022.